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World Cup A-Z: Lineker, Gary

28 May 2014

Gary Lineker - the only England player to claim the Golden Boot at a World Cup tournament.

The former Leicester City, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur striker struck a hat-trick for England at the 1986 tournament against Poland to send them through to the last 16 and he went on to score six goals in Mexico to claim the Golden Boot.

That hat-trick against Poland, which was the second-quickest ever at a World Cup, was one of five he scored for England, amongst a tally of 48 goals in 80 appearances. That tally puts him second in the all-time top goalscorers table, just one behind Bobby Charlton.

After making his debut in 1984, his first goal came on 26th March 1985 against the Republic of Ireland, while his last came in April 1992. His international career lasted seven years and 31 days and he had a scoring rate of one goal every 136 minutes.

Famed for his goalscoring, Lineker was also well-known for his perfect disciplinary record. The now-53-year-old never received a yellow or red card during his long career and in 1990 was honoured with the FIFA Fair Play Award.

Lineker's association with the World Cup didn't end when his playing days came to a close, as he is the head presenter of BBC's Match of the Day, and he will lead the BBC's TV coverage of Brazil 2014.

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