World Cup: Heroes and heartbreaks

England’s World Cup campaigns have been marked by the high of Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet trophy when England won in 1966 but also the lows of losing in penalty shoot-outs. To coincide with our year-long Bobby Moore: First Gentleman of English Footballdisplay and the World Cup this year in Russia, here is our selection of footballers in the collection with their World Cup stories.

On the subs bench are the likes of Jack Charlton, Kevin Keegan, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, and do browse the larger squad of footballers and managers represented in the Gallery’s collection.

Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore was the captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. He was considered by Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer as the greatest defender they had ever played against.

Moore was part of the 1962 England World Cup squad and became England captain in 1963. In 1966 he led the England team through the group stages, past Argentina in the quarter-final, past Portugal in the semi-final to reach the final against West Germany. There he took the free-kick from which Geoff Hurst scored to equalise the game and then in extra-time passed the ball 40 metres on to Geoff Hurst to score England’s fourth goal in their 4-2 victory.

In 1970 at the finals in Brazil Moore made what has been often cited as the perfect tackle against Jairzinho in their group match against Brazil, but England were knocked out by West Germany in the quarter-final after leading 2-0 at half time.

Moore won a record 108 caps that remained unbroken until surpassed by goalkeeper Peter Shilton in 1989.

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Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore was the captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. He was considered by Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer as the greatest defender they had ever played against.

Moore was part of the 1962 England World Cup squad and became England captain in 1963. In 1966 he led the England team through the group stages, past Argentina in the quarter-final, past Portugal in the semi-final to reach the final against West Germany. There he took the free-kick from which Geoff Hurst scored to equalise the game and then in extra-time passed the ball 40 metres on to Geoff Hurst to score England’s fourth goal in their 4-2 victory.

In 1970 at the finals in Brazil Moore made what has been often cited as the perfect tackle against Jairzinho in their group match against Brazil, but England were knocked out by West Germany in the quarter-final after leading 2-0 at half time.

Moore won a record 108 caps that remained unbroken until surpassed by goalkeeper Peter Shilton in 1989.

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Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore was the captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. He was considered by Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer as the greatest defender they had ever played against.

Moore was part of the 1962 England World Cup squad and became England captain in 1963. In 1966 he led the England team through the group stages, past Argentina in the quarter-final, past Portugal in the semi-final to reach the final against West Germany. There he took the free-kick from which Geoff Hurst scored to equalise the game and then in extra-time passed the ball 40 metres on to Geoff Hurst to score England’s fourth goal in their 4-2 victory.

In 1970 at the finals in Brazil Moore made what has been often cited as the perfect tackle against Jairzinho in their group match against Brazil, but England were knocked out by West Germany in the quarter-final after leading 2-0 at half time.

Moore won a record 108 caps that remained unbroken until surpassed by goalkeeper Peter Shilton in 1989.

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