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England centurions honoured at Wembley

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 18.40CET
Peter Shilton, David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton stepped out at Wembley during half-time of England's match with Belgium to receive their UEFA 100-cap awards.
England centurions honoured at Wembley
David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton (England) ©Getty Images
 
Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 18.40CET

England centurions honoured at Wembley

Peter Shilton, David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton stepped out at Wembley during half-time of England's match with Belgium to receive their UEFA 100-cap awards.

England's five national-team centurions were honoured on the Wembley pitch on Saturday with the presentation of UEFA's 100-cap awards during half-time of the England-Belgium friendly match.

Peter Shilton, David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton received their awards while Bobby Moore's widow Stephanie and Billy Wright's daughter Babette were there on behalf of the other two players to have passed the 100-cap mark for their country.

Shilton is England's record appearance holder with 125 caps earned over a span of 20 years between 1970 and 1990. The goalkeeper's international career began in 1970 and took in three FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championship final tournaments, with Shilton's last appearance coming in the third-place play-off at Italia 90, by when he was 40.

With 115 caps, Beckham is England's most-capped outfield player. The most recent member of his country's '100 club', he made his debut in 1996 and captained his country 58 times up to and including the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Beckham's fellow Manchester United FC icon, Charlton, has 106 caps and remains England's 49-goal record scorer. He was a member of Sir Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup-winning team alongside Moore, the man who held aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley after their 4-2 final victory over West Germany. Moore, who died in 1993, shares the record for having captained England most times (90) along with Wright, the fifth man honoured.

Capped 105 times, Wright, who died in 1994, became the first player from any country to be awarded 100 caps when appearing in England's 1-0 victory over Scotland in 1959. Back in the present, that scoreline repeated itself in England's narrow victory over Belgium in their final home qualifier before UEFA EURO 2012.

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