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Top Five - Players who should return to international football
Published : 26 Mar 2010 11:47:19Rss feed
With the news that Ryan Giggs is considering coming out of international retirement to play for Wales in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, football.co.uk takes a look at the top five players that should return to the international game...
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Edwin van der Sar
The Manchester United goalkeeper might be nearly 40 years old, but after helping his club fight for both the Premier League and Champions League this season, he's shown he still has the ability to play at the highest level.
Holland's most capped player of all time, Edwin would breeze his way into the starting 11 at the World Cup - and his experience could be vital.
After news broke of an affair between John Terry and Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend, the Manchester City left-back took some time to reflect before making himself unavailable for selection.
Always the understudy to Ashley Cole, Bridgey is needed more than ever by England boss Fabio Capello as Cole is still not fit after breaking his ankle six weeks ago.
Juan Roman Riquelme
Despite scoring 18 goals in just 54 games from midfield, the Argentinean maestro hung up his international boots in 2008 after falling out with controversial manager Diego Maradona.
Now plying his trade at Boca Juniors, Juan Roman's creative flair could;ve been a major weapon for England's old enemy in South Africa.
Although Croatia failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, the return of their former captain could be a major boost for their European Championship qualifying campaign.
Having played for clubs such as Bayern Munich and Juventus in a career spanning nearly 20 years, Kovac's ability and experience would be a great addition should he choose to add to the 84 caps he already has.
At just 29 years of age, Aston Villa right-back Luke decided to bring his international career to a premature end after gaining just seven full caps.
Fabio Capello asked him to reconsider his decision before a friendly with Brazil last year but the former Charlton star turned down the offer.
With Glenn Johnson just returning from long-term injury and Wes Brown currently in the treatment room, Young could've had a chance of a World Cup call-up.
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