Jermaine Jenas made 21 appearances for England but always found himself on the periphery of the first team in the presence of established stars.
The 2000s saw England line-up with their golden generation.
In Michael Owen, they had a prolific forward with an uncanny eye for goal. The midfield had Paul Scholes, Steven Gerard, Frank Lampard, and David Beckham. At the back, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand lined up together.
What they did not have were capable managers to make an impact on continental tournaments. They never amounted to anything.
Jermaine Jenas was part of that dressing room and shares, that apart from a select group everyone else was on the fringes. He pointed out Sven Goran Eriksen’s reign and stated that the stars played and left the rest questioning themselves.
“I had a couple of moments struggling with imposter syndrome throughout my career as a player,” Daily Mail quoted Jeans from The Locker podcast.
“It was playing for England and it was nothing to do with my ability or my deserving of the position I was in.”
“It was more to do with your surroundings. It’s a bit like the ‘England Boys’ Club’. They’re part of the England Boys’ Club and you’re there but you’re not quite there if you know what I mean?”
“During my time playing for England, we had Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes. They were world-class players playing for Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, all legends of the game.”
“And no matter how well I was playing, how well I was training – there was myself, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves – we were just on the fringes.”