Today sees the kick-off of the football (OK, soccer, but I’m British) World Cup in South Africa. Given that tomorrow sees England play the USA, this seems like the perfect time to bring you the below features from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
By the way, in case you’re wondering, I’m not supporting anyone. I’m Scottish. We didn’t make it into the competition (again).
Who would Fabio Capello, England manager, have picked with the whole of British history to choose from?
Editors at the ODNB have drawn on more than 55,000 historical figures to select an alternative XI: Cole, Crouch, and Terry, but not as you know them. They appear alongside a team of true footballing greats who’d have had more of a chance.