Magnificent Seven! Bobby Charlton and England's other best uncut gems
Sportsmail remembers when England uncovered new talent in unlikely circumstances.
Brave: Two months after the Munich air disaster, Bobby Charlton made his England bow
Debut: April 1958, v Scotland
Little more than a month after the Munich air disaster, 20-year-old Charlton scored on his England debut in the first of the year’s Home International games, a 4-0 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.
It would be the first of a record 49 international goals in an England career spanning 12 years and 106 caps. Without doubt, one of the all-time greats.
February 1966, v West Germany
stuff of legend. Hurst made his debut in a friendly against West
Germany as Alf Ramsey experimented up front ahead of the 1966 World Cup.
Five months later, he won his eighth cap in the final, scoring a
hat-trick against the same opponents.
He finished his England career with 49 caps and 24 goals. His final game, in April 1972, was also against West Germany.
November 1972, v Wales
Joe Mercer recalled Keegan for the first game of the post-Sir Alf Ramsey era, with England in need of a lift having failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.
The 23-year-old Liverpool striker had made his debut against Wales two years earlier but failed to establish himself and Mercer awarded him his third cap, once again against Wales. Keegan scored in a 2-0 win at Ninian Park and ended up with 21 goals in 63 games.
Top stopper: Joe Hart made his debut in 2008 in a friendly
January 1986, v Egypt
Gary Lineker and Mark Hateley had played in 1986 World Cup qualifying but after no goals and one point from England’s first two games in Mexico, Bobby Robson gave 25-year-old Newcastle striker Beardsley his seventh appearance for the third game against Poland.
He clicked with Lineker, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win. Beardsley finished with 59 caps, nine goals and many assists.
June 1995, v Japan
Graham Taylor tried all sorts at right back — Paul Parker, Lee Dixon, Rob Jones, Earl Barrett, David Bardsley, Keith Curle and Andy Sinton — but Neville emerged in the nick of time for Terry Venables.
He was handed a debut at the age of 20 in the Umbro Trophy against Japan, 12 months ahead of Euro 96, and stayed in the team, going on to win 85 caps over the next 12 years.
Not left back in the changing room: Ashley Cole is closing in on 100 caps
March 2001, v Albania
Left back had become a problem position by the turn of the century. Kevin Keegan finished with Gareth Barry and Graeme Le Saux disputing the position after Phil Neville was jettisoned following Euro 2000.
Sven Goran Eriksson picked Chris Powell twice before turning to the 20-year-old Arsenal left back. Cole is still first choice, 93 caps and 11 years later.
June 2008, v Trinidad and Tobago
England's goalkeeping department was in turmoil after the 2010 World Cup. Rob Green had lost the confidence of Fabio Capello after his error against the USA and David James was nearly 40.
Hart seemed the only hope and he had to respond to the challenge. He had made his debut in a friendly two years earlier, but his first start came against Hungary in August 2010, the first game after the World Cup. He has grown in stature since and the 24-year-old will go to Euro 2012 as undisputed No 1.