Sir Tom’s England career - in pictures

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Few would disagree that Sir Tom Finney was the greatest player ever to pull on a PNE shirt.

But he was also possibly the greatest ever player to pull on an England shirt and here we look back through the archives at the Preston Plumber’s amazing international career.

Blessed with fantastic natural ability and fitness, Sir Tom was capped 70 times by his national side scoring 30 goals. To this day he is joint sixth in the all time scoring ranks.

Sir Tom was part of the England side that famously beat the world champion Italians 4-0 in Turin in 1948, when he and Sir Stanley Matthews combined to devastating effect.

That performance prompted Torino to make attempt to lure him to Italy but he turned down a reported £10,000 signing on fee to stay at his beloved Preston.

He was also part of the squad that lost to the USA at the 1950 World Cup, before featuring in both the 1954 and 1958 World Cup Finals. But having played in the same side as Sir Bobby Charlton when the Manchester United player made his international debut, a 4-2 defeat to Uruguay in the quarter-finals spelled the end of his international career.