5 Rotherham players who won international caps while at the club

Given their relative stature in the game, international breaks for Rotherham are more about using the time for training rather than seeing a host of players go off to various corners of the world to represent their country.

However, over the years the Millers have had some internationals on their books.

Here’s a look at five of the best.

Marc Joseph (Antigua and Barbuda)

Leicester-born Joseph’s father got in touch with Antigua and Barbuda officials after he saw they were looking for players in 2008. The defender was playing in League Two but the Carribean country, where his father was born, saw what they liked and after an incident with a lost birth certificate he made his debut in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Cuba. He went on to win 12 caps, scoring once against Curucao.

Alan Lee (Republic of Ireland)

Lee’s call-up to the Ireland squad in 2003 was a real feather in the cap for the Millers, who developed him into a top class striker. It also spelled the beginning of the end as bigger clubs began to sit up and take notice. He made his debut at the end of the 2002-03 season, where had had scored 16 goals for Rotherham, in a friendly against Norway and left the club a few months later. He ended his career with 10 caps, but did not score.

Darren Byfield (Jamaica)

Byfield – Lee’s strike partner – also earned international recognition in 2003 with Jamaica. He featured in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup where he made three appearance but did not score. His participation meant that he arrived back late for the 2003-04 season, missing much of pre-season. He scored one goal in six games overall for the Reggae Boyz.

Kari Arnason (Iceland)

Undoubtedly the most successful international ever to have played for the Millers, though his highlight came after he left. The classy defender was already a regular for Iceland by the time he joined Rotherham, but his time at the club coincided with a rise in fortunes for his country. They missed out on qualification to the 2014 World Cup on a play-off but were well on course for a place at Euro 2016 when he exited for Malmo in 2015. He has made 58 appearances for Iceland, including a famous Euro 2016 win against England.

Shaun Goater (Bermuda)

Goater became Rotherham’s first international when he joined from Manchester United in 1989. The striker was Bermuda’s only professional player but it meant him missing a chunk of the 1992-93 season as his country tried to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. He continued to represent the island until 2004, finishing with 32 goals in 36 appearances.

 

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