14/10/2013 12:35, Report by Nathan Thomas

#3 - Charlton's last goal

Sir Bobby Charlton is a man famed for his goals, and number three in our international countdown features his 49th England strike - a tally yet to be bettered.

Player: Bobby Charlton
Matches: Colombia 0-4 England, Bogota, Colombia, May 1970.

With England holding a comfortable 2-0 lead in a 1970 World Cup warm-up match in Colombia, the ball found itself at the feet of midfielder Martin Peters on the edge of the area.

Peters controlled the ball effortlessly before prodding the ball back to England's number 9 and in what was a carbon copy of many of his career goals, Bobby Charlton proceeded to fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net.

Although he didn't know it at the time, it was to be the final international goal for the Manchester United star. His 49th career strike for England completed a record tally that would stand the test of time with only Gary Lineker, on 48 goals, coming close to surpassing it in the subsequent decades.

By the time Charlton scored the goal that took him to the brink of a half-century, his legend was, in truth, already secure. Having led his United team from the ashes of Munich to European Cup glory at Wembley, and proving an instrumental cog in England's 1966 World Cup-winning machine, Bobby - later knighted of course - had become one of the most recognisable and revered footballers on the planet.

More international moments: No. 4 - Whiteside's World Cup bow


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