Alan Thompson - England - 2004 his only game for England.

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Date: 31 March 2004

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      Left Midfielder
      Saturday, 22 December 1973
      Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
  • England
  • Aston Villa
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th August 1998 in a 0-0 draw at Everton (Aged: 24)
    • Club Career
      36 League apps (+10 as sub), 4 goals
  • Bolton Wanderers
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 14th August 1993 in a 0-0 draw at Grimsby Town (Aged: 19)
    • Club Career
      143 League apps (+14 as sub), 33 goals
  • Celtic FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 9th September 2000 in a 3-0 win at home to Hibernian (Aged: 26)
    • Club Career
      146 League apps (+12 as sub), 37 goals
  • Leeds United
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 20th January 2007 scoring in a 3-2 defeat at West Bromwich Albion (Aged: 33)
    • Club Career
      (Including loan spell)
      18 League apps (+6 as sub), 5 goals
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Alan THOMPSON - England - 2004 his only game for England.

Although many a Celtic fan claimed that Alan Thompson was of an international standard, Sven Goran Eriksson was highly reluctant to give an opportunity to the cultured left midfielder, despite a well-publicised dearth of specialist players for that role. Thompson had failed to impress previous England coaches in the role when he was at Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa, and the belief that Scottish football was of a lower standard was seen as the reason why his form had improved so noticeably since relocating to Parkhead. Eriksson responded to the calls for at least a look at Thompson in a friendly game, and so when England travelled to Sweden at the start of 2004, a 30 year old Thompson was given a starting role in an inexperienced and experimental team. England lost 1-0, Thompson was substituted by Alan Smith and Eriksson had seen enough. He was never recalled, though he is in an exclusive club of players whose appearances for England came solely while not playing for English clubs. The left sided problem remained but Thompson was not deemed to be the solution, and few people ever called for his return. (Matthew Rudd)