England national football team

England
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Three Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Gareth Southgate
Captain Harry Kane
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Wayne Rooney (53)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 Steady (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest 3 (August 2012[1])
Lowest 27 (February 1996[1])
Elo ranking
Current 11 Increase 1 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest 1 (1872–1876, 1892–1911,
1966–1970, 1987–1988)
Lowest 17 (11 June 1995)
First international
 Scotland 0–0 England 
(Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872)
Biggest win
 England 13–0 Ireland 
(Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 7–1 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954)
World Cup
Appearances 15 (first in 1950)
Best result Champions (1966)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1968)
Best result Third place (1968, 1996)
Nations League
Appearances 1 (first in 2019)
Best result Third place (2019)

The England men's national football team represents England in men's international football and is governed by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.[3][4] It competes in the three major international tournaments; the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. England, as a country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore the national team does not compete at the Olympic Games.

England is the joint oldest national team in football. They played in the world's first international football match in 1872, against Scotland. England's home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and their headquarters is at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. The team's manager is Gareth Southgate.

Since first entering the tournament in 1950, England has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 15 times. They won the 1966 World Cup, when they hosted the finals, and finished fourth in 1990 and 2018. Since first entering in 1964, England have never won the UEFA European Championship, with their best performances being third-place finishes in 1968 and 1996, the latter as hosts.

History

Early years

The England team before a match against Scotland at Richmond in 1893

The England national football team is the joint-oldest in the world; it was formed at the same time as Scotland. A representative match between England and Scotland was played on 5 March 1870, having been organised by the Football Association. A return fixture was organised by representatives of Scottish football teams on 30 November 1872. This match, played at Hamilton Crescent in Scotland, is viewed as the first official international football match, because the two teams were independently selected and operated, rather than being the work of a single football association.[5] Over the next 40 years, England played exclusively with the other three Home Nations—Scotland, Wales and Ireland—in the British Home Championship.

At first, England had no permanent home stadium. They joined FIFA in 1906 and played their first ever games against countries other than the Home Nations on a tour of Central Europe in 1908. Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923 and became their home ground. The relationship between England and FIFA became strained, and this resulted in their departure from FIFA in 1928, before they rejoined in 1946. As a result, they did not compete in a World Cup until 1950, in which they were beaten in a 1–0 defeat by the United States, failing to get past the first round in one of the most embarrassing defeats in the team's history.[6]

Their first defeat on home soil to a foreign team was a 2–0 loss to Ireland, on 21 September 1949 at Goodison Park. A 6–3 loss in 1953 to Hungary, was their second defeat by a foreign team at Wembley. In the return match in Budapest, Hungary won 7–1. This stands as England's largest ever defeat. After the game, a bewildered Syd Owen said, "it was like playing men from outer space".[7] In the 1954 FIFA World Cup, England reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and lost 4–2 to reigning champions Uruguay.

Walter Winterbottom and Alf Ramsey

Elizabeth II presenting England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet trophy following England's 4–2 victory over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final

Although Walter Winterbottom was appointed as England's first ever full-time manager in 1946, the team was still picked by a committee until Alf Ramsey took over in 1963. The 1966 FIFA World Cup was hosted in England and Ramsey guided England to victory with a 4–2 win against West Germany after extra time in the final, during which Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick. In UEFA Euro 1968, the team reached the semi-finals for the first time, being eliminated by Yugoslavia.

England qualified for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico as reigning champions, and reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by West Germany. England had been 2–0 up, but were eventually beaten 3–2 after extra time. They failed in qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, leading to Ramsey's dismissal.

Don Revie, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson

Ramsey was succeeded by Don Revie between 1974 and 1977, but the team failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1976 and the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Under Ron Greenwood, they managed to qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain (the first time competitively since 1962); despite not losing a game, they were eliminated in the second group stage.

