England's Stanley Matthews leaves it late for the World Cup.
The ‘Wizard of the Dribble’ or Sir Stanley Matthews as he is more commonly known, made 54
appearances for England over a staggered and staggering period of 23 years – making his career the longest of any England player.
His World Cup record, however, is not quite as storied as you would expect for such a renowned player.
He played in both the 1950 and ’54 World Cups making only made three appearances overall but this was mainly due to the fact Sir Stanley was already 35 years old by the time the 1950 tournament came around. The fact he was there at all is testament to his ability, longevity and all round class.
Incredibly, he made his final appearance for the Three Lions in 1957, aged 42.