On 31 May 1980, Arsenal forward Alan Sunderland won his first cap for England in a 2-1 victory over Australia in Sydney. According to the Official Arsenal website, the match went on to become his first and last appearance for The Three Lions.
Born in Canisbrough, Yorkshire in 1953, Sunderland began his football career as an apprentice with the Wolverhampton Wanderers Youth team at the age of 16 before officially switching to professional two years later. His breakthrough however came in 1977 after he moved from the Molineux Stadium to Highbury.
Although he started off as a natural midfielder- under the patronage of the then manager Terry Neil – Sunderland switched to attack after convincingly deputising for the injured Malcom Macdonald. Furthermore, his near telepathic combination with Frank Stapleton in attack left the manager more than convinced that his destiny was to be an attacker.
Despite his lack of goals, Arsenal.com has it that his aerial ability helped the Gunners to appear in four Cup Finals in a span of three years.
Sunderland was consequently forced to leave for Ipswich following the arrival of Tony Woodcock and Charlie Nicholas in 1984. In total, he went on to make 281 appearances, scoring 92 goals including a late winner in the 1979 FA Cup Final against Manchester United.