5. Charlie Austin
The Englishman started with the non-league side Poole Town before signing for Swindon Town. There on, he moved to Burnley and then joined QPR to make his debut in the Premier League. While QPR was struggling in the top division, Austin enjoyed a stellar form scoring 18 goals. That didn’t help to save QPR, but he impressed a few out there. That didn’t see many hunting for his signatures, but he eventually ended up with Southampton. But injuries and poor form, coupled with Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane’s superb form upfront saw Austin’s chances of playing for England blown away in spite of being on the bench for a Euro 2016 qualifier, Austin failed to earn an international cap.
4. Paolo Di Canio
Di Canio certainly had something special about him. He started at Lazio, then joining Milan, Napoli and Celtic. It was after Celtic that he decided to play in England and joined Sheffield Wednesday. The dynamic Italian winger played for seven years in England with West Ham United and Charlton Athletic being the other two clubs. In spite of helping the Hammers finish 5th and qualify for the UEFA Cup, it didn’t help the Italian to earn a senior international cap.
3. Carlo Cudicini
Cudicini was Chelsea’s no. 1 until Petr Cech arrived. Sven Gorak Eriksson, the then England manager, tried to persuade Cudicini to represent England at the senior level given the not-so-good options available at that time. Cudicini represented Italy in the U-18s and U-21s but failed to even make for the 2002 World Cup squad courtesy the presence of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Toldo.
2. Mikel Arteta
Spain has produced enormous talents over the years, and Mikel Arteta surely was one of them. Arteta’s influence on the game was significant plenty of times with his creativity and playmaking. That being said, Spain had and some big names like Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta and Busquets in the midfield which never allowed the former Arsenal captain to earn an international cap for Spain.
1. Steve Bruce
The Premier League era in the 1990s saw Steve Bruce as one of the best central defenders in the league. Bruce, practically won almost everything with Manchester United. His presence at the back and in set-pieces helped United on several occasions. Surprisingly, it never helped him a call-up for England, and it was when he was 35 that he was called up to play against Nigeria, but he rejected the proposal. He surely is one of the finest players not to win an international cap.