10 Worst England Players Ever To Make A World Cup Squad
England have picked some excellent World Cup squads and some pretty underwhelming ones over the years. As a host of players are battling it out to make it into the 2018 World Cup squad, there is hope for every single one of them when you look at the woeful standard of some players that have managed it in the past. Here are the 10 worst players ever to make it into an England World Cup squad.
10. Steve Bull
Few England players have the goal-scoring record of Steve Bull in club football, but it has to be remembered that every single one of his 250 Wolverhampton Wanderers goals came outside of the top flight. He is the last man to be picked for the national team outside of the top two divisions as it was after Wolves’ promotion from Division Three in 1989 that Bull first got selected. Bull scored four goals early in his England career, making it to the World Cup 1990 squad, but never scored again for his country. There have been less memorable England careers, but seen as Bull only ever played twice in the top flight of English football means he deserves a place on this list.
9. Steve Foster
A solid but forgettable centre-back who plied his trade for Portsmouth, Brighton and Luton from the mid-1970s to the end of the ‘80s. Foster snuck into the 1982 World Cup squad with a couple of caps to his name and picked up his third and final cap for his country at the tournament against Kuwait. He wasn’t called upon in either of England’s second round matches where they played out two goalless draws with Germany and Spain in one of the most tedious World Cup campaigns in history.
8. Kieron Dyer
Despite never really fulfilling his potential and constantly suffering with injury, Kieron Dyer picked up 33 caps for England, without scoring once for his country. However, despite numerous downsides to his career, Dyer made it into the 2002 World Cup squad, in midfield alongside the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves and Joe Cole. His three substitute appearances in Japan and South Korea were of little significance and somehow Dyer was still turning out for England in 2007, still not contributing a great deal.
7. Stan Anderson
Stan Anderson may be something of a Sunderland legend having made over 400 appearances for the club, but he was not one of England’s finest selections ever. Sunderland had been relegated for the first time in their history in 1958 and they were still in the Second Division when Anderson was capped twice by England. He just about made the 1962 World Cup squad in Chile but didn’t get on the field during the tournament and never played for the Three Lions again.
6. Luke Shaw
This may well change in future, but at the time of writing, Luke Shaw is apparently going to be a story of unfulfilled potential for England and Manchester United. The left-back was the youngest player to appear at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in one of England’s worst ever displays at a tournament. His appearance did not see him cement a place in the first team and has only played three times since 2017. He has time to turn his reputation around but he may well be remembered as an irrelevant inclusion in a woeful World Cup campaign, or more likely, just forgotten entirely.