England’s greatest football moments, according to fans

Many polled said that nothing beats the excitement of an international football tournament

Steve Richmond
Friday 11 June 2021 16:10
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<p>England winning the 1966 World Cup was the top moment for British football fans</p>

England winning the 1966 World Cup was the top moment for British football fans

Maradona’s Hand of God, Gazza’s Italia 90 tears and England thrashing Germany 5-1 in 2001 are among football’s most iconic moments, according to a poll of fans.

A survey of 2,000 football-loving Britons ranked England’s 1966 World Cup win as top of the pile, while Gordon Banks’ seemingly impossible save from Pele against Brazil in 1970 also made the top five.

England’s eventful clash against Argentina at France 98 provided two top 20 moments including David Beckham’s infamous red card, as well as Michael Owen’s incredible solo strike.

And Gareth Southgate, who was involved that night, will be hoping for better luck this summer as his penalty miss in Euro 96 also made the top 20.

Paul Gascoigne’s unforgettable strike against Scotland and Zidane’s headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final both also featured.

The survey was commissioned by Uber Eats which has launched a limited-edition store on the app, selling classic football shirts and retro bundles to celebrate the long-awaited return of international football.

With more than half noting some of their favourite memories of all time are football-related, the study found 40 per cent of fans can’t wait to see what iconic moments this summer’s event provides.

Meanwhile, a majority believes nothing beats the excitement and anticipation of an international football tournament.

Carried out through OnePoll, the survey also found footy fans will watch more than 36 hours of football this summer - the equivalent of 24 matches.

More than a quarter will enhance the experience by donning the colours of their favourite team.

Others will make selected fixtures extra special by ordering a takeaway - with many intending to order pizza for major games.

Chinese or Indian were the other top options to treat themselves for a big night in – with an average of three people eating in, spending more than £46 on their favourite dishes.

To help supporters prepare for the Euros, Uber Eats has opened ‘Match Ready’ stores in London and Manchester until Sunday – offering items from classic shirts to pitch-scented candles.

A spokesman for the online food ordering and delivery platform said: “With the majority still looking to watch sport from home, ordering in a takeaway is certainly one way of adding some spice to the occasion.”

SWNS

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