Nov
11
2008
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Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher was an England centre-half for ten years. He won 77 caps, took part in three FIFA World Cups™ and was considered by many England fans to epitomise everything they hold dear about the Three Lions. The picture of his bandaged head and blood-soaked shirt in the FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Sweden in 1989 remains among the most iconic in English football history and cemented his status as a legend among supporters. When Butcher retired from international football after the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ and left Rangers to become player-manager at Coventry City, he was immediately singled out as a future England coach. However, instead of a rise to the top, there followed an eventful and at times turbulent club career in charge of Coventry City, Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC and Brentford. Now the former England captain is back in Scotland as second in command to former Ipswich Town team-mate George Burley, with whom he will be trying to ensure Scotland qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. “It’s amazing really. I would never have expected it,” he said of crossing
the divide in football’s oldest rivalry. “But I’ve spent so many years here in Scotland, even after my career finis¬hed, and I really do love the place. I’m proud to have this job and, if anything, I see it as a chance to pay back some of the kindness and hospitality I’ve been shown since coming here in 1986. The task is to take Scotland to the World Cup and I can see that there’s a spirit and ability within this group that gives us a real chance.”