When Shearer and Sheringham finally brought football home for England

It's 19 years since future Newcastle and Manchester United heroes Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham combined in a 4-1 win over Holland at Euro '96.

Ask the average England fan growing up in the 1990s to recall a high point for the Three Lions and the chances are the words Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and England 4 Holland 1 will feature.

This was the night when football came home, when England fans started to believe and when the national team's most potent strike force finally bore fruit.

Robbie Fowler and Les Ferdinand had scored a combined 65 goals between them in the Premier League season prior to Euro '96, but in Sheringham and Shearer, manager Terry Venables saw goal-hungry strikers who worked together in tandem.

This was the game where everything seemed to click for the pair with a Holland team that had ended England's 1994 World Cup qualification hopes and the managerial tenure of Graham Taylor put to the sword in sensational style.

The first half was a nervy affair, with Holland having the majority of the chances, yet failing to find away past the imperious David Seaman and defenders like Stuart Pearce, who would have his own moment in the sun in the quarter-finals.

The momentum changed with the awarding of a penalty to England, duly dispatched by Shearer for his third goal of the tournament.

Then came the second period and a glut of three unanswered goals from the Three Lions in the space of 11 crazy minutes.

Shearer may have been known for his aerial prowess but it was Sheringham - still to this day one of the best headers of a ball in his or any generation - who gave England a 2-0 lead on 51 minutes.

Six minutes later, England fans were in dreamland as Paul Gascoigne, Sheringham and finally Shearer combined for a superb team goal that was arguably the best of the match.

It was then left to Sheringham to add a fourth, a gift after Holland goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar weakly parried a shot into the then-Tottenham striker's path but it was only what he deserved for a fine all-round display that featured two goals and an assist.

The only sour note came when Patrick Kluivert found the net for Holland to ensure the Oranje progressed alongside England but at the expense of Scotland.

Craig Brown's team had fought valiantly throughout the group phase, never outplayed or outfought on any occasion - even when losing 2-0 to England, who had been fortunate to take all three points - but were eliminated on goal difference alone.

For Shearer and Sheringham, this match would be the start of big things, with the former moving to Newcastle later that summer while the latter went on to Manchester United.

As stunning a result as England 5 Germany 1, this match remains the undoubted highlight of Euro '96 for England and 19 years on, it still makes for great viewing.

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