100 up for Ross Tanner

As Wayne Rooney prepares to lead out the England side on Wednesday at Wembley in his first official game as captain, he won’t be the only one celebrating a special evening.

Ross Tanner will reach a century of matches supporting the Three Lions when Norway come to Wembley Stadium.

The 31-year-old England Supporters Club member saw his first match way back in November 1993, and has been hooked ever since watching Graham Taylor’s side defeat San Marino 6-0.

England v Norway

International Match
8pm, Wednesday 3 September 2014
Wembley Stadium connected by EE

He continued his support over land and sea, travelling to Greece for his first away match in 2001 – and it was on the road where he had his “greatest” night as a fan.

“Beating Germany 5-1 in Munich still is the greatest game I’ve ever been to,” Tanner told TheFA.com.

“David Beckham gave me his training top whilst he was warming up away in Liechtenstein, that was a great moment too. I slept in it that night in case it was nicked!”

He added: “I could have had a nice house or car but I got the bug of following England at a young age and have been following them abroad since I was 18.

Ross and his daughter Maisy

Ross and his daughter Maisy

“Even when it’s been a rubbish result you can’t beat the craic of following England around the world. I’ve made friends for life following my country and I’ll never stop supporting them.”

And it looks like England could soon have another member of Tanner family cheering them on.

“I took my daughter Maisy, who was six at the time, to her first game against Belgium at Wembley two years ago,” added Tanner.