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Auto Trader Goals World Cup new car giveaway EVERY TIME England score

AutoTraderGoals World Cup competitionAuto Trader has vowed to give away a new car every time England score a goal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Up for grabs are an Abarth 595, Alfa Romeo Mito, Fiat 500X and a Jeep Renegade. 

The new and used car marketplace has signed up England legend (and one-time rapper) John Barnes as ambassador for the campaign. “It’s impossible to describe the feeling of scoring a goal in the World Cup,” he said, “but I imagine winning a brand-new car is up there.”

The competition launches TONIGHT, Monday 18 June, with England’s opening game against Tunisia. 

AutoTraderGoals World Cup competition

How do you enter the competition to win a new car when England score? Simply, use the hashtag #AutoTraderGoals. Do this as soon as the goal is scored, on the following social media channels: 

The competition window opens as soon as the goal is scored, and one winner will be picked at random. Fans have until the next goal is scored to enter, or until the end of the match if no more goals are scored. 

Entrants also have to be over 18, and hold a full UK driving licence. 

AutoTraderGoals World Cup competition

But what if you’re not on social media? Don’t worry, Auto Trader’s thought of that, too. You can enter online, by adding your email address to the online form. 

Barnes added the England squad is one of the youngest ever to play for the team in the World Cup. “I’m hopeful this tournament will show the fruits fo what this new generation is capable of, so I’m confident Auto Trader will be giving away plenty of new cars during what hopes to be a memorable World Cup.”

England v Germany: the World Cup of cars

Do you hear that noise? That’s the sound of the World Cup bandwagon, and we’re just about to climb aboard for a ride. We’re comparing the ‘best’ English and German cars from each World Cup year since 1966 with the aim of selecting an overall champion.

We can’t promise you will learn anything from it, but we can assure you of a nail-biting finish. And by the end of it, you probably won’t be feeling quite as bad as David Luiz at the end of the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

Rules of engagement

First, we need to establish some ground rules. This ‘World Cup’ will be split into 14 rounds – one for each World Cup year since 1966 – and we’ve selected important, successful or great cars from each country.

Remember, kids, it’s just for fun, so don’t write in. Oh, and our decision is final – we won’t be using VAR in the event of a questionable decision.

1966

England – Jensen Interceptor

England v Germany: the World Cup of Cars

Ah, 1966 and all that. Memories, if you’re old enough to remember, of Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet trophy, Nobby Stiles dancing and a ball that was certainly over the line. There can only be one winner in this round, especially with a name like Interceptor, which sounds like the nickname of a tough-tackling holding midfielder.

Germany – BMW 02 Series

Germany’s response to the Jensen Interceptor is the BMW 02 Series, the svelte, continental and nimble executive from Bavaria. It lacks the performance needed to topple the West Bromwich powerhouse in this instance, but as the forerunner to the 3 Series, we’re expecting great things in future tournaments, Clive.

1970

England – Range Rover

In 1970, the first Range Rover rolled off the production line in Solihull, making it the ideal car for England’s 1970 World Cup bid. In Mexico, the then-champions succumbed to the midday heat, going down 3-2 against semi-finalists West Germany. In our ‘World Cup’, it’s going to take something mighty to stop the Range Rover from making it 2-0 to England.

Germany – Opel Manta

If you’re still with us, thank you. We can’t promise things will improve by the time we reach 2018, which sounds a bit like the England World Cup team. For its 1970 entry, West Germany wades in with the handsome Opel Manta, which would be happier taking on a Ford Capri in a traffic Grand Prix than it would a Range Rover. Sorry, Opel, it’s 2-0 to England. But fear not, Germany, because England took a two goal lead in 1970, and we know what happened next.

1974

England – Lotus Elite

England isn’t exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a squad for 1974, unless you fancy taking on the Germans in an Austin Allegro Vanden Plas. Instead, it’s left to Hethel’s elite – quite literally – in the form of the Lotus Elite. The 2+2 hatchback-cum-coupe represented a shift upmarket for Lotus, but we sense Germany might have this covered.

Germany – Volkswagen Golf

Indeed, West Germany is toying with England’s defense, demonstrating some fancy footwork with the Volkswagen Scirocco, before going in for the kill with the all-conquering Golf. England is powerless to prevent the Germans clawing a goal back, courtesy of elegant Italian styling and ruthless German efficiency. England 2-1 Germany.

1978

England – Vauxhall Chevette HS

Time for England to restore a little pride with some rallying of the troops. Vauxhall is channeling its inner ‘Flying Finn’ with the 2.3-litre Chevette HS, a highly capable homologation special, especially at the hands of Pentti Airikkala. But England is unable to call upon help from Finland in this instance…

Germany – BMW M1

Boom: have some of that. The BMW M1 may have had its problems during development – a rare lack of commitment from the Italians didn’t help matters – but Vauxhall cannot stop the 3.5-litre mid-engined sports car from romping to victory in 1978. It’s an equaliser for West Germany, with the score tied at 2-2.

