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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Terry Butcher

Butcher was an inspirational figure in England's defence
Radio 5 Live summariser Terry Butcher was capped 77 times by England, and is regarded as one of his country's all-time greatest defenders.

Born in Singapore in December, 1958, he made his name at Ipswich Town, and made his full England debut at the age of 21 in 1980, against Australia at Wembley.

An inspirational figure for team-mates, and an intimidating one for the opposition, his 6ft 4ins frame made him a commanding presence on the pitch and in the air he was incomparable. He also possessed a great left foot.

A Uefa Cup winner with Ipswich in 1981, Butcher played in three consecutive World Cup tournaments, in Spain (1982), Mexico (1986) and Italy (1990). At the latter, he captained England in its semi-final against Germany.

He signed for Rangers in 1986 for 725,000 and, in his first season in Glasgow, helped them win their first Scottish Championship since 1977-78.

He won a further two Championships (1988-89, 1989-90), as well as two Scottish League Cups (1986-87, 1988-89) before transferring to Coventry as player-manager in November 1990.

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