Ranking England's 10 Greatest World Cup Central Defenders

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Ranking England's 10 Greatest World Cup Central Defenders
Associated Press

After the defensive frailties on display against Italy when England crashed to a 2-1 defeat in their 2014 World Cup opener, many England fans have cast their thoughts back to a time when the Three Lions boasted some of football's finest defenders.

Without taking too much away from current pairing Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, looking through England's previous World Cup squads, they were often a who's who of international stars when it came to the central defensive partnerships.

Who is the greatest, though? Bleacher Report counts down our own top 10 of England's all-time central defenders, looking at their performances at World Cups for their country, but also taking in consideration what they achieved at club level that saw them selected in the first place.

Disagree with our selection? Let us know in the comments section below.


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