Four greatest ever England celebrations 15 years on from Crouch’s robot

It has been a decade and a half since Peter Crouch celebrated his England hat-trick at Old Trafford, with a dance that would become synonymous with the 6ft 7 striker.

As the then-Liverpool forward wheeled away to bust out the robot, even rival fans of Manchester United could only applaud such a routine, as perceptions changed over England's future number nine.

A heightened standard for goal celebrations was also set.

Now, 15 years on, Crouch's machine-like moves are still ranked as one of the greatest goal celebrations of all-time, in an England shirt, but there are still others of note.

From Gazza's dentist chair against Scotland to Trippier's free-kick which sparked wild scenes in Russia, The Daily Star Sport has delved into the archives to bring you England's greatest ever goal celebrations.

Paul Gascoigne v Scotland, 1996

Following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening European Championships match, England needed a strong performance against Scotland to avoid defeat to their bitter rivals and an uphill challenge in qualifying for the knockout stages.

Prior to the tournament, manager Terry Venables had taken his squad to Hong Kong where they were snapped heavily drinking.

In the first ever Auld Enemy clash at a major tournament, the Three Lions led 1-0 following an Alan Shearer header just after the second-half.

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But then, Scotland were awarded a penalty.

In a dramatic turn of events, Gary McAllister's spot-kick was saved by David Seaman and two minutes later the ball was in the back of the Scot's net.

With the ball quickly sent upfield, 'Gazza' flicked the ball over the head of Colin Hendry before belting the ball into the net on the volley.

The midfielder then lay on his back with his arms in the air while Shearer squirted water into his mouth resembling the dentist chair that had been pictured in Hong Kong.

Kieron Trippier v Croatia, 2018

It was England's first World Cup semi-finals appearance since Italia '90 and it was a summer of defying beliefs.

A first major tournament shoot-out win against Colombia was followed up by a convincing 2-0 victory over Sweden.

All that stood between Gareth Southgate and England reaching a second World Cup final was a team that was yet to win any of their knockout matches in normal time.

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Just five minutes into the game, England had a set-piece just outside the box.

Up stepped Kieron Tripper, who fired an inch-perfect free-kick into the top right corner and sent the travelling England fans wild in Russia.

Trippier, with both arms held wide, went knee-sliding in front of the England faithful with bodies piling high on top of the former Tottenham right-back.

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Despite leading for the majority of the match, England were beaten 2-1, with Mario Mandzukic netting the winner in the second-half of extra-time.

David Beckham v Greece, 2001

If you're going to mention spectacular England free-kicks, are you really surprised to see David Beckham mentioned next?

With England needing a point to secure automatic qualification to the 2002 World Cup, Beckham sent England through in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.

Trailing 2-1 in injury-time and looking destined for a tricky play-off match versus Ukraine, the Manchester United winger bagged a late equaliser to send England through to the World Cup finals.

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It was a virtuoso free-kick from 25 yards that nestled into the top corner that left Greek 'keeper Antonis Nikopolidis flat-footed.

Beckham celebrated in the only way he knew how: sprinting to the Stretford End and raising both arms in the air before being mobbed by his teammates.

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Peter Crouch v Jamaica, 2006

Another epic celebration seen at Old Trafford.

No not Cantona's iconic 'king' after chipping the Sunderland goalkeeper; Peter Crouch's robot.

The celebration was only seen twice. Once in this match and when the striker bagged his 100th Premier League goal.

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The England forward had been ridiculed at David Beckham's party for busting out the move a few days prior to the Jamaica game; Crouch promised to replicate the robot if he scored during the game.

He was true to his word. With England already leading by two, Crouch scored a trademark header from a corner and then followed it up with his dance-floor routine.

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Despite scoring three to secure the match ball, Crouch should have had four, his panenka penalty went horribly wrong at the Stretford End.

Still, he was to make amends seven minutes later with a composed one-touch finish from outside the area to complete his hat-trick.

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