Hey guys. Football has of course been dominating my thoughts again today and I have been looking at Englandâ€™s World Cup squads throughout history. We have had some incredible players over the years and here is my â€˜Ultimate World Cup 11â€™. Will of course only feature players to play at a World Cup.
GK â€“ Gordon Banks â€“ Incredible shot stopper and produced â€˜that saveâ€™ against Pele in 1970.
RB â€“ Gary Neville â€“ Controversial choice here. Many would have gone for George Cohen, but I would take Neville, as in a strong defence he would come into his own.
CB â€“ Bobby Moore â€“ Donâ€™t really need to explain why, do I? One of Englandâ€™s greatest ever players and the only English captain to lift the World Cup.
CB â€“ Des Walker â€“ Very, very pacey central defender. After the World Cup in Italy in 1990, his stock rose massively.
LB â€“ Ashley Cole â€“ In my opinion the best left back to ever play for England. Great in defence, lightning fast and could deliver a cross too.
MF â€“ Paul Scholes â€“ Hugely underrated in an England shirt and had to make way for the â€˜Lampard/Gerrardâ€™ experiment, which ultimately proved to be a waste of time.
MF â€“ Bobby Charlton â€“ Englandâ€™s record goalscorer. Nuff said!
MF â€“ Paul Gascoigne â€“ One of the countries most naturally gifted footballers of all time. Made skill look easy and you could see how much it meant to him to play for England.
MF â€“ Bryan Robson â€“ Captain Marvel. A career cruelly cut short by a knee injury. Could tackle, pass and score a goal. A wonderful footballer.
FW â€“ Gary Lineker â€“ My favourite player as a kid. Second on the all time list and winner of the golden boot in 1986.
FW â€“ Wayne Rooney â€“ Was thinking of Alan Shearer as well but Rooney has to edge it, as Englandâ€™s third highest goalscorer.
Very Close â€“ Stanley Matthews, Alan Shearer, Peter Shilton, George Cohen, Kenny Sansom