England legends look totally unrecognisable in incredible throwback to old video games – but can you guess all XI? | The Sun

USUALLY every England football star is instantly recognisable in their Three Lions kit.

But it will take some serious skill to be able to name all 11 of this group of legends – thanks to some questionable video games graphics of yesteryear.

Brilliant throwback snaps of FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer and Three Lions from years gone by show a host of recent top internationals representing their country.

And some are so obscure you might be confused even when you see the answers.


The goalkeeper with his slicked-back hair and short sleeves is pretty difficult to identify.

He features in the 2010 World Cup version of the game where he was third-choice stopper behind Rob Green and David James.


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After coming through at Shrewsbury, he spent the majority of his career with Manchester City and is now with Celtic.

Answer: Joe Hart


A reliable right-back for many years and still a familiar face on our TV screens.

But the Pro Evo 2 game released in 2002 has done him no favours with this generic depiction.

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He earned 85 caps across 12 years and boasts a superb trophy cabinet at club-level, too.


Answer: Gary Neville


A team-mate of Neville's for club and country – not that these horrendous graphics on the Three Lions game from 1998 help in any way.

The pixelated screen and dodgy shapes have left many scratching their head working this one out – but may be helped by knowing he is now a BT Sport pundit.

Answer: Rio Ferdinand


Another man who swapped the centre of defence for a seat in the studio alongside Nev.

The pair never saw eye-to-eye at club level due to their fierce rivalry.

But this man has surely come off worse with his PES 2 character – as has his England kit.

Answer: Jamie Carragher


Okay, he was never really a left-back – more of a centre-back or holding midfielder but we have shoehorned him into the team.

Good luck with this one, though, as this player's profile looks more like an explosion of colour on Art Attack.

The big clue is that this man is still very much involved in England matters – despite winning his 57th and final cap in 2004.

Answer: Gareth Southgate


A three-man midfield is anchored by someone born in Canada – and the likeness is a world away from the real thing.

He starred at the 2006 World Cups and his lovely curls are replaced by a set of curtains on PES 2.

Answer: Owen Hargreaves


Another midfielder, another set of curtains – although this hero definitely burst on to the scene rocking the retro hairstyle he has been given on the 2002 World Cup game.

That is despite not actually making the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Japan and South Korea.

He went on to make 106 England appearances, though, to go with his 915 club games in England, Wales and America.

Answer: Frank Lampard


Completing the trio is one of two current England players – not that it is clear who.

And there is no excuse on the PES 2014 game with graphics far better than at the turn of the century.

The kit from the 150th FA anniversary in 2013 looks good – the ex-Sunderland star less so.

Answer: Jordan Henderson


In fairness, this superstar has had his fair share of different looks over the years.

Pro Evo played it safe with his bald, skin-head style.

Yet there is absolutely no likeness to one of the best-looking and most famous footballers to pull on the Three Lions shirt – and he did so 115 times.

Answer: David Beckham


Another ace done over big time by the Three Lions graphics is this team's No9.

This shocker shows a huge hand raised in celebration and funny-shaped head with apparently a goalkeeper, defender and goal in the background.

He was limited to just 33 caps in the 1990s but did not feature at a major tournament for his country.

Answer: Ian Wright


We may well have saved the worst until last with this horror show of a video game effort.

His PES 2013 likeness – or lack of likeness – looks more like Joleon Lescott than the actual player it is meant to be, another player still involved in the team.

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