England All-Time XI7 min read
As BetVictor gets ready to honour England’s 1000th competitive match this Thursday, here’s how my England All-Time XI looks.
The 73-time capped England international was in goal for the 1966 World Cup victory and had a wonderful career that spanned more than 20 years.
Peter Shilton and David Seaman are close contenders, but Banks had it all – including that miraculous and mesmeric save against Pele in Mexico 1970.
There were not many as adventurous and threatening left backs in the world when Ashley Cole was in the pomp of his career, which is why he takes his position in the starting XI.
A constant threat and attacking as a second winger, Cole could also do the nitty-gritty defensive work to a world-class standard – not many would be able to manoeuvre past him.
Bobby Moore (c)
The captain of the 1966 triumph is at ease taking his place at centre back alongside John Terry.
Captain, leader and legend is a phrase that is perhaps more accustomed to his partner in recent years, but Moore fills the quota for all three. Moore would lead this side to battle on the front foot, just as he had always done through his glistening career.
The Moore of his generation, Terry had valour and bravery imprinted on his England shirt every time he stepped on the pitch donning it.
Chelsea’s hero for many a year, Terry never failed to take pride in his time with the Three Lions and produce stellar performances. Not to everyone’s liking, but a player that would leave nothing on the pitch.
Perhaps not the most technically gifted players, Gary Neville certainly made up for it in terms of his commitment on and off the pitch to England.
One of the leading fullbacks of his generation, Neville’s enthusiasm, hard-working nature and relentlessness gave his opposite man a nightmare from minute one to 90.
Sir Bobby Charlton
The Manchester United legend was another of those who graced the country with the World Cup win in 1966. One of the greatest players that has come out of the country, Sir Bobby Charlton is a player that everyone has looked up to at one point in their life – no matter if they were born in the same era of the great man.
A silky footballer who could do the defensive work as well as he could find the back of the net, Charlton is a pillar of English football.
As comfortable as Bryan Robson would be with the ball, he wouldn’t mind leaving a challenge on you without it.
Another ex-Red Devils player, the marauding midfielder was a breath of fresh air in the England set-up and would be inexplicably difficult to dispossess.
Arguably England’s best ever midfielder, Glenn Hoddle emulated more of a South American way of playing in terms of his dribbling, balance and vision for a pass.
The Tottenham midfielder could pull out the party tricks and leave players on the floor, as he had done throughout all of his career.
One of world football’s best ever right boots, David Beckham turned himself into a global icon both on and off the field.
From the ignominy of being sent off against Argentina in 1998, to being absolutely adored for single-handedly sending the country to the 2002 World Cup, Beckham is always one of the first players thought about when discussing England’s past. Captaining the Three Lions 59 times is no short feat, either.
Top scorer at Euro 1996, scoring on his debut and last appearance for his nation, Alan Shearer is a player that guaranteed goals anywhere he’d play.
A wonderful striker of the ball, Shearer was a fox in the box and would come alive when the opportunity presented itself. One of England’s finest over the years and a player that is internationally recognised as a top centre forward.
England’s all-time goal scorer as well as record maker, Wayne Rooney has gone through his career achieving milestone after milestone.
To this day, he remains England’s youngest scorer at 17 years, 317 days. Rooney might have been on the receiving end of criticism throughout the years, but he was a world-class player at the very top of his game – and one that should be remembered with fondness.