Ultimate England dream team - Beckham & Gascoigne in, Lampard out

Ultimate England Dream Team
Some absolute legends have featured for England over the years, but only the very best can make our all-time XI!

England are one of only eight countries to have won the World Cup, a feat they achieved in 1966, and some of the all-time greats have represented the Three Lions at the international stage.

There's obviously the legendary Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany, while Gordon Banks remains one of the most iconic goalkeepers in the history of the game.

More recently, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were among the greatest in the world in their prime.

But which players make it into England's greatest ever all-time XI?

Let's take a look at their ultimate dream team!

  1. GK: Gordon Banks

    GK: Gordon Banks

    One of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Banks was a key member of England's 1966 World Cup winners.

    He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972 and was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions.

    Banks' career came to a premature end when a car crash in October 1972 led to loss of vision in his right eye.

    The Leicester City legend made 73 appearances for England throughout his career and beats the likes of Peter Shilton and David Seaman to the No.1 jersey.

  2. RB: Gary Neville

    RB: Gary Neville

    England's most-capped right-back in history with 85 international appearances, Neville represented England at three European Championships and two World Cups.

    The Manchester United legend was the youngest first-choice player in England's team at Euro 96, playing each game until the semi-final that he missed due to suspension.

    Injuries limited Neville to what he could have truly achieved with the national team as he missed the 2002 World Cup due to a fractured foot, while physical misfortune also saw him sidelined for much of the 2006 World Cup.

    Fun fact about Neville; he did not score a single goal for England, but he did net a crucial own goal in the Euro 2008 qualifier versus Croatia.

  3. CB: Bobby Moore
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    CB: Bobby Moore

    Captain of England's team that won the World Cup in 1966, Moore is regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of football.

    Moore played 108 times for England, which at the time of his international retirement in 1973 was a national record, later overtaken by Peter Shilton and David Beckham.

    The defender became England's captain at the tender age of 23 in 1964.

    He has been honoured with a statue at the entrance to Wembley Stadium, which further highlights his status as an all-time great.

  4. CB: Rio Ferdinand

    CB: Rio Ferdinand

    One of the most decorated English footballers of all time, Ferdinand is undoubtedly among the Three Lions' greatest defenders.

    He made 81 appearances for England, making his debut at just 19 years and 8 days in November 1997, making him the youngest defender to play for the national team at that time, a record that was broken in 2006 by Micah Richards.

    He announced his retirement from the national team in May 2013 in order to make room for younger players and concentrate on his club career with Manchester United.

    Ferdinand featured at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but remarkably never represented his country at the European Championships for various reasons.

    The Man Utd legend narrowly beats the likes of John Terry and Sol Campbell to the second centre-back spot.

  5. LB: Ashley Cole
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    LB: Ashley Cole

    One of the greatest left-backs of his generation, Cole represented England for 13 years at senior level between 2001 and 2014.

    He featured in three World Cups and two European Championships and was voted England Player of the Year in 2010.

    Cole made 107 appearances for England and retired after he was omitted from England's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

  6. RM: David Beckham
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    RM: David Beckham

    Someone who changed the dynamics of the modern game, Beckham was one the greatest midfielders of his generation.

    Known for his passing range, crossing ability and free-kicks, the Manchester United icon spent the majority of his time playing for England on the right side of midfield.

    Beckham's greatest contribution in an England shirt came in October 2001 when he turned into a national hero after curling in an incredible free-kick at the end of the game against Greece to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

  7. CM: Paul Gascoigne

    CM: Paul Gascoigne

    Described by the national football museum as the most naturally talented English footballer of his generation, Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England, scoring 10 goals.

    And one of those goals is remembered fondly even today as it was a true masterpiece.

    At Euro 1996, he got the ball after a quick counterattack, lifted the ball over a Scottish defender before striking the ball home with a sweet volley.

    This was followed by the iconic "dentist's chair" celebration, a reference to a drink-soaked night which occurred on England's pre-Euro 96 tour of east Asia, where 'Gazza' and other players were said to have been tied to a chair and plied with alcohol.

  8. CM: Steven Gerrard
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    CM: Steven Gerrard

    When Gerrard burst on to the footballing scene, fans in England had not seen a midfielder like him for a long time.

    After making his debut against Ukraine in 2000, he went on to earn 114 caps for England, scoring 21 goals between 2000 and 2014.

    It was Gerrard who captained England at the 2010 World Cup, where they went out in controversial fashion after a loss at the hands of Germany in the round of 16.

    He retired from international football in 2014 and just about beats Frank Lampard to the spot alongside Gascoigne.

  9. LM: Stanley Matthews
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    LM: Stanley Matthews

    One of the greatest English players of all time, Matthews is the only footballer to have been knighted while still playing football.

    Nicknamed "The wizard of the dribble", Matthews actually played at the top level till he was 50-years-old.

    The 1956 Ballon d'Or winner played 54 times for England, scoring 11 goals between 1934 and 1957 and appeared at two World Cups.

  10. FW: Bobby Charlton
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    FW: Bobby Charlton

    Considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, Charlton was another key member of the England squad that won the 1966 World Cup.

    The Manchester United legend was a generational talent as he showcased incredible attacking instincts, passing ability and a ferocious long-range shot.

    Charlton made his debut for England in 1958, just two months after he had survived the Munich air disaster.

    He went on to make 106 appearances for England, scoring 49 goals and was England's greatest-ever goal scorer until Wayne Rooney surpassed his record in September 2015.

  11. FW: Wayne Rooney
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    FW: Wayne Rooney

    One of the greatest attackers of all time, Rooney is the record goal scorer for England and Manchester United and also holds the record for most appearances of any outfield player for his national team.

    He made his debut in February 2003, aged 17, and is England's youngest ever goalscorer.

    Rooney burst on to the footballing scene at an international level at Euro 2004, scoring four goals and briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship.

    He then went on to feature for The Three Lions at three World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

    Rooney scored 53 goals for England in 120 appearances.

    The United legend faced stiff competition from the likes of Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Harry Kane for his spot up top, but gets the nod ahead of his rivals for now.