Iain Macintosh's All-time Eleven

@iainmacintosh

A freelance football journalist, writer and author. He writes about football for ESPN, The Mirror, the New Paper and is the author of ‘Football Manager Stole My Life’.

Peter Shilton

Gary Neville

Terry Butcher

Bobby Moore

Ashley Cole

Tom
Finney

Bryan
Robson

Bobby
Charlton

Stanley Matthews

Gary Lineker

Nat Lofthouse

My favourite England player: Gary Lineker

My first World Cup memory is from June 1986 and it's of my dad and his mate being particularly scathing about the England team. Bobby Robson's side had lost their first game to Portugal, drawn with Morocco and, from the array of new words I learned that night, they weren't expected to do any better against Poland, who had after all stopped them from going to the World Cup just 13 years earlier. What they didn't consider was Gary Lineker, Everton's resident goal-muncher, who blew them away with a first half hat-trick. More goals would follow in the second round where he picked up two against Paraguay as I watched, cross-legged and awestruck on the floor in my pyjamas. For an impressionable eight year old, this was a life-changing experience. I've never seen an England striker since who has looked so consistently likely to score.

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All-time stats:

# Name Caps Goals
1Peter Shilton1250
2David Beckham11517
3Steven Gerrard10921
4Bobby Moore1082
5Ashley Cole1070
6Bobby Charlton10649
7Billy Wright1053
8Frank Lampard10329
9Bryan Robson9026
10Michael Owen8940

Most picked:

# Name Picks
1David Beckham824
2Bobby Moore811
3Ashley Cole671
4Bobby Charlton667
5Gary Neville664
6Paul Gascoigne606
7Alan Shearer602
8Gary Lineker533
9Gordon Banks495
10Paul Scholes422