Jay Bothroyd And The Other English Players Making A Living Abroad
While the Premier League is awash with stars from around the globe there are still a handful of players trying to expand the English game around the globe.
Here are a few who are plying their trade on foreign soil:
Jay Bothroyd (Japan)
Another English one cap wonder, big Jay Bothroyd is still playing his trade in Japan with top-flight outfit, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.
The 35-year-old has never been a stranger to playing abroad and his journeyman career has seen spells in Italy (with Perugia) and Thailand (Muangthong United F.C.)
In November 2010, Bothroyd won his only England cap, coming on as a second-half substitute ina 2–1 defeat to France. In doing so he became Cardiff City's first England international in their 111-year history, and the first Football League player to represent England since David Nugent in 2007.
Charlie Sheringham (Bangledesh)
But it was at the non-league level that Charlie became a striker to be feared and he regularly banged in goals for a host of clubs including Welling United, Bishop’s Stortford and Dartford.
Now 29, his last port of call in the UK was at Hemel Hempstead town before leaving for Bangladesh in November 2017, where he plays for Premier League side Saif Sporting Club.
Benjamin Agyeman Badu (Serbia)
A Londoner who holds joint British and Ghanaian nationality, the winger currently plays for Serbian outfit, FK Sloboda Užice.
Only 19, the former Blackpool academy player is known as a pacey winger. Quite how he ended up in Serbia is more of a mystery.
James Lawrence (Slovakia)
The former Arsenal man has been playing in Slovakia with AS Trenčín since 2014 and is clearly settled there after a spell in Holland with RKC Waalwijk.
After two season with QPR he moved to Ajax and then on to Sparta Rotterdam. The defensive midfielder has won two Slovakian titles with Trenčín.
Tom Hateley (Poland)
The son of long-haired former AC Milan, Rangers and England striker Mark, Tom made his name with Motherwell having come through the Reading academy.
The midfielder come right-back joined Śląsk Wrocław after a spell with Tranmere after turning down the chance to play for Partick Thistle.
It is believed the move was influenced by his former Motherwell team-mate, Henrik Ojamaa; an Estonian who also previously played in Poland.
Korede Aiyegbusi (Kazakhstan)
Originally from London, the 29-year-old fullback has an interesting career that started with university ‘soccer’ in the USA where he represented Team GB in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.
After two years with MLS outfit, Sporting Kansas Wizards, Aiyegbusi joined FC Haka in Finland before his journeyman tour of saw him play in Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Iran and now with Shakhter Karagandy in Kazakhstan – the club who nearly knocked Celtic out of the Champions League in 2013-14.
Leroy Lita (Thailand)
Still only 33 (which seems impossible), the former Bristol City, Reading and Middlesbrough striker is still playing in Thailand with Sisaket F.C.
A renowned goal scorer in his pomp, Lita last played for Yeovil Town following a spell in Greece before making the move to South East Asia.
Adam Dickinson (Vanuatu)
Somewhat of an enigma in the UK, the 31-year-old scouser made his name in Wales with Gap Connah's Quay Nomads before heading to New Zealand where he played for various clubs including Auckland City.
More recently he ventured further into the Pacific where he now plays for Amical Port Vila in the remote island nation of Vanuatu.
George Saunders (Colombia)
The 28-year-old midfielder was – at one point – the only Englishman playing in South America and is now in his fourth season at Envigado FC in Colombia’s top flight.
Saunders made his start in football in Spain at Villareal’s academy before taking the chance and moving to Colombia where he joined América de Cali.
Now firmly settled in the city of Medellín and having played in Colombia for over seven years, Saunders is proof an English player can make it anywhere.
Paul Rachubka (India)
Everybody says goalkeepers are mad and perhaps that’s what former Manchester United youth player Rachubka is.
Having played for 17 different clubs in a career spanning 17 years the Californian born shot-stopper is now playing in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters FC.
A regular in the England side throughout the schoolboy football, Rachukba played most of his football with Huddersfield and Blackpool and the 36-year-old clearly fancied an adventure in the twilight of his career.