Fast forward to the present day, one is still delivering stunner after stunner as the other continues to drop piledrivers upon the opposition.
In the sport of football, that is.
We're talking about Queens Park Rangers' stone cold Charlie Austin and Tottenham Hotspur's big scoring machine Harry Kane as they continue to dish out the pain on their opponents.
On Saturday, the two Englishmen, both 1.88 metres tall, scored yet again to hand their respective teams precious three points - Austin struck a tremendous hat-trick in QPR's comeback 3-2 win over West Brom, while Kane got the opener in Spurs' 2-1 victory against Burnley.
These feats are by no means a one-off.
With 11 league goals, Austin is the top English scorer in the EPL, five ahead of England No. 1 Wayne Rooney, three behind Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and just one off Chelsea's Diego Costa.
Kane has four league goals, but has scored 10 more goals in the Europa Cup and League Cup for Spurs.
The red-hot form of the duo bodes well for Roy Hodgson and the Three Lions, who for far too long have relied on the form and fitness of Rooney.
When the England captain was injured, England were impaired.
Second-rate replacements such as Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent and even Bobby Zamora were called up in desperation even though they were never prolific strikers, and their bluffs were eventually called.
In Austin and Kane, however, Hodgson has two hardworking No. 9s who look like they can both be the real deal, and provide the perfect foil for Rooney on the international stage.