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A ultimate celebration collage to commemorate England's unique achievement of becoming the only nation to have won the Football World Cup (1966), The Rugby World Cup (2003) and The Cricket World Cup (2019). England sports fans not old enough to have seen the 1966 Football World Cup Final will have seen TV footage of the euphoric scenes at Wembley Stadium as the legendary Bobby Moore paraded the Jules Rimet trophy on the shoulders of his team-mates after a dramatic extra time win over West Germany. The magnitude of this achievement, arguably the biggest team prize in sport, is appreciated every 4 years as England try to win it again, so far unsuccessfully. The Rugby World Cup Final in 2003 was even more dramatic taking a last-minute drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson in the dying seconds of extra time for England to beat Australia in Sydney. And so the the 2019 Cricket World Cup - surely this couldn't match the drama and excitement of England's previous World Cup triumphs ..
The final will be remembered as not only the greatest cricket match of all time but arguably one of greatest sports encounters ever played. Having dominated 50 over cricket for 4 years, England started the tournament as World #1 and firm favourites to lift the trophy on home soil. Their route to final was dramatic enough with some unexpected losses in the group stages nearly resulting in an early exit. England recovered and demolished Australia in the semi final to set up a meeting with surprise finalists New Zealand at Lord's. The pressure of the occasion and a bowler-friendly wicket looked to be suffocating England as they pursued New Zealand's modest total. Step forward England heroes Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes who masterfully steered England back on course to victory. Jos Buttler fell at a key stage leaving huge pressure on Ben Stokes to get England home. Ben Stokes was caught on the boundary by Trent Boult in the penultimate over only to be reprieved by Trent Boult stepping on the boundary rope giving England a crucial 6 and reducing the total required to 15 off the final over. England had a huge slice of luck in the final over as the ball caught Ben Stokes' bat and flew off for 4 runs as he dived to complete a 2nd run giving them 6 runs. A further six meant they needed 2 runs off the final ball to win. England's #11 Mark Wood couldn't make his ground leaving the scores level. As super over was required. England scored 15 runs off their super over leaving New Zealand 16 runs to win. A 6 from Jimmy Neesham off the bowling of England's young superstar bowler Jofra Archer looked to be enough to see them home but England managed to keep the pressure on to leave 2 runs required off the final ball. As both Nations held their breath a nerveless throw from Jason Roy reached wicket keeper Jos Buttler, who demolished the stumps to leave Martin Guptill short of his ground. England are World Champions!
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