Sunday, 16 September 2007

The Greatest Ever

Bobby Moore has been voted England's best ever footballer in a three month-long nationwide survey conducted this summer by leading five-a-side organiser Pitch Invasion. Votes were received from football fans across the country, and the 1966 World Cup winning captain was joined in the top three by team mates Gordon Banks and Bobby Charlton, who were voted second and third respectively.

Of the current England players, only former captain David Beckham who finished seventh in the poll and present captain John Terry who finished ninth, made the top ten. Craig Davies, Pitch Invasion General Manager, said: "According to our survey, the ultimate England five-a-side team would be Banks in goal, Moore in defence, Bobby Charlton and Paul Gascoigne in midfield, and Gary Lineker up front providing the goals.

"Even though it was a long time ago, the achievements of the 1966 World Cup team are held in very high regard, with Moore, Banks and Charlton as its iconic players. Gary Lineker scored 10 goals at two World Cups, and Gazza is one of the most exciting and skilful English players to ever played the game." In the survey a total of 67 England players were selected, with players from the pre-66 World Cup era, such as Harry Gregg, Billy Wright, Duncan Edwards, Stanley Matthews and Not Lofthouse included. The newest England cap to be voted for was Aaron Lennon.

The full list of 67 includes 8 of the 1966 World Cup winning team: Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Jackie Charlton, George Cohen, Nobby Stiles, Alan Ball, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.

1 Bobby Moore
2 Gordon Banks
3 Sir Bobby Charlton
4 Gary Lineker
5 Paul Gascgoine
6 Peter Shilton
7 David Beckham
8 Alan Shearer
9 John Terry
10 Geoff Hurst
11 Steven Gerrard
12 Tony Adams
13 Bryan Robson
14 Wayne Rooney
15 David Seaman
16 Stuart Pearce and Michael Owen
18 Alan Ball
19 Terry Butcher
20 Jimmy Greaves

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