1982

England – Bristol Brigand

England head to Spain for the 1982 World Cup in need of a strong performance. Time to restore some pride. A development of the earlier 603, the Bristol Brigand can call upon the might of a V8 engine to launch a string of attacks, with the large two-door coupe capable of speeds of up to 150mph. Enough for England to retake the lead?

Germany – Mercedes-Benz 190

There are a few players jockeying for position in West Germany, with the new E30 BMW 3 Series and Audi 100 lining up to take on the Bristol. In the end it’s left to the Mercedes-Benz 190, the most important new car from Stuttgart in many years. But while the 190 was a quantum leap forward over the old 200, it cannot tackle the mighty Brigand in Spain, which puts England back in front.

1986

England – Jaguar XJ

None other than Gary Lineker finished as the top scorer at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, which will remembered for Diego Maradona’s brilliance (not to mention his handball). England take on West Germany with the Jaguar XJ40.

Germany – BMW 7 Series

But the XJ40 is powerless to see off the BMW 7 Series, which scythes down England like a Thomas Berthold tackle. This was a hugely important car for BMW, not least because it replaced an ageing product and was destined to spend its entire time running down the left-hand flank (of the German autobahn). That’s 3-3. Are we destined for a penalty shootout? Nobody tell Gareth Southgate.

1990

England – Lotus Carlton

This will hurt Germany, as the Lotus Carlton also wore an Opel badge. But, as a product of Hethel, it qualifies for the England team, and it’s hard to see how Germany could respond to the 176mph supercar-slayer. Ah, the sweet taste of revenge for the 1990 penalty shootout, although this tie isn’t over yet.

Germany – Mercedes-Benz 500E

Besides, Germany isn’t going down without a fight. Don’t let the subtle looks fool you, because the Mercedes-Benz 500E is as powerful as Lothar Matthäus and as ruthless as Jürgen Klinsmann at his peak. MB’s performance saloon was powered by a 5.0-litre V8 and assembled by Porsche in Stuttgart. It’s a bona fide legend, but the Carlton manages to hang on to put England in front.

1994

England – Jaguar XJ

Sorry, England, but you’re not winning this one. Failure to quality for USA ‘94 meant that England had to sit this one out, so there’s no way a Jaguar XJ (X300) is going to perform well here, even with a choice of six and 12-cylinder engines.

Germany – Audi A8

With its groundbreaking aluminium construction, lightweight body, huge array of engines and choice of interior comforts, the Audi A8 made the Jaguar XJ look rather outmoded. A unified Germany may have lost against Bulgaria in the US tournament, but the A8 cruises to an easy win against England. It’s 4-4, Jim.

1998

England – Bentley Arnage

It wouldn’t be a World Cup without a little controversy, which is why we’re not afraid to give the Bentley Arnage its England debut. Some fine players have emerged from Crewe’s academy, most notably Dean Ashton, Danny Murphy and David ‘in the last minute of extra-time’ Platt. So what’s controversial about another Crewe export? That’d be the 4.4-litre BMW engine, used to power the Arnage at its launch. Don’t mention the engine and we might just get away with it.

Germany – Audi TT

Actually, it would be controversial if England win the 1998 tie, but there’s no chance of that with the Audi TT looming into view. The oh-so-fashionable TT arrived in 1998, dressing to impress like a concept car for the road. With its trendy suit and bespoke interior, the TT knocks the Arnage into submission and gives Germany the lead. Five rounds to go, it’s up for grabs now, Ron.

2002

England – Range Rover L322

The design of the 2002 Range Rover was inspired by yachts, fine furniture and first-class seating, but today it must grab its shin pads for a battle royale. Sure, there’s the small issue of the launch-spec BMW powertrains to gloss over, but the L322 feels like it stems from the golden generation of luxury SUVs.

Germany – Volkswagen Phaeton

Ferdinand Piech’s flight of fantasy faces an uphill battle if it hopes to give Germany a two-goal advantage. Indeed, much like Germany in the 2002 tournament, the Germans must be content with a runners-up medal in our ‘World Cup’. Blimey, this really could go to penalties. That’s 5-5.

2006

England – Lotus Europa S

We head to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, so this will be a tough challenge for England. We’re using a wildcard in the shape of the Lotus Europa S, hoping that, much like Michael Owen at the 1998 tournament, it can surprise a few people.

