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 England's World Cup Final Tournament Team Record Performances

Matches

Most goals scored in a match 4

Twice...
The first was the opening match 4-4 draw against Belgium at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland.  It went to extra-time although it was a group match because of the curious method set up for advancement from groups in which the teams played only two of the three opponents, and each team scored once during the extra 30 minutes.  The second was England's 4-2 victory against West Germany in the final match at the 1966 tournament on home soil, which also went to extra-time with England scoring twice in the extra 30 minutes.  

The most goals England have scored in ninety-minutes is three, accomplished on six occasions, against Belgium in the extra-time match in 1954, Argentina at the 1962 tournament in Chile, France at the 1982 tournament in Spain, Poland and Paraguay at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, and Denmark at the 2002 tournament in Japan.  England also scored three against Cameroon at the 1990 tournament in Italy, but one of their goals came in extra-time.

Largest margin of victory 3

Three times...
The pair of 3-0 victories against Poland and Paraguay at the 1986 tournament in Mexico and in the 3-0 win against Denmark at the 2002 tournament in Japan.

Most penalty kick goals scored in a match 2

Once...
Both scored by Gary Lineker against Cameroon in the quarter-final match at the 1990 tournament in Italy. 
The record in ninety-minutes is thus one penalty kick goal, a feat accomplished seven times.  In addition to Lineker's ninety-minutes penalty kick goal against Cameroon in 1990, England have scored a single ninety-minutes penalty kick goal on six occasions:  Tom Finney against the USSR at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, Ron Flowers against Hungary and Argentina at the 1962 tournament in Chile, Allan Clarke against Czechoslovakia at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, Alan Shearer against Argentina at the 1998 tournament in France and David Beckham at the 2002 tournament in Japan.

Most own goals scored in a match 1

Twice...
Only two own goal's have been credited to England in World Cup finals play.  The first was scored by
Jozef Barmoš in England's 2-0 victory against Czechoslovakia at the 1982 tournament in Spain. 
The second was scored by Carlos Gamarra in England's 1-0 victory over Paraguay at the 2006 Finals in Germany.

Most goals conceded in a match 4

Three times...
In the 4-4 extra-time group draw with Belgium, the 4-2 quarter-final loss to Uruguay, both at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland and the 4-1 round-of-16 loss to Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.  One of the goals in the Belgium match was an own goal conceded by England in extra time.

Largest margin of defeat 3

Once...
Three goals in the 4-1 round-of-16 loss to Germany at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Highest scoring match, both teams 4-4

Once...
The 4-4 extra-time draw with Belgium at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland.  The record in ninety-minutes is the six goals scored in the same Belgium match, equalled later in the same tournament in the 4-2 loss to Uruguay.  Six goals also were scored in England's 4-2 final win against West Germany in 1966 on home soil, but two of England's goals came in extra time.

Lowest scoring match, both teams 0-0

Eleven times...
Against Brazil at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, against Bulgaria at the 1962 tournament in Chile, against Uruguay at the 1966 tournament on home soil, against West Germany and Spain at the 1982 tournament in Spain, against Morocco at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, against Netherlands at the 1990 tournament in Italy, against Nigeria at the 2002 tournament in Japan, against Portugal at the 2006 tournament in Germany, against Algeria at the 2010 tournament in South Africa and against Costa Rica at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Most penalty kick goals conceded in a match 1

Four times...
Against Portugal in the semi-final at the 1966 tournament on home soil, against Cameroon in the quarter-final and Italy in the third-place match at the 1990 tournament in Italy, and finally, against Argentina in the round-of-16 teams at the 1998 tournament in France.  

Most own goals conceded in a match 1

Once...
In the opening 4-4 draw against Belgium at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland.  Regrettably, the own goal, scored by Jimmy Dickinson, enabled Belgium to draw level with England a minute after Nat Lofthouse had put them ahead in extra time, which was played to settle draws in group play at that tournament because the teams played only two of the other three teams in their groups.

Most substitutions in a match 3

Sixteen times...
Three substitutions per match were allowed beginning with the 1994 tournament, for which England did not qualify.  At the 1998 tournament in France, England used three substitutions in two of their four matches, the last group match with Colombia and the extra-time round-of-16 match against Argentina.  At the 2002 tournament in Japan, England used the full number of substitutions in four of their five matches, the last two group matches against Argentina and Nigeria, the round-of-16 match against Denmark and the quarter-final against Brazil.  At the 2006 tournament in Germany, England again used the full number of substitutions in four of their five matches, the last two group matches against Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden, the round-of-16 match against Ecuador and the quarter-final against Portugal.  At the 2010 tournament in South Africa, England used the full number of substitutes in three of their four matches, the first two group games against USA and Algeria, and the round-of-16 match against Germany.  Most recently, at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, England used the full number of substitutes in all three matches, all in the first phase group.

