Top 10 Greatest England Goals

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalNovember 10, 2011

Top 10 Greatest England Goals

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    England play reigning world and European champions Spain on Saturday, in a game most expect to highlight the gulf in class between the two footballing nations. Even England manager Fabio Capello has been forced to admit his team don't bear comparison to Vicente del Bosque's pass masters.

    "That time is past," he said in The Sun. "I think we've done a pretty good job. English football has only 33% English players. No more. This makes everything difficult.

    "We have good players of our own but not good enough to try to have the style of play which Spain have. You cannot think of playing one touch if you do not have the quality."

    But before we English get too downhearted, let us remind ourselves of some of the great moments the three lions have served up over the years. We might have gone 55 years without a trophy, but we've certainly scored some great goals.

10. Steven Gerrard vs. Trinidad and Tobago (World Cup 2006)

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    England hadn't exactly been convincing against Trinidad and Tobago, but that shouldn't take anything away from Steven Gerrard's fine strike late on.

9. Joe Cole vs. Sweden (World Cup 2006)

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    England and Sweden were both assured of progress to the knockout stages when they met in the 2006 World Cup, but what would otherwise have been a game easily forgotten was made memorable by Joe Cole's stunning volley.

8. Bryan Robson vs. France (World Cup 1982)

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    World Cup 1982, and England's "Captain Marvel" Bryan Robson got his team off to the best possible start with this goal inside a minute against France.

    Robbo would help himself to another in England's 3-1 win, but two 0-0 draws in the second group stage ultimately meant his unbeaten team went home.

7. Alan Shearer vs. Holland (Euro 96)

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    In my lifetime, I don't think England have played better than they did against Netherlands during the group stages of Euro 96.

    For their third goal in a 4-1 win, Paul Gascoigne found Teddy Sheringham in the box. Sheringham laid the ball off instinctively for Alan Shearer, and the England No. 9 emphatically blasted into the roof of the net.

6. John Barnes vs. Brazil (Friendly, 1984)

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    Down-on-their-luck England went to South America for some much-needed game time, having failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championships.

    A heavy defeat surely beckoned when they took on Brazil in Rio, but that was before John Barnes danced through their defense to score the most Brazilian of goals in the Maracana. England won 2-0.

5. David Platt vs. Belgium (World Cup 1990)

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    England and Belgium were heading for penalties when Paul Gascoigne won a free kick midway inside the attacking half. Gazza's chipped delivery was met by Platt on the swivel, and his dramatic winner secured England's passage to the quarterfinals.

4. David Beckham vs. Greece (World Cup Qualifying 2001)

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    England needed just a draw to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, but found themselves trailing 2-1 to Greece at Old Trafford.

    With time running out it was left to David Beckham to complete the hero duties.

3. Paul Gascoigne vs. Scotland (Euro 96)

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    Football came home in 1996, and Paul Gascoigne captured the mood with this glorious goal against Scotland.

    All too predictably, England went out on penalties to Germany in the semifinals.

2. Michael Owen vs. Argentina (World Cup 1998)

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    Michael was just 18 years old when he put Argentina to the sword at World Cup 1998. The pint-sized striker collected David Beckham's pass and turned on the afterburners, before shooting back across into the far corner.

    Sadly for England fans, the game will be remembered for Beckham's red card and the inevitable penalty-shootout heartbreak that followed.

1. Geoff Hurst vs. West Germany (World Cup 1966)

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    The most iconic goal in England's history is the one that sealed victory in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany at Wembley, and completed Geoff Hurst's hat trick.

    "Some of the crowd are on the pitch, they think it's all over...it is now."

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