Euro Champs: Bryan Robson

It was one of those rare occasions in English international football history – Bryan Robson managed to keep both his shoulders in their sockets for the duration of a competitive fixture.

Truth be told, Captain Marvel was the only Englishman to come out of this 3-1 spanking by a Marco Van Basten-inspired Dutch with any credibility whatsoever, putting in a spirited performance as he tried to drag his team-mates to a modicum of respectability against a far superior opponent.

Robson’s tenacity was summed up in his 53rd-minute strike, one that actually brought England level in the contest. Exchanging passes with Gary Lineker, Robbo burst through the Dutch backline with a powerful run, shrugging off challenges, leaving Ronald Koeman trailing like Tintin at the start of the credits, before just managing to poke the ball over Hans Van Breukelen.

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