After the all-consuming nature of this summer's World Cup, it is easy to forget that gaining international recognition is no foregone conclusion, even for some of the best players to ever play the game.
Steve Bruce, for example, famously never gained an England cap during his illustrious career—one that saw him captain Manchester United to a number of league and cup successes. You need to do more to impress the likes of Graham Taylor, evidently.
In the modern game, however, where international matches (especially meaningless ones) are more frequent and coaches like to call on an ever-growing cast of players in the search for one that might contribute in a tournament environment, it seems it is only ever a matter of time before a promising young player is given his first call-up. But some are still waiting for that moment.
This could have been a list of 20 Spanish players, but for variety's sake we tried to look at players from a few different nations. Click on for some of the game's uncapped wonders.