Who is the greatest England centre back of all time?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2018

Terry Butcher (left) jumps for the ball during England's match against host nation Spain in the 1982 World Cup. Photo: PA

Terry Butcher (left) jumps for the ball during England's match against host nation Spain in the 1982 World Cup. Photo: PA

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Which one of these nine defenders is England’s greatest centre back of all time?

Bobby Moore (1962-1973)

Capped 108 times for his country and captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup, Moore was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he had ever played against.

Jack Charlton (1965-1970)

Another member of the team that won the 1966 World Cup, Charlton was called up to the England team days before his 30th birthday. Charlton went on to score six goals in 35 international games and helped England to finish third in Euro 1968 and to win four British Home Championship tournaments.

Terry Butcher (1980-1990)

Butcher captained the England national team, winning 77 caps in a ten-year international career that featured three World Cups.

Tony Adams (1987-2000)

Adams appeared 66 times for England, scoring five goals, between 1987 and 2000 and played at four major tournaments. He is the only England player to make tournament appearances in three separate decades. Adams captained the England side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 96, before losing on penalties to Germany.

Des Walker (1988-1993)

Walker won 59 caps for England, playing with distinction in the 1990 World Cup and the 1992 European Championships.

Gareth Southgate (1995-2004)

Southgate made 57 appearances for the England team between 1995 and 2004, featuring in the 1998 World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships.

Sol Campbell (1996-2007)

In May 1998, Campbell became what was then England’s second-youngest captain, after Bobby Moore, aged 23 years, 248 days. In 2006, he became the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships; and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, gaining 73 caps.

Rio Ferdinand (1997-2011)

Ferdinand played 81 times for the England national team and was a member of three World Cup squads. At the age of 19 years and 8 days, Ferdinand earned his first full England cap as a substitute in a friendly against Cameroon, making him the youngest defender to play for England at the time (a record broken in 2006 by Micah Richards).

John Terry (2003-2012)

Terry made 78 appearances and scored six times for the England team between 2003 and 2012, featuring in the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments and both the 2004 and 2012 European Championships. He captained the side in 2006 and again in 2008.

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