One cap wonders: the club that no one wants to be part of

BY GILES METCALFE

The one-cap wonders: the club of notable and infamous players who made a solitary full international appearance for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. At least they can take consolation from the fact that one cap is better than none…

Chris Kirkland

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Chris Kirkland made regular goalkeeper appearances for the England Under-21s and was often a full England squad member, but he didn’t get onto the pitch until the match against Greece in August 2006. He came on as a substitute for the second half of the friendly, keeping a clean sheet and making some decent saves. That was his one and only full England cap.

There is an upside however, as his father was part of a syndicate that bet £100 at 100-1 that the 11-year-old Chris would one day play for England, netting them £10,000 each!

Neil Ruddock

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Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock of Southampton, Spurs, Liverpool…

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