To celebrate the fantastic ‘50 Years of Hurt’ collection from Art of Football I have decided to pick my top 5 players that I would have on my t-shirt.
Rather than just pick my 5 favourite players I thought I would mix it up slightly and pick my own 5-a-side team from England’s history books.
For me growing up in the 80’s and discovering football and my love of goalkeeping the player I most looked up to was Peter, a rock between the sticks and without doubt one of the best England ever had. 125 caps says it all really, not to mention those curly locks.
My Captain is Mr Moore, it could not be anybody else, I never saw him play but the memories heard from other generations has swayed me on this one, the only selection I have never seen play either live or on television but Bobby had to make the team and rather than label him defender he is simply my defence, no one else needed.
Robbo has to have a place right in the engine room of this side, box to box using his ability to help out Booby in defence but then spring forward and threaten the opposition goal. A massive character and leader on the pitch no one would dare not give 100% with Robbo and Moore my two generals.
I thought long and hard about this one, the only player that could have got the nod over Scholes was Gazza. I love Gazza to bits and he was such an exciting and dynamic player it was hard to leave him out (I know what Glenn feels like now). However in my eyes Paul Scholes is the most technically gifted footballer England has ever had, from the amazing array of passes in his locker to the numerous spectacular volleys and finishes he produced. From the ability to shield the ball from his opponents and find space for himself to his ability to arrive in the box at exactly the right time and position to score from close range. For those reasons Scholes had to get the nod, sorry Gazza.
The all time leading goal scorer for England. For all the stick he gets he still goes out and tries his very best to produce for his country, his ability on the ball and off it is up there with the best, his unselfishness and willingness to do whatever needed for the team to get the result are all second to none. On top of all that he is one of the few modern generation who appear to give a damn if England win or lose, he takes immense pride in representing his country and you can see if England lose or underperform he takes it just as deeply as us fans.
That is my England 5-a-side, I am not saying it’s the best or greatest but it’s my team and I would be confident sending them out to represent the Three Lions.