|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||West Ham|
2009 02 11 Retrieve
[Geoff Hurst Hails David Beckham But Thinks Bobby Moore Was Better] Bobby started each and every one of his 108 games for England. In my opinion he would have won significantly more caps had he played these days. David Beckham has had a fabulous career and has been a wonderful ambassador for the English game. But in recent seasons he’s been able to increase his number of caps by making brief appearances as a substitute, something that simply didn’t happen when we were playing for England. It’s difficult to make a relevant comparison between the two because so much has changed in the game, but you can’t question David’s loyalty and commitment. He’s a great athlete and has had a wonderful career. But, you have to remember that Bobby Moore was a world-class player - probably the best defender in the world. He lifted the World Cup and he won the player-of-the-tournament vote in 1966 ahead of world stars like Pele, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Charlton.
2016 04 03 Retrieve
[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] To score that many goals from midfield is just a remarkable achievement. He was a great player, capable of a brilliant shot but also a brilliant player to have in the team. He was a clever player, won so much and will go down as one of the all time greats in world football
2016 04 04 Retrieve
[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] He was a naturally gifted player, and was two-footed as well, one of the most two-footed players you’ve ever seen. He could go either side, shoot with either foot
2016 10 11 Retrieve
[Sir Alf Ramsey Way at St George’s Park] Sir Alf was a modest man but a respected leader. As players he kept us all on our toes and we knew no one was guaranteed a place in the team. It’s fitting that his legacy both as a coach, and as a man, will be remembered here in the wonderful facility that is St George’s Park
2018 01 20 Retrieve
[Geoff Hurst speaks about current Three Lions forward Harry Kane] Well, it’s astonishing. Look at the hat-tricks. In my career at West Ham, I think I scored about ten or 11 hat-tricks and I was quite proud of that. He’s scored eight in a season. His record, so far, in the last two or three years, he’s been consistently a good goalscorer and he’s got a good knack of scoring the goals
2018 12 10 Retrieve
[England hero Hurst hails telepathy of Tottenham duo] I’m a big fan of Dele Alli – he’s developed a great understanding with Harry Kane at Tottenham, and at the top-level football isn’t always about individuality. Looking back, Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas had that for Real Madrid – it was almost telepathic. Dele has that with Harry, and I am sure he would have created a lot of chances for me
Many may expect me to say Harry Kane, given that he is a striker who can score goals at the highest level, but I actually think his playing style is similar to mine and we may not have hit it off. Harry is used to playing as a lone striker, and I always played alongside a second striker
Instead, I’ve gone for another two players that I feel would have benefited me a lot more in terms of creating chances and helping me to score goals. It may come as a surprise, but I would have Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli.
Kieran Trippier has been brilliant for England since he has come into the set up. He had a fantastic World Cup tournament, scoring a great free-kick against Croatia in the semi-final and he delivered dangerous crosses throughout the campaign.
His delivery is as good as any traditional winger I ever played with, and nobody would have enjoyed playing with him more than I would. He makes the art of crossing look so easy, and that’s a valuable skill to possess. I could see myself getting on the end of his excellent crosses – perhaps not now, but definitely in my prime!
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] [It was a] very sad day for football and for me personally. Martin Peters was one of the all-time greats and a close friend and colleague of mine for in excess of 50 years. A fellow World Cup final goalscorer and my West Ham partner for years along with Bobby Moore. RIP old friend.
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[Former England forward Geoff Hurst pays tribute to former Germany goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski, who passed away this week at the age of 84] Very sad to receive a call earlier to let me know that Germany’s goalkeeper from 66 World Cup, Hans Tilkowski, has died. Terrific player for his club, Borussia Dortmund, and country and a very fine man, I very much enjoyed the time we spent together over the years
2020 01 22 Retrieve
[on Alf Ramsey] We had some tremendous individual players and we all had one thing in common - Sir Alf Ramsey. It’s easy to spot players who have ability. What’s not so straightforward is realising which personalities will combine well to form a strong team. That was Alf’s strength
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[The World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst – Hunter was a non-playing member of the 1966 squad and had to wait 41 years to receive a medal] Norman was a huge Norman Hunter of the England squad back in the day. He will be very sadly missed
2020 07 11 Retrieve
[Sir Geoff Hurst on Jack Charlton] Another sad day for football. Jack was the type of player and person that you need in a team to win a World Cup. He was a great and lovable character and he will be greatly missed. The world of football and the world beyond football has lost one of the greats. RIP old friend