Just for fun, here are the 18 England players who didn’t make it to Spain in 1982 when Ron Greenwood trimmed his squad from 40 to 22:
Gary Bailey – (Manchester United).
Dave Watson – (Stoke City).
Alvin Martin – (West Ham).
Russell Osman – (Ipswich Town).
Steve Perryman – (Tottenham Hotspur).
Tommy Caton – (Manchester City).
Derek Statham – (West Brom).
Dennis Mortimer – (Aston Villa).
Alan Devonshire (West Ham).
Sammy Lee – (Liverpool).
Eric Gates – (Ipswich Town).
Cyrille Regis – (West Brom).
Tony Morley (Aston Villa).
Peter Barnes (Leeds United).
Garth Crooks (Tottenham Hotspur).
Paul Goddard – (West Ham).
Gary Shaw – (Aston Villa).
David Armstrong – (Southampton).
Not a bad line-up – from the days when the England manager had a few more to choose from.
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