At one point Jack Rodwell was one of the most promising youngsters in English football. Then he followed the money trail to Manchester City and by and large he is now the forgotten man. This summer has has made a £10 million move to Sunderland to try and ignite his faltering career.
Rodwell has made three appearances for England, but has featured since June 2013, where he played in the 2-2 draw with Brazil. Rodwell made just 16 appearances for Manchester City over the course of his two years with the Manchester Club, and it was the World Cup that made him choose to pursue first team football.
"Watching the World Cup left a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.
"I was supporting the team 100 per cent but I also wanted to be there so I think it's time I put that right, get back playing and get back in the squad."
This is a warning to a lot of young English talent. Rodwell was only just bursting through at Everton when he made the switch, it would have been better for him to stay with Everton, establish himself as a Premier League star and then make the move if he wanted to.
"Without doubt the last couple of seasons I have not played nearly enough football as I have wanted to play," he added.
"The regular football is the most important thing for me, to play football and get back to enjoying it, so this is a great place for me to be."
I really hope that Rodwell can bounce back with Sunderland. With Gerrard retiring and Wilshere more interested in smoking than ensuring he is in top condition for a future at the top, there is room for Rodwell to make a quick return to the England set-up.