Bobby Robson managed England from 1982 to 1990. Although the team failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1984, they reached the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, losing 2–1 to Argentina in a game made famous by two goals by Maradona for very contrasting reasons - the first being knocked in by hand, prompting the "Hand of God" label, the second being an outstanding individual goal, involving dribbling past several opponents. England striker Gary Lineker finished as the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

England went on to lose every match at UEFA Euro 1988. They next achieved their second best result in the 1990 FIFA World Cup by finishing fourth – losing again to West Germany in a semi-final finishing 1–1 after extra time, then 4–3 in England's first penalty shoot-out.[8] Despite losing to Italy in the third place play-off, the members of the England team were given bronze medals identical to the Italians'. Due to the emotional nature of the defeat to West Germany,[9] the team were welcomed home as heroes and thousands of people lined the streets for an open-top bus parade.

Graham Taylor, Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan

The 1990s saw four England managers follow Robson, each in the role for a relatively brief period. Graham Taylor was Robson's immediate successor. England failed to win any matches at UEFA Euro 1992, drawing with tournament winners Denmark and later with France, before being eliminated by host nation Sweden. The team then failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup after losing a controversial game against the Netherlands in Rotterdam, which resulted in Taylor's resignation.

Between 1994 and 1996, Terry Venables managed the team. At UEFA Euro 1996, held in England, they equalled their best performance at a European Championship, reaching the semi-finals as they did in 1968, before exiting via a penalty shoot-out loss to Germany. England striker Alan Shearer was the tournament's top scorer with five goals. Venables resigned following investigations into his financial activities.[10]

Venables' successor, Glenn Hoddle, similarly left the job for non-footballing reasons after just one international tournament – the 1998 FIFA World Cup — in which England were eliminated in the second round again by Argentina and again on penalties (after a 2–2 draw). Following Hoddle's departure, Kevin Keegan took England to UEFA Euro 2000, but the team exited in the group stage and he resigned shortly afterwards.

Sven-Göran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello

The England team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Sven-Göran Eriksson took charge between 2001 and 2006, and was the team's first non-English manager. He guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. England lost only five competitive matches during his tenure, and England rose to number four in the world ranking under his guidance. Eriksson's contract was extended by the FA by two years, to include UEFA Euro 2008, but was terminated by them after the 2006 World Cup.

Steve McClaren was then appointed as head coach, but after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 was sacked on 22 November 2007. The following month, he was replaced by a second foreign manager, Italian Fabio Capello, whose experience included spells at Juventus and Real Madrid. England won all but one of their qualifying games for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but at the tournament itself, England drew their opening two games; this led to questions about the team's spirit, tactics and ability to handle pressure.[11] They progressed to the next round, however, where they were beaten 4–1 by Germany, their heaviest defeat in a World Cup finals tournament match. In February 2012, Capello resigned from his role as England manager, following a disagreement with the FA over their request to remove John Terry from team captaincy after accusations of racial abuse concerning the player.[12]

Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate

In May 2012, Roy Hodgson was announced as the new manager, just six weeks before UEFA Euro 2012.[13] England managed to finish top of their group, but exited the Championships in the quarter-finals via a penalty shoot-out, against Italy.[14] In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, England were eliminated at the group stage for the first time since the 1958 World Cup, and the first time at a major tournament since Euro 2000.[15] England qualified unbeaten for UEFA Euro 2016,[16] but were ultimately eliminated in the Round of 16, losing 2–1 to Iceland.[17] Hodgson resigned as manager June 2016,[18] and just under a month later was replaced by Sam Allardyce.[19] After only 67 days Allardyce resigned from his managerial post by mutual agreement, after alleged breach of rules of the FA, making him the shortest serving permanent England manager.[20] Allardyce's only match was a 1–0 win over Slovakia, however this made him the only England manager ever to leave with a 100% win rate.

The England line-up before the last match of group G against Belgium, 28 June 2018

Gareth Southgate, then the coach of the England under-21 team, was put in temporary charge of the national team until November 2016,[21] before being given the position on a permanent basis.[22] Under Southgate, England qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup[23] and came second in their group at the tournament.[24][25] They defeated Colombia on penalties in the first knock-out round,[26][27] and then beat Sweden 2–0 in the quarter-final to reach only their third World Cup semi-final.[28] In the semi-final, they were beaten 2–1 in extra time by Croatia[29][30] and then were beaten by Belgium for a second time, 2–0, in the third place match.[31] England striker Harry Kane finished the tournament as top scorer with six goals.

