Jimmy Bullard picks his all-time England XI

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Considering the amount of quality players that have played for England throughout the years, the Three Lions have just a solitary World Cup triumph to show for it.

In fact, England have played in 23 major tournaments in total and 1966 is still the only time they managed to reach a final.

In recent years, major tournaments have been a bit of a disaster for all involved with the national team. Since reaching the semi-finals of Euro 1996 - which they hosted - they have competed in eight tournaments with the quarter-finals being the furthest they have reached.

But, believe it or not, England have been able to call upon some very good players in their history.

Therefore, picking an all-time XI of English players must be a pretty difficult task. But that was the task BetBright gave to Jimmy Bullard.

The former midfielder may never have been capped by his national side, but he was called up on three separate occasions without making an appearance.

Bullard has also just become a manager, taking over at Leatherhead in the Isthmian Premier Division - therefore, he’s fully qualified to pick his all-time England XI.

"Ahead of the big game tonight, the chaps at BetBright have asked me to pick my all-time England XI and, to be honest, it’s been bloody hard but I’ve given it a right good go," Bullard said.

"There were some seriously tough choices to make, no doubt you’ll disagree with a few here, but I’ve gone with flair, pace and stature in a 4-1-4-1 formation."

Here it is:

Goalkeeper | Joe Hart

“I’ve gone with Joe Hart here. People will say you’ve got to go with Gordon Banks but modern football has moved on. He might not suit Pep but you’ve got to be good with your feet now so Hart gets the nod. Couldn’t put Seaman in ‘cos of the dodgy tash.”

Right-back | Gary Neville

“Easy choice, this. G Nev all the way. Top class, always consistent – one of the best ever in his position.”

Left-back | Ashley Cole

“Same goes for Ashley Cole, here. Simply put a phenomenal player and the best left back in the world for many years.”

Centre-back | Rio Ferdinand

“What can you say about Rio Ferdinand that hasn’t already been said? An absolute monster of a centre-back, a nightmare to get around.”

Centre-back | Bobby Moore

“Had to go way, way back to find a partner with Rio. I was going to put JT in here but it has to be Bobby Moore. One of the classiest defenders ever to play the game and a good ol’ West Ham boy to boot.”

Defensive midfield | Glenn Hoddle

“That defence takes care of itself so I’m going all-out attack from here and it starts at the base of the midfield with the genius that is Glenn Hoddle. The man had wands for feet. He could put it on a six-pence from a mile away.”

Right-midfield | David Beckham

“Out wide right, it simply has to be Becks. That boy’s right foot should be entered into the National Museum of Art. I just loved watching him play plus he had the heart of a lion.”

Centre-midfield | Paul Scholes

“Paul Scholes – what a player. The ‘Ginja Ninja’ they used to call him. He could do it all: score goals, create goals, get stuck in. He’s a must in this side.”

Centre-midfield | Paul Gascoigne

“An All-Time England XI side that doesn’t include Paul Gascoigne is criminal, in my opinion. Gazza was an absolute genius and one of my heroes growing up – world class.”

Left-midfield | Chris Waddle

“To complete the midfield, you need a jinxy, wizard of a winger out on the flank and they don’t come much better than Chrissy Waddle.”

Striker | Gary Lineker

“We’ve had some incredible strikers over the years: Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves, Alan Shearer – the list is endless. I’ve gone with Gary Lineker, though. He had it all.”

Subs: “Nat Lofthouse, John Terry, Nobby Stiles, Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton & Billy Bremner. Although apparently he’s Scottish but the lads let me have him as a wild card.”

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