Top 10: Goals of Germany 2006

3. Joe Cole vs Sweden

Early in this match, Michael Owen had succumbed to the knee injury from which his career never really recovered. Cole is another filed under what might have been, but he can always look back on this, perhaps his own career high point. 

Crouch, on as sub for Owen, does his job by towering above the Sweden defence and menacing them with a cross-goal header, which is punted clear well by Tobias Linderoth. But Cole is looming 30 yards out: with little space to play in, he chests compactly forward and strikes through the ball with incredible precision, looping his effort over Andreas Isaksson perfectly. It was a rare highlight in another poor World Cup showing for the Three Lions, while Cole would spend the next few seasons dogged by lack of fitness and form.


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