A World Cup hero made his England debut on this day 48 years ago.
One of our World Cup-winning heroes was handed his first England cap by Walter Winterbottom on this day in 1962. Roger Hunt, a legend on Merseyside with 245 League goals for Liverpool, made a scoring debut in a 3-1 win against Austria in a Wembley friendly.
Hunt signed for the Reds as a 20-year-old from non-League Stockton Heath and won the League and FA Cup in a very successful period for the club under Bill Shankly. He turned out to be a sharp goalscorer for England too, notching 15 in his first 16 internationals. Four of those came in one game against the USA in New York, England winning 10-0.
He was England’s leading marksman in the season the World Cup was won, which included three goals in the tournament itself. He also played in 27 successive unbeaten games.
He was 30 when he made his final England appearance against Romania in a Wembley friendly in 1969. In some people’s eyes, though certainly not Sir Alf Ramsey’s, Hunt may have been a ‘workhorse’ compared to the ‘artist’ Jimmy Greaves. But he played a vital role in England’s World Cup victory and his career record of 18 goals in 34 is outstanding at international level.