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EURO 2016 | England v Southend United

14 June 2016

We take a look at which of Roy Hodgson's squad have come up against the Blues in their career.

As the European Championships in France are now well underway across the Channel, we decided to look at the Three Lions squad and see which of them have come up against the Blues in their career.

Goalkeepers:

Fraser Forster

The Southampton stopper has faced Blues three times in his career whilst on loan from his trainee club, Newcastle United.

First up was for Stockport County in October 2008 when Lee Barnard slotted past him in a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.

His other two meetings with Southend came in the yellow of Norwich and he was twice victorious in 2009/10 as Blues lost 3-0 at home in December and 2-1 in the reverse fixture in February.

Tom Heaton

A key figure in Burnley’s immediate return to the Premier League, Tom Heaton has now been recognised on the international stage for his domestic efforts.

But long before he put on the England shirt he came up against Southend United whilst on at Swindon Town from Manchester United.

Adam Barrett and Wayne Gray scored past the keeper as Southend got a crucial 2-1 win away at the County Ground in September 2005 as Blues began their march to the League One title that season.

Defenders:

Ryan Bertrand
   
After coming through the ranks at Chelsea, full-back Ryan Bertrand found himself against Blues whilst on loan at Oldham Athletic in 2007/08.

Out of the two games Bertrand played against Southend in that season he was on the right and wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

The first fixture came at Boundary Park in September as Leon Clarke gave Blues a narrow victory. The Latics would have their revenge though as Lee Hughes bagged the only goal in the reverse fixture in December.

Kyle Walker

A player who impressed in the opening fixture against Russia at the weekend, Kyle Walker faced Southend whilst at Northampton Town on loan from then parent club, Sheffield United.

The pacey right-back featured for the Cobblers at Roots Hall in a Boxing Day clash at Roots Hall in 2008 as Junior Stanislas ended Southend's run of seven league matches without a victory with an injury-time winner.

Midfielders:

Adam Lallana

A player who had a couple of chances to net for England against Russia, Adam Lallana has a knack of scoring against Southend United.

The midfielder rose to prominence at Southampton and was a key part of the rise back to the top for Saints from League One to the Premier League.

Two of Lallana’s three goals in two games against Blues came in October 2009 when Lallana registered a brace after Neal Trotman’s opener as bottom club Southampton secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over Southend at Roots Hall

The reverse fixture saw the midfielder add another to his tally against Southend as he was sent racing clear by Dan Harding to slot home the third of a 3-1 victory over Blues after Franck Moussa had given Southend the lead.

Raheem Sterling

A £50million signing from Liverpool to Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a successful start to his career at the tender age of 21.

The winger may not have come up against Southend United in his professional career but his five goals against Southend United for Liverpool in a 9-0 demolition of Blues in an FA Youth Cup clash in 2011 saw the young star come into first team contention at Anfield.

Strikers:

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney - England Captain, and his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. But when the striker came to Roots Hall with Manchester United on 7 November 2006 he could do nothing to stop the Red Devils falling to defeat in front of packed Southend crowd.

11,532 fans were in attendance at Roots Hall to see Southend pull off the greatest of shocks by dumping holders Manchester United out of the League Cup.

A stunning 30-yard free-kick from non-other than top scorer Freddy Eastwood sent the Blues into the Quarter Finals and Roots Hall into ecstasy.

Darryl Flahavan was in inspired form in goal for Southend denying Cristiano Ronaldo with two magnificent stops.

The Blues prevented any ‘Fergie Time’ levellers and held strong to claim a famous win.

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