Top 5 Arsenal Players That Became Legends for England

On the 13th March, England announced their 23-man squad to face Czech Republic and Montenegro in the opening two fixtures of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The squad features players from a wide range of teams such as AFC Bournemouth, Burnley, West Ham United, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

Despite the large pool of teams the original squad come from, not one player comes from Arsenal.

The Gunners have a rich history in producing some of England’s best ever players.

Here’s the top five:

1. David Seaman

Who else other than the former England number 1 David Seaman to kick off the list. Seaman spent 13 years with the Gunners joining in 1990 before departing in 2003. He made his debut for England whilst at QPR but spent the majority of his England career as Arsenal’s number one. Seaman managed to spend fifteen consecutive years in the England side setting a national record which was eventually equalled by Rio Ferdinand. He represented England at four major tournaments during his career and described Euro 96 as his favourite.

2. Martin Keown

Former Gunners centre half Martin Keown played 43 times for England scoring two goals. He made his England debut in 1992 against France and went on to represent his country at four major tournaments like Seaman. But despite being included in the 2002 World Cup squad by Sven-Göran Eriksson he failed to feature at the tournament and retired from international football following a defeat to Brazil.

3. Tony Adams

The former Arsenal skipper wasn’t just a legend for the Gunners he managed to play 66 games for his country and captaining the side on many occasions. Adams spent his whole career with Arsenal coming through the club’s youth system to make his debut in 1983  before retiring in 2003. Adams made his international tournament debut with England at Euro 1988 a tournament in which England lost all three games. Bobby Robson left Adams out of the 1990 World Cup and the defender missed the 1992 Euros through injury. The centre back managed to regain his place in following tournaments where in Euro 96 he captained his country at a tournament on home soil.

4. Ian Wright

Ian Wright Wright Wright a fan favourite by all Gunners fans after his 185 goals he scored for the club in his 288 appearances. In his first season with Arsenal in 1991/92 he scored 24 goals in 30 appearances and it didn’t go unnoticed. Wright was handed his England debut by Graham Taylor in 1991 against Cameroon. Despite his illustrious club career Wright didn’t get as many appearances for his country as you’d expect. His England career spanned over eight years making 33 appearances and scoring nine goals. He started only 17 games and appeared as substitute 16 times for the three lions.

5. Ashley Cole

A name not uttered much by many Arsenal fans these days after his contreversial switch to fellow London rivals Chelsea. Despite this you cannot deny Cole’s legacy as an England international making a total of 107 appearances for the national side. The left-back progressed through Arsenal’s youth ranks to make his debut for the Gunners in the 2000/01 season. During that season England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson fast tracked Cole into the England set up giving him his debut in against Albania in March 2001. From there he went on to represent England at five major tournaments and at the Euro 2012 he was named in the all-star squad for the tournament.