While many strikers have played for England, not all have been successful, as England prepares to face Montenegro in a Group G European Championship Qualifier on October 12 at Wembley. Since England’s first international encounter against Scotland in March 1870, four men have scored the most international goals for their country. If you enjoy sports, it’s more probable that you’ll enjoy playing casino games at bk8thai.club.
- Bobby Charlton is a British footballer born in (Manchester United) 106 games, 49 goals.
Sir Bobby Robson is the only player on our list who has won a World Cup and a European Cup Winners medal.
Bobby became a household name worldwide, known for his beautiful style of play and a thunderbolt of a shot that could be fired from either foot. He was also a gentleman in the game, revered by his teammates, officials, and fans alike. In 1958, against Scotland, Charlton made the first of his 106 international appearances (a record at the time). He played a key role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory against West Germany on home soil, scoring goals in the semi-finals against Mexico. Bobby played for Manchester United for his whole career, collecting 249 goals in 758 appearances. In 1994, he was knighted, and he continues to serve as an ambassador for both his former team and the game as a whole.
- Gary Lineker is a footballer who plays for England (Leicester City, Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur) 80 games, 48 goals.
Lineker was one of the most prolific strikers of his age and was known to a generation as the BBC TV’Match of the Day presenter. He began his career with Leicester City, where he scored 95 goals in 194 games before joining Everton for £800,000 in 1985. He tried his luck in Spain, playing for Barcelona under Terry Venables before joining Tottenham Hotspur. Despite England being knocked out in the Quarter-Final stage by the famed Maradona ‘Hand of God,’ Lineker was the top scorer at the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, scoring six goals. He was still one goal shy of Charlton’s record. His displeasure was palpable when Graham Taylor replaced him in the 1992 European Championship Group encounter against Sweden, which turned out to be his final international appearance. He had an impeccable disciplinary record, never receiving a warning until his senior years.
- Greaves, Jimmy (Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur) 57 games, 44 goals
Jimmy Greaves’ senior career began at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 1957, where he scored 124 goals in 157 games before being traded to Italian giants A.C.Milan in 1961. Greaves struggled in Italy and was brought back to London by Spurs manager Bill Nicholson for £99,999 later that year (the idea being to remove pressure on him being the first £100,000 player). After scoring 266 goals in 379 games in all competitions, Greaves became a Tottenham legend. Greaves’ international career began against Peru in 1959, but the 1966 World Cup Finals in England would shatter his heart. He started the season as the first choice but was substituted against France by a certain Geoff Hurst, who kept his spot for the rest of the competition, and the rest, as they say, is history. Greaves only had three more international appearances after the 1966 World Cup. He concluded his professional career with West Ham United and Barnet before becoming a TV commentator with Ian St.John, a former Liverpool and Scotland player.
- Michael Owen is a writer who lives in the United (Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United), 89 games, 40 goals.
Owen began his club career with Liverpool in 1987, scoring 118 goals in 216 Premiership appearances before being sold to Real Madrid for £8 million in 2004. Although he was mostly used as a substitute at the Bernabeu, he scored 13 goals in 35 appearances before returning to the Premier League in 2005. He was purchased for £16 million by Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson. Before being recruited by Manchester United in 2009, Owen scored 26 goals in 71 games during his four seasons at St. James’Park. During the 1998 World Cup Finals in France, Owen rose to international notoriety, where he put in a series of excellent performances, including one of the tournament’s most memorable goals against Argentina. He participated in two more World Cup Finals for England, albeit a series of long-term ailments have subsequently limited his playing time. Owen holds the distinction of becoming the first player to score a goal for his country at both the old and new Wembley Stadiums.