England's three greatest XI's ever named featuring Rooney, Beckham, Gascoigne, & Charlton

Bpbby Moore and Bobby Charlton feature as England's three greatest XIs ever named

England have had so many top players in their history.

Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore starred for England in their only World Cup triumph in 1966.

Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and John Barnes were all brilliant for the Three Lions at the end of the 21st century.

While multiple world-class players have turned out for England since 2000, including David Beckham and Ashley Cole.

But who would feature in England’s greatest ever XI?

IFFHS have done their research and answered that very question. They’ve gone a step further too as they’ve named England’s best ever B and C sides too.

View who made the teams below…


GK Gordon Banks

RB Jimmy Armfield

CB Bobby Moore

CB Billy Wright

LB Ashley Cole

CM Bryan Robson

CM Bobby Charlton

RW Stanley Matthews

FW Gary Lineker

FW Jimmy Greaves

LW Tom Finney

What a side. The team features five players that turned out for England at the 1966 World Cup: Banks, Moore, Armfield, Charlton and Greaves.

Greaves is partnered by Lineker up front, who notched 48 goals for his country, the third-most of any player in history.

Cole is the only player to have featured for England after 2000 that makes the side.

Team B

GK Peter Shilton

RB Gary Neville

CB Rio Ferdinand

CB Tony Adams

LB Ray Wilson

CM Duncan Edwards

CM Paul Gascoigne

RW Chris Waddle

FW Alan Shearer

FW Kevin Keegan

LW John Barnes

Another very strong side.

Gascoigne is one of England’s most talented players ever and so nearly led England to glory at both the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996.

His midfielder partner is Edwards. He only played 18 times for his national before dying at the age of just 21 in the Munich air crash. To make the side despite playing so few games shows just how good he was.

Keegan is the only English player to win the Ballon d’Or twice (1978 and 1979).

Team C

GK Frank Swift

RB Phil Neal

CB Terry Butcher

CB John Terry

LB Eddie Hapgood

RM David Beckham

CM Glenn Hoddle

CM Johnny Haynes

LM Martin Peters

FW Tommy Lawton

FW Wayne Rooney

Beckham had some incredible highs during his England career while he also had some devastating lows. He makes the side having made 115 appearances.

England’s highest goalscorer in history, Rooney, also makes the team.

You know England have had some special players when Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard don’t feature at all.

None of the current crop make any of the sides, although Harry Kane could feature by the time he retires. The Tottenham star, just 28, has scored 49 times for his country and is just four goals away from Rooney’s record.

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