Gary Lineker's first England international goal

Gary LINEKER had an inauspicious start to his England career when, as a player still with a yo-yo Leicester team, he was brought in by Bobby Robson for the last ever Home International tie, coming on as a sub for Tony Woodcock as England drew 1-1 with Scotland at Hampden. Lineker didn't subsequently warrant a place on the tour of South America which made stars of John Barnes and Mark Hateley, and it was ten months later that Robson selected him in the team again, with his prolific Leicester form also catching the eye of bigger clubs in England. Lineker duly scored the clincher in a 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland at Wembley and this time stuck around in the squad, not to be dropped again. Robson was in deep assessment of his striking options for the forthcoming World Cup finals in Mexico, with the likes of Trevor Francis, Paul Mariner and Woodcock dispensable after distinguished careers to accommodate the younger guns in Lineker, Hateley, Kerry Dixon and Peter Beardsley. Have a look at Gary Lineker's first England international goal versus Ireland and Pat Bonner the 26th March 1985 : 

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