Germany – Audi R8

Sorry, but not a chance. Germany’s response to Hethel’s lightweight challenger is ruthless in its execution. How could it fail? Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 could boast 5,000 unique parts and, at launch, a 4.2-litre V8 engine. With three rounds to go, Germany race into a 6-5 lead.

2010

England – Bentley Mulsanne

It’s perhaps fitting that England’s entry for 2010 is a £220,000 luxury motor, as it seems to reflect the rise in footballers’ wages. The Mulsanne was the first entirely new Bentley in 80 years, with an opulent cabin and a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. How will Germany respond?

Germany – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

There’s a lot to love about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The gullwing doors provide crowd-pleasing theatrics, while the 6.2-litre V8 is a German masterpiece. This is a tough one. Keen not to show any bias, we’re giving this one to the Germans, but it’s by the narrowest of margins. That’s 7-5 to Germany with two rounds to go. It’s not looking good for England.

2014

England – Aston Martin DB10

But we needn’t have worried, because you can always rely on James Bond to keep the English end up. The Aston Martin DB10 was created for Spectre, in which 007 takes on Mr Hinx in a Jaguar C-X75.

Germany – BMW i8

On another day, BMW’s futurist i8 might have won this, but not today. This round belongs to James Bond and to England. To paraphrase a Bond villian, do you expect us to justify our decision? That’s 7-6 to Germany.

2018

England – McLaren Senna

Chasing a goal to grab a late equaliser, England has a formidable bench to choose from. The Jaguar I-Pace, Aston Martin Vantage, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and TVR Griffith fail to make the cut, leaving it to the McLaren Senna. We’re out testing it, so we’re unable to deliver our definitive verdict, but the signs are good. Besides, adding some Brazilian flair to the England attack is a compelling proposition.

Germany – Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Germany isn’t short of new talent: the BMW 8 Series, Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, Ruf SCR and Audi Q8, to name a few. But even the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is unable to resist the full force of the McLaren Senna. The tournament has finished 7-7, so it’s time for penalties.

2018: Penalties

The Jaguar I-Pace steps up like a silent assassin to win it for England. Why? Because the electric car takes the fight to Tesla and sees Jaguar beating the Germans to the market. England winning against Germany on penalties – now there’s a thing. If you’re still here, thank you, we know you have better things to do.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squadIt’s the eve of Euro 2016 and there’s only one question on the lips of England fans from Allonby to Zennor. No, not whether or not ‘brave England’ will make it out of Group B, or how Roy will work the formation around Captain Rooney, but what cars are owned by the England players?

Our office is split down the middle, with half of us relishing the prospect of wall-to-wall football and the other half praying for the tournament to end. If you’re in the latter camp, may we suggest switching to the History channel for a few weeks.

For those of you still with us, let us guide you through the whips* of the players who are about to feel the weight of an entire nation’s hopes and dreams on their shoulders. *We understand whip is a street term for car. No, we didn’t know that either.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad1. Joe Hart (Manchester City)

As England’s number one and safest pair of hands, we had visions of Joe Hart driving a Volvo XC90. Alas, no such luck. Instead, Hart uses a Bentley Continental GT to transport him between training sessions and promotional work for a certain shampoo company.

In 2014, his club Manchester City wrapped his car in Christmas wrapping paper. He took it in good spirit. Hart’s the guy on the left, standing head and shoulders above the guy in the Sky Blue Santa outfit. Ho, ho, ho.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad2: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

OMG! Kyle Walker was man of the match in the game against Portugal. Here he is with a Range Rover. OMG!

04_England_Cars3: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

By footballing standards, an Audi S3 saloon is a pretty restrained purchase. There’s a new model on the way, but Danny Rose’s car would have cost around £33,000 plus whatever options he went for. The balloons were free. Probably.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad4: James Milner (Liverpool)

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has developed a somewhat unfair reputation for being, well… rather boring. The ‘Boring James Milner’ Twitter account has well over 500,000 followers. But Milner has had the last laugh, being named the fifth best player at Euro 2016 by UEFA’s ranking tool.

As for his choice of wheels, something like a Mitsubishi Mirage or Kia Venga would suit the boring tag. But we suspect he follows the crowd and drives a Range Rover. That said, we understand he did own an Aston Martin DB9. Not so boring now, is he?

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad5: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Gary Cahill has owned a number of Range Rovers and has often been papped around Stamford Bridge or the club’s Cobham Training Centre.

This tweet suggests he has recently taken delivery of a new Range Rover Sport. 575hp SVR, perhaps?

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad6: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Chris Smalling, who scored a fine header against Portugal in an otherwise drab match, has been seen driving around Manchester in a Bentley Continental GT.

But if this tweet is anything to go by, he also owns a Chevrolet Corvette. Given Chevrolet’s sponsorship of Manchester United, this wouldn’t be out of the question.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad7: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

In February 2016, it was reported that Raheem Sterling was looking for a seventh car so he would be able to drive a different car every day.

