Monday 20 January 2020

other england players in the dock ... and how the fa dealt with them

Admitted in 1994 to beating his former wife Sheryl, but didn't face a national team ban.

Rio Ferdinand

Convicted of drink-driving in 1997 and dropped from England squad for one game. Missed drug test in 2003, given eight-month ban and absent from Euro 2004.

Lee Bowyer

Cleared of assault and affray after a student in Leeds was attacked. FA banned him from the squad until the trial was over.

Jonathan Woodgate

Guilty of affray for the same incident Bowyer was cleared of. Banned from international selection for three years, missing 2002 World Cup.

Alan Smith

Called up in 2003, but sent home when FA learnt he had been arrested after throwing a bottle into the crowd. Smith apologised and was not charged by police.

Joey Barton

Jailed for six months in 2008 for assault. Not played for England since 2007 debut.

Steven Gerrard

Arrested in 2008 after an incident at a bar. Allowed to play for England during the trial where he was cleared of affray.

Ledley King

Arrested in 2009 outside a nightclub following an alleged assault. Issued an apology, but was not charged by police and faced no action from the FA.

Andy Carroll

Pleaded guilty to common assault in 2010, but was not banned from playing for England.

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