David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton receive UEFA Centurion award

David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton receive UEFA Centurion award

David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton receive their UEFA Centurion awards (Getty)

During the half-time interval at the England-Belgium Euro 2012 warm-up game, five England legends were honoured for playing for their country over 100 times. These legends were Peter Shilton, 125 caps; David Beckham, 115 caps; Bobby Moore, 108 caps; Sir Bobby Charlton, 106 caps and Billy Wright 105 caps.

Three of the legends (Shilton, Charlton and Beckham) were there in person, also Stephanie Moore (wife of Bobby Moore) and a family member of Billy Wright were there to collect the awards, which was an England cap with the name and number of caps each player had embroidered onto the peak. It certainly was good to see these players get recognition for their services to the English national team. Between all five of them, a total of 559 matches were played and 71 goals scored. Two of the legends were FIFA World Cup winners in 1966.

David Beckham

The former Manchester United midfielder first appeared in the England squad on 1st September 1996, playing in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova in which England 3-0 and ended up qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The England midfielder scored his first goal for England in the World Cup in France, against Columbia at the Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens.

The final score was 2-0 to England. Beckham scored a total of 17 goals for England in his career, which lasted from September 1996 until October 2009.

David Beckham England Captain (Getty)

Here is a chart (which I got from Wikipedia) showing the matches Beckham has scored for England in;

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Date

Venue

Opponent

Score

Result

Competition

1.26 June 1998Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens Colombia2–02–01998 FIFA World Cup
2.24 March 2001Anfield, Liverpool Finland2–12–12002 FIFA World Cup Qual.
3.25 May 2001Pride Park, Derby Mexico3–04–0Friendly match
4.6 June 2001Olympic Stadium, Athens Greece2–02–02002 FIFA World Cup Qual.
5.6 October 2001Old Trafford, Manchester Greece2–22–22002 FIFA World Cup Qual.
6.10 November 2001Old Trafford, Manchester Sweden1–01–1Friendly match
7.7 June 2002Sapporo Dome, Sapporo Argentina1–01–02002 FIFA World Cup
8.12 October 2002Tehelné pole, Bratislava Slovakia1–12–1UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
9.16 October 2002St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton Macedonia1–12–2UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
10.29 March 2003Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz Liechtenstein2–02–0UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
11.2 April 2003Stadium of Light, Sunderland Turkey2–02–0UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
12.20 August 2003Portman Road, Ipswich Croatia1–03–1Friendly match
13.6 September 2003Gradski, Skopje Macedonia2–12–1UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
14.18 August 2004St James’ Park, Newcastle Ukraine1–03–0Friendly match
15.9 October 2004Old Trafford, Manchester Wales2–02–02006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
16.30 March 2005St James’ Park, Newcastle Azerbaijan2–02–02006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
17.25 June 2006Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart Ecuador1–01–02006 FIFA World Cup

The most memorable goal Beckham scored has got to be the injury time free kick against Greece at Old Trafford on 6th October 2001, which meant England qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Japan by topping the group, above of Germany, who England beat only a month earlier 5-1. Here is a video of the important goal David Beckham scored, taken from the FATV YouTube account;

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0GESlaVNdE]

Sir Bobby Charlton

The Manchester United top scorer played his first match for England on 16th April 1958 only two months and 13 days after the Munich Air Disaster, in which he saw friends and fellow players perish on the fateful afternoon. The team England played was the ‘auld enemy’ Scotland at Hampden Park. England romped home in a 4-0 victory, with Charlton scoring a debut goal. Charlton who scored a record 249 times for Manchester United, would fire the goals into the back of the net during his England career that lasted from April 1958 until June 1970. Charlton scored 49 times for England in a career which saw him become one of only 22 Englishmen to ever win the FIFA World Cup as a player.

