All of the players on this list, whether it be on the grounds of their ability or achievements can be considered very unlucky to never be capped for England.
Since England’s first international fixture in 1871, over 1400 players have donned the famous white jersey.
Over the years, a number of high profile, talented players have been controversially overlooked, sparking outrage and debate amongst fans and the media alike.
A proud moment and a dream come true for each and every one of them. But for some, that’s all it will ever be, a dream.
Here are our top 5 players to never be capped by England:
#1. GARETH STEENSON
The Exeter Chiefs stalwart has always been a good player but has struck a vintage since hitting his 30s and was the lynchpin behind Exeter’s recent success before hanging up his boots following their Champions Cup and Premiership double.
A reassuming, level-headed figure in any backline and consistently had a better kicking success rate than both Owen Farrell and George Ford.
Steenson qualified for both England and Ireland but hit his peak too late in his career to challenge for international caps.