One of England’s finest goalscorers made his debut on this day.
Legendary goal poacher Gary Lineker made his England debut in the last ever British Home Championship match on this day in 1984.
The Leicester City forward was just 23 when he replaced Tony Woodcock in the fixture against Scotland at Hampden Park; thrown on by Bobby Robson in the 72nd minute in an attempt to find a winning goal with the score at 1-1.
Unfortunately it was not to be the dream debut for Lineker with the game finishing in a stalemate, a result that meant all four nations – Northern Ireland and Wales included – ended the tournament on three points and were only separated by goal difference – the Irish coming out on top.
For Lineker it would be almost a year until his next appearance in an England shirt, getting his second cap and first start against Republic of Ireland in March ’85. This time, however, there was a clear indication of what was to come from England’s second highest marksman – scoring, as he did, the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory.
He would go on to be a mainstay during Robson’s reign and was given the captain’s armband under Graham Taylor following Italia ’90.
It was during his two World Cups that Lineker’s star shone brightest. He was the leading scorer at Mexico ’86 with six goals and notched another four in Italy as England progressed to the semi-finals.
He finished his international career with 48 goals in 80 appearances – one strike behind Sir Bobby Charlton – and not forgetting that most unusual of statistics, the complete absence of a single yellow or red card during his entire career – a fact that led to him being known as England’s Mr Nice Guy despite his ruthless streak in front of goal.