Our Dream All-Time England Euro XI


By Scott McGlynn

England might still be waiting for their first European Championship trophy but there have still been some huge performances over the years from Three Lions players.

We’ve put together our dream all-time England European Championship XI – and we’ve gone with an attacking line-up.

Read on to see what England players have made the cut.

 

 

1.  David Seaman (Euro ‘96)

Goalkeeper (Arsenal)

Seaman was the penalty king at Euro ‘96, saving three vital spot kicks to help his side reach the final four in the summer the tournament was held in England.

He produced a stunning stop against Scotland in the group stages – denying Gary McAllister – to keep England’s 1-0 lead intact.

The Arsenal keeper then saved twice in the penalty shootout against Spain to see the Three Lions through 4-2 and secure a place in the semis against Germany.

2.  John Terry (Euro 2012)

Centre Back (Chelsea)

His selection may have been controversial, but Terry was a rock at the heart of the England defence at Euro 2012, held in Ukraine and Poland.

Forming an excellent partnership with Joleon Lescott, Terry and England conceded just three goals in the tournament before losing to Italy on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Seemingly thriving on the outside pressure, Terry performed to a high level in every match, justifying his inclusion in the squad.

Although Terry was a natural centre back, in our Dream XI he’d be playing on the right of a back three.

3.  Stuart Pearce (Euro ‘96)

Left Back (Nottingham Forrest)

Fun fact: Pearce had fallen out of favour with England boss Terry Venables in the lead up to Euro ’96. However, an injury to Graeme Le Saux saw ‘Psycho’ given the call up as England hunted down success on home soil.

Pearce showed that, at 34, he was still more than capable of doing the job at international level. And he also managed to exorcise his Italia 1990 penalty kick demons.

After a goalless draw against Spain in the quarter-finals, it came down to penalties – England won it 4-2 and Pearce’s penalty scoring celebration became one of English football’s most iconic images.

4.  Tony Adams (Euro ‘96)

Centre Back (Arsenal)

Adams led England at Euro 1996 and played some of the best football of his career at the tournament, despite suffering off-field struggles.

England conceded only three times in the tournament before losing in heart-breaking style against Germany in the semi-finals.

The Arsenal and England captain led from the front and was unlucky not to lead the national side to their first final in 30 years.

5.  Eric Dier (Euro 2016)

Defensive Midfielder (Tottenham)

Dier may seem a curveball for many but he was the stand-out English player at Euro 2016, in a squad that failed to fire.

The Spurs man led England’s passing stats in the group stages. with 210 successful passes, and he also led the way in shots with nine – outshooting both Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane.

6.  Steven Gerrard (Euro 2012)

Midfielder (Liverpool)

Gerrard was England captain at Euro 2012 and was also their best player by some distance.

Throughout the group stages his crossing was England’s best form of attack and he formed a solid wall in the centre of midfield with Scott Parker.

England ultimately crashed out to Italy in the quarter-finals but it was by far and away Gerrard’s best tournament for his country.

7.  Paul Gascoigne (Euro ’96)

Midfielder (Rangers)

Already one of the greats of the game, Gazza shone for England at Euro 1996.

His sublime goal against Scotland is one of the best scored at the European Championships and he also chipped in with two assists in the 4-1 victory over the Dutch.

He went within inches of scoring against Germany in the semi’s plus he despatched both his penalties in the quarter and semi final shootouts.

Gascoigne had the ability to make a nuisance of himself by roaming between the midfield and attack, so in our Dream XI he would play on the left side of a front five!

8.  Theo Walcott (Euro 2012)

Striker (Arsenal)

When Walcott came on against Sweden in the group stages, England were 2-1 down and in serious trouble.

Twenty minutes later and England led 3-2 following a glorious 20-yard goal from the Arsenal man and a Danny Wellbeck strike assisted by… Theo Walcott.

It was a game-changing contribution from Walcott who was making his first-ever appearance in a major tournament and scoring his first England goal in over three years.

9.  Alan Shearer – Euro ‘96

Striker (Tottenham)

Shearer ended Euro ‘96 as the tournament’s top scorer, helping himself to five goals and cementing his spot as one of Europe’s best strikers.

He scored in all three group games and against Germany in the semi-final, as well as converting his spot-kicks in both shoot-outs.

10.      Teddy Sherringham (Euro ’96)

Striker (Tottenham)

Sheringham excelled at Euro ‘96, forming a lethal partnership with Alan Shearer as England went within touching distance of the final.

Operating as a false 10, the Spurs man scored twice in England’s 4-1 demolition of the Netherlands in the group stages and was a constant threat against Spain and Germany in the quarter and semi-finals.

11.      Wayne Rooney – Euro 2004

Striker (Everton)

Rooney exploded onto the international scene at Euro 2004, scoring four goals to help England navigate to the quarter-finals.

Following the tournament, Rooney sealed his big-money move to Manchester United and he’d go on to become England’s record goalscorer.

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