Steven Gerrard is the latest in a long and distinguished line of Liverpool FC players to have pulled on the England shirt and represented his country at the very highest level. As one of the most iconic and successful clubs in the world it’s no surprise to see how long the roll of international honours is at Liverpool. From Michael Owen’s stunning impact in 1998 back to Roger Hunt’s goals in 1966 – the Anfield outfit are certainly prominent in the England World Cup story.
It’s been a while since the blue side of Manchester was so prominent in the England shirt. You could perhaps go as far back as the 1970 World Cup when Francis Lee and Colin Bell used their Maine Road success to muscle into a squad full of 1966 legends. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joleon Lescot and Gareth Barry are staking their claims for a place in South Africa, in the present day and creating a sense of excitement that City has not felt since the halcyon days of the late 1960s.
Colin Bell almost certainly never gained the medals his… Continue reading
The term ‘traditional’ tends to be most commonly tagged onto two positions in English football, those of centre-forward and centre-back. Both positions command a high level of respect throughout the game and share traits, particularly strength and bravery in the air.
England World Cup squads have of course been packed with great centre-backs in the traditional, uncompromising mould – from Jack Charlton in 1966, to Terry Butcher in three consecutive World Cups, to Tony Adams in the 90’s and coming up to date with current defensive bulwark John Terry. Five decades of comparison is not entirely accurate, because of… Continue reading
Flair midfielders are as varied as they are valued. You can discuss the merits of anyone from Hoddle to Rivaldo, as there is no fixed position for the role. Perhaps the only qualification is the ability to turn a match from deep with a piece of individual brilliance. Paul Gascoigne and Steven Gerrard are two driving forces who could influence a match in any number of ways and two of England’s most renowned flair midfielders in the last quarter century. Anyone over the age of 30 will remember Paul Gascoigne’s tears at Italia ‘90 – born of frustration… Continue reading