We countdown the five greatest English football heroes of all time.
To celebrate St George’s Day, we take a look at five of England’s true football heroes.
England is the country that invented the game of football, and took part in the first international - a 0-0 draw with Scotland.
From that fateful day in November 1872, England has seen a number of highs and lows in the world of football, from the success of 1966, to the bleak 1970’s when two successive competitions were missed.
There have been heroes and villains throughout these years, and to celebrate England’s most patriotic day, we take a look at five of the greatest legends to don the famous Three Lions.
5) David Beckham - Manchester United
Despite playing during a poor time in England’s international success, Beckham will long go down as one of the real national icons, partly thanks to his qualification free-kick against Greece, and mostly for his all-round good nature. Managing to keep his England place after moving abroad, Beckham will always be remembered as the captain who deserved to win a trophy whilst wearing the white of England.
4) Gary Lineker - Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Leicester
Top scorer in Mexico at the 1986 World Cup, and then a hero at the 1990 edition, Lineker is truly one of England’s great strikers. 48 goals in 80 games and a club career that took him to Spain and back, Lineker was a prolific forward whose reputation is extremely high in the eyes of England fans.
3) Paul Gascoigne - Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers
The tears of Italia ’90, and the joys of Euro ’96, Gazza remains to this day a fans favourite, and one whose career was cut short too soon. Loved due to his emotion and raw talent, Gazza was seen as the fan who was just good enough to get on the field without trying, whilst never losing that childish love of the game.
2) Bobby Charlton - Manchester United
England’s record goalscorer, and Balon d’Or winner in 1966, it was Charlton who was the attacking force in the Three Lions midfield as they won the World Cup. Commonly regarded as one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players, Charlton is universally adored by all fans of English football.
Who else but 108-cap, World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, who for a over a decade led England like no other captain has. A West Ham hero and England legend, Pele named Moore the greatest defender he ever played against, and he was the only Englishman to be named in FIFA’s Team of the Century.