"He's the last player you want there," they say. Greg Evans argues otherwise with this collection of ripsnorters...
The time-honoured tradition in football is that defenders aren’t there to score goals – and if they do, they're generally towering headers from corners. But recently the likes of Phil Jagielka and Nathaniel Clyne have been out to prove the men at the back can find the net with the best of them. Just ask this lot...
Ronald Koeman vs Sampdoria
The current Southampton manager still holds the record for most goals scored by a defender (with a netbusting 193 to his name), but this effort against Sampdoria in the 1992 Champions League Final is surely among his best.
With the game at Wembley stuck in a 0-0 stalemate deep into extra-time, Koeman thumped home a set-piece past Gianluca Pagliuca to win the Catalan club their first-ever European Cup.
It's no wonder Nathaniel Clyne has been banging them in recently.
Graeme Le Saux vs Brazil
Le Saux followed in the footsteps of Koeman with this spectacular strike against Brazil at Wembley in 1995. Taking part in the Euro 96 dress rehearsal tournament, the Umbro Cup, Le Saux found himself with the ball looping up on the edge of the area after a Stuart Pearce free-kick, and produced a marvellous dipping shot over Zetti in the Selecao goal.
It was the then-Blackburn man’s only goal for England, but it is worth mentioning that Le Saux was no stranger to wonder-goals; see his chip against Manchester United.