13/10/2013 09:00, Report by James Tuck

#6 – Pronto Robbo

Bryan Robson gets England off to a lightning start at the 1982 World Cup...

Player: Bryan Robson
Match: England 3-1 France, 16 June 1982, Estadio San Mames, Bilbao

Bryan Robson got England off to a flier in the 1982 World Cup finals, scoring after just 27 seconds of the opening group game against much-fancied France.

Terry Butcher headed on Steve Coppell's throw-in for Robson to volley home what was then the fastest goal in World Cup history. In a typically inspirational display in Bilbao, the skipper got on the scoresheet again in the second half with a brave header as England won 3-1.

England finished top of the group after winning all three games, only to go out in an experimental second group stage after being "rewarded" with tough games against Spain and West Germany. Michel Platini's France, meanwhile, reached the semi-finals.

Robson's quickfire record stood until 2002, when Turkey's Hakan Sukur scored after just 10 seconds against South Korea.

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