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Alan Shearer reveals his ultimate England World Cup XI

| 04.06.2018
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Manager – Sir Bobby Robson.  Obviously Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966, but having played under Sir Bobby, he’d be my choice to manager this all-time England XI.

GK – Gordon Banks – This was a tough one because I grew up watching Peter Shilton and I played with David Seaman, and both were top class ‘keepers. 

However, I have gone for a World Cup winner in Gordon Banks, a man still famous for THAT save against Pele in Mexico 1970.

D – Phil Neal – George Cohen obviously won the World Cup, Gary Neville won it all with Manchester United and formed a great partnership with David Beckham, but I’m going with Phil Neal, an excellent and under-rated player who won the European Cup four times with Liverpool.

Unfortunately he did not play in a great England team but he really could play the game and deserves his place in this XI.

D – Ashley Cole – Not many forwards got the better of Ashley so I favour him ahead of the likes of Stuart Pearce, Ray Wilson and Kenny Sansom.  He had pace, got forward well, and most importantly, was a great defender.

D – Bobby Moore (Cpt) – Captain, leader and World Cup winner. There is nothing more that needs adding to that.

D – Tony Adams – Tony was the toughest opponent that I played against. He was a great leader and an excellent defender, and alongside Booby Moore would complete a formidable centre-back pairing.

M – Bryan Robson – I played against Bryan a few times when I was coming into the game and I had watched him for a numbers of years before that. He was hard as nails and he had an unbelievable amount of quality.

M – Paul Gascoigne – Gazza was the best player I have ever played with so he simply has to be in the team.

M – Glenn Hoddle – Even today Glenn could still be one of the best passers England have.  When he was England manager he made me his captain, but that isn’t why I’ve chosen him here!  A class act who could just spray passes across the pitch for fun.

M – Sir Bobby Charlton – Just like Bobby Moore, he is one of the greatest players England has ever produced. He was integral to our World Cup win and he had an unbelievable career for club and country.

F – Jimmy Greaves – I only watched videos of him but his stats on goals per game are incredible. I know he missed out through injury in the World Cup final but he was some goalscorer for England.

F – Alan Shearer – If I am allowed to pick myself, I will!  The reason, I’d absolutely love to play with this team, there’s so much quality they’d create chances galore for a centre forward. 

And if I don’t play then Gary Lineker would have to, and we can’t have that!

Subs

You can tell I’m a forward as I’ve gone for an extremely attacking bench!

Peter Shilton

Gary Lineker

Wayne Rooney

Peter Beardsley

It was a tough call picking this team because I have left out the likes of Kevin Keegan, who was my hero, plus Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but I simply could not include them all.

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Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer played his entire career at the top level of English football, winning the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1994-95. The following summer he signed for his hometown club, Newcastle United, for a then world record £15 million fee.

He ended his playing career with a record 260 Premier League goals, which still stands today. He also won 63 caps for England, including 34 as captain, and among his 30 international goals were five scored at Euro 96, a total that won him the Golden Boot at that tournament.

Now the chief pundit on Match Of The Day, Alan was one of the first two players inducted into the Premier League Hall Of Fame this year.