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You’ve Only Got One Cap: David Nugent v Andorra, 2007

As far as modern day one-cap wonders go, David Nugent is more or less the benchmark. He played his one and only England match at the age of 21 in March 2007, coming on as a substitute in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match against Andorra in Barcelona.

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You’ve Only Got One Cap: Joey Barton v Spain, 2007

Steve McClaren’s spell as England manager was a low point for all concerned. McClaren, promoted from within the England staff, was well respected as a coach and would go on to win the Dutch Eredivisie title with FC Twente after leaving the national team post. Under his tutelage England failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2008, an occurrence that has thankfully been quite rare in recent years. The mercifully brief McClaren era’s true nadir came at the end – Croatia, Scott Carson and an umbrella saw to that – but in February 2007 the calls for his head were already increasing in volume and frequency.

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You’ve Only Got One Cap: Lee Hendrie v Czech Republic, 1998

Lee Hendrie is a puzzling man. During a lengthy career at Aston Villa, the Birmingham-born midfielder fulfilled many roles, beginning as a thrilling young prospect before becoming a solid Premier League player. He was briefly excellent but was then quickly found wanting, and despite being a popular figure among large sections of the Villa support there were few that mourned his departure after more than a decade at the club.

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You’ve Only Got One Cap: Michael Ball v Spain, 2001

Despite a lengthy career, Michael Ball could be said to be one of English football’s forgotten men. He made his debut for Everton at 17 after playing for rivals Liverpool at youth level, but despite winning titles in two different countries his level of personal achievement is as limited as the general perception of the player himself.

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You’ve Only Got One Cap: Jimmy Rimmer v Italy, 1976

On May 26th 1982, at the home of Feyenoord in Rotterdam, Jimmy Rimmer lined up for Aston Villa in their first European Cup final. He was already in possession of a winner’s medal, having sat on the bench for the entirety of Manchester United’s historical triumph in 1968. Sadly for the experienced goalkeeper, he would play fewer than ten minutes against Bayern Munich.

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