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England legends go head-to-head: Newport County v Stevenage

14 August 2015

England legends Terry Butcher and Teddy Sheringham will face off this weekend when Newport County and Stevenage meet in Sky Bet League 2.

The pair, both in their first season as managers at their respective clubs, are looking to get off the mark in Match Round 2 after suffering losses on the opening weekend.

Newport were comfortably beaten 3-0 at Cambridge United, while Stevenage – in Sheringham's first competitive game as a manager – went down 2-0 at home to Notts County. Butcher is vastly more experienced than his dugout rival having been in management for over 25 years, but the duo both had plenty of good times on the international scene during lengthy playing careers.

Butcher – a commanding centre-back – represented his country for over a decade, making 77 appearances for England and captaining the side on seven occasions. No one needs reminding of Butcher's most famous appearance in an England shirt, but we're going to anyway...

During a qualifying match for Italia '90, Butcher suffered a head injury, which required stitches and a bandage, but the defender battled on.



An aerial bombardment from the Swedish opponents didn't help Butcher's cause, and by the end of the game – in which England held on for a crucial point – his white shirt was famously covered in his own blood.

Sheringham's England career, meanwhile, spanned from 1993 until 2002, with the technically-gifted striker scoring 11 goals in 51 appearances.

The former Spurs and Manchester United ace had to wait until the age of 27 before picking up his first cap, but soon became a vital part of Terry Venables' side. Arguably Sheringham's finest hour came during Euro '96, when England provided a truly memorable performance at Wembley Stadium.

Playing alongside the prolific Alan Shearer, and with the creative force of Paul Gascoigne behind them, England ripped apart the Netherlands to win 4-1, with Sheringham and his strike partner netting twice in the win.



Both men know what it takes to win football matches, but who will be victorious at Rodney Parade in Match Round 2 of Sky Bet League 2 this weekend?

You can keep an eye on the battle of the England legends by following our matchday coverage on Twitter, via @SkyBetLeague2.


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