Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast – home nations moments since 1966

Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast – home nations moments since 1966
Which iconic moment will make your list?

When it comes to eye-catching international moments there have been more than a few involving the home nations since England won the world cup in 1966.

Wayne Rooney’s red card against Portugal, Wales at Euro 2016, Gerry Armstrong’s heroics for Northern Ireland as well as Archie Gemmill’s superb solo effort for Scotland all spring to mind – but which is the most iconic?

That was the subject discussed by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright on the new Match of The Day: Top 10 podcast.

To hear how Shearer and Wright both chose their final selections, make sure you listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds. And you can make your own ranked list at the bottom of the page.

Scotland, Ally’s Army and Archie Gemmill

1978 world cup in Argentina

Scotland boss Ally MacLeod had boasted that his side could be among the main challengers to win the world cup in Argentina.

However, a defeat by Peru and a draw with Iran left Scotland needing to win by three goals against the 1974 finalists, the Netherlands, just to progress from the group.

And when Archie Gemmill’s stunning goal gave them a 3-1 lead, glory appeared to beckon, only for Johnny Rep to reply three minutes later for the Dutch, sending Scotland out in bittersweet style.

Archie Gemmill’s goal against the Netherlands is referenced in the film Trainspotting

Shearer: “There were some fantastic players in that team. They knew they had to win by three goals against the Netherlands to qualify. I know they didn’t qualify but after going a goal down they gave it a hell of a go.”

Wright: “I remember watching it and thinking this is never going to happen. When Archie Gemmill went through and scored you were thinking ‘this could happen’.”

Northern Ireland and Armstrong shock hosts

1982 world cup in Spain

Having reached the finals for the first time since 1958, the odds seemed stacked against Northern Ireland in a group containing hosts Spain and Yugoslavia.

Despite Mal Donaghy’s dismissal they held on for a famous win against the hosts courtesy of Gerry Armstrong’s goal and progressed as group winners.

The world cup finals were expanded from 16 to 24 teams in 1982

Shearer: “There was a concern that some of the smaller nations would struggle after the tournament was expanded but Northern Ireland actually topped that group. What a moment for them.”

Wright: “It was one of those games for me that Northern Ireland were destined to win. Mal Donaghy was sent off and the Spain players were getting away with murder.”

The ‘Hand of God’

1986 world cup in Mexico

Despite a slow start to the tournament, Sir Bobby Robson’s England side had built momentum to reach the quarter-finals when eventual winners Argentina and Diego Maradona rocked up to bamboozle them.

Maradona’s infamous first goal, where he used his hand to punch the ball past Peter Shilton, was followed by a sensational second that sent England home.

Argentina captain Diego Maradona scored five goals at the 1986 world cup finals

Wright: “You knew instantly at home but it took a little while to show it on the television. It was so clever but felt so wrong.”

Gazza’s tears

1990 world cup in Italy

This was the summer that relaunched football mania in England as Sir Bobby Robson’s side headed into a world cup semi-final against West Germany.

Paul Gascoigne was outstanding throughout the tournament and when his bottom lip wobbled and the tears flowed – after a booking that ruled him out of a final England would not reach – he captured the hearts of a nation.

England’s appearance in the semi-finals of the world cup in 1990 was their first since 1966

Wright: “When he cried I was welling up. It was the first time on a football pitch that I think you saw raw emotion. It was like watching a chi

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