Euro 2016: England Key Players

Here are the key players of England National Football Team.

220px-England_crest_2009.svgWayne Rooney

downloadOn 15 November 2014, Rooney won his 100th England cap against Slovenia in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, scoring a penalty to equalise in a 3–1 win.In another qualifier away to the same opponents on 14 June 2015, Rooney scored the winner with four minutes remaining for a 3–2 victory, his 48th international goal putting him joint second in England’s list alongside Gary Lineker, and one behind Bobby Charlton.In his 106th England appearance, he equalled Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals (also in 106 matches) on 5 September 2015, by scoring a penalty against San Marino.On 8 September 2015, Rooney broke Charlton’s England goalscoring record, netting his 50th international goal from a penalty in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Switzerland, at Wembley, in his 107th appearance for England, also equalling Ashley Cole as his country’s fifth-highest capped player this was also his 300th professional career goal.

In England’s opening match of UEFA Euro 2016 against Russia at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, Rooney was selected to start in central midfield and was named man of the match by the BBC.

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Eric Dier

131212_54_news_hub_121999_656x500On 5 November 2015, Dier was selected for the first time to the senior England senior team by manager Roy Hodgson ahead of friendlies against Spain and France.He made his debut eight days later against the former at Alicante’s Estadio José Rico Pérez as a 63rd-minute substitute alongside his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli in a 2–0 loss.Dier made his first start on 17 November against France, a 2–0 win at Wembley, and his performance was highlighted by former international midfielder Jamie Redknapp.On 26 March 2016, he scored his first international goal, heading Jordan Henderson’s corner for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Germany in Berlin.

Dier was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016 in France. In England’s opening match against Russia at the Stade Vélodrome, he opened the scoring in the 1–1 draw through a direct free-kick.

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Tom Heaton

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during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Manchester, England.

Having played for England at various youth levels, Heaton was handed his England under-21 debut in March 2008 by manager Stuart Pearce when he replaced Joe Hart as a substitute during a match against Poland.However, he did not make the final squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

On 21 May 2015, Heaton was called up to the England senior team for the first time ahead of a friendly against the Republic of Ireland and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia.Heaton continued to be included in Roy Hodgson’s squads before finally making his debut as an 87th minute substitute in place of Fraser Forster in England’s Euro 2016 warm up match against Australia at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

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