One of the British game’s most naturally talented and feared goalscorers, Ian Rush found the back of the net with unerring regularity for both club and country throughout his glittering 21-year professional career.

Born in St Asaph in 1961, the Welsh striker made his name at club level in the red of Liverpool but it was in the red of the Wales national team that he earned the adulation of a nation, scoring a record 28 times in 78 appearances between 1980 and 1996.

First capped against Scotland in a 1-0 defeat in Glasgow in May 1980, Rush quickly became a star of the side and although Wales never qualified for a major tournament to provide the prolific forward with the international stage his talents deserved, he remained one of world football’s most widely respected goalscorers.