On March 24, 2007, England Under-21s drew 3-3 with Italy in the aboriginal bold at the new Wembley Stadium – but what has appear of the 11 players to alpha that day?
Giampaolo Pazzini denticulate both the aboriginal ambition and the aboriginal hat-trick at the arena – and he went on to win 25 caps for Italy’s chief team, too.
But what happened to the England XI? A brace fabricated the footfall up to the chief team, but others were not so lucky. Indeed, one even concluded up declaring for addition all-embracing side.
GK – Lee Camp
Derby goalkeeper Camp had spent abundant of the analysis out on loan, including a spell at QPR, and would end up abutting the London club at the end of the season.
Spells at eight added clubs accept followed, including a scattering of Premier League amateur at Norwich City, and the adept is now aback in the Championship with Birmingham.
Camp would absence out on the band for that summer’s European Under-21 Championships and absolutely never played for England’s abounding civic side, bidding him to acknowledge for Northern Ireland and play for the country nine times.
RB – Liam Rosenior
Rosenior was the oldest affiliate of that Euros squad, but a move from Fulham to Reading that aforementioned summer went amiss if his above club relegated his new one on the final day of the 2007-08 season.
The full-back retired in 2018 and has gone into broadcasting. He never angry his England Under-21 representation into abounding all-embracing recognition.
CB – Anton Ferdinand
The West Ham approved was disturbing domestically if this bold formed around, accepting played all 90 account of a affecting 4-3 defeat to Tottenham beforehand in the month, but he would break in the Premier League on the final day and go on to play added than 200 amateur in the division.
Ferdinand absent the absolute amends in England’s acutely amaranthine Under-21 action defeat to the Netherlands that summer and would never play for the chief side.
He did, however, get affluence of acquaintance across with spells at clubs in Turkey, Thailand and Scotland, area he plays at the time of autograph for St Mirren.
CB – Gary Cahill
One of the scattering to acquire chief caps, Cahill would end up accepting the better success adventure of the 11 who started adjoin Italy, traveling on to biking to two World Cups and one European Championship.
Cahill has aswell had a fair bulk of success at club level, acceptable two Premier League titles and the 2011-2 Champions League with Chelsea, admitting alpha the Champions League-winning analysis with a Bolton aggregation which would end up adversity relegation.
LB – Leighton Baines
Baines’ 30 chief England caps is the second-highest account of the 11 who started adjoin Italy, with alone Cahill earning more, even if he – like his team-mate that day – would accept to delay until 2010 for a abounding admission for his country.
The left-back has beyond the 400 mark for Premier League appearances, abutting Everton from Wigan Athletic a few months afterwards the Italy bold and catastrophe up an important amateur beneath a amount of managers.
RM – David Bentley
If you were affected to assumption which of the players that day would go the furthest, Bentley ability able-bodied accept been your aboriginal choice.
The Blackburn accompaniment was rebuilding his career at Ewood Park afterwards abrogation adolescence club Arsenal in 2006, and would ultimately leave for Tottenham in a £15million move not continued after.
However, that was as acceptable as it absolutely got – his seventh and final chief England cap would access in his aboriginal Spurs season, and injuries contributed to him blind up his boots in 2014 at the age of just 29, three years afterwards his endure chief goal.
CM – Nigel Reo-Coker
Another of West Ham’s disturbing squad, Reo-Coker’s anatomy had biconcave back a move to Arsenal fell through the antecedent summer, and the midfielder had gone from a atom on the standby account for the 2006 World Cup to an Under-21s return.
Reo-Coker captained the Young Lions in that summer’s clash in the Netherlands but never becoming a chief cap and was courted by Sierra Leone afterwards in his career afterwards anytime axis out for the African nation.
The 34-year-old has been afterwards a club back abrogation MK Dons in the summer.
CM – Kieran Richardson
Richardson is addition who had alternate to the Under-21s afterwards flirting with the chief side, and even played and denticulate for his country adjoin the United States in 2005.
However, a move from Manchester United to Sunderland in the summer of 2007 was not abundant to animate his England chances.
The midielder has been afterwards a club back abrogation Cardiff City in 2016 and was endure apparent on balloon with Tony Adams’ Granada the afterward year.
LM – Wayne Routledge
Routledge played for seven altered clubs amid 2005 and 2011 but has ashore it out with Swansea City anytime since.
His 12th and final Under-21 cap came that summer adjoin Serbia, and he never fabricated the addition to the seniors.
Four years afterwards he accomplished a claimed anniversary by acceptable the Championship in back-to-back seasons with altered clubs.
ST – Gabby Agbonlahor
The Aston Villa striker was already alpha to authorize himself with his adolescence club if England Under-21 acceptance arrived: he had already denticulate at Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Old Trafford in the 2006-07 season, and would add four added goals amid the Italy bold and the end of the campaign.
He would acquire his aboriginal chief call-up the afterward year, eventually authoritative his abounding England admission in a win over Germany in November 2008, but fabricated just one aggressive actualization for his country and just three in total.
Agbonlahor has been abandoned back catastrophe his 13-year spell at Villa Park in 2018, spending time alive on his appearance characterization Six Figures Official.
ST – Leroy Lita
Lita had formed his way up into the Under-21 start-up afterwards an absorbing alpha to Premier League activity with Reading and would end up as his country’s top scorer in that summer’s European Under-21 Championships with three goals.
Even a abode in the aggregation of the clash wasn’t abundant to acquire Lita a chief cap, admitting (it wasn’t acceptable abundant for Dutch ambition apparatus Maceo Rigters either), and he has been arena out his career in those acclaimed beachside resorts of Crete, Thailand and Margate.
Manager – Nigel Pearson
Pearson took the reins with Stuart Pearce absorption on the added one of his two jobs in allegation of the a lot of dull Manchester City aggregation in contempo memory, who were blast in the average of an eight-game scoreless run at their home ground.
At the time a amateur boss, Pearson would go on to become acclaimed for accepting Leicester answer and after allurement a anchorman if he was an ostrich. He was afresh sacked by Belgian second-tier ancillary OH Leuven. The O does not angle for ‘ostrich’.