Top 10 England Goalkeepers
Joe Hart has been receiving some criticism of late for some up-and-down performances but he has been vigorously defended by his team mates suggesting he is one of the best in the business. This got us thinking where he ranks amongst England’s best ever goalkeepers and who truly was the best to ever don the gloves for the Three Lions. Only 108 men have ever played in net for England and here is our top 10.
10. Frank Swift
Arguably more famous now for losing his life in the Munich air disaster whilst working as a journalist for the News of the World, but Swift enjoyed an excellent playing career until his retirement in 1949. The Manchester City ‘keeper played for the England wartime team before going on to play 19 games for the full side between 1946 and ’49 during which he conceded just 18 goals in the process.
9. Joe Hart
He may be the one taking criticism at the moment but he deserves his place on this list having already picked up 33 caps for his country at what remains a tender age for a goalkeeper. He may yet to have competed at the business end of a big tournament with England but conceding just 27 goals in 33 games puts him up there with the best.
8. Nigel Martyn
He may have been in the shadow of David Seaman for much of his career but Martyn enjoyed a glowing reputation with all the clubs he played for and whenever he turned out for England the stats show how good a performer he was. Over his 10-year international career Martyn conceded just 18 goals in 23 games and kept a clean sheet in more than half his performances.
The Cat was another whose international career was scuppered by a great being around at the same time in the form of Gordon Banks. Despite his fantastic reputation he only made seven appearances for his country but kept clean sheets in four of these showing just what he could do when called upon.
6. Paul Robinson
Robbo has had a strange career in some ways as he peaked early for a ‘keeper and when he reached what should be his prime years he tailed off a bit, but he still has a fabulous record for his country. The former Leeds and Spurs stopper accumulated 41 caps in an England shirt and let in just 22 goals along the way with a clean sheet ratio of nearly 60% which are stats anyone would be proud of.
5. Chris Woods
Not necessarily someone you would expect to see so high up this list but Woods’ stats really are impressive and stack up with the very best ever between the sticks for England. He was performing in some of England’s least successful years but still managed 25 clean sheets in 43 appearances leaving him with the best clean sheet ratio of anyone with over 10 caps, you can’t argue with that.