With the World Cup starting tomorrow, we look at those who have represented their country at the biggest international tournament as well as played for the Alex.
Goalkeeper – Clayton Ince (Trinidad & Tobago, 2006)
We kick off this list with the most-capped goalkeeper for T&T who was understudy to Shaka Hislop at the 2006 tournament in Germany. He played with the Alex between 1999 and 2005 and got 79 caps between 1994 and 2009 for his country.
Defender – Madjid Bougherra (Algeria, 2010)
The likable French-born Algerian is the only one on this list to have captained their country at a World Cup, doing so at the South African World Cup of 2010. He joined the Alex on loan from French Ligue 2 side Gueugnon in January 2006 (playing 11 times for the Railwaymen) before playing for Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Rangers and he got 69 caps for the country of his grandfather’s birth between 2004 and 2015.
Defender – Dennis Lawrence (Trinidad & Tobago 2006)
The current manager of T&T was another member of the Soca Warriors squad in 2006 where he played centre-back in all 3 of the side’s games. He joined the Alex on loan from Swansea City in September 2008, making 28 league appearances in League 1 and got 89 caps for T&T between 2000 and 2010.
Defender – Efe Sodje (Nigeria, 2002)
The only player that has been at the club during the World Cup he represented his nation at, doing so during the 2002 competition held in Japan and South Korea. He made 2 appearances during the competition against both Argentina and England among his 11 caps as well as making almost 100 league appearances between 2000 and 2003.
Midfielder – David Platt (England, 1990)
The most famous of those that played in the World Cup occurred during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He made 6 appearances during the tournament, including getting the winner against Belgium in the Round of 16. He made 134 league appearances for the Alex between 1985 and 1988 whilst he got 62 caps, scoring 27 goals, for England between 1989 and 1996.
Midfielder – Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland, 2018)
Granted this event hasn’t happened yet but Iceland’s star man joined the Alex on loan in February 2009 during Gudjon Thordarson’s reign. He made 15 league appearances for the Alex and has got 57 caps for Iceland to date.