Since the end of World War Two in 1945, many footballers
have had the honour of representing England at international
level. Some have become household names, while others,
despite their achievements, have faded from memory.
In this personal selection of 100 England players,
Ian Penney has picked out those footballers that he
feels are really deserving of the title ‘legend’.
Here, of course, are heroes of every generation,
from Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Stanley Matthews
to Kevin Keegan, Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne.
Here too are stalwarts of the England team, who have
had long careers representing their country at the
highest level, like Peter Shilton, Stuart Pearce and
Tony Adams, among others. The list of legends is sure
to provoke debate among football fans, especially
with the selection of more modern players like Paul
Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. Ian Penney,
in detailed descriptions of each player’s England
career, makes the case for their inclusion in his
personal hall of fame.
Illustrated with full-page pictures, this lively
and highly readable look at the greats that have graced
the field of English football is sure to appeal to
anyone with an interest in our beautiful national
About the Author
IAN PENNEY is an experienced writer
on football and a Manchester City fan. His previous
books include Breedon’s Manchester City:
The Mercer-Allison Years (2001) and The Legends
of Manchester City (2002).