The 2000s have been fairly a depressing time for fans of the English nationwide staff. So many jokes, so many sneers, but not many oh so nears.
There was the abject failure of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’, the utter nonsense of Roy Hodgson’s tenure, Big Sam’s one-game reign of terror, the waistcoat revolution – the whole thing. And what’s left to show for it? One semi-final.
But it is not all been doom and gloom. Occasionally a shining mild emerges from the darkness, and provides the watching nation hope for the longer term.
There is little more thrilling than watching a player make their debut, and that pleasure ramps up tenfold once they make an prompt influence. Here is each single player from the last 20 years to score on their England debut.
Aston Villa forward Darius Vassell was given the call up by Sven Goran Eriksson as a 21-year-old towards the Netherlands, and he made his mark with a beautiful bicycle kick from David Beckham’s cross to make the game 1-1.
Vassell played 22 occasions for England from 2002 to 2004, that includes at two tournaments.
Francis Jeffers, the man you might bear in mind from an old Football Manager save, headed home Jermaine Jenas’ cross to pull one back towards Australia.
Jeffers’ debut got here on the identical day as Wayne Rooney’s first cap. One of them went on to be the nation’s all time top goalscorer. The different one by no means earned one other cap.
In the first of his 36 England appearances, pacy winger Shaun Wright-Phillips excited the nation with a superb solo goal, choosing the ball up from inside his own half, driving forward, and slotting into the far corner.
When it comes to England debuts, only a few have been more spectacular than Kieran Richardson’s.
The Manchester United teen opened his account simply 4 minutes in with a incredible free kick, after which doubled his tally simply before half time from Joe Cole’s lay-off.
David Nugent’s 11-minute cameo towards Andorra is the shortest England career of anybody who has ever played for the nationwide staff.
The Preston man marked the event with a 0-yard screamer. Clinical.
Quick show of fingers: what number of of you knew that Steven Caulker had an England cap? Keep your hand raised in case you knew he scored on that England cap.
In the thirty eighth minute of an away fixture towards Sweden, Caulker transformed Steven Gerrard’s free kick on the back post to put Roy Hodgson’s side 2-1 up.
However, his debut goal was overshadowed by a fairly sensational four-goal haul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, together with his memorable 30-yard bicycle kick.
After a sturdy loan spell at QPR and a stint within the first staff at Tottenham, Andros Townsend was handed his first England call up.
He marked his debut with a incredible goal, pinging in a 25-yarder off the post together with his weaker right foot.
What might be better than scoring on your first appearance?
Scoring together with your first contact, that is what.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert headed in Leighton Baines’ corner lower than three minutes after coming on. The goal ended up being the winner, as England defeated Scotland 3-2 at Wembley.
The present England captain made his much-anticipated international debut in 2015 when he replaced Wayne Rooney within the 71st minute. Two minutes later, he got himself on the scoresheet, nodding in from Raheem Sterling’s cross. Whatever occurred to him?
When it comes to debut goals, Marcus Rashford is one thing of an knowledgeable. The Manchester United man has bagged on his skilled debut, Premier League debut, EFL Cup debut, Champions League debut, AND England debut.
For the nationwide side, he found the net early on with an emphatic volley from eight yards out.
Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson turned the first debut goalscorer of the Gareth Southgate period when his scuffed volley from Fabian Delph’s cross squeezed in on the close to post. Wilson has since made three more appearances on the international stage.
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned the newest Englishman to score on their first cap on Thursday night time, nodding past Wayne Hennessey from Jack Grealish’s cross. England would go on to win the game 3-0, with Conor Coady and Danny Ings also netting their first international goals.