The best Arsenal players capped by England

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Arsenal have had 57 players capped by England over the years, and it's difficult to select the best 11 without upsetting some fans.

So, with apologies to Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, Ray Parlour, Alan Sunderland, Sol Campbell, John Radford, Ashley Cole and a host of other Arsenal heroes (well, maybe not Ashley Cole), here's our top 11 (club stats are for League games only):

Joe Baker

8 England caps between 1959 - 66 (3 goals).

Baker was Arsenal centre forward from 1962 - 66, during which time, with Geoff Strong, he formed one of Arsenal's most prolific striking partnerships. Baker bagged 93 goals in 144 appearances.

Tony Adams

66 England caps between 1987 - 2000 (5 goals).

The former Arsenal captain played 504 times for the club between 1983 - 2002, scoring 32 goals.

Cliff Bastin

21 England caps between 1931 - 1938 (12 goals).

The Arsenal outside left played 395 times for Arsenal between 1929 - 1947, scoring 150 goals.

Ted Drake

5 England caps between 1934 - 1938 (6 goals).

The centre forward scored 124 goals in 167 Arsenal appearances between 1934 - 1945.

Martin Keown

43 England caps between 1992 - 2002 (2 goals)

Keown had two spells at Arsenal - 22 appearances (no goals) between 1984 - 1986, and 311 appearances (4 goals) between 1993 - 2004.

Paul Merson

21 England caps between 1991 - 1998 (3 goals).

Merson played 289 times for Arsenal between 1985 - 97, scoring 78 goals.

Kenny Sansom

86 England caps between 1979 - 1988 (1 goal)

The left back played 314 times for Arsenal between 1980 - 1988, scoring 6 goals.

David Seaman

75 England caps between 1988 - 2002 ( no goals)

Seaman played in goal 405 times for Arsenal between 1990 - 2003.

Alan Smith

13 England caps between 1988 - 1992 (2 goals).

Smith made 265 appearances for Arsenal between 1987 - 95, scoring 86 goals.

Tony Woodcock

42 England caps between 1978 -1986 (16 goals).

Woodcock was an Arsenal striker between 1982 - 86. He scored 56 goals in 131 appearances.

Ian Wright

33 England caps between 1991 -1998 (9 goals)

Wright scored 128 goals for Arsenal from 221 appearances over the same period.

 

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