On 14 November 2019, England played their 1000th International match, defeating Montenegro 7–0 at Wembley in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.[32][33]

Team image

Colours

England shirt for the 1966 World Cup final

England's traditional home colours are white shirts, navy blue shorts and white or black socks. The team has periodically worn an all-white kit.

Although England's first away kits were blue, England's traditional away colours are red shirts, white shorts and red socks. In 1996, England's away kit was changed to grey shirts, shorts and socks. This kit was only worn three times, including against Germany in the semi-final of Euro 1996 but the deviation from the traditional red was unpopular with supporters and the England away kit remained red until 2011, when a navy blue away kit was introduced. The away kit is also sometimes worn during home matches, when a new edition has been released to promote it.

England have occasionally had a third kit. At the 1970 World Cup England wore a third kit with pale blue shirts, shorts and socks against Czechoslovakia. They had a kit similar to Brazil's, with yellow shirts, yellow socks and blue shorts which they wore in the summer of 1973. For the World Cup in 1986 England had a third kit of pale blue, imitating that worn in Mexico 16 years before and England retained pale blue third kits until 1992, but they were rarely used.

Umbro first agreed to manufacture the kit in 1954 and since then has supplied most of the kits, the exceptions being from 1959 to 1965 with Bukta and 1974–1984 with Admiral. Nike purchased Umbro in 2008 and took over as kit supplier in 2013 following their sale of the Umbro brand.[34]

The kit worn by England away to Kosovo on 17 November 2019

Crest

The motif of the England national football team has three lions passant guardant, the emblem of King Richard I, who reigned from 1189 to 1199.[35] In 1872, English players wore white jerseys emblazoned with the three lions crest of the Football Association.[36] The lions, often blue, have had minor changes to colour and appearance.[37] Initially topped by a crown, this was removed in 1949 when the FA was given an official coat of arms by the College of Arms; this introduced ten Tudor roses, one for each of the regional branches of the FA.[36][38] Since 2003, England top their logo with a star to recognise their World Cup win in 1966; this was first embroidered onto the left sleeve of the home kit, and a year later was moved to its current position, first on the away shirt.[39]

Kits

Kit supplier Period
St. Blaize and Hope Brothers[40][41] 1949-1954
Umbro[42] 1954–1961
Bukta 1959–1965
Umbro 1965–1974
Admiral 1974–1984
Umbro 1984–2013
Nike 2013–present
Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value
Nike 2013–present 2012-09-03 Spring 2013 – July 2018 (5 years)[43] Total £125m[44]
(£25m per year)
2016-12-13 August 2018 – 2030 (12 years) Total £400m[45]
(£33.3m per year)

Home stadium

Wembley Stadium during a friendly match between England and Germany

For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country. They initially used cricket grounds before later moving on to football club stadiums. The original Empire Stadium was built in Wembley, London, for the British Empire Exhibition.

England played their first match at the stadium in 1924 against Scotland and for the next 27 years Wembley was used as a venue for matches against Scotland only. The stadium later became known simply as Wembley Stadium and it became England's permanent home stadium during the 1950s. In October 2000, the stadium closed its doors, ending with a defeat.

This stadium was demolished during the period of 2002–2003, and work began to completely rebuild it. During this time, England played at venues across the country, though by the time of the 2006 World Cup qualification, this had largely settled down to having Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium as the primary venue, with Newcastle United's St. James' Park used on occasions when Old Trafford was unavailable.

They returned to the new Wembley Stadium in March 2007. The stadium is now owned by the Football Association, via its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited.

Media coverage

All England matches are broadcast with full commentary on talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live. From the 2008–09 season until the 2017–18 season, England's home and away qualifiers, and friendlies both home and away are broadcast live on ITV (often with the exception of STV, the ITV franchisee in central and northern Scotland). England's away qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup were shown on Setanta Sports until that company's collapse. As a result of Setanta Sports's demise, England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on 10 October 2009 was shown in the United Kingdom on a pay-per-view basis via the internet only. This one-off event was the first time an England game had been screened in such a way. The number of subscribers, paying between £4.99 and £11.99 each, was estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000 and the total number of viewers at around 500,000.[46] In 2018, Sky Sports broadcast the England Nations League and in-season friendlies, until 2021 and ITV broadcast the European Qualifiers for Euro-World Cups and pre-tournament friendlies (after the Nations League group matches end), until 2022.[47]

