Video Special - Top 10 England World Cup Goals
Published : 07 Jun 2010 13:53:49
With England's first group game just five days away, football.co.uk takes a look at the top 10 World Cup goals scored by the Three Lions.
1. Michael Owen v Argentina 1998
On what was then the biggest night of his fledgling career, an 18-year-old Michael Owen gave the world a glimpse of his prodigious talent with one of the greatest goals ever scored.
2. Joe Cole v Sweden 2006
Ninety-nine times out of a hundred these find row z, but on this occasion Cole's superb volley found the top corner. More of the same in South Africa please Joe.
3. Geoff Hurst v West Germany 1966
Admittedly he didn't have much of a defence to deal with as he ran towards goal, but Geoff Hurst's last minute rocket to seal World Cup victory will be remembered forever.
4. David Platt v Belgium 1990
Another very late goal in our list, David Platt's superb technique helped save England from the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.Take a look at Gary Lineker's face - a picture of sheer joy.
5. Bobby Charlton v Mexico 1966
With 100,000 people crammed into Wembley, Bobby Charlton decided to go on a trademark run through the middle, before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner. The keeper's reaction says it all.
6. Gary Lineker v West Germany 1990
Don't worry about the heartbreaking penalty exit which followed, Lineker's touch and finish to put England back on level terms is still one our greatest World Cup moments.
7. David Beckham v Colombia 1998
Although he would later become a national villain after seeing red against Argentina, Becks' textbook free-kick against Colombia made him a hero for a few nights at least.
8. Darren Anderton v Colombia 1998
Although his career was often affected by injury, Anderton was still capable of producing magic moments with his famous right boot. This is one of those moments.
9. Steven Gerrard v Trinidad and Tobago 2006
After struggling to break down a stubborn Trinidad and Tobago defence, Stevie Gee eventually added a cracking long-range effort to confirm a 2-0 win.
10. Bryan Robson v France 1982
It might not be the greatest goal you'll ever see, but Robson's strike after just 27 seconds against France was England's first in a World Cup for 12 years. A truly memorable moment.