||30 Nov 1960
1986 - 6 goals
Lineker is one of football's gentlemen. In all his professional career,
he didn't receive a yellow card. A silent man off the field, on it he was
deadly. He started his career in Leicester scoring nearly 100 goals in
less than 200 appearances. In 1985, a year before the Mexico World Cup,
he moved to Everton and personally he had a fantastic season. Player Of
The Year and topscorer that season with 40 goals in total. Everton, despite
Lineker's goals, ended up runners-up in both the league and the FA cup
after their rivals Liverpool.
In the 1986 World Cup England started slowly and needed a win in the last
group match against Poland to progress to the knockout stage. A Lineker
hat-trick got them through, and Paraguay, the next opponents couldn't cope
with Lineker either and England won 3-0 (Lineker 2 goals). In the quarter
final, Argentina and Maradona proved too strong. "The hand of God" and
an individual brilliance by the little man sent Argentina through, but
Lineker scored England consolation goal and that saw him topscorer in that
tournament. Lineker later had spells with Barcelona and Tottenham, where
he among the trophies won the Cup Winner's Cup and the FA Cup.
In 1990 England reached the semifinal, Lineker scored four goals on their
way there, making him only the 8th player in World Cup history to score
10 goals or more. He bowed out in the 1992 European Championship in Sweden
where he and England had a disappointing tournament. All in all for England
he scored 48 goals (one goal behind Bobby Charlton's record) in 80 matches.
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