Michael Cox's All-time Eleven


Runs the popular football tactics website ‘Zonal Marking’ and also writes about football for ESPN, The Guardian and FourFourTwo magazine.

Gordon Banks






David Beckham

Bryan Robson

Bobby Charlton

Gary Lineker

Michael Owen

My favourite England player: Paul Ince

Well, my favourite ever England performance was the 0-0 draw away in Italy in 1997, the game that sealed our qualification for the 1998 World Cup and Paul Ince was particularly good in that match. The amount of blood on his shirt at the end of that game, I don't think he'd have been allowed to continue playing these days! Ince put a positive spin on the stereotypical English football qualities: Character; attitude; leadership; desire. Maybe he didn't have so much in the way of technical quality, but then again I actually think that Ince was always quite underrated in that respect. I remember his performance against Holland in 1996 and he was excellent. And, of course, he was one of the few English players of that era to have the courage to test himself abroad. He is still remembered very fondly by supporters at Internazionale where he played well for three seasons in the 1990s.


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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 Beckham885
2Bobby Moore875
3Ashley Cole731
4Bobby Charlton719
5Gary Neville717
6Paul Gascoigne657
7Alan Shearer654
8Gary Lineker572
9Gordon Banks541
10Paul Scholes458