Could Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray become oldest England debutant for 68 years?

Posted On 07 Mar 2018 at 6:59 am

England manager Gareth Southgate is reported to be contemplating whether to give an international call up to Brighton’s leading scorer Glenn Murray.

Arsenal striker Leslie Compton was 38 years and 64 days when he made his England debut against Wales in November 1950.

Murray would be 34 years 179 days should he be selected to play against the Netherlands on Friday 23 March.

The previous oldest debutant was Huddersfield Town’s Fred Bullock in 1920 who was 34 years 114 days old.

Murray has scored 11 Premier League goals for Albion so far this season, with many fans and pundits of the opinion that if he’s good enough to score regularly in the best league in the world, he’s good enough for England.

It will be a staggering achievement and an incredible turnaround in Murray’s fortunes after being frozen out at Bournemouth after a move there in August 2015 before rejoining Albion permanently in January 2017.

Murray could also become Albion’s first England striker since Peter Ward in 1980 against Australia.

Before Ward, Sussex-born inside forward Tommy Cook played for England while with Albion, against Wales in February 1925.

Albion’s most capped England player remains former captain Steve Foster who played three times for the Three Lions in 1981 and 1982, including an appearance against Kuwait at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

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