England striker Gary Linker regularly hit the back of the net in the England, Spain and international football. The striker was often accused of goal hanging, but his goal scoring record cannot be questioned.
Linkeker was a prolific goalscorer for Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, Lineker is also regarded as one of England’s all time best strikers. His great record for hometown club Leicester caught the attention of Everton where he scored 40 goals in 52 games. He is also famous for never receiving a yellow card during his career.
Lineker joined a select number of Englishmen to succeed abroad when he joined Barcelona, a personal highlight being a hat trick in a 3-2 win against rivals Real Madrid. He then rejected an approach from Manchester United and joined Tottenham Hotspur where his goalscoring exploits continued and he enjoyed success in the FA Cup.
Lineker remains one of England’s top goal scorers and sits second on the list behind the great Sir Bobby Charlton. Lineker represented his country 80 times and scored 48 goals at a rate better than 1 in every 2. He has scored just 1 goal less than Charlton, and famously missed a penalty against Brazil that would have equalled his record.
The phrase ‘fox in the box’ could have been created just for Lineker, and he impressed on the international stage. Not only was he top scorer at the 1986 World Cup, but he also scored 4 goals at the 1990 tournament. One of his most famous moments occurred at that tournament, when he is seen signalling to the England bench that Paul Gascoigne was crying.
Since retiring, Lineker has become even more well known for endorsing Walkers Crisps, shacking up with the beautiful Danielle Bux, and presenting Match of the Day and other sports on the BBC.