With Theo Robinson being considered for a Jamaica call-up and Adam Legzdins on the Latvia radar, it struck me that the Rams now have (or will have) quite a few players playing international football at full and under 21 level. Here is the the list as it stands and who could be in the pipeline:
Looking at the list below, its impressive how many of these players have achieved and/or maintained their status during their development with the Rams.
Frank Fielding (played for England U21 and joined full squad whilst with Rams)
Adam Legzdins (Latvian call-up pending)
Kieron Freeman(currently represents Wales u21)
Mark O’Brien (standby for Ireland u21 before injury)
Gareth Roberts (9 caps for Wales but no sign of a recall – their loss!)
Craig Bryson (recalled by Scotland, due to Rams form, for pre-season tour to US)
Will Hughes (England U21)
Jeff Hendrick (Ireland U21)
Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland full international)
Theo Robinson (Being watched by Jamaica)
Conor Doyle (Ireland U21 and USA U23 (Olympic qualifying squad))
Looking at the Ireland squad, it is now full of quite ordinary Championship players – McShane, St Ledger, Andrews, Cox, Andy Keogh, Fahey, Green etc. With a decent run in the first team, a senior call-up is there for the taking for OB, Hendrick or Conor Sammon. Especially as the ageing squad is well overdue an overhaul.
Paul Coutts can’t be too far away from the Scotland squad either – maybe not compared to the likes of Adam and Fletcher but certainly compared to SPL players who get the call after a few pull-outs.
Mason Bennett is certainly on the Psychopaths radar, after he named checked him a couple of weeks ago – but that may be a couple of years away yet.
One player who does seem set to miss out on the action is Jake Buxton. After a concern over Gerard Pique’s recent form, Del Bosque was keen to prove Bucko was born on Spanish soil ahead of Brazil ’14. However, although it was confirmed that a coach trip from Mansfield to Torremolinos did take place in 1985, Del Bosque was unable to prove beyond reasonable doubt who was aboard, due to the poor record keeping of the now defunct Camms Coaches.