Futaa's new legends series takes a look back at some of the most iconic names in recent international football history.
We've selected a few stars that we most closely associate with the England National Football Team and some special memories of them on the international stage.
🥅 Alan Shearer
The Geordie man is a Newcastle United legend and has scored more Premier League goals than any other player in the competition's history. He also performed admirably in an England jersey, most memorably thumping home against The Netherlands at Euro 1996.
👠 David Beckham
He's always been one of the most recognisable sportspeople on the planet off the pitch, and he did some pretty special things on it too. Who can forget this goal for England against Greece that sealed qualification for the World Cup in 2002 that sealed legendary status for Becks?
🔴 Wayne Rooney
He was only 18 at the time, but Wayne Rooney's double against Croatia in the round of 16 stage of Euro 2004 was probably a performance that best showcased his dynamic talents. He would go on to infamously break his metatarsal that ruined England's chances as they succumbed to Portugal, who would later go on to be shocked by Greece in the final. England's coach at the time, Sven-Göran Eriksson, said this of Rooney's performance at Euro 2004:
"I don't remember anyone making such an impact on a tournament since Pele in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden."
On a separate note, Wazza also did this against Brazil at the Maracana in 2013:
📝 Honourable mentions
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard often stood on one another's toes in an England shirt, with many fans believing that they were too similar in style to operate in the same team. However, both enjoyed distinguished careers for club and country. Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole collected 107 caps and was the picture of consistency in that position, while Man United Paul Scholes added his own brand of magic to the centre of England's midfield, although he was used sparingly by coaches at that level.
Which players do you think of immediately when you see a Three Lions jersey?
We'll be tackling a host of other European superpowers and then move on to Africa and South America. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the international break and occupy our time before club football returns!
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