Who is the greatest England right midfielder of all time?
PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 June 2018
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Which one of these four players is England’s greatest right midfielder of all time?
Stanley Matthews (1934-1957): With 54 caps and 11 goals for his country, the “Wizard of Dribble” was the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.
Pelé said Matthews was “the man who taught us the way football should be played”.
Franz Beckenbauer said that “almost no one in the game could stop him” and Berti Vogts commented that “It is not just in England where his name is famous. All over the world he is regarded as a true football genius”.
Ron Flowers (1955-1966): Flowers won 49 caps for England and scored 10 goals.
From November 1958 until April 1963, he appeared in 40 consecutive England international matches; only Billy Wright has appeared in more.
Flowers scored twice from the penalty spot in the 1962 World Cup and scored England’s first goal in a European Football Championships game - in the qualifying round first leg against France in 1962.
A member of the squad that won the 1966 World Cup, Flowers narrowly missed out on playing in the final after Jack Charlton recovered from a cold.
Chris Waddle (1985-1991): Waddle earned 62 caps for his country, scoring six times, and was a member of England’s squads for the 1986 World Cup, Euro 1988, and the 1990 World Cup.
He famously missed the decisive penalty in England’s World Cup 1990 semi-final shootout defeat against West Germany.
David Beckham (1996-2009): Beckham captained England for six years, earning 115 caps and scoring 17 goals.
He appeared in three World Cup tournaments and two European Championships.
Beckham played a major role in helping England qualify for the 2002 World Cup - his stoppage time free-kick in the final qualifying game against Greece gave England the draw they needed to reach the tournament.
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