Sir Bobby Charlton holding the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966 along with Alan Ball, Bobby Moore and George Cohen (Getty)

Here is a chart (which I got from Wikipedia) showing the matches Charlton has scored for England in;

Date

Venue

Opponent

Result

Competition

Scored

19 April 1958Hampden Park, Glasgow Scotland4–0British Home Championship1 (1)
7 May 1958Empire Stadium, Wembley Portugal2–1Friendly match2 (3)
4 October 1958Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland3–3British Home Championship2 (5)
22 October 1958Empire Stadium, Wembley Soviet Union5–0Friendly match1 (6)
11 April 1959Empire Stadium, Wembley Scotland1–0British Home Championship1 (7)
6 May 1959Empire Stadium, Wembley Italy2–2Friendly match1 (8)
28 May 1959Wrigley Field, Los Angeles United States8–1Friendly match3 (11)
28 October 1959Empire Stadium, Wembley Sweden2–3Friendly match1 (12)
9 April 1960Hampden Park, Glasgow Scotland1–1British Home Championship1 (13)
8 October 1960Windsor Park, Belfast Northern Ireland5–2British Home Championship1 (14)
15 October 1960Stade Municipal, Luxembourg-Ville Luxembourg9–01962 FIFA World Cup qualification3 (17)
23 November 1960Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales5–1British Home Championship1 (18)
10 May 1961Empire Stadium, Wembley Mexico8–0Friendly match3 (21)
28 September 1961Highbury, London Luxembourg4–11962 FIFA World Cup qualification2 (23)
22 November 1961Empire Stadium, Wembley Northern Ireland1–1British Home Championship1 (24)
2 June 1962Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua Argentina3–11962 FIFA World Cup1 (25)
29 May 1963Tehelné Pole, Bratislava Czechoslovakia4–2Friendly match1 (26)
2 June 1963Zentralstadion, Leipzig East Germany2–1Friendly match1 (27)
5 June 1963St. Jakob-Park, Basel Switzerland8–1Friendly match3 (30)
12 October 1963Ninian Park, Cardiff Wales4–0British Home Championship1 (31)
17 May 1964Estádio Nacional, Lisbon Portugal4–3Friendly match1 (32)
27 May 1964Downing Stadium, New York City United States10–0Friendly match1 (33)
11 April 1965Empire Stadium, Wembley Scotland2–2British Home Championship1 (34)
20 October 1965Empire Stadium, Wembley Austria2–3Friendly match1 (35)
2 April 1966Hampden Park, Glasgow Scotland4–3British Home Championship1 (36)
4 May 1966Empire Stadium, Wembley Yugoslavia2–0Friendly match1 (37)
16 June 1966Empire Stadium, Wembley Mexico2–01966 FIFA World Cup1 (38)
26 July 1966Empire Stadium, Wembley Portugal2–11966 FIFA World Cup2 (40)
16 November 1966Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales5–1British Home Championship1 (41)
21 October 1967Ninian Park, Cardiff Wales2–1British Home Championship1 (42)
22 November 1967Empire Stadium, Wembley Northern Ireland2–0British Home Championship1 (43)
3 April 1968Empire Stadium, Wembley Spain1–01968 UEFA European Football Championship qualifier1 (44)
22 May 1968Empire Stadium, Wembley Sweden3–1Friendly match1 (45)
8 June 1968Stadio Olimpico, Rome Soviet Union2–01968 UEFA European Football Championship1 (46)
7 May 1969Empire Stadium, Wembley Wales2–1British Home Championship1 (47)
21 April 1970Empire Stadium, Wembley Northern Ireland3–1British Home Championship1 (48)
20 May 1970Estadio El Campín, Bogotá Colombia4–0Friendly match1 (49)

The most memorable goal Charlton scored for England has to be from the second group game in the 1966 World Cup, against Mexico, Charlton lit the fuse of English expectations, firing home a stunner after collecting the ball from deep and running 30 yards with it before letting fly with a thunderbolt. Here is a video of that goal, taken from HacjienceYukona’s YouTube account;

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLXXL36EmJg]

By Paul Bienkowski

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