Tony Adams scored at both ends on this day at Wembley.
Arsenal centre-back Tony Adams was in the infancy of his international career when he turned out for England on 23 March 1988 against Holland.
The friendly contest at Wembley would provide a good sparring opportunity for these European heavyweights as they were due to meet each other again the following year in a European Championship qualifier. Making only his seventh international appearance and having scored his first goal for the Three Lions during his previous cap, Adams was keen to continue his impressive form.
But events didn’t go quite as planned for the big defender. With England leading 1-0 – thanks to Gary Lineker’s 24th goal in 24 appearances – Holland upped the tempo and when Jan Wouters hit a hard, low cross from the right Adams was only able to turn it into his own net.
It then got worse for England when John Bosman gave Holland the lead just five minutes later.
But Adams was to demonstrate the battling qualities that were to define his career and in the 63rd minute rose to meet a Trevor Steven free-kick and grab an equaliser for the Three Lions – the first and only time an England player has scored for both sides.
Adams would go on to score another three goals for his country, but it was the evening’s other goalscorer, Lineker, whose strike-rate would continue to impress, claiming 48 goals for England during his career.