Coaching staff

As of 2 September 2019
Manager England Gareth Southgate
Assistant Manager England Steve Holland
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Martyn Margetson
Striker Coach Scotland Allan Russell
Coach England Chris Powell[48]
First-Team Doctor England TBC
Fitness Coach Australia Bryce Cavanagh[49]
Physiotherapist England Steve Kemp[50]

Players

Current squad

The following 27 players were named to the squad for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Denmark, and a friendly against Wales on 8, 11 and 14 October 2020.[51][52][53]
Caps and goals are correct as of 14 October 2020 after the match against Denmark.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club


1 1GK Jordan Pickford (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 26) 28 0 England Everton
13 1GK Nick Pope (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 28) 3 0 England Burnley
22 1GK Dean Henderson (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 23) 0 0 England Manchester United

2 2DF Reece James (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 20) 3 0 England Chelsea
3 2DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 23) 3 0 England Arsenal
4 2DF Kyle Walker (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 30) 51 0 England Manchester City
5 2DF Conor Coady (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 27) 3 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
6 2DF Harry Maguire (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 27) 28 1 England Manchester United
12 2DF Tyrone Mings (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 27) 4 0 England Aston Villa
15 2DF Bukayo Saka (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 19) 1 0 England Arsenal
16 2DF Trent Alexander-Arnold (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 22) 12 1 England Liverpool
17 2DF Joe Gomez (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 23) 11 0 England Liverpool
2DF Michael Keane (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 27) 11 1 England Everton

7 3MF Declan Rice (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 21) 11 0 England West Ham United
8 3MF Kalvin Phillips (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 24) 4 0 England Leeds United
10 3MF Mason Mount (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 21) 10 2 England Chelsea
14 3MF Jordan Henderson (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 30) 57 0 England Liverpool
18 3MF James Ward-Prowse (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 25) 4 0 England Southampton
3MF Harry Winks (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 24) 7 1 England Tottenham Hotspur

9 4FW Harry Kane (captain) (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 27) 49 32 England Tottenham Hotspur
11 4FW Marcus Rashford (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 22) 40 11 England Manchester United
19 4FW Jack Grealish (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 25) 2 0 England Aston Villa
21 4FW Jadon Sancho (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 20) 15 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund
23 4FW Dominic Calvert-Lewin (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 23) 3 1 England Everton
4FW Tammy Abraham (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 23) 4 1 England Chelsea
4FW Harvey Barnes (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0 England Leicester City

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tom Heaton (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 34) 3 0 England Aston Villa v.  Montenegro, 14 November 2019 INJ

DF Eric Dier (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 26) 43 3 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Denmark, 14 October 2020 INJ
DF Kieran Trippier (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 30) 23 1 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Denmark, 14 October 2020 WD
DF Ben Chilwell (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 (age 23) 11 0 England Chelsea v.  Denmark, 14 October 2020 INJ
DF John Stones (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 26) 39 2 England Manchester City v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019
DF Danny Rose (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 30) 29 0 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019
DF Fikayo Tomori (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0 England Chelsea v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019

MF Phil Foden (2000-05-28) 28 May 2000 (age 20) 1 0 England Manchester City v.  Denmark, 8 September 2020 WD
MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 27) 35 7 England Liverpool v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019
MF James Maddison (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 (age 23) 1 0 England Leicester City v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019
MF Ross Barkley (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 26) 33 6 England Aston Villa v.  Montenegro, 14 November 2019 INJ
MF Fabian Delph (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 30) 20 0 England Everton v.  Montenegro, 14 November 2019 INJ

FW Raheem Sterling (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 25) 58 13 England Manchester City v.  Wales, 8 October 2020 INJ
FW Mason Greenwood (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 19) 1 0 England Manchester United v.  Denmark, 8 September 2020 WD
FW Callum Wilson (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 28) 4 1 England Newcastle United v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019
FW Callum Hudson-Odoi (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 19) 3 0 England Chelsea v.  Kosovo, 17 November 2019

