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With the World Cup only around the corner, we decided to take a look at the top 5 spots in England goal-scoring history within World Cup finals tournament. The following is a list of absolute three lion legends, some of the greatest heroes to ever grace an England retro football shirt.
1. Gary Lineker - 10 Goals
First up, the hero of a man that is Gary Lineker. Not only has he introduced Thai sweet chilli flavoured crisps to this beautiful nation, but as you’d expect, he’s England’s highest World Cup Finals goal scorer. Ever. Lineker is the only England player to claim the Golden Boot at a World Cup, which he won at Mexico 86.
The Lineker Italia 90 retro England shirt is a firm favourite of ours at 3Retro.
2. Geoff Hurst - 5 Goals
Sir Geoff is the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final for England, which he did to beat West Germany in 1966 at the old Wembley. This former hammer will forever be remembered for this incredible international achievement.
3. Michael Owen - 4 Goals
A wide-eyed Michael Owen made his first England senior team debut at the age of 18 in an international friendly against Chile. He then got the call up from Glen Hoddle to go to the 1998 World Cup. At the time, Owen was the youngest player ever to lace up his boots for the first team. Glenn Hoddle referred to him as “in the top four of our greatest finishers, along with Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer”. He’s also a great commentator…
Michael Owen may not have the gift of the gab, but his goals have still got people talking to this day. Bag a Michael Owen 1998 World Cup England Shirt here.
4. Bobby Charlton - 4 Goals
Bobby Charlton is most well remembered for being a part of the ‘66 winners squad, alongside being one of Manchester United’s legends. Charlton currently lies seventh in the all-time England appearances list behind Moore, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Peter Shilton.
5. David Beckham - 3 Goals
The one and only. Becks wasn’t just an advocate for some of the dodgiest hairstyles known to man, he was one of the best free-kick takers of all time and probably England’s best! Dicey barnets and red card’s aside… Becks was a true England hero.
These are just a few on the list of England’s greatest. Alongside Beckham - Roger Hunt, Steven Gerrard, Nat Lofthouse, and David Platt all have three goals each to complete the Top spots.
Support England this summer the right way, in the iconic garments that shaped the way we play football today. Get yourself stocked up on classic England football shirts.
The years haven’t always been kind to football fashion, the 90’s seemed to be a testing ground for unholy splashes of colour and some patterns which belong on the curtains at your nan’s house, not on a football strip… Us England fans, have had our fair share of fashion faux pas - May we never forget the David Seaman Euro 96 shirt. But we’re not here to dwell on England’s worst. Believe it or not, there have been some great kits in the past - Let’s celebrate the times that England got it right over the last 30 years!
When the beautiful game was at its best. Italia 90 is often thought of as the tournament which changed football in England. From jeers to cheers, then tears. The 1990 World Cup had it all and it was a truly unforgettable England performance! When you wear a retro italia 90 England shirt to this day, it’s emotional. But nostalgia aside, this is one of the finest retro England football shirts. The Italia 90 kit gives fans the best of English heritage, 90s flair, and timeless style.
Euro 96 Home Kit
When football came home. This was the year when England positivity was at its peak. There was a huge buzz around the country and the nation was really hopeful! Of course, England would eventually bow out to the competition winners, Germany. But football in England had definitely changed. For a brief moment, it really did feel like football had come home. Keeper shirts and away kits aside, the Euro 96 England shirt speaks passion for the game.
1998 World Cup Home Kit
We weren’t outsung, we were never outfought, and we were never outplayed. But nevertheless, it was the tyranny of the penalty shoot out which brought England down and out of the World Cup. This was the third year in a row we had been chucked out of a tournament on penalties. But it was a beautiful performance. The Michael Owen 1998 World Cup performance was one to remember, as was Shearer and many more. A simple football shirt, with a modern twist as the 90s comes to a close.
And there you have it, some our favourite retro england shirts. You might be thinking “What about the 66 winners shirt? Not only was 1966 England’s best performance, the shirt is a timeless design!” And you’re not wrong in thinking that! But we’ve focussed this article on the top 3 shirts of the modern era. If you’re after our all time favourites - that’s for another list!