With his dreadful punditry and less than impressive managerial record, it often gets forgotten that John Barnes was hell of a player.
And with England facing Brazil tonight it is only right that we showcase possibly England’s greatest goal. It came in a 2-0 win in the Maracana, only our second victory against the Samba side.
Picking up the ball on the left, Barnes jinked past two players before dacing in the penalty area and slotting home.
Barnes spoke to William Hill this week to describe the goal:
I always liken it to an out-of-body experience, because I can’t remember even when I see it on television’, said Barnes speaking to William Hill. ‘I can’t remember anything like that.
I suppose when you talk to anybody who scores goals they’ll tell you, for example, if you score a free-kick, I can remember all the free-kicks I have scored after I see them.
When you score a goal by dribbling you are not thinking about what you are doing. You’re just reacting to the players.
29 years later, just time for Theo Walcott to do the same tonight?