Alan Smith remembers his first England appearance

The former footballer talked about his first experience in the English national team: a Concorde trip to Saudi Arabia.

Alan Smith will forever remember the first time he wore the England national team shirt.

“It was Saudi Arabia away. I remember because we traveled over on Concorde which was a thrill in itself,” he wrote in his column on Sky Sports.

“I got on as a sub and it was not a very memorable performance by me.”

He explained: “I think we drew 1-1 in the end, but I always remember Bobby Robson, he gave a team-talk beforehand and it was going on and on and on for some time.”

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“Don Howe, his assistant, was stood next to him and finally Bobby turned to him and said: ‘Have you got anything to add, Don?’ Don said: ‘I think we better let the lads get changed. There are only 20 minutes until kick-off.’ But that was Bobby. He loved to talk about football.”

“I’m quite well known for replacing Gary Lineker against Sweden in Euro 92, which were less than memorable for England. I got warmed up along with Alan Shearer,” he continued.

“Graham Taylor told us to warm up and I got called back instead of Shearer, who was a young boy then. I thought I’d be going on to partner Gary, who was my partner at Leicester back in the day, but instead, he came off, I went on.”

“I didn’t have time to think about it really. I just wanted to try and do my best, but it didn’t really work out,” he added.

“I scored the only goal of a European Qualifier at Wembley, which was quite a thrill. It was against Turkey and all my family was up in the stand.”

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