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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 April 2019

Troy Deeney, Mark Noble and Jamal Lascelles: Premier League players in England's no-caps club

After Callum Hudson-Odoi was called up for international duty despite never starting a Premier League match, we look at those who have toiled away without recognition

Chelsea's young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi looks a star of the future - and the present, after he was called into the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

But while his elevation is a bold move on the part of England manager Gareth Southgate, it must be hard to stomach for some of the Englishmen who have been performing in the Premier League for years without recognition. Hudson-Odoi, 18, is yet to start a league match for Chelsea amid an ever shrinking pool of eligible players in the English top flight.

There's been instances this season when less than a quarter of the players starting fixtures in a Premier League game week qualify to play for England, and in some cases the likes of Chelsea and Newcastle United have named teams devoid of any English players at all.

The current England squad includes Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and Jack Butland, who is plying his trade at Stoke City in England's second tier.

For many of the English players who ply their trade in the top flight, something special is required during the remainder of their career to earn an international cap, because as Hudson-Odoi's call-up shows, the focus is on youth rather than experience.

Take a look at our list at the top of who is yet to win a cap, but is available for selection. Players under the age of 22 are not included as they are still eligible for the under-21 side.

Updated: March 19, 2019 12:25 PM

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