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England best XI voted for by fans sees Rooney snubbed for Shearer and Scholes ahead of Lampard and Gerrard

ENGLAND fans have picked their all-time XI and it’s a force to be reckoned with.

Three Lions supporters have had to endure plenty of tournament heartbreak over the years from Italia ’90 to penalty anguish against Portugal at Euro 2004.

World class stars have come and gone empty-handed including the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney.

But this team may just have had the quality to get one over Germany during the 2010 World Cup or silence Ronaldinho against Brazil eight years prior.

We asked SunSport readers who would be their dream England XI and this was the end result…

Goalkeeper – Gordon Banks

The legendary Banks achieved the pinnacle when he lifted the 1966 World Cup.

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The former Stoke and Leicester hero made 73 caps for his country including making that world famous save against Pele’s header.

Banks beat David Seaman and Peter Shilton to the post.

Gordon Banks denied Pele with one of football's greatest ever saves


Gordon Banks denied Pele with one of football’s greatest ever savesCredit: Reuters

Right-back – Gary Neville

The Manchester United legend was ever-reliable for England having made 85 appearances for the Three Lions.

He remains England’s most capped right-back and featured in five major tournaments.

Centre-back – Bobby Moore

There was only one winner in a poll between Moore, Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand.

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Moore is regarded as one of the greatest defenders in history and captained England to their 1966 World Cup win.

He played 108 times for his country with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming ‘he was the best defender in the history of the game.’

Bobby Moore famously lifts the 1966 World Cup


Bobby Moore famously lifts the 1966 World CupCredit: Alamy

Centre-back – John Terry

The Chelsea hero gets the nod alongside Moore.

Terry, who captained the England side, always wore his heart on his sleeve while playing in white.

He made 78 appearances before retiring from international duty in 2012.

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Left-back – Ashley Cole

Cole will always be regarded as one of England’s greatest left-backs.

It is no surprise the Chelsea legend received a whopping 83 per cent of the votes over hard-man Stuart Pearce.

He retired with 107 caps, making him England’s most capped full-back.

Right-midfield – David Beckham

Golden Balls treated the nation to numerous historic moments throughout his career.

From his last minute free-kick against Greece to send England to the 2002 World Cup to scoring against Colombia in 1998.

Becks beat Tom Finney and Kevin Keegan to the right flank.

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David Beckham scored the free-kick against Greece that sent England to the 2002 World Cup


David Beckham scored the free-kick against Greece that sent England to the 2002 World CupCredit: The Sun

Centre-midfield – Paul Scholes

England have been blessed with an abundance of top class central midfielders over the years.

But it’s Scholes who gets the nod over Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

The Man United legend fell victim to England’s array of midfield options and was often played out on the left.

He only earned 66 caps but many fans will feel he deserved more.

Centre-midfield – Paul Gascoigne

There was only one winner in this race.

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The legendary Gazza remains one of England’s greatest centre-midfielder’s and almost guided the Three Lions to 1990 World Cup glory.

His performances throughout that tournament – and at Euro 96 – will always be remembered as some of the best in an England shirt.

Gazza remains one of England's most technically-gifted players in history


Gazza remains one of England’s most technically-gifted players in historyCredit: Getty

Left-midfield – John Barnes

The Liverpool favourite narrowly beat wing wizard Stanley Matthews and Chris Waddle in the poll.

Barnes made 79 caps for England and was voted the country’s greatest ever left-footed player by Times readers in 2016.

He also rapped one of England’s great World Cup songs – World in Motion.

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Striker – Alan Shearer

The Newcastle legend comes out on top over England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.

Shearer was limited to just 63 national team appearances and scored 30 goals.

He retired after England were knocked out of Euro 2000 to Romania.

Striker – Gary Lineker

Lineker got the nod over both current captain Harry Kane and goalscoring sensation Jimmy Greaves.

The now-pundit is England’s third top scorer with 48 goals from 80 games including winning the Golden Boot at the 1986 World Cup with six goals.

He still holds the record for the most goals scored by an Englishman during World Cup tournaments.

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Manager – Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby managed England for eight years including that spell in the dugout for the 1990 World Cup.

In the tournament four years prior, he watched from the dugout as Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ knocked his side out of the quarter-finals.

He took charge of 95 England matches, winning 47 and losing just 18.

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