Danny Simpson’s summons to England were revoked when the FA realized he had a few days of community service to complete, the defender claimed.
Simpson is currently listed for Bristol City in the league but before that he won a Premier League winner’s medal for Leicester City after coming through the Manchester United youth ranks.
But, despite his impressive resume, the Manchester-born defender has never made an appearance for the national team.
While in Leicester, Simpson was convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. And, although he denied the charges, he was forced to perform unpaid community service (although this was eventually replaced by a curfew).
Now, speaking on the On The Judy podcast, Danny has claimed that this criminal conviction forced the FA to overturn his summons to England.
“I was called up for England once, and it was canceled,” he began.
The full-back went on to explain that he got the exciting call during his time at Leicester, noting: “We won the league, so there was Vardy, Drinkwater, and there was a time when all the right-backs were injured.
“And I don’t know if you remember a time when they tried to get Glen Johnson out of retirement?” It’s because I was called and then it was taken away from me because I still had a few hours of community service left.
“So they decided they would get too much of a bad press. It just killed me.
“I might not have played, but it was that call-up, to come into the camp and be with all these players… I felt like I deserved it because we won the championship and we were doing well in the Champions League as well. “
Despite his disappointment at being left out, Danny also reflected on the positives of his time doing community service, working in bingo halls and homes for the disabled.
“Community service actually changed me as a person because when you live in the football bubble – and it’s a bubble – I got out of there quickly when I was doing what I was doing,” he said. -He suggests.
Working after training and on his days off while Leicester competed for the league, Danny recalled: “Some of these people were the happiest I have ever met and they have very serious illnesses.
“Sometimes we complain about certain things in life, and these people don’t have families… It was crazy brother, I do puzzles with this guy, and then I bingo with them and I help them, actually changed me for the better.
Danny was finally released by Leicester after five successful years with the East Midlands club in 2019, before playing for Huddersfield Town and more recently Bristol City.
To receive more sports stories from Daily Star straight to your inbox, sign up for one of our free newsletters here.