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Having scored 10 goals over two tournaments—Mexico '86 and Italia '90—Gary Lineker is by far and away England's greatest ever World Cup striker, having managed to double the number of goals scored by his closest challenger.
Very few England players have possessed Lineker's instincts inside the box, with his ability to score goals, particularly from close range, his defining skill.
He scored a hat-trick in England's 3-0 win over Poland in their final group game at Mexico '86, a result that ensured England's passage into the round of 16, where he scored another two goals in the 3-0 win over Paraguay.
With England 2-0 down to Argentina in the quarter-final, Lineker scored with nine minutes left, but it wasn't enough as they exited the competition. However, his six goals in Mexico saw him finish the tournament as the top scorer.
And his love affair with the world's greatest sporting event continued in Italy four years later. He got Bobby Robson's men off to a flyer in their opening group game against Ireland with a goal after 8 minutes, though Kevin Sheedy equalised with less than 20 minutes remaining and the game finished 1-1.
England went on to draw with Netherlands in their second match before a 1-0 win over Egypt saw them progress to the knockout stages, where—after beating Belgium in the round of 16—Lineker scored two penalties in the win over Cameroon in the quarter-final.
He was on the scoresheet again in the semi-final, grabbing England's only goal in the 1-1 draw with West Germany. He went on to score in the penalty shoot-out, but Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce failed from the spot and England were sent home.