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England World Cup moments: Man United man makes grade

| 20.05.2014

In Brazil this summer, England are 33/1 to create their greatest World Cup moment since Bobby Moore hoisted the Jules Rimet trophy aloft at Wembley in 1966.

As those lengthy odds suggest, the wait for a major tournament win looks likely to go on for Three Lions fans.

Never fear though, because we’ve picked out four of the best moments of World Cups passed for you to reminisce over in the meantime.

Robson’s fast start

Captain Marvel did his best to set the tone of England’s 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain, scoring after just 27 seconds of their opening group game against France.

Long before Rory Delap copyrighted the ploy, Steve Coppell launched a long-throw into the French box, Terry Butcher flicked it on and Robson swept it home.

Hardly the most beautiful goal in World Cup history, but the quickest until Davor Sukor came along in 2002.

Owen’s solo effort

In the same game that David Beckham’s career reached its lowest point, Michael Owen arguably experienced his euphoric high.

Beckham’s revenge

Four years after his famous red card, Beckham was skippering England in the 2002 World Cup.

When Owen earned the side a penalty against Argentina a minute before the break in the second group game, Beckham stepped up with the chance to put England ahead.

After firing the ball home, Beckham let the emotion pour out as he celebrated what was to be the winning strike and his own personal redemption.

Platt v Belgium

The closest England have come to touching the World Cup trophy since 1966 was the fourth place they achieved in 1990.

Although Gary Lineker’s attempts to make the nation look good at penalties against Cameroon runs it close, David Platt’s sweet swivel finish in extra time of the round-of-16 clash against Belgium takes the biscuit.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.