There has been a bit of a curse in the past when it comes to Championship players getting the dream call up to the England senior squad. The likes of David Nugent and Jay Bothroyd who both made 1 appearance cameos for the Three Lions whilst at Championship level, but is there anyone currently in the Championship could be good enough for a full England call-up? Or at least have the potential to be called up in the near future.
John Ruddy (Wolves)
Ruddy is still very young for a goalkeeper at 30 years-old and has a vast amount of experience all across the football leagues with a big chunk of those coming in the Premier League. He does have one international appearance to his name already when he came on as a substitute for Jack Butland back in 2012 and has been involved in several England squads since. Rudy has made a good start to life at Wolves this season as well as earning the captaincy and if ever Gareth Southgate has a goalkeeping dilemma I still feel Ruddy is a viable backup option.
Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
At just 17 years-old, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon terrorised Championships defences last season and even chipped in with five goals to his name despite being predominantly a left-back. I think there is no doubt he young prodigy will develop into a winger, which Fulham have deployed him as also, but could he get in the current England squad? I seem to remember a certain Theo Walcott making the 2006 World Cup squad so had Sessegnon perhaps made the move to the Premier League in the summer, you never know. On August 20th last year he became the first ever footballer born in the 2000s to score a goal in a first team game. He’s quick, agile and skillful, and already has 4 goals to his name for the England under-19 side. Perhaps we shouldn’t stick him in the frying pan too soon but there is no doubt the lad has a very bright future.
John Terry (Aston Villa)
The former Chelsea and England captain may be retired internationally and towards the end of his career, but John Terry who made 78 England appearances, could still do a job in the England squad. This isn’t saying Terry would or should warrant an England call-up but if we are talking about ability, there is no doubt that the leadership and experience that he possesses would still be invaluable to the younger players that are currently in the squad. Now the current Aston Villa leader, Terry faces possibly one of his biggest challenges yet, to help Villa return to the Premier League. There will always be a class above to Terry’s game and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a coaching role available in the England setup in the future.
So that is who we feel warrants or at least potentially warrant a place within the current England squad. Agree or disagree? Let us know who you would pick!