England have had some great players appear for the National Team over the years.
1966 World Cup Winning Goalkeeper Gordon Banks, record goalscorer Wayne Rooney amongst others like Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Paul Scholes.
We can even include the class of 2018 in this category who reached the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Cup.
But What is England’s Greatest 11? Here is my take on the greatest 11 to ever appear for England.
Goalkeeper - Peter Shilton, England’s record appearance holder with 125 caps. He was the man in goal that conceded Maradonas "hand of god" that ultimately knocked England out of World Cup 1986 against Argentina. 4 years later, he was in the England squad that finished 4th in World Cup 1990 having lost to Germany on penalties in the Semi-Finals.
Right Back - Gary Neville, appearing 85 times for his Nation, he was a hard man to displace from the team having been a successful player during Manchester United's dominance in English football. When it comes to Right Backs, he is right up there as one of the best for England.
Centre Back - Bobby Moore, with 108 caps to his name, he is the only man to captain England to a World Cup trophy back in 1966. Solid at the back with a calm head, it was his pass that set up England’s fourth in the 4-2 win over West Germany in the final. He also held the record for being England’s youngest ever captain when he was selected in 1963 at the age of 22.
Centre Back - Terry Butcher, with 77 caps to his name, he was part of the 1990 World Cup squad who reached the Semi-Finals of a World Cup only to be knocked out on penalties v Germany. But who could forget the famous blood bath he experienced while playing for England v Sweden in 1989 an historic image that shows pride and passion to play for his nation.
Left Back - Stuart Pearce, 78 caps, a man that oozes passion for his country. Having being one of the players who missed a penalty in the Semi-Final penalty shootout defeat against Germany in 1990, it was clear to see the devastation in his eyes. But 6 years later at Euro 96, he redeemed himself scoring in the penalty shootout against Spain, which England went on to win, with the famous roar after putting away his penalty.
Right Midfield - David Beckham, a man that needs no introduction, the ultimate English footballing icon. Having played 115 times for his country, he played with passion every time he wore the Three Lions shirt. Although, he did get sent off against Argentina in 1998 for lashing out and kicking Diego Simeone, he went on to captain England in 2001 when Sven Goran-Eriksson took charge. He was Captain for England in there most famous win, behind the 4-2 win in 1966 which saw them win the World Cup, by beating Germany 5-1 in a World Cup Qualifier in September 2001.
Centre Midfield - Paul Gascoigne, 57 caps for his nation, he often made headlines for his off the field antics but on the field he was a master class in midfield with mesmorising dribbling abilities who could forget his most famous goal against Scotland in Euro 96. He was booked in the 1990 Semi-Final, which meant he would miss the Final had England reached it. Thus came the infamous Gazza Tears.
Centre Midfield - Bobby Charlton, 106 caps and 49 goals, he was England’s all time leading goal scorer for 45 years until Wayne Rooney took the record away from him in 2015 against Switzerland. He was also a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team, having made his full debut in 1958, 2 months after he survived the Munich Air Disaster.
Left Midfield - John Barnes, the Jamaican born midfielder moved to England at the age of 12 and chose to represent England at international level making 79 appearances. Silky skills and often referred to as a Brazilian like player, he was part of the 1990 England squad who made the Semi-Finals of the World Cup.
Centre Forward - Sir Geoff Hurst, the only man to ever score a Hat-Trick in a World Cup Final against West Germany in 1966. He made just 49 caps for his country scoring 24 goals. He didn't make his England debut until February 1966, a few months before the World Cup.
Centre Forward - Gary Lineker, Golden Boot winner in 1986 and Semi-Finalist with England in the following World Cup in 1990. He was the ultimate goal poacher scoring 48 times in 80 caps.
Manager - Sir Bobby Robson, 1 of 3 managers to take England to a World Cup Semi-Final, alongside Gareth Southgate & Sir Alf Ramsey. His credentials in both Club & National management speak volumes.