Fast starters

Spec­tac­u­lar En­gand de­buts

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

Bill Ni­chol­son v Por­tu­gal, May 19, 1951

A mid­fielder in the mod­ern par­lance, he was 32 when he won his only cap in a 5-2 win at Good­i­son, scor­ing the first goal af­ter just 19 sec­onds. Seven years later he be­gan his reign as Spurs man­ager.

Bobby Charl­ton v Scot­land, April 19, 1958

He was 20 when he scored in a 4-0 win at Ham­p­den Park. Two months ear­lier he had sur­vived the Mu­nich air crash.

Glenn Hod­dle v Bul­garia, Nov 22, 1979

Had turned 22 when he scored at Wem­b­ley in a 2-0 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships qual­i­fy­ing win. Went on to play at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup fi­nals but 53 caps felt like a poor re­turn on such a tal­ent.

Alan Shearer v France, Feb 19, 1992

Scored on his de­but, a fea­ture of his ca­reer, in a 2-0 Wem­b­ley win. Scored only five goals in his first 23 caps but ended up with a record av­er­ag­ing close to one ev­ery two games.

Fran­cis Jef­fers v Aus­tralia, Feb 12, 2003

This was the night against Aus­tralia at Up­ton Park when Wayne Rooney won his first cap, one of six debu­tants. Jef­fers and Rooney had gone to the same Liver­pool school.

The for­mer scored in a shock 3-1 de­feat but never won a sec­ond cap.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.