The No.8 role: football tactics explained

Luka Modric Real Osasuna
Luka Modric is one of the most iconic and formidable No.8s in recent history (Image credit: Getty Images)

Is every squad number iconic? Well some certainly are more than others…

The No.4? Not really. No.11? It just doesn’t have the magic touch. And unless you’re Declan Rice, the No.41 doesn’t have any real significance.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.