With the World Cup about to kick off in Russia in just under a week, former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has been reflecting on his own international career.
Jenas was a regular in Three Lions squads during the era of the so called ‘‘golden generation,’’ but rather unsurprisingly struggled to get much game time due to the presence of Premier League greats Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, not to mention Paul Scholes.
The 35-year-old, who played for Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur during the prime years of his career, has even reflected that he feels lucky to have amassed as many England caps as he did – considering the wealth of talent available to Three Lion bosses at the time.
“I was part of one of the most elite periods in the history of English football when it comes to midfielders, but I also look at myself and ask if I could have done more.
“At club level, I was part of the last Tottenham team to win something (2008 League Cup) and that is a success I am proud of, but I feel there could have been more in my career.
“But when I look back at my England career now, I’m pretty happy to have got 21 caps in the Lampard/Gerrard era.”