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Five futile club forwards that star on an international stage

| 01.04.2015

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is yet to witness his winger Andros Townsend reach the high standards that the England international set for himself in previous outings for his country.

Having starred in World Cup qualifying before being ruled out with a long-term injury, awesome attacker Townsend recently fired home an equaliser in a friendly encounter against Italy.

Townsend’s Three Lions form will frustrate his club Spurs, with the wideman seemingly only able to perform to his full potential on the international stage.

After Townsend’s exploits for his country, Coral look at five other forwards who stuttered at their clubs but managed to shine on an international level.

Radamel Falcao
The former La Liga hitman recently netted in two international consecutive friendlies for Colombia, levelling Arnoldo Iguaran’s all-time tally of 24 international strikes. Manchester United’s under-fire poacher struck a delightful double against Bahrain before firing in a superb penalty against Kuwait.

Old Trafford boss Louis Van Gaal will hope his forward can continue this run on the red half of Manchester, with his Champions League hopefuls a 9/4 chance with Coral to finish outside the top four this term.

Watch Falcao blast home Colombia’s opener against Bahrain in a recent friendly clash:

Milan Baros
Apart from his time at Galatasaray, Baros struggled to make a genuine goalscoring impact at clubs throughout his career. The former Premier League attacker managed just nine goals during his time at Aston Villa and only seven strikes while at Lyon.

Despite helping Liverpool to a famous Champions League victory in 2005, the former Czech Republic international was far more prolific for his country, striking 41 goals in 93 outings, more impressive than his 19 in 68 outings for the Reds.

Watch Baros confidently score a superb solo goal against the Netherlands in 2003:

David Healy
Former Northern Ireland striker Healy was far from prolific during his club career, with his best goalscoring acclaims coming in his days as a Preston North End finisher, where he netted 44 times in 137 appearances.

The Down-born forward is his country’s all-time leading scorer and holds the record for the best goals tally for European Championship qualifying with 13 strikes. His country are currently well placed to qualify for Euro 2016 and are a 5/2 chance to finish top of Group F.

Watch that famous Healy strike for Northern Ireland against England in 2006:

Helder Postiga
Former Porto poacher Postiga has represented Portugal at two World Cups and three European Championships, helping his nation to reach the Euro 2004 final.

However, a torrid spell at Tottenham saw the striker net just a single goal in 19 outings, while he slotted home only 12 times in 71 appearances for Sporting Lisbon.

Although, on the international stage Postiga managed to find fine form, striking 27 goals in his 71 outings, including a late equaliser against England at Euro 2004, which inspired his nation towards an eventual penalty shoot-out triumph.

Watch Postiga dispatch a ‘paneka’ style penalty against England in a Euro 2004 penalty shoot-out:

Lukas Podolski
The out-of-favour Arsenal attacker is currently enduring a lacklustre loan spell at Serie A strugglers Inter Milan, and is yet to score since his San Siro arrival.

Despite enjoying two successful stints at Cologne, Podolski stuttered at Bayern Munich and has not reached his true potential under Arsene Wenger at the Gunners.

The London outfit will be frustrated at their faltering German forward, with the World Cup winner boasting his country’s third highest goalscoring record, and he is also the third most capped German international in history.

Podolski’s parent club Arsenal are odds-on 4/5 to secure an FA Cup triumph this year at Wembley.

Watch Podolski net the second fastest international goal in history against Ecuador:



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.