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    Your 'Favourite' England 11 + subs

    So on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone's 'favourite' England 11 is + 5 subs of 4 outfield plays (any position) and a GK.

    Can use any players from any era so long as they have represented England at senior level. Only other rule is it must be a recognised formation ie 442 or 532 etc. Might be nice to choose your favourite manager as well.

    Here is my team - 442:

    GK: Gordon Banks
    RB: Phil Neal
    LB: Stuart Pearce (sorry)
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Jackie Charlton
    MR: John Barnes
    ML: Paul Gascoine
    MC: Bryan Robson
    MC: Trevor Brooking
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Kevin Keegan

    Manager: Bobby Robson

    Subs:
    Ray Clemence (GK)
    Tommy Lawton (would have been in first 11 but never saw him play)
    David Beckham
    Marcus Rashford
    Steve Coppell

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfcog View Post
    So on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup I thought it might be interesting to see what everyone's 'favourite' England 11 is + 5 subs of 4 outfield plays (any position) and a GK.

    Can use any players from any era so long as they have represented England at senior level. Only other rule is it must be a recognised formation ie 442 or 532 etc. Might be nice to choose your favourite manager as well.

    Here is my team - 442:

    GK: Gordon Banks
    RB: Phil Neal
    LB: Stuart Pearce (sorry)
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Jackie Charlton
    MR: John Barnes
    ML: Paul Gascoine
    MC: Bryan Robson
    MC: Trevor Brooking
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Kevin Keegan

    Manager: Bobby Robson

    Subs:
    Ray Clemence (GK)
    Tommy Lawton (would have been in first 11 but never saw him play)
    David Beckham
    Marcus Rashford
    Steve Coppell
    I don't know how Booby Moore and Bobby Charlton can be left out. Damn it - just put the 1966 squad there - the stats prove it.

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    Banks
    Neville G. Ray Wilson
    Moore. J Charlton
    R Charlton, Gascoine. Robson. Ball
    Shearer. Lineker

    Subs. Shilton. Neal. Mc Farland. Keegan. Hoddle. Greaves. Stiles

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    I've put the two Bobbys (Bobbies?) in and eradicated the Red menace.

    4-1-3-2, which was the formation used in the 1966 final (see link), but back then they called it 4-4-2. It isn't really though, because it's not two banks of 4. Could call it 4-4-2 with a diamond, but this team is designed to attack. Bryan Robson steps into the Nobby Stiles role and Bobby Charlton plays as himself.

    GK Gordon Banks
    RB: Gary Neville
    LB: Ashley Cole
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Bobby Moore
    DM: Bryan Robson
    LM: Paul Gascoigne
    AM: Bobby Charlton
    RM: Paul Scholes
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Michael Owen

    Manager: Glenn Hoddle

    Subs:
    David Seaman
    Alan Ball
    Frank Lampard
    Alan Shearer
    Jimmy Greaves

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_Final

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    Not an easy task

    Banks
    Cohen Moore Campbell Pearce
    Charlton Hoddle Robson
    Gascoigne
    Rooney Lineker

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_anticlough View Post
    Not an easy task

    Banks
    Cohen Moore Campbell Pearce
    Charlton Hoddle Robson
    Gascoigne
    Rooney Lineker
    Forgot my subs:
    Swift, Wright, Edwards, Finney, Matthews, Keegan, Dean (give youth a chance off the bench)

    Manager has to be Graham Taylor with Phil Neal as assistant

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    Cannot believe you lot, bloke scores a hat-trick in a Wembley World Cup Final and he doesn't even get a place in any of your teams so far, and not even on a subs bench.... and he's a Sir...

    Well he's one of my favourites, along with Sir Bobby Charlton

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    I'll go with the 1966 team as my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wedgie_pie View Post
    Cannot believe you lot, bloke scores a hat-trick in a Wembley World Cup Final and he doesn't even get a place in any of your teams so far, and not even on a subs bench.... and he's a Sir...

    Well he's one of my favourites, along with Sir Bobby Charlton
    We are probably looking at performances over a period of time not one match and being a sir means nothing when Bobby Moore was over looked imo.

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    There are many reasons why people have different ‘favourite’ players, the thread is not necessarily about achievement but about choosing players who have had an impact on you for one reason or another. I would imagine most will be because they were the players you watched as a youngster when you were more susceptible to their influence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohinen View Post
    I've put the two Bobbys (Bobbies?) in and eradicated the Red menace.

