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10 England stars who got their start in non-league

 • by Ryan Baldi
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In an era where football clubs fight over the hottest young prospects from around the globe, identifying budding talents at earlier and earlier ages, it is still not uncommon for gifted individuals to fall through the cracks.

Whether ignored by scouts or deemed surplus to requirements at academy level, non-league football has historically given a platform for such players to showcase their skills and build a successful career from the ground up.

Some have even gone on to the very summit of the game, international football. Here, we have picked out ten players who played at non-league level before going on to represent England.

This list does not include players who were loaned out to non-league clubs – only those who were contracted to sides outside the Football League.

For clues, we’ve given you the number of caps each player accumulated, the period in which they played for England and the non-league clubs they played for.

Can you name them all?


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