ICONS of Football 2017: Teddy Sheringham

Few Premier League strikers have had as much success as Teddy Sheringham. Ever since he joined Millwall’s first team in 1984, the Englishman consistently notched goals en route to an induction in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2009. He was one of the most intelligent strikers of his generation and reaped the accolades and honours as a result.

The 50-year-old will look to hit the fairway as often as he found the back of the net when he partakes in the ICONS of Football 2017 Tournament at the Belfry from 23rd-25th June. He will play for the England team, led by captain Lee Westwood.

Sheringham’s success began at Millwall, where he ranks second in Lion’s all-time scoring ranks with 111 over eight seasons. He led the club’s scoring charts for three consecutive years and in the 1990-91 season he scored four hat-tricks en route to a 38-goal campaign.

He then played with Nottingham Forest for a year before spending five seasons at Tottenham. In his first year with the Spurs, Sheringham led the Premier League goalscorer charts with 22 goals. He was a hit with the Tottenham faithful and began his run as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

The striker had a burning desire to challenge for silverware and he made a move to achieve that dream, joining Manchester United in 1997. Although he did not find the net as often in his first few months during his time at Old Trafford, Sheringham ended up collecting three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two Intercontinental Cups and one UEFA Champions League trophy with the Red Devils.

Just mentioning the latter conjures up one of his most famous moments in a United shirt – when his injury time goal against Bayern Munich helped his club stage an unlikely comeback to win the prestigious competition.

After four years with Manchester United, Sheringham was again on the move, rejoining Spurs for two seasons. He led Tottenham to the League Cup final in 2002 and was inducted to the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in 2008.

Sheringham’s success in the Premier League is well documented, ranking tenth in the all-time goal scoring charts with 147.

Yet he also thrived on the international stage with the English national team, despite not making his first appearance until he was 27. He played in 51 games for England, often teaming up with fellow ICONS of Football participant, Alan Shearer. That partnership blossomed, their best moment coming in a 4-1 victory over a strong Netherlands team in the 1996 European Championships, where each scored twice.

Sheringham would continue to take to the pitch well into his 40’s, becoming the third-oldest player to appear in an FA Cup final in 2006 with West Ham United. He is also the oldest player to score in a Premier League match at 40 years and 268 days.

A certified footballing legend, Sheringham will aim to add another trophy to his collection at the ICONS of Football 2017 Tournament.

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