As Liam Plunkett's recent renaissance shows, being out of the England fold for a few years doesn't automatically mean an international career is over.
The likes of Ravi Bopara, Graham Onions and Eoin Morgan have flirted with the Test limelight without cementing a place in the five-day team. Others such as Ajmal Shahzad and James Tredwell have enjoyed “blink and you'll miss it” Test careers.
After Plunkett's nine-wicket performance at Headingley, England's nearly men can still hope for a call from the chairman of selectors and a return to the biggest cricketing stage of all.
Read on to see who has made our England XI of forgotten Test players and one-cap wonders. All selections have played for England within the last decade.