TheFA.com looks back to England's 5-0 win over
TheFA.com looks back to England's 5-0 win over Turkey back in October 1985, a victory that was earned thanks to goals from Chris Waddle, Bryan Robson and a hat-trick from Everton's Gary Lineker...
1986 World Cup, Group F Qualifier
England 5-0 Turkey
16 October 1985
Luck and a 40-year-old goalkeeper with the Tottenham reserves had helped Northern Ireland to a shock 1-0 victory over Romania in Bucharest earlier in the day and that result ensured England of their long-awaited ticket to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup Finals.
The Turks were playing to restore a little pride at Wembley after the humiliation of Istanbul, where they lost 8-0, but the 52,500 Wembley crowd were still confidently expecting another deluge of goals.
The visitors managed to hold out for fourteen minutes before Chris Waddle scored a spectacular solo goal, picking the ball up near the half-way line and embarking on a run which finished with the winger squeezing it inside Yasar's nearside post. Waddle's long dribble was more like a marathon and virtually constituted a tour of the Turkish half.
Three minutes later, Gary Lineker made it 2-0 with a bullet header from clubmate Stevens' pin-point centre and it was starting to look like another night of despair for the Turks.
Skipper Bryan Robson forced in a near-post goal at the second attempt and Lineker soared to meet another Stevens cross and head England to a 4-0 advantage at the interval.
Lineker added to the expectation of a rout when he completed his hat-trick nine minutes into the second half with a blistering right-footer from twenty yards.
However soon after, Robson limped away with a hamstring injury and with his departure a lot of the sparkle went out of England's performance.
What should have been a night of celebration for England ended in near silence. Peter Shilton won his 74th cap, a record for an England goalkeeper, but he had been largely superfluous on this occasion. Turkey did not manage a worthwhile shot until the 78th minute.
England: Shilton, Stevens, Sansom, Hoddle, Wright, Fenwick, Robson (Steven), Wilkins, Hateley (Woodcock), Lineker, Waddle
Turkey: Yasar, Ismail, Yusef, Rasit, Sedat, Abdulkerim, Huseyin, Mujdat, Hasan (Senol), Unal, Selcuk
Referee: A Milchenko (USSR)
Player View - Terry Fenwick
Terry Fenwick, who wore the no.6 shirt in the match, spoke to TheFA.com about his memories of the game: "They were a very different footballing side to us," he said.
"Obviously we won the match 5-0 but it wasn't that great a spectacle for the crowd.
"In the end it was a professional enough performance and we got the points we needed."
So how does Fenwick, who won 20 caps between 1984 and 1988, rate England's chances next Saturday?
"Oh, I think we can do it. I think Sven will play Heskey and Owen and adopt a counter-attacking approach to the game. They can do it."