Here’s our overall top XI England line up, who would make your team?
GK: Gordon Banks
Some will dispute the fact that we have omitted David Seaman or Peter Shilton in this spot,
but Gordon Banks is the only Goalkeeper in English history to win the FIFA Goalkeeper of
the year award six times in a row, win the World Cup with England and perhaps make the
greatest save ever against the one and only Pele! Banks earned an impressive 73 caps for
England during his career.
RB: Gary Neville
Despite not winning a single trophy with England, Gary Neville’s place is secured purely
because of lack of other options. Other players to play in this position for England include
the likes of Lee Dixon, Paul Parker and George Cohen but none had the staying power that
Neville had. Capped 85 times, the Manchester United Legend secures his place as our pick
for Right Back.
CB: Bobby Moore
Few would argue that Bobby Moore’s place in the team is a deserved one. Winning 108 caps
and scoring twice in his England career, Moore is quite simply England’s greatest ever
central defender. Moore not only captained England to World Cup glory but also one a place
in the FIFA ‘All Time Team’ alongside German counterpart, Franz Beckenbauer.
CB: Terry Butcher
Who can forget the crimson mask worn by Legendary England defender Terry Butcher? Not
us that’s for sure! That’s why he earns his spot in our all time England eleven. Winning 77
Caps, Butcher had a long career with England that spanned over three World Cups. At a
massive 6”4, Butcher’s presence in the team would be welcomed by most international
LB: Stuart Pearce
Known as ‘Psycho’, Stuart Pearce was capped 77 times for England in a career that spanned
over two decades. Pearce even went on to manage the England Under 21 team and
continues to enjoy a great association with the team.
CM: Bryan Robson
A former England captain and all round midfield general. Bryan Robson has over 90 caps as
an England player and scored an impressive 26 times from midfield. Many people would
argue that Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or even Glen Hoddle should be in this spot but as
far as we are concerned, Bryan Robson is underrated as an England player and deserves his
spot in our team.
CM: Bobby Charlton
At 106 caps with 49 goals, Bobby Charlton is currently England’s all time leading goal scorer
(now tied with Wayne Rooney). The fact that Charlton was a Central Midfielder and scored
that amount that he did is testament to just how amazing this player was. Charlton was also
part of the 1966 World Cup final victory over Germany and he scored two goals in the semi
final against Portugal to get England there in the process.
RM: David Beckham
Few would deny that there are not many more hard working players than David Beckham.
Winning 115 caps and playing in 3 separate World Cup tournaments, it’s easy to see why
Beckham makes our list. Perhaps one of the most famous players to ever grace the game,
Beckham in the right wing position is a no-brainer and he makes the team easily ahead of
the likes of Darren Anderton or Peter Beardsley.
LM: Paul Gascoigne
Good old Gazza. What would 1990’s football be without arguably its biggest character?
Gazza has 57 caps for England and scored 10 times. He is the undisputed star of the Euro’96
campaign and scored one of the greatest goals of all time against Scotland during the
tournament. Despite his off the field antics, Paul Gascoigne should rightly be remembered
for his incredible England career.
ST: Nat Lofthouse
Scoring an extremely impressive 30 goals in 33 games for England, Nat Lofthouse still holds
the record for the best goal/game ratio of any England player. He is somewhat of a
forgotten gem amongst modern England fans who may prefer the likes of Alan Shearer,
Teddy Sheringham or even Wayne Rooney.
ST: Gary Lineker
Lineker has an impressive 48 goals in 80 caps for our great country. During the 80s and 90s
there was no more deserving striker than Lineker in the entire country. Having a successful
club career playing for the likes of Totenham Hotspur and Barcelona, Lineker almost
achieved World Cup glory in Italia ‘90 before heartbreak set in and England were narrowly
defeated by West Germany. Still a household favourite, Gary Lineker now presents BBC1’s
‘Match of The Day’.