David James was a rock-solid pair of hands between the sticks for England, earning 53 caps between 1997 and 2000.
But what happened when Continental Tyres threw him out onto the pitch to recreate Michael Owen’s most famous England goal against Argentina from World Cup 98?
The quarter-final tie was famous for 18-year-old Owen’s slaloming run through the Argentina defence and pinpoint dispatch into the top corner to put England 2-1 ahead.
“Do you know what? It’s one of the most memorable goals in English football history.”
“Do you know what? It’s one of the most memorable goals in English football history,” James says.
The game eventually ended at 2-2 after 90 minutes and David Beckham was dismissed for kicking out against Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone.
England eventually lost the game 4-3 on penalties, but Owen’s goal announced him on the world stage and it’s still regarded as one of the finest ever scored by an England international.
As part of Continental’s ‘Road to France’, James took on the daunting task of doing it all over again at the original venue, the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne.
Watch James get his boots back on as he attempts to recreate that thrilling England moment for Continental. All with the help of some able stand-ins for Becks, Alan Shearer and co.
Keep watching to find out what he thinks about England’s Euro 2016 chances, and see the outtakes that prove doing what Owen did back in 1998 isn’t quite as easy as it looks.
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