Fewest substitutions in a match none

Twenty-one times...
No substitutions were allowed until the 1970 tournament, and so no substitutes were used in the twenty final tournament matches England played at the 1950 through 1966 tournaments.  Since substitutions were first allowed, England have played only one match in which they made no use of them, the third group match against Kuwait at the 1982 tournament in Spain.

Tournaments

Most matches in a tournament 7

Once...
England played seven matches (the maximum possible since tournament participation was increased from 16 teams) at the 1990 tournament in Italy, when they reached the third-place match, which they lost to the host nation, 2-1. 
They played six matches (the maximum possible when 16 teams took part in the tournament) also once, at the 1966 tournament on home soil, when they beat West Germany in the final, 4-2 after extra time.  

Fewest matches in a tournament 3

Three times...
At their first tournament in 1950 in Brazil, where they were eliminated at the initial group phase, at their second tournament in 1954 in Switzerland, where they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage, but only two matches were played in the initial group phase, and in the 2014 tournament, again in Brazil, England were eliminated in the first group phase, having played only three matches.

Latest elimination in a tournament winners

Once...
England won the World Cup 1966 final tournament on home soil and thus were not eliminated at all.  They were eliminated at the semi-finals stage once, at the 1990 tournament in Italy, when they went out on penalty kicks to West Germany after a 1-1 extra-time draw and went on to lose the third-place match against host Italy, 2-1.

Earliest elimination in a tournament First Phase

Three times...
England were eliminated at the initial group phase three times, at their first tournament in 1950 in Brazil after three matches, at their third tournament in 1958 in Sweden after four matches, including a group playoff match against the USSR, and at the first group phase at their fourteenth tournament in 2014 in Brazil.

Most wins in a tournament 5

Once...
I
n six matches at the 1966 tournament, which England won on home soil.  On foreign soil, the most England have won is three.  They accomplished this twice, in five matches at the 1982 tournament in Spain, when they went home undefeated at the end of second round group play, and in seven matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, where two of the three victories came in extra time and they reached the semi-finals.

Fewest wins in a tournament 0

Twice...
At the 1958 tournament in Sweden, drawing all three group matches and then losing a play-off match to the USSR and at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, drawing one of the three group matches and losing the other two.
England won only one match at four tournaments: in three matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil, in three matches at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, in four matches at the 1962 tournament in Chile and in four matches at the 2010 tournament in Germany.

Most losses in a tournament 2

Five times...
Two in three matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil, in four matches at the 1962 tournament in Chile, in four matches at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, in five matches at the 1986 tournament in Mexico and in three matches at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Fewest losses in a tournament 0

Twice...
England did not lose a match at the 1966 tournament on home soil, when they won the World Cup, or at the 1982 tournament in Spain, when they were eliminated at the second group phase, nor did they lose at the 2006 tournament in Germany, only being eliminated on a penalty shootout.

Most draws in a tournament 3

Twice...
In group play, at the 1958 tournament in Sweden.  They also had three draws in seven matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, although in the last of these, the semi-final against West Germany, they were eliminated on penalty kicks after extra time.

Fewest draws in a tournament 0

Twice...
In three matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil and in four matches at the 1970 tournament in Mexico.

Most extra-time matches in a tournament 3

Once...
England played three extra-time matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, against Belgium in the round-of-16 teams and Cameroon in the quarter-final ending in victory and in the semi-final ending in a draw with West Germany but with England eliminated on penalty kicks.

England have had four other extra-time matches in World Cup finals play, the first the 4-4 group match draw against Belgium at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland (where extra time was used in an effort to prevent draws in group matches because teams played only two of the three other teams in their group), the second the 4-2 victory against West Germany in the final at the 1966 tournament on home soil, the third the 3-2 loss to West Germany in the quarter-final at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, and the fourth the 2-2 draw against Argentina in the round-of-16 teams at the 1998 tournament in France with England eliminated once again on penalty kicks.

Fewest extra-time matches in a tournament 0

Eight times...
1950, 1958, 1962, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Most penalty kicks shootouts in a tournament 1

Three times...
Against West Germany in the semi-final at the 1990 tournament in Italy, against Argentina in the round-of-16 teams at the 1998 tournament in France, and against Portugal in the quarter-finals of the 2006 tournament in Germany.  They were eliminated on all three occasions.

