Connections - England 9
Continuing the story of Tottenham’s connections with the England side in games played at Wembley (from Connections- England 8).
Kicking off this time with Eric Dier who scored his first Wembley goal for England goal in September 2017 in the win over Slovakia.
Dier’s first Wembley cap (2nd game) was V France in November 2015. In the same game Deli Alli made his international debut and scored in the 39th minute against his club captain Hugo Lloris. Remember these two articles relate only to games played at Wembley.
Kyle Walker made his debut for England at Wembley in 2011, The next Lilywhite was Jake Livermore his first start was in 2012, having been an unused sub at Wembley twice before he finally represented his country at the national stadium.
The new look stadium reopened in March 2007, when the England under 21 team met with Italy. The first English goal was scored by David Bentley and Wayne Routridge was also on the score sheet. Tom Huddlestone also featured.
A few other notably occasions and during 1970 Martin Peters makes his first appearance as at Spur at Wembley whilst winning his 35th cap and he scores against Pat Jennings in the Northern Ireland goal. 1971 and Chivers in his second game and first at Wembley scores V Greece and Burnley’s Ralph Coates appears. By the next game at the stadium Coates has joined Spurs as Chivers hits two V Malta.
That summer Spurs account for all the England goals, (Chivers 2, Peters 1), as they beat Scotland 3-1. 1973 and Martin Peters captains the country in a 7-0 win over Austria, Chivers gets one of the goals. The next Wembley date sees England fail to beat Poland and fail to reach the World Cup finals on the night Peters was captain. The following month a friendly with Italy is Ramsey’s last as manager. Alf’s first game as England manager had been in April 63, it’s a defeat to Scotland with Mackay, Brown and White all playing. His England side includes Smith, Greaves and Maurice Norman. The three Englishmen become regulars and appear V the Rest of the World, Greaves scores the winner and in the eight goal haul against Northern Ireland when Greaves hits four and Smith one. Ramsey’s greatest moment was of course managing the World Cup win when England played all their six games at the stadium.
A new era starts and former Spurs player Keith Weller scores the only goal against a Northern Ireland side with Pat Jennings and Chris McGrath. The Scottish tie in 1975 sees Alfie Conn play and future manager Gerry Francis score his first England goal.
left - Deli V Lloris
When Northern Ireland visit in 1978 and 79, their manager is Danny Blanchflower, while Pat Jennings skippers the team. Another visitor comes with the Denmark side in 79, Frank Arsnesen, our future Director of Football. In November 1979 Glenn Hoddle scores in the 70th minute on debut V Bulgaria.
In 1994 Terry Venables becomes the second Tottenham man to be England manager as Darren Anderton makes his debut in a win over Denmark. Darren gets his first goal in the next game (Greece). The same year Brad Friedel plays for the USA and Nick Barmby makes his England debut. Venables manages England in the ‘96 Euro’s. The second major trophy held in England and Spurs men were England manager both times. After the competition Terry steps down and is replaced by Glenn Hoddle. Glenn’s first game at Wembley (his second) was a win over Poland his last game (in 1998) was a win over the Czech Republic.
Before that in Feb 82 and Ray Clemence won his 58th cap, his second as a Spur and the first at the stadium. The next year sees Graham Robert wins his second cap, alongside Hoddle and Mabbutt while the Scots include Gough, Brazil and are skippered by Grahame Souness. Back in June 95 Teddy Sheringham scored his Second England goal (1st at Wembley) during his 12th cap (8th game at Wembley).
The last Spurs man to skipper England at the stadium was Scott Parker V Holland in 2012.
Correct as at October 1st if you know of any other notable connections that should be included in this series please contact me. Connections will return later in the season.
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