Of course, this is nothing new in major tournaments. Bryan Robson was a famous no.7 for the Reds but was in no.16 when starring for England at the 1982 World Cup, with Kevin Keegan in the seven shirt. Steve Coppell wore no.5, which may seem strange as he played on the wing, until you learn that the Three Lions assigned numbers alphabetically at the time, with Keegan and the goalkeepers the exception to the rule.

Another player to have adorned the no.7 with style at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo, took no.17 at Euro 2004 because Luis Figo had the prized number.

Incidentally, Wayne Rooney was no.9 for England in those finals, before he joined United and was handed no.8, switching to no.10 after three seasons.

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