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Nine Eagles Who Played For England

23 April 2015


To celebrate St. George's Day today, we have put together a list of nine Crystal Palace players, past and present, who have represented the Three Lions, whilst playing for the Red and Blue at the same time.

Some of them were only brief stints with the national team, others were long spells in the side and another is still in motion, with the possibility of future call ups on the horizon.

Peter Taylor, 4 apps. 2 goals (1976)

Taylor only made four appearances for England, but he scores twice in his first two games, something which remained a record until Rickie Lambert's international bow in 2013. He left Palace shortly after his final appearance for the Three Lions and never pulled the shirt on again.

Kenny Sansom, 86 apps. 1 goal (1979-88)

Sansom made his England debut in May 1979, playing in a goalless draw against Wales. Though the left-back would shortly leave south London for Arsenal, where he continued to star for the national team, it was at Palace that he got his first chance for the Three Lions.

Andy Gray, 1 app. (1991)

Only one cap at international level for Andy Gray, but it came during his second spell with Palace, during the early 1990s when the Eagles were at their brilliant best. Gray, who had been a part of the 1990 FA Cup run for Palace, made his only England appearance in a EURO '92 qualifier against Poland.

John Salako, 5 apps. (1991)

The Palace youth product was a key member of the same side that Gray starred in and went on to make five appearances for the national team during 1991. Though he later suffered a severe knee ligament injury which kept him out for most of the year, Salako was briefly recalled to the England set up.

Geoff Thomas, 9 apps. (1991-92)

Thomas made nine appearances for England, all coming during his time as a Crystal Palace player. The Eagles legend featured against the likes of Turkey, the USSR, Argentina, Australia and France, during his brief spell in the national team.

Ian Wright, 33 apps. 9 goals (1991-98)

The striker was never afforded the England career he deserved, often being overlooked by managers, despite his incredible goalscoring exploits domestically. Wright was handed his Three Lions debut in February 1991, whilst still playing up front for the Red and Blue army, though he left that September for Arsenal. At the Gunners, he still found opportunities hard to come by in the national team, despite proving to be one of the Premier League's most potent attackers.

Nigel Martyn, 23 apps. (1992-02)

Goalkeeper Nigel Martyn made his Three Lions debut whilst lining up between the sticks for Palace in 1992. Despite starring for the Eagles regularly, Martyn spent much of his international career as David Seaman's deputy, resulting in his fairly low number of caps.

Andy Johnson, 8 apps. (2005-07)

The prolific striker was finally recognised by the national team after the Eagles' promotion to the top flight. He was the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League, earning a call up to face the Netherlands in February 2005. He made eight appearances for the Three Lions, over two years, but - surprisingly - never found the back of the net.

Wilfried Zaha, 2 apps. (2012-present)

The tricky winger was rewarded for his dazzling form with a senior England call up in winter 2012, despite the Eagles then still being in the second tier of English football. Zaha has only made two appearances for the Three Lions to date, though more could be in store if he continues in the rich vein of form he currently finds himself in...


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