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England Player by Player

Graham Betts

A compliation of the 100 greatest England players

The England Football Team is the oldest national football team in the world, playing their first official match against Scotland in 1872, resulting in a 0 - 0 draw. Over the next 140 years, the national side would play more than 900 matches and select nearly 1,200 players to represent their country. Selecting a Top 100 is not an easy task, although there are those who were virtually guaranteed their place, including the seven players to have reached the centurion mark (Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole) or those with phenomenal goalscoring records such as Jimmy Greaves, Michael Owen and Frank Lampard. Here, however, are those that made the grade. Each entry includes date and place of birth, details of their career, who they made their debut against and the total number of appearances (and goals), together with a brief biography. A must have book for any England football fan!


About the author...

Born in London in 1957 Graham Betts began his working career training to be an architect before switching to the music industry in 1978 as a Press Officer with Pye Records. He subsequently went on to work for CBS Records (where he was Head of Press) and a number of budget labels, including Tring, before becoming Artist & Repertoire Manager for the Hallmark label. He is currently A&R Manager for the Pickwick Group. He has written for numerous magazines and publications over the last twenty five years, including Blues & Soul, Record Buyer and The History Of Rock. A contributor to numerous books on music and football, he has also had more than twenty published under his own name, including Read Without Prejudice (a biography of George Michael) and Spurs Day By Day (a history of Tottenham Hotspur) as well as the annual publications Complete UK Hit Singles and Complete UK Hit Albums (published by Harper Collins). Winner of the 1978 Melody Maker essay contest, he currently lives in Aston Clinton with his wife and two children.

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