    4-1-3-2, which was the formation used in the 1966 final (see link), but back then they called it 4-4-2. It isn't really though, because it's not two banks of 4. Could call it 4-4-2 with a diamond, but this team is designed to attack. Bryan Robson steps into the Nobby Stiles role and Bobby Charlton plays as himself.

    GK Gordon Banks
    RB: Gary Neville
    LB: Ashley Cole
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Bobby Moore
    DM: Bryan Robson
    LM: Paul Gascoigne
    AM: Bobby Charlton
    RM: Paul Scholes
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Michael Owen

    Manager: Glenn Hoddle

    Subs:
    David Seaman
    Alan Ball
    Frank Lampard
    Alan Shearer
    Jimmy Greaves

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_Final
    That's one hell of a team Bohinen! serious subs bench also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohinen View Post
    I've put the two Bobbys (Bobbies?) in and eradicated the Red menace.

    4-1-3-2, which was the formation used in the 1966 final (see link), but back then they called it 4-4-2. It isn't really though, because it's not two banks of 4. Could call it 4-4-2 with a diamond, but this team is designed to attack. Bryan Robson steps into the Nobby Stiles role and Bobby Charlton plays as himself.

    GK Gordon Banks
    RB: Gary Neville
    LB: Ashley Cole
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Bobby Moore
    DM: Bryan Robson
    LM: Paul Gascoigne
    AM: Bobby Charlton
    RM: Paul Scholes
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Michael Owen

    Manager: Glenn Hoddle

    Subs:
    David Seaman
    Alan Ball
    Frank Lampard
    Alan Shearer
    Jimmy Greaves

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_Final
    I'm with Bo, that seems great to me although I'd swap Shearer for Lineker. I agree on Hoddle, every time he's on the BT Sport commentating I wish he was still the manager, he knows his onions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i961pie View Post
    We are probably looking at performances over a period of time not one match and being a sir means nothing when Bobby Moore was over looked imo.
    Don't think Bobby Moore was overlooked, think he died way too young but would have got his knighthood if he had lived... Charlton and Hurst received their knighthoods after Moore died...But I take your point about performance over a period, but I would still have GH in my team...

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    Oooh I like this! I've gone with players I've seen for England and not a historical XI


    Manager - Bobby Robson

    Formation
    4-1-3-2

    GK - Shilton
    RB - Neville
    LB - Pearce
    CB - Butcher
    CB - Walker
    DM - Robson
    CM - Gascoigne
    CM - Gerrard
    CM - Scholes
    ST - Lineker
    ST - Shearer

    Subs - Seaman, Ferdinand, A.Cole, Lampard, Platt, Collymore.

    I know the Collymore choice is odd - I just always rated him as a player until his Liverpool move. I genuinely think he had the potential to be THE greatest striker England have ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohinen View Post
    I've put the two Bobbys (Bobbies?) in and eradicated the Red menace.

    4-1-3-2, which was the formation used in the 1966 final (see link), but back then they called it 4-4-2. It isn't really though, because it's not two banks of 4. Could call it 4-4-2 with a diamond, but this team is designed to attack. Bryan Robson steps into the Nobby Stiles role and Bobby Charlton plays as himself.

    GK Gordon Banks
    RB: Gary Neville
    LB: Ashley Cole
    CB: Terry Butcher
    CB: Bobby Moore
    DM: Bryan Robson
    LM: Paul Gascoigne
    AM: Bobby Charlton
    RM: Paul Scholes
    CF: Gary Lineker
    CF: Michael Owen

    Manager: Glenn Hoddle

    Subs:
    David Seaman
    Alan Ball
    Frank Lampard
    Alan Shearer
    Jimmy Greaves

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_Final
    Thanks for reminding me of Jimmy Greaves, I'd have him in like a shot and instead of Michael Owen. Cruelly robbed of a place in the final - 44 goals in 57 for England. Might also on reflection prefer Terry Venables for Manager.

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    G Banks
    G Neville
    R Moore
    D Edwards
    R Wilson
    T Finney
    G Hoddle
    P Scholes
    R Charlton
    G Lineker
    T Lawton

    subs: Clemence, Adams, Gascoigne, Matthews, Shearer

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    Do we need another thread for a Rest of the World 11?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfcog View Post
    Do we need another thread for a Rest of the World 11?
    No. It's quite uplifting to think of the England players we enjoyed watching. It quite depressing to think of the players the Rest of the World could offer, Puskas, Di Stefano, Pele, Maradonna, Cryuff, here you are, eat your heart out:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_...XI_of_all_time

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