Jack Wilshere’s stunner against Slovenia and the greatest England goals ever

https://www.youtube.com/embed/KIJZSQIsM_8

Jack Wilshere scored two exceptional goals during England’s 3–2 win against Slovenia in Euro qualifiers. His second was the best of the bunch though, and it earned high praise from Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker, illustrating the widespread tendency to confuse the latest great goal for the greatest.

Remember, this is coming from a guy who scored 48 goals for England himself — a total matched by Wayne Rooney in the Slovenia match — just one behind all-time leader Bobby Charlton.

Though Wilshere’s goal (and Adam Lallana’s backheel pass to set it up) was very good, was it really better than Paul Gascoigne’s at Euro ‘96?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/VkBMBPqcR6Y

Or David Beckham’s iconic free kick in 2001?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/lo5Qsv_lRK8

Or David Platt’s volley at the 1990 World Cup?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/M9tHjcyLH5I

Or John Barnes’ solo run in 1984?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/y6qMLloH2Yc

Or Michael Owen’s at the 1998 World Cup?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/qrEPI6TVTy4

And all of those are just from the last 30 years or so.

All of these goals are different, though. And, like all great works of art, cannot be quantifiably judged as better or worse than one another. Evaluation can only be done through personal preference and connection.

That said, Jack Wilshere’s goal definitely isn’t the best England goal.