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Michael Owen scored a hat trick from Germany in the course of England’s 5-1 trouncing of Germany in Munich’s Olympic Stadium. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey finished the rout.

David Beckham scored a final-minute equaliser in opposition to Greece in England’s 2nd leg play-off at Outdated Trafford in 2001 to make certain their participation in the Planet Cup finals in 2002.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s France midfielder, scored a stunning volley in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final in Glasgow to make his side a ninth European Cup.

Mike Tyson was knocked out by Britain’s Lennox Lewis in June 2002 to deny Iron Mike the chance to regain his world heavyweight title belts.

Ideal Mate went into the 2004 Cheltenham Gold Cup beneath immense pressure. The Jim Lewis-owned 9-12 months-aged, however, claimed the initial hat-trick since the Arkle 38 many years formerly.

When Jonny Wilkinson, England’s hero from the 2003 Rugby World Cup closing victory, dropped the successful goal towards hosts Australia in a packed Telstra Stadium in Sydney.

Michael Schumacher, the Ferrari System One particular driver, claimed a document-breaking seventh planet drivers’ championship at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps track in 2004. The German retired in 2006.


Kelly Holmes, the British middle-distance runner, won 800 metres and one,500m gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Liverpool won the European Cup right after Steven Gerrard’s facet arrived from 3- down at fifty percent time to AC Milan in Istanbul to carry out a single of the biggest ever before comebacks in sport.

Michael Vaughan became the very first England captain to lift the urn in 18 years when his aspect regained the Ashes in 2005.

Lance Armstrong, the US cyclist, wonj his seventh successive Tour de France triumph in 2007. Armstrong won much more Tours than any other rider before retiring – for just 3 decades.

Arsenal’s report-breaking 2003/04 period. Arsène Wenger’s aspect went the entire league campaign with no defeat.

Michael Phelps, the US swimmer, won a impressive eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to conquer compatriot Mark Spitz’s long-standing file of seven in a solitary Video games.

Chris Hoy won three monitor cycling gold medals at the Beijing Games. He was later on knighted, named BBC Sports Persona of the Yr and, unsurprisingly, grew to become the manifeste face of British cycling.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica claimed an personal ambigu in Beijing where he won Olympic titles at 100m and 200m, breaking equally planet data.

When Rafael Nadal conquer Roger Federer, the 5-time defending champion, in the unforgettable Wimbledon men’s singles ultimate of 2008.

Hampered by a long-term knee harm, Tiger Woods claimed a 14th key when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines. The environment No 1 denied Rocco Mediate in a perform-off after virtually quitting in the 2nd spherical.

Lewis Hamilton claimed a maiden Formula One environment drivers’ title in spectacular type right after McLaren’s British driver overtook Timo Glock on the closing straight at the Brazil GP to deny Felipe Massa.

British &amp Irish Lions 2nd Exam in opposition to South Africa in the course of the 2009 tour. The epic match was lost with the final kick of the sport.

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It may well not be politically right in a environment in which only Celts look permitted to defeat their patriotic breast and my granny in Donegal will certainly excommunicate me if she ever before reads this but across the board, and across the many years, there is no sporting nation on this planet to evaluate with England.

We are spoiled rotten in this state, frequently with no realising or appreciating it. If you violently disagree and want to find the money for leading puppy status to another nation, let us be hearing from you in but very first think about what English sport and competitors have offered us – and carry on to give.

England is a packed Twickenham and whiskey nips on frosty afternoons and singing Abide with Me at Wembley. It is a Bobby Charlton piledriver, a Wally Hammond cover drive and Lawrence Dallaglio’s tears as the nationwide anthem plays.

England is the Grand Countrywide, Red Rum, Bob Champion and Aldaniti. It is Desert Orchid. It is Lester Piggott. Royal Ascot, Superb Goodwood and York Ebor meeting. The beer tent at Plumpton in January, the Cotswolds perfection of Badminton in Could.

England is Graham Hill’s twitching moustache, Fran Cotton’s Dan Dare Jaw, Gary Lineker’s ears, Denis Compton’s knees, David Beckham metatarsals, Jonny Wilkinson clasped fingers and a Jessica Ennis smile.

England is the naughty boy attraction and environment beating talent of Barry Sheene, James Hunt and Jenson Button the consumate all-round skill of John Surtees, the die difficult aggression and racing instincts of Lewis Hamilton. It is Stirling Moss insisting that Mike Hawthorn be reinstated in second spot in the 1958 Portuguese Grand Prix and then losing the world championship by one position to his fellow Englishman. Course, style, substance.


England is the peerless Coleman, Peter Allis, Harry Carpenter . . . and there goes Murray Walker as effectively. It is the poety of Arlott, the eloquent silences of Longhurst driving the mike and James Alexander Gordon reading through the football final results on a Saturday evening.

England is the matchless Ben Ainslie ruling the waves and Dame Ellen using on the world. It is Becky Adlington powering down the final length, the enormous talent of the dimunitive Tom Daley, Daley Thompson performing back again flips of pleasure in the pole vault pit, Dame Kelly Holmes’ search of wonder and Mark Cavendish tearing up the Champs Elysee and leaving the peloton for dead.

England is Mike Brearley out-thinking the opposition, Sir Ian outdrinking and outplaying the same. It is the English rose splendor and breathtaking capacity of Lillian Board and Mary Rand and the glorious operating of one more dashing blonde. Richard Sharpe, as he dummied – not the moment, not 2 times but three moments – for that well-known try towards Scotland.

England is Nick Faldo in the zone, the timeless perfection of Torvill and Dean, the gung-ho courage of Amy Williams. It is Jason Leonard sharing submit-match pints with the opposition. It the effortless calme of modern day pentathlete Dr Steph Cooke, the deceny of ‘our Enry’ and the enduring bravery of Michael Watson

England is golf in the snow at the Presidents Putter, Sunningdale in autumn, the environment snooker championship and drama at the Crucible. And it is the believed, bordering on obsession, of eventually successful the World Cup in cricket, sailing to victory in the America’s Cup, Lee Westwood profitable a major and above all else successful a penalty shoot-out that issues.

“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.” Shakespeare probably was not thinking about activity at the time but his words ring at any time accurate.

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