Philippe Auclair's All-time Eleven


A football writer and broadcaster as well as the England correspondent for the France Football magazine and contributor to The Blizzard.

Gordan Banks

Gary Neville

Sol Campbell

Bobby Moore

Ashley Cole

Tom Finney

Bryan Robson

Bobby Charlton

Chris Waddle

Jimmy Greaves

Nat Lofthouse

My favourite England player: Bobby Charlton

It is a strange thing, to ask a Frenchman for his favourite English player because it is not so much a player that we loved, as as player that we feared. I grew up at a time when the feeling ahead of a clash between our nations was always that we were going to lose and that was often because of the presence of Bobby Charlton. The first World Cup I remember was 1966 and that famous goal against Mexico is one that is imprinted on my memory, and the memory of my school friends. We would try and mimic his technique when we played in the park. He represented something that our nation did not have; he represented winning. Don't forget we're talking about a guy who won the World Cup, the European Cup, who played with George Best. He was one of the greatest English footballers of all time.


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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
10Wayne Rooney8938

Most picked:

# Name Picks
1David Beckham869
2Bobby Moore856
3Ashley Cole717
4Gary Neville705
5Bobby Charlton703
6Paul Gascoigne644
7Alan Shearer643
8Gary Lineker562
9Gordon Banks531
10Paul Scholes451