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019

2020

2021

° On 17 March 2020, the UEFA announced that the UEFA Euro 2020 would be postponed by twelve months with proposed new dates 11 June to 11 July 2021.[56]

Records

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 19 December 2019. Source:[57]

  Best Ranking     Worst Ranking     Best Mover     Worst Mover  

England's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
4 2019 10 7 1 2 4 Increase 1 5 Decrease
5 2018 17 10 3 4 5 Increase 6 16 Decrease 1
15 2017 10 5 3 2 12 Increase 3 15 Decrease 3
13 2016 14 8 4 2 9 Increase 1 13 Decrease 2
9 2015 10 7 2 1 8 Increase 6 17 Decrease 2
  13 2014 13 8 3 2 10 Increase 7 20 Decrease 10
13 2013 12 6 4 2 4 Increase 7 17 Decrease 6
  6 2012 13 7 4 2 3 Increase 2 7 Decrease 2
5 2011 9 6 3 0 4 Increase 2 8 Decrease 4
6 2010 12 7 3 2 6 Increase 1 9 Decrease 1
9 2009 11 7 1 3 6 Increase 2 9 Decrease 2
8 2008 10 8 1 1 8 Increase 4 15 Decrease 6
12 2007 12 6 2 4 6 Increase 3 12 Decrease 4
5 2006 14 9 4 1 4 Increase 5 10 Decrease 1
9 2005 11 8 1 2 6 Increase 2 11 Decrease 4
8 2004 14 7 4 3 6 Increase 5 13 Decrease 4
8 2003 11 8 1 2 6 Increase 2 10 Decrease 2
7 2002 13 4 7 2 6 Increase 4 12 Decrease 2
10 2001 10 7 2 1 9 Increase 6 17 Decrease 2
17 2000 11 3 4 4 11 Increase 2 17 Decrease 3
12 1999 10 4 4 2 10 Increase 2 14 Decrease 2
9 1998 14 6 5 3 5 Increase 2 11 Decrease 5
4 1997 11 8 1 2 4 Increase 6 14 Decrease 2
    12 1996 12 8 4 0 12 Increase 11 27 Decrease 3
21 1995 9 2 5 2 18 Increase 4 22 Decrease 4
18 1994 6 4 2 0 12 Increase 1 18 Decrease 4
11 1993 11 4 3 4 5 Increase 6 11 Decrease 6

Most capped players

Updated 14 October 2020.[58]

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is the most capped player in the history of England with 125 caps.

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Caps Goals Position
1 Peter Shilton 1970–1990 125 0 GK
2 Wayne Rooney 2003–2018 120 53 FW
3 David Beckham 1996–2009 115 17 MF
4 Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 114 21 MF
5 Bobby Moore 1962–1973 108 2 DF
6 Ashley Cole 2001–2014 107 0 DF
7 Bobby Charlton 1958–1970 106 49 MF
Frank Lampard 1999–2014 106 29 MF
9 Billy Wright 1946–1959 105 3 DF
10 Bryan Robson 1980–1991 90 26 MF
11 Michael Owen 1998–2008 89 40 FW
12 Kenny Sansom 1979–1988 86 1 DF
13 Gary Neville 1995–2007 85 0 DF
14 Ray Wilkins 1976–1986 84 3 MF
15 Rio Ferdinand 1997–2011 81 3 DF
16 Gary Lineker 1984–1992 80 48 FW
17 John Barnes 1983–1995 79 11 MF
18 Stuart Pearce 1987–1999 78 5 DF
John Terry 2003–2012 78 6 DF
20 Terry Butcher 1980–1990 77 3 DF

Top goalscorers

Updated 14 October 2020.[59]

