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2013-06-18T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:30:34

On this day - 18 June

Anniversary

England 3-0 Paraguay
FIFA World Cup Finals Round of 16
18 June 1986

England were involved in World Cup knockout action on this day 27 years ago, with a West Ham United defender playing his part in securing the Three Lions' place in the Quarter-Finals.

Alvin Martin was selected for his 16th England cap and his first appearance of the tournament after Bobby Robson's side recovered from a 1-0 defeat to Portugal and a 0-0 stalemate against Morocco to beat Poland 3-0 and secure progression from the Group Stage.

England's form was steadily improving, and their second successive 3-0 victory set-up a last-eight meeting with Argentina.

Gary Lineker notched a hat-trick in defeating Poland, and he was on the scoresheet again twice against Paraguay, who also conceded to Peter Beardsley.

Martin moved back out of the team again for the Quarter-Final, with Terry Fenwick taking his place, and two Diego Maradona goals, including his infamous Hand of God effort, brought England's campaign to an end.

Martin, meanwhile, would earn one more cap for his country, in a friendly defeat to Sweden later in 1986.

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