So after a wonderful run in both League and FA Cup has come to an end, now the focus returns the main objective; survive relegation at all costs. This week we will take a look at the five players that have an international background as well as playing for both SAFC and Crystal Palace. First up…
The Trinidad and Tobago international didn’t exactly have a flourishing career on Wearside after he was signed in January 2007 by Roy Keane. When he joined the club, it was thought that his experience in England would pay dividends in our campaign, but his tally of eight goals simply wasn’t good enough and was let go at the end of the season where he joined Southampton. He performed in the same manor when he joined Crystal Palace in 2009, however his international statistics make fantastic reading before he retired in 2011 - 115 appearances and 70 goals.
The man that was pegged down to be the next best centre half for us after signing from West Bromwich Albion in 2007. He learnt his trade at Manchester United and was instantly hailed as a decent defender when he came to us. After a good start, cracks began to show with the Republic of Ireland international. Own goals and sloppy games saw some of the fans turn on him or cringe when his name was mentioned on the team sheet. He departed to Hull in 2009 on-loan initially and then signed permanently. His eleven appearances for The Eagles in 2012 may not be something to boast about either. He’s played 31 times thus far for his country, currently under our old gaffers Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.
The Norwegian ‘keeper was a fantastic servant for our club during our promotion season despite a stuttering start to his career with us. He was initially Thomas Sorenson’s understudy and played second fiddle a few times until after Euro 2004 where he was installed as number one. His loan period at Crystal Palace played its part – even if it was 15 appearances. All-in-all he was a good player for us and I was a bit disappointed when he left us in 2005 and returned to his native Norway. His international career didn’t go too badly either, ending with 56 caps before his retirement in 2007.
John Oster, the baby faced midfielder was a quiet man both on and off the pitch - but put in a performance when needed! Bringing him in from Everton in 1999, it seemed like we had a very good prospect in our club, but negative press off the field and inconsistent performances took their toll and he was whisked away on loan to many lower league teams. He turned out for Palace 31 times shortly after leaving Sunderland. These days you can find him playing at Gateshead Football Club. His international caps didn’t really make up for the number of years he’s played in the sport, but an international appearance is an international appearance – 13 times he featured for Wales.
Who could forget this magician of a footballer, he was simply superb and well-remembered by our brilliant fans for his wonderful performance against Newcastle United in their own back garden. He came over to us from York in 1987 and never looked back with 185 appearances and 87 goals to boot. In 1991 he departed to London and Palace where he played for just the one season. Although he may not have picked up a full international cap, he wasn’t far off it at all so I’m counting him! He featured for the England U21 team twice and then for the England B team once. Always a hero for us I’m sure!