Fewest penalty kicks shootouts in a tournament 0

Five times...
Penalty kick shootouts were not introduced until the 1982 tournament in Spain, and so England had no shootouts at their first six tournaments, between 1950 and 1970.  England have reached seven final tournaments since the advent of the shootout, and they had no shootouts in 1982, 1986, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Most goals scored in a tournament 11

Once...
England scored 11 goals in six matches at the 1966 tournament on home soil.  Twice they scored eight goals, in three matches at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland and in seven matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy.  They scored seven goals in four matches at the 1998 tournament in France and seven in five at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

Fewest goals scored in a tournament 2

Twice...
England scored only two goals in their three matches at both tournaments in Brazil, 1950 and 2014.

Most penalty kick goals scored in a tournament 2

Twice...
Ron Flowers scored penalty kick goals against Hungary and Argentina at the 1962 tournament in Chile, and Gary Lineker had two, one of them in extra time, against Cameroon at the 1990 tournament in Italy.  England scored one penalty kick goal at four tournaments, 
Tom Finney against the USSR at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, Allan Clarke against Czechoslovakia at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, Alan Shearer against Argentina at the 1998 tournament in France and David Beckham against Argentina at the 2002 tournament in Japan..  

Fewest penalty kick goals in a tournament 0

Eight times...
1950, 1954, 1966, 1982, 1986, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Fewest own goals scored in a tournament 0

Twelve times...
1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Most goals conceded in a tournament 8

Once...
In three matches at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland.  They gave up six goals in four matches at the 1962 tournament in Chile and six in seven at the 1990 tournament in Italy.

Fewest goals conceded in a tournament 1

Once...
England conceded one goal in five matches at the 1982 tournament in Spain.  They gave up two goals in three matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil, three in six at the 1966 tournament on home soil, three in five at the 1986 tournament in Mexico and three in five at the 2002 tournament in Japan.

Most penalty kicks goals conceded in a tournament 2

Once...
England conceded two penalty kick goals at the 1990 tournament in Italy, one against Cameroon in the quarter-final and one against Italy in the third-place match.  They conceded one penalty kick goal at the 1966 tournament on home soil, against Portugal in the semi-final, and one at the 1998 tournament in France, against Argentina in the round-of-16 teams.

Fewest penalty kicks goals conceded in a tournament 0

Eleven times...
1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Most own goals conceded in a tournament 1

Twice...
The first in the opening extra-time 4-4 draw against Belgium at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland. The second in the opening game of the 2006 tournament in Germany against Paraguay.

Fewest own goals conceded in a tournament 0

Twelve times...
1950, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Most matches scoring in a tournament 6

Once...
England scored in six of seven matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, in all but the second group match against Netherlands.  They scored in five of six matches at the 1966 tournament on home soil, in all but the opening group match against Uruguay.

Fewest matches scoring in a tournament 1

Once...
England scored in only one match of three at the 1950 tournament in Brazil, in their opening match against Chile, while USA and Spain held them scoreless.  They scored in only two matches of four at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, in their group matches against the USSR and Austria, while Russia and the USSR again, in a playoff, held them scoreless. They also only scored in two of the three matches at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Most matches failing to score in a tournament 2

Four times...
Against USA and Spain in three matches at the 1950 tournament in Brazil, by Brazil and the USSR in four matches at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, by West Germany and Spain in five matches at the 1982 tournament in Spain, and by Portugal and Morocco in five matches at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.

Fewest matches failing to score in a tournament 0

Twice...
In three matches at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland and in four matches at the 1998 tournament in France.

Most squad members in a tournament 23

Four times...
The squad number limit was raised from 22 to 23 for the 2002 tournament in Japan/South Korea to allow each team to carry a third goalkeeper and still have a replacement for each of the other 10 positions, and it was from this tournament that England sent its largest squad of 23 players.  England sent the maximum number of players allowed, 22, to the 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998 tournaments.  Not since the 1962 tournament have they sent less than the full squad quota to a tournament.  

Fewest squad members in a tournament 17

Once...
England named a 22-man squad for the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, but only 17 players travelled to Switzerland.  The other five squad members were left at home as reserves and never were called to active status.  England named a 21-man squad for the 1950 tournament in Brazil, the lowest number they have ever called for a World Cup finals squad, but all players were members of the travelling party.

Most players used in a tournament 21

Once...
In 2014 in three matches in Brazil, England had used only fifteen players in their first two matches and were then eliminated. In their final match, the players that had not been used in those two matches were then given a run-out. Only two players from the squad of 23 did not feature, the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the second reserve keeper, Fraser Forster.

Fewest players used in a tournament 12

Once...
In 1962 in four matches in Chile.  After the advent of substitutions in 1970, the fewest players used in a tournament was 17, on two occasions, in 1982 in five matches in Spain and in 1998 in four matches in France.

