11/10/2013 08:11, Report by Mark Froggatt

#12 - Fantastic four

In our countdown of United's players' 25 greatest moments in international football, we celebrate Jack 'Gunner' Rowley's four-goal show for England...

On 16 November 1949, Jack Rowley made history by scoring four goals for England, becoming the first and only Manchester United player to achieve the feat. 

Earning the fourth of just six international caps during a World Cup qualifying match against Ireland, the inside forward opened the scoring in the fifth minute before the Three Lions built a commanding 4-0 half-time lead at Manchester City's Maine Road.

After the break, Rowley added to his collection with three more individual strikes to help seal a resounding 9-2 victory in east Manchester. Sadly, they were to be his last goals for the national team, though his efforts that day meant his name has been indelibly etched into England’s history.

Of course, every United fan will be aware of Rowley’s legacy, given that he is third on the list of all-time scorers for the Reds with 211 goals to his name. Only Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton have scored more for United.

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