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I think the three sides listed below are probably the top England teams of recent years. But which is the best?

 

Italia'90

 

----------------------Shilton

 

Parker – Butcher – Wright – Walker – Pearce

 

---------Gascoigne – Platt – Waddle

 

----------------Lineker – Beardsley

 

 

Euro'96

 

--------------------Seaman

 

Neville – Southgate – Adams – Pearce

 

Anderton – Ince – Gascoigne – McManaman

 

-------------Shearer – Sheringham

 

 

World Cup 2006

 

-------------------Robinson

 

-Neville – Ferdinand – Terry – A.Cole

 

Beckham – Gerrard – Lampard – J.Cole

 

---------------Owen – Rooney

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Italia 90 for me..... Gazza in his prime was immense to watch

 

As was Shearer in Euro 96 mind...

 

how about a poll :lol:

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Italia 90 was a better team than it looks on paper. Gazza, Lineker, Waddle, and Pedro were all class at the time and even David Platt was a decent footballer. I remember Paul Parker being a canny full back as well.

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Good question and a tough one. My initial reaction was to say '90 until you look at the line ups. I think you could move more players into '90 from '06 than the other way around. What about the best of the bunch?

 

GK - Shilton (90)

RB - Neville (96)

CB - Adams (96)

CB - Terry (06)

LB - Pearce (90)

RM - Beckham (06)

CM - Gascoigne (90)

CM - Gerrard (06)

LM - J. Cole (06)

CF - Shearer (96)

CF - Rooney (06)

 

Tough choices actually and you could pick a cracking team without any of those in.

 

Edit: and curse me for not fitting in Beardsley who would have been great behind those front two.

Edited by JawD

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Putting Gascoigne and Gerrard together is nearly the same as putting Gerrard and Lampard together, too attacking minded, both need a defensive foil. The three in 1990 worked well because there was three centre halves plus the full backs to get back around them.

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Well, even after I done it I was thinking maybe better dropping Beckham and J.Cole for Parker and A. Cole as wing backs. Also dropping Neville and pushing Peace into the centre. Extra place maybe for Beardsley.

 

Again, very attacking minded though.

Edited by JawD

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Italia 90 for me apart from the likes of Gazza, Waddler, Lineker and Pedro already mentioned people like Pearce, Walker and Parker played really well and were very good at what they did (I think people forget how good Pearce was). Also Shilton and Butcher were class players (even though they were a bit past their sell-by date) and David Platt was a genuine box-to-box player who had great goalscoring ability and he complimented Gazza well. Even Mark Wright played class.

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Hmm, as a "neutral" I think it is really difficult to judge. On the paper it might be the best English team ever, but I think that football has improved vastly in most countries (except Jormany). So most teams will send better teams to this World Cup. So maybe winning in the end has become even more difficult nowadays.

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

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RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :lol:

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

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RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :unsure:

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:lol::o I was at the quarter final too.

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :lol:

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Jesus H Wept!

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :unsure:

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:lol::o I was at the quarter final too.

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I missed that game as I'd been admitted to hospital suffering from stress and anxiety over whether the Toon would win a throw in the following season.

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :unsure:

146590[/snapback]

 

:lol::o I was at the quarter final too.

146596[/snapback]

 

I missed that game as I'd been admitted to hospital suffering from stress and anxiety over whether the Toon would win a throw in the following season.

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I wore me toon top (grandad shirt one) lyke :o

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :lol:

146590[/snapback]

 

They changed the system half way through the tourney from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 IIRC.

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :unsure:

146590[/snapback]

 

They changed the system half way through the tourney from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 IIRC.

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Who was the '5th Beatle' then? :lol:

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Euro 96 was 3-5-2 rather than 4-4-2 wasn't it?

146577[/snapback]

 

RB- Neville

LB- Pearce

CB- Adams

CB- Southgate

RM- El Macca

LM- Sicknote

CM- Ince

CM- Gazza

CF- Sheeeeerar

CF- Sheringham

 

Even i remember that and i was only 11 at the time :lol:

146590[/snapback]

 

They changed the system half way through the tourney from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 IIRC.

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aren't you thinking of italia 90?

 

we need a soopfan smilie i reckon...

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Platt?

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I think that might be a good shout actually mate! Can anyone verify? Surprised me that did, looking back. I'm sure I can remember him playing now.

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Also, in a hilarious twist of fate, didnt Hollands consolation goal against us in the 4-1 mean that they qualified above the Socks on goal difference?! Things seem to be flooding back to me now :lol:

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Platt?

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I think that might be a good shout actually mate! Can anyone verify? Surprised me that did, looking back. I'm sure I can remember him playing now.

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He scored penalties against Spain and Germany in the shootouts IIRC.

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