Fantasy Football: Most Memorable England Moments

by Olivia Mannix

Unfortunately, there has been no FPL for the past week due to an international break. But you know us, we’re always talking about the beautiful game! So, we wanted to take this time to reflect. When it comes to football, England can be very unpredictable. We’ve had plenty of ups and downs over the years, but here are some of the most memorable England moments in history!

1966

Arguably one of the greatest moments in football history is when England won the 1966 World Cup. This was the first and only time England have ever won the World Cup! At Wembley Stadium on 30th July 1966, England played Germany in the hope of winning the eighth FIFA World Cup. The ‘wingless wonders’ won 4-2 with a top-notch team and unconventional narrow attacking formation. What a game!

The Hand of God

Also known as ‘The Goal Of The Century’, this incident happened during a match between Argentina and England in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Under association football rules, Maradona should have received a yellow card for a clear handball, and the winning goal should have been disallowed! However, as the referees did not have a clear view of the play and modern video technology did not yet exist, the goal stood and Argentina won 2–1. 34 years on, this is a loss we will never forget.

Beckham’s 2002 World Cup Qualifier

Here we have an early noughties throwback that has a firm place in our hearts. We remember watching Beckham step over the ball during injury time and, well, the rest is now history! The former Manchester United star captivated the world with his unbelievable ability to curve the ball. With Greece leading 2-1, Beckham, AKA ‘Golden Balls’, took The Three Lions to the 2002 World Cup with a stunning free kick. We love you, Beckham!

Gazza Sheds A Tear

Paul Gascgoines wobbling bottom lip – this is an image we’ll have in our minds forever. As Gazza was ruled out of a World Cup final (England would never reach), our hearts went out to him. His face changed immediately, from being aggressive to realising he’d committed an error and he’d been booked. On reflection, Gazza has commented saying ‘I really thought we were going to win’ and don’t worry, so did we! One day we’ll bring the football home, just like ‘66!

Kane Should’ve Passed To Sterling

It’s been nearly two years but we still haven’t forgiven Harry Kane for his actions in the 33rd minute of the 2018 World Cup semi-final. As Kane sized up the target, we expected an easy goal, but Danijel Subasic made sure there would be no more goals for The Three Lions. After Mario Mandzukic’s goal in extra time, Croatia won 2-1 and Kane’s miss became the main focus. We can’t help but think… ‘what if’? 

What are some of your most memorable moments for England?

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