Blood

Art of Football

Everyone remembers the thrills and heartbreak of Italia '90, but that might never have been possible without a hefty donation from our brave Captain. Butcher battled through blood and bruises to make sure England took the point they needed to qualify. He suffered a head injury early in the game, which was hastily stitched up and bandaged by the physios. But Butcher kept on heading the ball away, reopening the wound. As an archetype for brave English centre backs prepared to give anything for Queen and Country, nothing beats Butcher covered head to toe in his own blood.

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