5 Other Players Who Scored on Their England Debut
It was a dream night for Andros Townsend on Friday. He scored on his international debut in England's 4-1 victory over Montenegro, earning rave reviews in the process.
However, although he joins an exclusive club of players to have scored on their England debut, a quick look at some of the other members of the club would serve as a reminder that a good England debut doesn't make you a superstar.
Here, Bleacher Report looks through some more England internationals who grabbed a goal in their first appearance. This list should serve as a timely reminder that Townsend still has a long way to go in his footballing career.
He was once labelled one of England's brightest prospects—a tag that nobody really wants due to the expectation thrust upon your shoulders—and Francis Jeffers has the proud record of scoring on his England debut.
The trouble is, that was the only time he turned out for the national side. His goal came during a 3-1 defeat to Australia at Upton Park in 2003. Injuries and a disastrous spell at Arsenal following an £8 million move meant he never got a place back in the senior squad.
Whilst the likes of Townsend and Jeffers grabbed a goal on their debut, Kieran Richardson did them one better. In May 2005 he made his international debut for England in a friendly against the USA, and he scored twice in a 2-1 victory.
Like Jeffers, he was handed his debut by Sven-Goran Eriksson and, like Jeffers, his international career didn't last very long. He made eight appearances for the national side, failing to score on any other occasion than that dream debut.
There are only three men to have played once for England and scored one goal. We've already looked at Francis Jeffers. David Nugent is another member of that club.
Nugent was drafted into the senior squad by then-manager Steve McClaren in 2007 to replace the injured Darren Bent. Nugent was playing outside of the Premier League at the time, with Preston North End. The Euro 2008 qualifier against Andorra was the game in question. After coming on as a late substitute, Nugent struck in the 93rd minute to grab himself a debut goal for England. Since then, Nugent has failed to break his way back into the squad.
He is currently trying to secure promotion into the Premier League for current club Leicester City.
One international career that Andros Townsend could take warning from is that of Shaun Wright-Phillips. Like Townsend, Wright-Phillips burst into the England squad with a reputation of being an energetic, quick winger. And like Townsend, Wright-Phillips also grabbed a goal on his England debut.
His form at Manchester City earned him the call-up to England's squad for a clash against Ukraine in August 2004. He came on as a substitute and scored a superb goal late in the second half. Unlike Nugent and Jeffers though, Wright-Phillips would become a regular member of England squads over the coming years.
He was regularly involved with the squad as they secured qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. However, by then he had secured a move to Chelsea, and a lack of appearances for the London side meant he missed out on a place at the finals with England.
To date, Wright-Phillips has appeared 36 times for the senior side, scoring six goals.
The man who netted 30 times in 63 games for the national side, as well as captaining them on several occasions, is another member of this club who have scored on their first appearance for England.
His promotion into the senior squad came off the back of an amazing record with the under-21's. He scored 13 times in 11 games, a record which is still unbeaten. It was almost inevitable that Graham Taylor would call him up to the senior side, and he duly did so for England's 1992 clash against France.
He marked the occasion with a goal, the first of 30 he would bag for the national side. He retired a legend at Newcastle United, and he is one of England's finest strikers. Can Andros Townsend replicate the England career of someone like Shearer?
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