Most starting players used in a tournament 20

Once...
In 2014 across two seperate matches in Brazil. England named to unchanged sides in the first two group matches, and then made nine changes in the final group match, having already been eliminated.

Fewest starting players used in a tournament 12

Once...
In 1962 in four matches in Chile.  They used 14 on three occasions, in 1954 in three matches in Switzerland, in 1982 in five matches in Spain and in 1998 in four matches in France.

Most players used only as a substitute in a tournament 5

Once...
In 2002 in five matches in Japan.  They used three players only as a substitute on five occasions, in 1982 in five matches in Spain, in 1986 in five matches in Mexico, in 1998 in four matches in France, in 2006 in four matches in Germany and in 2010 in four matches in South Africa.

Fewest players used only as a substitute in a tournament 1

Once...
In 1990 in seven matches in Italy.  They used two players only as a substitute in 1970 in four matches in Mexico.  England used no substitutes in the five tournaments in which they took part before substitutions were permitted for the first time at the 1970 tournament in Mexico. 

Most goalkeepers used in a tournament 2

Three times...
At the 1970 tournament in Mexico, when illness to Gordon Banks, who had played in the three group matches, led to his replacement by Peter Bonetti for the 3-2 extra-time quarter-final loss to West Germany that sent England home.  At the 2010 tournament in South Africa, Rob Green was replaced in goal by David James after one match, after Green conceded a freak goal against USA. At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Ben Foster replaced Joe Hart in goal for the final group match after England were eliminated.

Fewest goalkeepers used in a tournament 1

Eleven times...
1
950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Streaks

Most consecutive wins 6

Once...
England reeled off five straight wins against Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal and West Germany on the way to their sole World Cup victory in the 1966 tournament on home soil and then won the opening group match against Romania at the 1970 tournament in Mexico.

Most consecutive losses 3

Once...
England lost the
ir final match in 2010, a round-of-16 match against Germany, and then they lost their first two matches in the 2014 tournament in Brazil against Italy and Uruguay.

Most consecutive draws 3

Twice...
England drew their first three matches in group play, against the USSR, Brazil and Austria at the 1958 tournament in Sweden.  They drew their final match of the 2006 tournament in Germany in the quarter-finals against Portugal, and the first two group matches of the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Most consecutive matches without a loss 7

Once...
Six in a single tournament and seven overall.  England were undefeated in their six matches at the 1966 tournament on home soil and then won their opening match at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, for an undefeated streak of seven matches.  They went undefeated in their first six matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, although in the last of these, the 1-1 extra-time semi-final draw with West Germany, they were eliminated on penalty kicks.

Most consecutive matches without a win 6

Once...
England lost their last match at the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, the quarter-final against Uruguay, drew with the USSR, Brazil and Austria in group play and lost to the USSR again, in a playoff, at the 1958 tournament in Sweden, and then lost their opening group match against Hungary at the 1962 tournament in Chile.

Most consecutive matches without a draw 12

Once...
After an opening group match draw with Uruguay, England reeled off five straight wins against Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal and West Germany at the 1966 tournament on home soil, beat Romania and Czechoslovakia and lost to Brazil and West Germany at the 1970 tournament in Mexico, and then beat their first three opponents in group play, France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait, before drawing with West Germany in second round group play at the 1982 tournament in Spain. 

Most consecutive matches scoring a goal 11

Once...
They scored in their last five matches at the 1990 tournament in Italy, in their four matches at the 1998 tournament in France, and in their first two matches at the 2002 tournament in Japan before they were held scoreless by Nigeria in the third.

Most consecutive matches conceding a goal 4

Once...
England conceded goals to Austria and the USSR in the last two matches of the 1958 tournament in Sweden and to Hungary and Argentina in the first two matches of the 1962 tournament in Chile, for a streak of four matches in which their opposition scored goals.  England conceded goals to Cameroon, West Germany and Italy in the last three matches of the 1990 tournament in Italy.

Most consecutive matches not scoring a goal 4

Once...
They were held without a goal by West Germany and Spain in their last two matches at the 1982 tournament in Spain and by Portugal and Morocco in their first two matches at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, for a scoreless streak of four matches.  

Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal  4

Twice...
England held scoreless their first four opponents at the 1966 tournament on home soil, Uruguay, Mexico, France and Argentina.  They also held scoreless their last four opponents at the 1982 tournament in Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kuwait, West Germany and Spain.  On three occasions England have held their opponents scoreless in three consecutive matches, Morocco, Poland and Paraguay at the 1986 tournament in Mexico, Netherlands, Egypt and Belgium at the 1990 tournament in Italy, and Argentina, Nigeria and Denmark at the 2006 tournament in Japan.

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