Three Lions Versus the World: England's World Cup Stories from the Men Who Were There

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Since their first appearance in the competition in 1950, England's World Cup story has been one of broken dreams, bad luck, shock losses, and penalty nightmares, with one shining exception in 1966, when they famously won the Cup after beating Germany 4–2. In Three Lions Versus the World, Mark Pougatch talks to those who have shaped England's World Cup odyssey from Brazil 1950, when England lost to the amateurs of America, through the triumph of 1966 and the subsequent failure to retain the Cup in 1970 to the spirit-sapping quarter-final defeats in Japan 2002 and Germany 2006. Household names such as Sir Tom Finney, Don Howe, Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking, Gary Lineker, Tony Adams, Glenn Hoddle, and Danny Mills share their personal recollections of playing for England both on and off the pitch in the World Cup. Some reveal how they were affected by the demands placed upon them and by the mounting pressure of expectation from the English public. Others comment candidly on the myriad controversies to befall the England squad over the years. Massive highs are recounted and crushing lows painfully recollected, but all the contributors are united in the pride they shared in wearing the Three Lions shirt for their country in this most special of tournaments.

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Mark Pougatch is a well-known broadcaster who has been a sports presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live since 1998. He has also presented Football Focus and Match of the Day on BBC television, and has worked on many major sporting events, including the Olympics, Wimbledon, the Grand National, the Ashes, and the World Cup.

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"Pougatch has done a tremendous job of tracking down participants in every World Cup finals England have played in" * Independent on Sunday *

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