The Premier League has had some huge goalscorers down the years. The likes of Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and now Harry Kane, who will play in his first World Cup this summer.
Neymar goes into the World Cup tournament as top goal scorer favourite at 8/1 with most bookmakers. Lionel Messi is available to at 10/1 to be awarded the Golden boot whilst Antoine Griezmann is 12/1.
Much of the England World Cup odds will rest firmly on Harry Kane’s shoulders, despite the striker never having played at the tournament. Which got us thinking, how many other of the Premier League’s top scorers have missed out on the World Cup?
We did some digging and found the English top flight legends, who never made it to football’s biggest spectacle…
Despite 187 league goals, Andy Cole never actually made it to a major tournament, playing just 15 times for his country in all.
He retired from the international game in 2002, having failed to be selected for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
He missed out in 1998, despite being at the very peak of his powers, the following season going on to be instrumental in Manchester United’s treble winning season.
It’s a similar story with Les Ferdinand. Only a handful of caps, despite scoring an incredible 149 Premier League goals.
The former Spurs man was part of Glenn Hoddle’s France 98 squad but never got onto the pitch. He played just 17 times for the Three Lions, scoring five goals before retiring in 2006.
He was also selected for Euro 96 by Terry Venables but again, never made it onto the pitch.
One of England’s finest ever strikers, Ian Wright may be an Arsenal legend, but surprisingly was only capped 33 times for England between 1991 and 1998.
Only 17 of those were starts, with Graham Taylor giving him his debut. Despite scoring more than 23 a season for seven seasons following the 1990 World Cup, he never made more than three consecutive starts for the Three Lions.
He was never selected for a tournament, in some cases the likes of Nigel Clough and Alan Smith chosen ahead of him instead.
Dion Dublin netted over 100 Premier League goals during a career that lasted 20 years. His only appearances for his country came in 1998 however, and even then he failed to make the squad for France.
He made just four appearances for England, all under Glenn Hoddle and failed to score a goal. That didn’t stop him going on to be a fine presenter on Homes Under The Hammer though!
Of course, Ryan Giggs was a fine player for his country before retiring from international duty in 2007.
He was one to skip friendlies but sure wouldn’t have missed out on a major tournament if the Welsh had ever got there.
Of course, now the manager of Wales, he’ll be certainly hoping to make the European Championships in two years, before eyeing up 2022. If he lasts that long.