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Euro 2024: Top Gear's ultimate England XI

Southgate eat your heart out. TG picks a starting XI of England's most iconic cars to celebrate our inevitable victory in this year's quite big footballing tournament

Aston Martin DB12
  • GK: TVR Sagaris

    TVR Sagaris

    Much like Jordan Pickford when he’s on the pitch, the TVR Sagaris was shouty, aggressive and a little bit unpredictable. You have to be a little bit mad to play in goal, and you needed to be downright insane to buy a new TVR.

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  • RB: Thrust SSC

    Thrust SSC

    We tried to think what car best represented Kyle Walker for this one, and then remembered our great history of land speed record cars. Thrust SSC still holds the record, with Warwickshire-born Wing Commander Andy Green piloting it to 763mph back in 1997. Should be able to provide some decent defensive cover with that turn of pace.

  • CB: Rolls-Royce Spectre

    Rolls-Royce Spectre

    Because it would seem that every team needs a centre back who can be described as a ‘Rolls-Royce of a player’ these days. John Stones is clearly England’s, although he’s a thoroughly modern CB who’s as happy stepping into midfield as Rolls-Royce was stepping into the world of electrification.

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  • CB: Rover 75

    Rover 75

    Perhaps not the most obvious choice if you’re looking for a large, luxurious English saloon, but then it looks like England won’t be able to field a first-choice centre back pairing in the Euros either.

  • LB: Bentley Continental GT

    Bentley Continental GT

    We couldn’t write a list that tenuously links footballers with cars without including the Bentley Continental GT, could we? So, here’s the first-gen car at left-back because we’re pretty sure every professional footballer owned one in the 2000s, and it looks like anyone in the squad could turn out at LB for England. Here’s something that’ll make you feel old though – Jude Bellingham, Adam Wharton and Kobbie Mainoo weren’t even born when the Conti GT made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2002.

  • CM: Aston Martin DB12

    Aston Martin DB12

    England expects, and the Aston Martin DB12 delivered. Aston has been building brilliant grand tourers for decades, but over the past few generations there have been slight issues with interior quality and genuine dynamic ability. The DB12 might look a little like what went before, but it’s actually a whole new kettle of fish and has the tools to go straight to the top of the GT pile.

  • CM: Land Rover Series 1

    Land Rover Series 1

    We all know that Gareth Southgate loves to play a workhorse of a central midfielder, and is there anything more workhorse than an original Land Rover Series 1?

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  • RW: Caterham 170R

    Caterham 170R

    Caterham’s smallest and perhaps most satisfying offering – the 170R – uses a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine with just 84bhp. It’s so light, rumour has it it’ll change direction quicker than Bukayo Saka.

  • CAM: Mini

    Mini

    Small and happy to operate in the tightest of spaces, the Issigonis Mini would be an ideal attacking midfielder. The greatest ever British car?

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  • LW: Hillman Avenger Tiger

    Hillman Avenger Tiger

    A left-field shout to play on the left. The Avenger Tiger was very flashy with its yellow paint, bucket seats, minilite wheels, boot spoiler, spotlights and bonnet bulge, but it was also faster than the Escort Mexico in period.

  • ST: BAC Mono

    BAC Mono

    It can be a lonely job playing upfront on your own, so what better car to represent a solo number nine than the BAC Mono. If only Harry Kane had a little bit of the BAC’s pace.

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