Fox in the box: The five best poachers in history - Tottenham, Leeds stars feature

Gary Lineker

To honour Teddy Sheringham, we take a look at five of the best poachers in football history.

Sheringham built a reputation with Nottingham Forest, Spurs and Manchester United as the greatest poacher of his generation, scoring arguably one of the most famous goals in United’s history at the Nou Camp in 1999.

The ‘fox in the box’ tag is one which followed him throughout his entire career, and has labelled other such luminaries as Gerd Muller and Pippo Inzaghi, all the way to current Spurs starlet Harry Kane.

This type of striker seems to be a dying breed in the current game, with forwards playing up front by themselves having to provide in all aspects of play. Kane is an anomaly in the modern age, with the likes of Lukas Podolski and Roberto Soldado seen as useless players in lone-striker tactical styles.

However, it is no surprise that the goal-poaching star is the type of striker who generally sits atop the lists of goal records throughout history, and to honour Teddy Sheringham, who turns 48-years-old today, we take a look at five of the best English ‘fox in the box’ strikers throughout footballing history.

Teddy Sheringham - Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Portsmouth, West Ham

Alan Shearer - Southampton, Blackburn, Newcastle United

Gary Lineker - Leicester, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur

Allan Clarke - Fulham, Leicester, Leeds United

Jimmy Greaves - Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham

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