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Jay Bothroyd’s England career will soon be history after Cardiff City striker makes the history books

Jay Bothroyd will always remember his England debut but that will be it for the Cardiff City striker, according to Tim Hart

Jay Bothroyd, England, Cardiff City, Cardiff, Wales, international, debutJay Bothroyd made history by being the first footballer from a Welsh club to play for England in the 2-1 defeat to France on Wednesday.

And the Cardiff City striker rightly hailed his international debut as the proudest moment of his career.

But don’t think this is the start of a successful England career. Rather it raises a question; what does it say about the state of English football when you have to call upon a player from the second tier to represent their country?

The last time England played France in a friendly at Wembley the strike force consisted of Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Andy Cole and Robbie Fowler.

Last night England had Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole and Bothroyd. Hardly a foursome which strikes fear into the world’s greatest defenders.

Bothroyd’s selection was little more than a default selection with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent all sidelined through injury.

And why Kevin Davies wasn’t selected after his domineering performance for Bolton Wanderers last weekend is anybody’s guess.

Bothroyd’s selection was a token gesture from Fabio Capello to show he’s prepared to make changes after the dismal World Cup performance.

Does anyone else remember David Nugent’s brief stint for England in 2007 when he played for Preston North End? He even scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over Andorra.

The reality is when England play Wales in Cardiff on 26 March Bothroyd will not be anywhere near the England squad.

Somewhat ironically he’ll probably be sitting in the Cardiff Millennium Stadium, just a mile down from his home ground, watching on as a spectator.

The former Arsenal trainee got his name into the history books but this is where the story ends for Bothroyd.


About Tim Hart

Cardiff University Postgraduate Student


8 thoughts on “Jay Bothroyd’s England career will soon be history after Cardiff City striker makes the history books

  1. Whoever wrote this article is either an idiot or more than likely a hack used to writing about “our national sport”rugby,don’t make me laugh.By the way the Egg may win this week,you never know. When Cardiff and or Swansea (both I hope) get promoted all you useless retards will be out of a job.The futures bright the futures football

    Posted by Jimmy Schoular | November 18, 2010, 4:42 pm
  2. No wonder they’re continually downsizing at ITV Wales. Mediocre blog from a mediocre journalist. Wonder if he’s a loyal Welsh rugby fan and armchair English premiership supporters? Yawn!

    Posted by Mab Defaid | November 18, 2010, 5:38 pm
  3. Right, so you want to see what’s wrong with the England national team? look right here.

    Always complaining that their players ‘have no pride’ with the shirt or the team and are over paid playboys. Yet the moment you get an in form striker (15 goals in 16 games) who is desperate to play for England, you decide that’s not good enough either and run with your mouths open to the nearest cock connected to a player that has never ‘done it’ in an England shirt, or at least hasn’t for the last few years.

    Rooney, Bent, Defoe. I rate them all, but when was the last time they set the world alight? But typical media associated with the English National Team.

    “We need things to change, but don’t you dare change ANYTHING”

    Wake up, the team is dire and has no creativity. Brining in players: Bothroyd, Carrol, Jagielka who actually want to play is the smartest thing Capello has done, aside from play Joe Hart (and that took him long enough).

    Finally, Gutiérrez played in the World Cup for Argentina (that’d be a team that got further than England) after playing in the Championship all season.

    Posted by Welshie360 | November 18, 2010, 7:02 pm
  4. What a terrible piece of journalism,any more articles like this and surely your future as a journalist will be history.

    Posted by ronald Thomas | November 18, 2010, 7:32 pm
  5. i couldnt agree more with the fellow comments.
    typical idiot so called jounalism graduate

    havent got a clue……

    it may be his only cap but bothroayd will be in premiership next season hopefully with cardiff city.

    Posted by shaun robjohn | November 19, 2010, 8:18 am
  6. Its true though. Bothroyd was almost a last resort, but he has put in many fantastic performances this season for Cardiff. Theoretically, he could be playing Premiership football next season, but even if Cardiff do not go up, I can see him getting bought by a bottom half club….
    Interesting article though!

    Posted by Michelle | November 20, 2010, 8:25 pm


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