Which footballer has been to most major tournaments without playing? | World Cup

“Martin Keown went to the World Cup in 1998 and 2002 but didn’t play a minute. Have any players gone to three (or more) major championships and not played?” tweets Peter Tang.

Martin Keown did at least play at a couple of European Championships, in 1992 (you’d forgotten that, hadn’t you) and 2000, so his international career wasn’t a complete waste of his time and abnormal intensity.

Les Ferdinand also went to a couple tournaments without playing – but unlike Keown they were the only times he was selected throughout his career. Though Ferdinand was in the squads for Euro 96 and…

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