The Home of Football: Five best Wembley Stadium goals
GMF pick the five of the best goals to be scored at Wembley Stadium – featuring Didier Drogba, Manchester United, Paul Gascoigne & Ricky Villa
It is only a week until Brazil walk out at Wembley Stadium to play England and the watching crowd will be hoping for great things from the likes of Neymar, Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Santos star Neymar is world-renowned for his flamboyant skills and penchant for spectacular goals, while Ronaldinho has certainly scored more than one special striker throughout his career.
The same could be said for Gerrard and Rooney, who could both put together pretty decent highlights reels of their best strikes from over the years.
The prospect of so many superstars in one place got GiveMeFootball reminiscing about some of the greatest goals they have seen scored at England’s national stadium, in both its old and new form.
The stadium has a long and glorious history in hosting England internationals, FA Cup finals, League Cup finals, Football League Playoff finals and European finals.
This means there have been a fair few screamers to crash in over the years and GMF accepts it will probably miss out a few specials from the distant past, but average age in GMF Towers is bordering on fresh-faced.
Here they are, GMF’s five favourite Wembley goals:
Nick Powell, Crewe v Cheltenham, League Two Playoff final
Due to coverage of the Football League in England not being quite so extensive as that of the Premier League, Nick Powell was something of a mystery to many fans when he signed for Manchester United last summer.
However, Crewe fans knew all about him and it was fitting that his last game for them saw him help them win promotion and he signed off with an absolutely brilliant strike – he touched it off on the edge of the box, turned and arrowed the ball into the top corner. Watch Powell's screamer above.
Paul Gascoigne, England v Scotland, Euro 96
Gazza had more than once special moment playing in the shadow of the famous twin towers at the old stadium but this goal, to complete a riveting win over neighbours Scotland, is possibly his most seminal.
The Three Lions had taken the read through Alan Shearer but Scotland got a penalty to level. Arsenal keeper David Seaman saved from Gary McAllister and moments later Gascoigne was played through to lift the ball over centre-back Colin Hendry before volleying home at the near post. Relive those couple of minutes here.
Didier Drogba, Chelsea v Man Utd, FA Cup final 2007
This was the first FA Cup final at the New Wembley and it is safe to say it was not a vintage affair. Tight and tense, the two sides provided stout defence throughout and chances were few and far between.
Fortunately, the Stamford Bridge side managed to produce one moment of real quality as the game seemed destined for a penalty shoot-out. Some nice touches around the edge of the area led to Drogba exchanging a classy one-two with Frank Lampard to get in behinds the United defence and finish sweetly. Watch here.
Marcelo Salas, England v Chile, International Friendly 1998
Glen Hoddle’s Three Lions were heading to World Cup 1998 in France with high hopes, but were brought crashing back down to Earth a few months before the tournament by Marcelo Salas’ Chile.
A long ball was lofted in behind the England back line and Salas had got the jump on David Batty before controlling perfectly on his left thigh and guiding it home on the volley, in almost the same movement. Watch the South American brilliance here.
Ricky Villa, Tottenham v Manchester City, FA Cup final 1981
The Argentinean was as exotic as it got in English football then and he will forever be remembered for the piece of genius that helped Spurs prevail in the FA Cup replay.
He had already scored the opener inside the first ten minutes but the Citizens had turned it around just after half time. Villa would not be denied though and, after Garth Crooks had levelled the match, he picked up the ball on the edge of the area, beat three defenders and nutmegged the goalkeeper to win the cup. Reminisce with some vintage footage here.
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