His fleet already included a matte black Range Rover Evoque, Audi S7 Sportback, Audi Q7, Mercedes-AMG C63, Smart Fortwo and Range Rover Sport. Sterling was said to be considering a BMW i8.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad8: Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

You may have noticed a running theme here. The face of a certain moisturising cream owns a Range Rover. Wouldn’t it be nice if one England footballer drove a Dacia Duster? Or a Suzuki Jimny?

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad9: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

How much money would you place on Harry Kane walking away with the Golden Boot at Euro 2016? Perhaps more predictably, Kane drives a Range Rover Sport.

In 2015, Kane took part in a promotional feature in which he drove a Vauxhall Corsa VXR. Given he was born in the former Essex parish of Chingford, we had him down as a Fiesta ST man…

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad10: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

For once, the hopes of a nation don’t rest entirely on Rooney’s shoulders or his metatarsal, but England expects him to perform. His motoring back catalogue isn’t quite as impressive as say David Beckham’s or Cristiano Ronaldo’s, but it’s not far off.

It all started with a Ford Sportka when he was at Everton, but he has since moved on to some of the world’s most exotic cars. Today, the supercar of the future, aka the BMW i8, is part of his collection.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad11: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

How do you celebrate signing a new £13m contract at Leicester City? By ordering a new Bentley Continental GT, of course. Meanwhile, his old Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG was up for sale on Auto Trader.

After winning the Premier League title, the club’s owner promised to buy every player a new electric Mercedes-Benz B-Class. We suspect Vardy might be asked to return the Merc if he signs for Arsenal.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad12: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

This is Nathaniel Clyne’s Bentley Continental GT Convertible. Or should that be Nathaniel Cl02yne’s Bentley Continental GT Convertible?

We’re guessing the Mercedes-Benz parked alongside is owned by somebody in Liverpool FC’s accounts department.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad13: Fraser Forster (Southampton)

We have no idea what the Southampton and former Celtic ace drives to work. If you know, please write to us at: I Know What Car Fraser Forster Drives, PO Box 2, England, Still in Europe.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad14: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Jordan Henderson has been spotted driving many cars, including… yes, you’ve guessed it… a Range Rover, along with an Audi RS7.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad15: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

The Liverpool striker has a pretty handy two-car garage: a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Previously, Sturridge has been spotted behind the wheel of a Porsche Panamera and Hyundai Santa Fe, the latter of which was given to him as part of his contract at Liverpool.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad16: John Stones (Everton)

Will John Stones still be an Everton player by the end of Euro 2016? We he start an England game during the tournament? Does he still own this Range Rover?

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad17: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)

For his winning goal in the 3-2 win against Germany, Eric Dier is already an England legend. As for his choice of wheels, we’re not sure.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad18: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

When you’re injured as much as Jack Wilshere, it pays to have something to occupy your mind. A new app for your smartphone, a good book, a Lamborghini Huracan. Smoking.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad19: Ross Barkley (Everton)

Another footballer, another Range Rover. Ross Barkley’s ‘whip’ is described as ‘boss’ by this tweeter. Far out, dude. Or something.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad20: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Dele Alli is a player with the world at his feet, but sadly we’re unable to confirm his choice of wheels. That said, you can find footage of the Tottenham ace learning to drive in Milton Keynes. He looks enthralled.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad21: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

What no Range Rover?

Southampton full back Ryan Bertrand goes his own way, treating himself to a Ferrari 458. Making sure his daughter isn’t left out, he also bought a miniature Ferrari to go with it. Good stuff.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad22: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

A year ago you probably hadn’t heard of Marcus Rashford. But like Jon Bon Jovi, he emerged in a blaze of glory and now the young gun could be spearheading England’s attack at Euro 2016.

And while most 18-year-olds will be content with a Fiesta or a Corsa, the Manchester United forward drives an Audi RS4.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squad23: Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Burnley’s shot-stopper earned himself a call up following the injury to Stoke’s Jack Butland. As for his choice of car, we don’t know.

Here we see Tom Heaton on the right, as a pair of MG3s are handed over to fellow Burnley players Sam Vokes and Kieran Trippier.

The cars of the England Euro 2016 squadRoy Hodgson

All of which leaves the boss, Roy Hodgson. Thanks to Vauxhall’s sponsorship of the England team, the gaffer drives a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Elite with a 2.0-litre diesel engine.

In a comment that wouldn’t look out of place on Boring James Milner’s Twitter timeline, Hodgson said: “I am delighted to be driving a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.” And we’d be delighted if you guided the Three Lions to victory, Roy. No pressure.

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