With the under 21 European Championships now underway – and England struggling to find the net – we celebrate the top 10 England under 21 marksmen.
1 Alan Shearer – 13 goals
No surprise that England under 21’s all-time leading goalscorer is Super Al. The young Shearer bagged his under 21 goals while at Southampton. The goals came in just 11 games between 1990 and 1992, including seven goals in four Toulon matches. As this photo shows, Shearer had not quite perfected his famous one-handed celebration at this early stage in his career.
2 Francis Jeffers – 13 goals
Perhaps a bit more surprising is that Shearer shares the title with proto-Wayne Rooney, Franny Jeffers. The former Everton starlet took 16 goals to score his goals, but he scored them nonetheless. He first made his bow as an 18-year-old following a blockbuster start to his career, but he is now something of a journeyman with little success since leaving Goodison Park.
3 Frank Lampard – 9 goals
A kick in the face the many strikers to have played for the under 21s over the years with a midfielder in at number three. Lampard captained the under 21s during the ( apply rose-tinted glasses and a healthy dose of nostalgia ) Peter Taylor management years. He played 16 times having made his debut at 19 in a game against Cyprus.
4 Darren Bent – 9 goals
Equalling Frank’s efforts is Darren Bent. He bagged his nine goals in 14 games as the under 21s’ super-sub. Bent would often come off the bench in the second half and find the net. The Charlton striker was still eligible for the under 21s until the end of