Wayne Rooney is England's top scorer with 53 goals.
# Name Career Goals Caps Position Average
1 Wayne Rooney (list) 2003–2018 53 120 FW 0.44
2 Bobby Charlton (list) 1958–1970 49 106 MF 0.46
3 Gary Lineker (list) 1984–1992 48 80 FW 0.6
4 Jimmy Greaves 1959–1967 44 57 FW 0.77
5 Michael Owen 1998–2008 40 89 FW 0.45
6 Harry Kane 2015– 32 49 FW 0.65
7 Nat Lofthouse 1950–1958 30 33 FW 0.91
Alan Shearer 1992–2000 30 63 FW 0.48
Tom Finney 1946–1958 30 76 FW 0.39
10 Vivian Woodward 1903–1911 29 23 FW 1.26
Frank Lampard 1999–2014 29 106 MF 0.27
12 Steve Bloomer 1895–1907 28 23 FW 1.22
13 David Platt 1989–1996 27 62 MF 0.44
14 Bryan Robson 1981–1991 26 90 MF 0.29
15 Geoff Hurst 1965–1972 24 49 FW 0.49
16 Stan Mortensen 1947–1953 23 25 FW 0.92
17 Tommy Lawton 1938–1948 22 23 FW 0.96
Peter Crouch 2005–2010 22 42 FW 0.52
19 Mick Channon 1972–1977 21 46 FW 0.46
Kevin Keegan 1972–1982 21 63 FW 0.33
Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 21 114 MF 0.18

Most clean sheets

Updated 14 October 2020.[60]

# Name Career Clean sheets Caps Average
1 Peter Shilton 1970–1990 66 125 0.53
2 Joe Hart 2008– 43 75 0.57
3 David Seaman 1988–2002 40 75 0.53
4 Gordon Banks 1963–1972 35 73 0.48
5 Ray Clemence 1972–1983 27 61 0.44
6 Chris Woods 1985–1993 26 43 0.6
7 Paul Robinson 2003–2007 24 41 0.59
8 David James 1997–2010 21 53 0.4
9 Nigel Martyn 1992–2002 13 23 0.57
10 Jordan Pickford 2017– 12 28 0.43

Competitive record

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page

FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: Croatia vs England.
Line-ups of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: England (white) vs Croatia.

England first appeared at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and have subsequently qualified for a total of 15 FIFA World Cup finals tournaments, tied for sixth best by number of appearances. They are also tied for sixth by number of wins, alongside Spain. The national team is one of eight national teams to have won at least one FIFA World Cup title. The England team won their first and only World Cup title in 1966. The tournament was played on home soil, and England defeated West Germany 4–2 in the final. In 1990, England finished in fourth place, losing 2–1 to host nation Italy in the third place play-off, after losing on penalties to champions West Germany in the semi-final. They also finished in fourth place in 2018, after losing 2–0 to Belgium in the third place play-off and 2–1 to Croatia in the semi-final after extra time. The team also reached the quarter-final stage in 1954, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002 and 2006.

England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 1994. The team's earliest exit in the finals tournament was its elimination in the first round in 1950, 1958 and, most recently, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This was after being defeated in both their opening two matches for the first time, against Italy and Uruguay in Group D. In 1950, four teams remained after the first round, in 1958 eight teams remained and in 2014 sixteen teams remained. In 2010, England suffered its most resounding World Cup defeat, 4–1 to Germany, in the Round of 16 stage. This came after drawing with the United States and Algeria, and defeating Slovenia 1–0 in the group stage.

FIFA World Cup finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
Year** Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member None
Kingdom of Italy 1934
French Fourth Republic 1938
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 Group stage 8th 3 1 0 2 2 2 Squad 3 3 0 0 14 3 Winterbottom
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 8 8 Squad 3 3 0 0 11 4
Sweden 1958 Group stage 11th 4 0 3 1 4 5 Squad 4 3 1 0 15 5
Chile 1962 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 16 2
England 1966 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 11 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Ramsey
Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 4 4 Squad Qualified as defending champions Ramsey
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 4
Argentina 1978 6 5 0 1 15 4 Revie
Spain 1982 Second group stage 6th 5 3 2 0 6 1 Squad 8 4 1 3 13 8 Greenwood
Mexico 1986 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 3 Squad 8 4 4 0 21 2 Robson
Italy 1990 Fourth place 4th 7 3 3 1 8 6 Squad 6 3 3 0 10 0
United States 1994 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 26 9 Taylor
France 1998 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 7 4 Squad 8 6 1 1 15 2 Hoddle
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 2 1 6 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 16 6 Keegan, Wilkinson, Eriksson[61]
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Squad 10 8 1 1 17 5 Eriksson
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 3 5 Squad 10 9 0 1 34 6 Capello
Brazil 2014 Group stage 26th 3 0 1 2 2 4 Squad 10 6 4 0 31 4 Hodgson
Russia 2018 Fourth place 4th 7 3 1 3 12 8 Squad 10 8 2 0 18 3 Allardyce, Southgate[62]
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 title 15/21 69 29 21 19 91 63 112 76 25 11 275 67
  Champions     Runners-up     Third place     Fourth place
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

**Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil. ***England played all of their 2002 matches in Japan.

Correct as of 14 July 2018 after the match against  Belgium

UEFA European Championship

England's greatest achievements at the UEFA European Championship have been to finish in third place in 1968 and 1996. England hosted Euro 96, and have qualified for nine UEFA European Championship finals tournaments, tied for fourth best by number of appearances. The team has also reached the quarter-final on two recent occasions, in 2004 and 2012.

The team's worst result in the competition was a first-round elimination in 1980, 1988, 1992 and 2000. The team did not enter in 1960, and failed to qualify for the finals in 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 2008.

UEFA European Championship finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
Year** Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Francoist Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 6 Winterbottom, Ramsey[63]
Italy 1968 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 2 1 Squad 8 6 1 1 18 6 Ramsey
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify[64] 8 5 2 1 16 6 Ramsey
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 3 Revie
Italy 1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad 8 7 1 0 22 5 Greenwood
France 1984 Did not qualify 8 5 2 1 23 3 Robson
West Germany 1988 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad 6 5 1 0 19 1
Sweden 1992 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad 6 3 3 0 7 3 Taylor
England 1996 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 3 0 8 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Venables
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 4 4 2 16 5 Hoddle, Keegan[65]
Portugal 2004 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 10 6 Squad 8 6 2 0 14 5 Eriksson
Austria Switzerland 2008 Did not qualify 12 7 2 3 24 7 McClaren
Poland Ukraine 2012 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 5 3 Squad 8 5 3 0 17 5 Capello, Hodgson[66]
France 2016 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 10 10 0 0 31 3 Hodgson
Europe 2020 Qualified 8 7 0 1 37 6 Southgate
Total Third place (x2) 10/16 31 10 11 10 40 35 108 73 24 11 248 64
  Champions     Runners-up     Third place     Fourth place
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

**Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil. ***Third place includes all tournaments where England reached the semi-finals following Euro 1980 as the third place play-offs where scrapped from the following editions of the tournament.[67]

Correct as of 17 November 2019 after the match against  Kosovo

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record Manager(s)
Year** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
Portugal 2018–19 A 4 6 2 2 2 7 8 Same position 3rd Southgate
2020–21 A 2 4 2 1 1 3 2 TBD Southgate
Total 10 4 3 3 10 10 3rd
  Champions     Runners-up     Third place     Fourth place
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Correct as of 11 October 2020 after the match against  Belgium

Minor tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Brazil 1964 Taça de Nações Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 7
United States 1976 USA Bicentennial Cup Tournament Group stage 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
Scotland 1985 Rous Cup One match 2nd 1 0 0 1 0 1
Mexico 1985 Ciudad de México Cup Tournament Group stage 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
Mexico 1985 Azteca 2000 Tournament Group stage 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 1
England 1986 Rous Cup Winners, one match 1st 1 1 0 0 2 1
England Scotland 1987 Rous Cup Group stage 2nd 2 0 2 0 1 1
England Scotland 1988 Rous Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
England Scotland 1989 Rous Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 0
England 1991 England Challenge Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 5 3
United States 1993 U.S. Cup Group stage 4th 3 0 1 2 2 5
England 1995 Umbro Cup Group stage 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 7
France 1997 Tournoi de France Winners, group stage 1st 3 2 0 1 3 1
Morocco 1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Group stage 2nd 2 1 1 0 1 0
England 2004 FA Summer Tournament Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 7 2
Total 6 titles 33 12 10 11 43 37

Honours

The England team (red) that won the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany

Major:

Regional:

Other:

Exhibition Tournaments:

Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 1 0 0 1
European Championship 0 0 2 2
Nations League 0 0 1 1
Total 1 0 3 4

See also

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