Footballing moments you never knew these icons were there for

Michael Owen (No.10) of England is tackled in the penalty area by Mauricio Pochettino (No.4) of Argentina during the England v Argentina, Group F, World Cup Group Stage match played at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan on June 7, 2002. England won the match 1-0.
(Image credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

It's a small world in football. Watch old clips of games from years gone by and you'll most likely recognise players on the bench who went onto bigger things, or team-mates you forgot played together.

The biggest moments in football are no different, either. With 22 players on the field at any one time, there are bound to be instances in which future icons of the sport snuck into frame for seismic occasions. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.