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Watford fans' favourite John Barnes to feature on special stamps along with 10 other selected British footballers
6:00am Friday 8th February 2013 in Sport
Former Watford favourite John Barnes has been selected as one of 11 British internationals to feature on a new set of ‘Football Heroes’ stamps, commissioned by the Royal Mail.
The stamps, which are available to pre-order ahead of their release on May 9, have been commissioned to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishing of the rules of Association Football as well as the 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association.
Barnes, 49, won 79 full England caps, scoring 11 goals during an international career which spanned 12 years and saw him play for England at two World Cups and one European Championships.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Barnes spent six years at Vicarage Road after joining from Sudbury Court in 1981, racking up 296 appearances for the club and scoring 85 goals during the most successful period in the club’s history.
In 1987 Barnes left Vicarage Road for the great Liverpool side of the late 80’s and early 90’s, winning two First Division titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup and three Charity Shields.
Barnes would go on to play for Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic before retiring to embark on a managerial career which has seen him manage Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers.
Joining Barnes in the Football Heroes collection will be John Barnes (England); Gordon Banks (England); George Best (Northern Ireland); John Charles (Wales); Bobby Charlton (England); Jimmy Greaves (England); Kevin Keegan (England); Denis Law (Scotland); Dave Mackay (Scotland); Bobby Moore (England); Bryan Robson (England), with each player featured in his national kit.