England is the proud inventor of the beautiful game and a leading power in world football.

Since the enjoyment of the 1966 World Cup title the Three Lions have never truly achieved anything in a big competition. 

So this XI would have to be somewhat of a tribute to the only World Cup-winning side, fueaturing most of its players.

Or maybe not.

The formation chosen for England is a 4-3-2-1 set-up.

Goalkeeper: Gordon Banks

Banks is included in the category of the footballers that will always be remembered for one moment.

Gordon Bank's famous moment, is the save of Pele's header in the 1970 World Cup, showing his impossible reflexes - his save be considered as the greatest ever.

He was though, more than a man of a moment.

One of the most important pillars under the 1966 success, he is one of the greatest players to ever put on a pair of gloves.

Right-back: Phil Neal

A side-back with a phenomenal haul of silverware, Phil Neal was a true winner.

He is remembered as a great scoring fullback and a commanding presence in the defensive line, being a part of the English team for 7 years.

He won 50 caps.

Centre-back: Billy Wright

Billy Wright was no ordinary player. Thanks to his great leadership skills, athleticism and tackling ability, he was the first footballer to have ever reached 100 caps for his country.

In 90 of them, he captained the English team. 

Centre-back: Bobby Moore

This man cannot be absent.

In fact, had he been of any other nationality, he would be featured as well in their greatest ever XI, no matter the competition.

Bobby Moore is the greatest central defender that has ever graced a football field.

Moore was instrumental in captaining England to their 1966 success.

He went on to win 108 caps, and more impressively, played every minute of all those 108 games.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Cole wins this spot instead of the "Ambassador of the Game" Eddie Hapgood.

Hapgood was great, but no-one can argue that during his best, Ashley Cole was the best left-back in the world. 

Gifted with tremendous pace and stamina which allowed him to race up and down the pitch, and a rare blend of natural attacking instinct and defending discipline, Cole could be a weapon anywhere, any time.

Defensive-midfielder: Duncan Edwards

This is a controversial choice.

How can you prefer a guy with 18 caps ahead of so many great midfielders?

It is easy if that man is the great Duncan Edwards - the greatest player that could have been. 

The Munich air disaster in 1958 took the life of a 21-year-old versatile player, armed with boundless stamina, an all-encompassing range of passing and a truly ferocious shot - a player who could control any game he played in.

He was probably the best all-around player that England ever had.

Sir Bobby Charlton once said he was the greatesr player he'd played with. 

Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard

It is a shame that him and Steven Gerrard could absolutely not coexist in the same starting line-up.

Nobody can truly say that either one, or the other is the better player.

They are both all-around players, great leaders, scorers of some spectacular goals - and they both have incredible vision, passing skills and the ability to control their midfield.

Lampard makes the cut, only for his longer consistency throughout the years.

Centre-midfielder: Paul Scholes

He was never as great for his country,as he was with Manchester United.

He is though, one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. 

His clean touch, endless passing range, calmness on the ball.

Even under pressure he rarely relinquished possession, making him an undoubted choice for this spot.

Attacking-Midfielder: Stanley Matthews

To this day, Stanley Matthews remains an absolute phenomenon.

His dribbling was like no-other in his time, as he brought in revolutionary new moves with his body and feet.

He was named "the Wizard of Dribble" for his exquisite skills.

He was voted the inaugural winner of the Ballon d’Or when he was already 41 years old. H

Matthews unfortunately passed away at the age of 50.

Attacking-Midfielder: Bobby Charlton

Probably England's best football player of all-time.

Sir Bobby Charlton is remembered for his mastery over the ball - grace, speed, athleticism and an insanely accurate thunderbolt shot with both feet.

He is the man who led England to glory in 1966 - and to this day he is England’s top goalscorer, with 49 goals in 106 games. 

Centre-Forward: Gary Lineker

One of football's gentlemen.

Lineker was a silent man off of the field, but on it he was deadly.

He is remembered for his pace, positioning, reading of the game and deadly striker's instincts.

He was the greatest star for England in 1986 where he led the tournament as the top goalscorer, but he and England were stopped by the greatest that ever lived - Diego Maradona - in the quarter-finals.

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