Every player has the ambition of representing his country within him. Now, most of them are not good enough, and they never reach the level required to do so. But some are good enough, but some bad luck means that they do not get to put on that famed jersey.
Many national sides have a wealth of players to choose from, which means that some get rejected. It’s natural, but that doesn’t soften the blow on the individual player. On that note, here are the five best uncapped players in the world.
Just like many of the costly purchases Pep Guardiola has made at Manchester City, Aymeric Laporte has been an overwhelming success. He was signed from Athletic Bilbao last in 2018 for a record fee. The French central defender has been in the Premier League for 18 months, and he has impressed a lot. Last season he was the preferred defender for Guardiola as City won the domestic treble. City won the Premier League in record-breaking fashion in his first season at the club.
Despite his brilliance in England, Laporte has not been chosen by the national side. France coach Didier Deschamps has looked elsewhere when choosing options in central defence. The inclusions of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane are arguably justified due to experience. But aside from that duo, the likes of Kurt Zouma and Adil Rami have also played for the Les Blues in that time. Laporte can hold his own compared to such players, and he will be hoping to play for his nation in the coming seasons.
Despite just one season of top-flight experience, the talent of James Maddison is evident for all to see. Leicester City signed him from Norwich City last summer to fill the boots of Riyad Mahrez. Considering his age, Maddison had an impressive first season at the Foxes. That campaign yielded seven goals and seven assists for him in 35 league appearances. Maddison is deadly from set-pieces, and he is technically very adept.
England already have a core from the 2018 World Cup campaign, and it will take time for Gareth Southgate to integrate new players fully. The likes of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, and Jordan Henderson are ahead of Maddison at the moment. But he should get into the squads soon enough along with fellow midfielders like Phil Foden. Maddison played the Under-21 European Championships this summer, but he should start getting into the senior squad soon.
Just like Laporte, Doucoure is another player who has not benefited due to the riches in the French national squad. The dynamic central midfielder has impressed at Watford in the last three seasons. Doucoure does a little bit of everything in the centre of the park for the Hornets. He is great on the defensive end, and his work rate is second to none. Doucoure is also in the goals regularly, and he had five goals and six assists in the Premier League last season.
The problem is that France have numerous choices in midfield. Didier Deschamps has had some tough decisions to make, and Doucoure has been neglected. The likes of N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Blaise Matuidi have been the preferred choices for Deschamps, and it worked as they were crowned champions in the World Cup. Aside from them, numerous young midfielders are emerging like Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar who will compete with Doucoure for places. He has some fierce competition to overcome, and only time will tell if he can manage that.
After weeks of speculation, the Manchester United fans finally got their wish. Aaron Wan-Bissaka completed a £45 million move to Old Trafford for Crystal Palace. Wan-Bissaka has played just one full season in the Premier League, and he has made 42 appearances for Crystal Palace in total. During that short period, he has risen to the occasion. Wan-Bissaka is one of the best English young players, and he is an excellent right-back. Defensively he is one of the best in the world, and he can shut down his flank the majority of games.
His attacking game can improve, but at 21 years of age, Wan-Bissaka is already a great player. England have the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier competing for places along with Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold. It looks as though Alexander-Arnold could lay claim to the slot in the England side for years to come, which could hinder Wan-Bissaka’s progress in the side. But he is definitely good enough to be in the squad, which should happen in the coming seasons.
It’s safe to say that the transfer to Barcelona has not panned out like Malcolm would have wanted straightaway. He moved to Spain after two great seasons at Bordeaux, but Barcelona has not been like he would have envisioned. Malcolm has been on the fringes of the team and has not been unable to seal a starting spot. His erratic playing time has resulted in a similar treatment from the national side.
Players like David Neres, Richarlison, and Everton Sousa have made the jump ahead of him. These three won the Copa America recently with Brazil, and they are already way ahead of Malcolm in the pecking order. Malcolm’s talent is not in doubt, but he needs to find a situation at a club which would help his case in the national side. With the rumours of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, it appears that a move away would be the best decision for him to get his first cap for Brazil.