The Ten Greatest England Goals of All-Time

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2010

The Ten Greatest England Goals of All-Time

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    One of the most storied clubs in international football history, England have witnessed many spectacular moments throughout their history.

    From winning the World Cup to a great run in a tournament, England fans have witnessed many different events throughout their history.

    With this in mind, here are England's Ten Greatest Goals Ever.

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No. 10 Joe Cole (2006 World Cup Vs Sweden)

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    COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 20:  Joe Cole of England scores a goal during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Group B match between Sweden and England at the Stadium Cologne on June 20, 2006 in Cologne, Germany.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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    In England's final group stage match against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup, Joe Cole was able to score one of the top goals of the tournament off a corner.

    Cole was able to strike a bouncing ball past Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson and into the back of the far top corner of the net to give England the lead.

    England went on to tie the match at two apiece with the Swedish.

No. 9 Gary Lineker (1990 World Cup Vs West Germany)

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    In the 80th minute of the semifinal of the 1990 World Cup, Gary Lineker was able to score to tie up the match at 1-1 against West Germany after faking out two defenders and the goalkeeper to score.

    Of course, England went on to lose the match on penalties, which caused Lineker to say his famous quote: "Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."

No. 8 Alan Shearer (Euro 1996 Vs Holland)

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    18 Jun 1996:  Alan Shearer of England celebrates his second and England's third goal against Holland in the Group A match at Wembley during the European Football Championships. England beat Holland 4-1.
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    In what was England's best game of the entire tournament, Alan Shearer was able to put away a brilliant pass from Teddy Sheringham to give England a 3-0 lead in a match they went onto win 4-1.

    Shearer went on to win the Golden Boot for Euro 96 with five goals.

No. 7 John Barnes (1984 Friendly Vs Brazil)

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    1984:  John Barnes of England starts a run on the goal during the international match against Brazil played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. England won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: David  Cannon/Allsport
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    An absolutely fantastic goal in a 1984 friendly at the Maracana, John Barnes was able to help England get a 1-0 win by beating half of the Brazilian national side before putting the ball away into the back of the net.

    Sadly, this was Barnes' greatest moment while a member of the Three Lions, as expectations rose to a ridiculous level after that fantastic solo goal.

No. 6 Bobby Charlton (1966 World Cup Vs Mexico)

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    In the 1966 World Cup, Bobby Charlton was able to score one of the top goals of the entire tournament against Mexico as England were on their way to their only World Cup title.

    On the play, Charlton received a pass after a takeaway and powered the ball into the back of Mexico keeper Ignacio Calderón's net in what turned out to be the winning goal of the match.

No. 5 Paul Gascoigne (Euro 1996 Vs Scotland)

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    15 Jun 1996:  Paul Gascoigne of England scores their second goal during the European Championship match against Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London. England won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu  Forster/Allsport
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    One of the most famous English footballers of all-time, Paul Gascoigne scored one of the top goals of Euro 1996 when he got the ball off a free kick from a penalty miss by Scotland and was able to chip the ball over a Scottish defender before striking the ball home.

    The most famous part of the goal though has to be the celebration afterward, when Gazza and several English teammates pretended that Gazza was in the "Dentist Chair".

No. 4 Michael Owen (1998 World Cup Vs Argentina)

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    30 Jun 1998:  Michael Owen of England shrugs off Jose Chamot of Argentina on his way to goal during the World Cup second round match at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in St Etienne, France. England lost 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. \ Mandatory Credit:R
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    In the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup, Michael Owen scored the most memorable goal of his career when he ran the length of the pitch against Argentina before putting away the shot into the top corner.

    Overall in the tournament, Owen scored two goals and secured his spot as an English starter for many years to come as he went onto become the first English player to score in four major tournaments.

No. 3 David Platt (1990 World Cup Vs Belgium)

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    26 Jun 1990:  John Barnes of England (L) shoots past Michel Preud'homme of Belgium, but the goal is ruled out for offside during the FIFA World Cup Finals 1990 second round match against Belgium played at the Dall''Ara Stadium, in Bologna, Italy. England
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    In the round of 16 match for England against Belgium, David Platt was able to convert a long chip from Paul Gasacoigne into the back of the net in his first ever World Cup appearance.

    This goal started what turned out to be a memorable World Cup appearance for Platt, who scored against both Cameroon and Italy and also scored in England's penalty shootout loss to West Germany.

No. 2 David Beckham (2001 World Cup Qualifier Vs Greece)

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    6 Oct 2001:  David Beckham of England celebrates with Emile Heskey after scoring an injury time equalising goal during the World Cup Group 9 Qualifier between England and Greece at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. England sealed qualification after th
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    After getting red-carded in the World Cup quarterfinal in 1998 against Argentina, David Beckham found himself as one of the most hated people in England.

    But three years later, Beckham redeemed himself at Old Trafford by striking in a stoppage-time free kick against Greece to tie the match at two and give England a spot in the 2002 World Cup.

    The free kick was a Beckham classic, as the bend on the kick froze Greek keeper Antonios Nikopolidis as England earned their tie.

No. 1 Geoff Hurst (1966 World Cup Final Vs West Germany)

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    In extra time in the 1966 World Cup final, England were able to get an extremely controversial goal as Geoff Hurst's shot that hit the crossbar and bounced off the line.

    However, Soviet referee Tofik Bakhramov said to Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst that the ball was in and that decision gave England a 3-2 lead, a lead that was not relinquished as England won their first and only World Cup.


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