Can you name every England keeper capped during Buffon’s Italy career?
England fielded 18 different goalkeepers between Gianluigi Buffon’s first and last game for Italy – but how many of them can you name?
Buffon made his Italy bow against Russia in October 1997 and was first choice for most of the next two decades before eventually deciding to call it a day in 2018.
During that era, the great goalkeeper helped his country win the 2006 World Cup. Italy conceded just twice during their glorious run in Germany; an own-goal against the USA in the group stages and Zinedine Zidane’s panenka in the final itself.
Starring for Juventus for much of his club career, Buffon played in two other World Cups and represented Italy in four separate European Championship finals.
While the Azzurri benefitted from stability between the sticks, England frequently chopped and changed goalkeepers during the same era.
Some were persisted with for too long, some tried and discarded instantly. Others became defined by errors during major tournament matches, and the England goalkeeping jersey became somewhat cursed during the early years of the 21st century.
We want to know if you can name the 18 goalkeepers to have appeared for the Three Lions in that period. You’ve got 15 minutes to do and we’ve given you the number of appearances each player made to make your life slightly easier.
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