10 Best English Footballers of all Time
#9 Alan Shearer (1992-2000)
Alan Shearer highlighted Euro 96 in England when his golden boot performance of five goals led his country to the brink of the Final. Only Semi-Final penalty shootout heartache versus the Germans denied England.
However, Shearer's four goals in the group stage and one versus Germany in the Semi-Final ensure he is synonymous with that tournament.
Debuting for his country in 1992, Shearer marked his bow with a goal versus France. However, due to injury he only played intermittently in the run up to the 1994 World Cup. His absence from the qualifying campaign meant that England had little firepower going forward and they failed to reach the tournament finals.
It was considered a gamble by England coach, Terry Venables to start Shearer at Euro 96, but his fine performances meant he was the first name on the team sheet following the tournament.
Shearer was made Captain by new England coach, Glenn Hoddle and continued to plunder the goals as England qualified for the 1998 World Cup at the expense of Italy, who were forced to qualify via the playoffs instead. Shearer scored five times during the qualifiers and added two more in the finals as England were knocked out in a famous Second Round encounter with old rivals, Argentina.
The goals kept coming for Shearer but as he approached his 30th birthday, he announced his International retirement following the Euro 2000 tournament. He scored twice in the finals as England crashed out at the group stage.
Shearer was one of England's most talismanic goalscorers ever and one of their greatest ever players.