Football

England's other double acts

Geoff Hurst and Roger Hunt

After Jimmy Greaves' injury deprived the 1966 line-up of arguably the greatest English finisher of all-time, the double "H" partnership were thrown together.

Prolific for Liverpool, Hunt never scored at the tournament. But his off-the-ball running created enough space for Hurst to make hat-trick history in the final.

Peter Beardsley and Gary Lineker

From the late 1980s until Italia'90, they were a treat to watch.

Lineker was lethal in the six-yard box, Beardsley's incisive passing ensured his strike partner didn't have to retreat from that area.

Lineker was the last of the great poachers. Beardsley was arguably ahead of his time as a No. 10 floating behind the main man.

Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham

The complete striker and the striking conjurer, England's SAS formed the most attractive playing side since 1970.

Shearer's long-term injury denied England a place at the 1994 World Cup, but he made amends at Euro96, scoring a goal in the semi-finals.

The Three Lions fell short, but their front two had been scintillating to watch.

Emile Heskey and Michael Owen

At the turn of the century, England had Little and Large. A shy giant of a man, Heskey said little and sometimes scored even less.

But as a foil for the diminutive Owen, the pair occasionally captivated like Mills and Boon.

Heskey was like Andy Carroll in the sense that he was good in the air. He was also stronger, more adept, scored more goals and created more for his partners. So, really, he was nothing like Carroll.