It has been some ten years since the first edition of England Players’ Records was published, during which time more than 100 players have been capped for the national side on at least one occasion. During that same time frame, no fewer than five players have joined the exalted ranks of centurions by winning their one hundredth cap. Only two managed to accomplish the feat in the first hundred years of the England national team (Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton), and only two players joined them before the century was out (Bobby Moore and the all-time record holder, Peter Shilton). In a five year spell between 2009 and 2014, they were joined by David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Wayne also passed Bobby Charlton’s tally of England goals but his record-breaking feats ended with his international retirement in August 2017. In among the centurions are those whose England careers were significantly shorter eg. Martin Kelly came on for the final two minutes of a friendly against Norway in 2012, thus wresting the previously held record of eight minutes from Peter Ward and Jim Barrett. In addition to the newly capped players, extensive research over the last decade (that continues today) has added further information and confirmed once and for all the identities of some of the previously obscure England players.
- A comprehensive record of every player to have ever played for England including special features on the nine centurions and our heroic World Cup squad.
- Compiled by Graham Betts, the leading expert on England’s football team and author of more than 20 sports and music books, with a foreword by World Cup winning full-back George Cohen who celebrates his 80thbirthday on October 22 2019.
- Now with 1235 entries including updated career details for all the squad players who took part in the FIFA World Cup in Russia under new manager Gareth Southgate.
- It is the 150thanniversary of the first ever international match between England and Scotland on March 5th2020, although FIFA didn’t officially recognise the fixture until two years later.
- The forthcoming Euro match against Montenegro on 14 November will be England’s 1000th official match (this figure includes the two abandoned games v Argentina in 1953 and Ireland in 1995).