Manchester United extend amazing record as only club to have a player in every England World Cup and European Championship finals squad

No other club has had an England player for every World Cup and European Championships the Three Lions have contested.

Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford maintained that tradition when national boss Gareth Southgate revaled his squad for Russia.

Four is also the highest ever total of Old Trafford stars to be picked, although United have achieved that figure in seven of England's last seven major tournaments.

The long line from the Theatre of Dreams to the finals began when Henry Cockburn and John Aston were picked for the 1950 World Cup.

This time, though, Tottenham have the most players in the squad.

Full-backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose joined three certs for the 23-man party in midfielders Eric Dier and Dele Alli plus striker Harry Kane.

Spurs and Liverpool have had players in all but two England tournament squads.

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Neither had a representative in 1954 while Tottenham missed out in 2014 and Liverpool in 1986.

Liverpool's par for this summer's finals are midfield battler Jordan Henderson and uncapped 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Overall, though, Southgate's selection has given United another proud notch in the Three Lions' history.

That is because they now have 66 picks for major finals overall – 42 in World Cups – one ahead of Liverpool's total (34 in World Cups).

Had Kop star Adam Lallana been fit it might have different.

Nonetheless, England can still hope the number 66 is a tenuous omen for success, given the only year in which England won the World Cup.

Liverpool, though, keep their record for a single tournament with six picks for the Euros in 1980 and 2012.

Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, David Johnson, Terry McDermott and Ray Kennedy made up the first half dozen.

And the somewhat mixed bag of talents 32 years later was Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

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