5th February 1991
Today’s trip down Memory Lane allows me to crave an indulgence – as if the other posts so far don’t!
I could understand why Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon didn’t get more caps for their country. Steve Bould to a certain extent as well although the success of his club partnership with Tony Adams to my mind at least, meant that he should represented England more often than the two occasions he was selected.
Whilst I understand their omissions, I have never understood why Paul Davis never received full international recognition from his country. Breaking Glenn Cockerill’s jaw and receiving a nine-match suspension curtailed his England career. Despite newspaper reports stating the contrary, England had a dearth of midfield talent. Certainly ones of Davis’s quality anyway.
At the time in 1989, Davis was playing arguably the best football of his career. Subsequent seasons were interrupted by injury but in 1990/91 he was back to his best, albeit approaching thirty years of age. That’s old in football terms for an international debut now and was no different back then.
The Football Association had, in their wisdom, decided that players suspended from club football couldn’t play for England. It was a remarkably sensible idea with England’s extensive talent pool barely touched by the decision.
And we trust these people to run football.
Davis ended this particular evening with a goal to bolster his claims but despite a glowing reference from Lawrie McMenemy, the England ‘B’ manager for the evening, he never went on to receive his full cap. Graham Taylor, I’m sure, would disagree as his resoundingly successful record in Euro92 and USA94 proved.
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