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Testimonials, Clubs and Forces

This list contains the results of matches played by England and Football Association teams against a variety of opposition. None of the games could remotely be called 'official internationals', but all included players who were, or became, full internationals. All-amateur elevens, youth teams, and games including celebrities have been excluded.
Season 1895-96
Matt McQueen Testimonial
23 September 1895 - Liverpool FC 0 England 3 [nk]
Anfield, Liverpool (3,000)
Harry Hammond scored a hat-trick for England, in the benefit match for Second Division, Liverpool's Scottish goalkeeper, who had also played in outfield positions for the club. The England team only had five full internationals, and included two Liverpool players.

Season 1917-18
Great War Charity Matches
8 June 1918 - Scotland 2 England 0 [1-0]
Celtic Park, Glasgow (45,000)
A game in aid of the Sir Douglas Haig Base Hospital for disabled soldiers. Three of the English side were unable to travel and they were replaced by Scottish League players, two of whom were actually English (the other going on to play for Scotland), but England also included Irish international, Billy McCracken, as well as two former, and two future, internationals of their own. Scotland fielded four full internationals and four more (including Alan Morton, a star of the 1928 'Wembley Wizards' side) who were capped after the war. Scorers were McLean and Archibald.

Season 1918-19
12 October 1918 - Ireland 0 England 0 [0-0]
Windsor Park, Belfast (20,000)
With the First World War coming to an end, this match was arranged to raise money for the Prisoners of War Fund and the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital. England were captained by Ireland's Billy McCracken, but also included two pre-war internationals and a future cap. Three of the Irish team were full internationals and another six (including Liverpool goalkeeper, Elisha Scott, with a record 31 caps) went on to represent their country after full internationals were resumed in the following season.

Season 1920-21
University Representative Matches
18 November 1920 -
Cambridge University 1 FA XI 0 [0-0]
Grange Road Stadium, Cambridge

An FA XI containing five future internationals, lost to a second-half goal from captain, Gilbert Ashton, who went on to play county cricket for Worcestershire.

25 November 1920 -
Oxford University 0 FA XI 3 [0-1]
Iffley Road Ground, Oxford
Julian (2) and Boreham scored the goals, and the FA fielded four future internationals, plus Fanny Walden, who had played for England before the war.

Season 1924-25
University Representative Match
17 December 1924 -
Combined Universities 0 FA XI 9 [nk]
Maine Road, Manchester

A team drawn from Liverpool and Manchester University students were given a lesson in finishing by a powerful FA team containing four full internationals and a future cap.
Scorers were Roberts (3), Lumb (2), Sharp (2), Whittaker o.g. and Amos.

Season 1926-27
Regional Representative Match
14 October 1926 -
Eastern Counties 3 FA XI 5 [1-5]
The Nest, Norwich

The Eastern Counties fielded five players from the home club, currently playing in the Third Division South, with three coming from the Norfolk and Suffolk League, and the Athenian and London Leagues also supplied players. Their opponents were a combination of amateur and professional players that included four full internationals and two future caps. Smith and Banks (2) scored for Eastern Counties, and Hulme, Hartley, Gibbins (2) and Wilkins netted for the FA. 

Season 1939-40
Red Cross Charity Matches
18 October 1939 - The Army 0 FA XI 1 [0-0]
Recreation Ground, Aldershot (10,000)
The FA had been putting out an amateur side to face the Army, in every season since 1926-27. During the war years, the Army was able to field a much-stronger eleven, so the FA proceeded to use professional players in their fixtures against them. With the war just a few weeks old, five players from the local Third Division South side (including former Scottish international, Billy Chalmers) joined the Army team, alongside five England internationals and an Irish international full-back, Billy Cook, who had played five times against England. There were just five full England internationals in the FA line-up, but they scored the only goal after an hour's play through England amateur international, Lester Finch, who had scored for Britain in the 1936 Olympics.
25 November 1939 - The Army 1 FA XI 4 [0-1]
Elm Park, Reading
The Army included two Scottish internationals, a Welsh international goalkeeper and an England amateur international (Maurice Edelston), whilst the FA had three full internationals and two that had recently played in wartime internationals, plus Irish international, Bill Gorman and a Scotsman (Bob Salmond). Brooks scored for the Army, Dawes 2, Tadman and Broome for the FA.
2 December 1939 -
Doncaster Rovers FC 2 FA XI 2 [nk]
Belle Vue, Doncaster (9,000)
Owens and Burbanks scored for Doncaster, FA XI's goalscorers were Fenton and Kirchen. Doncaster, from the Third Division North, may have been two goals up until late in the game.
20 January 1940 - England 4 The Army 3 [3-3]
Selhurst Park, South Norwood (10,057)
Martin (2), Broome and Matthews for England, Fagan and Welsh (2) for the Army. Martin scored twice in the first ten minutes, but the Army recovered to lead, before England came back to win.
16 March 1940 - Kent FA 2 FA XI 3 [nk]
Scorers were Jones, Hopper for Kent and Doherty (2), Mangnall for the FA
25 March 1940 - Yorkshire 4 FA XI 1 [nk]
Bramall Lane, Sheffield (14,814)
Cochrane scored twice for Yorkshire in this Easter Monday fixture. Stan Matthews was in the FA side which also included Irish international, Billy Cook and Scottish international, Matt Busby, as a second-half substitute after his car broke down on the way to the game.
30 March 1940 - FA XI 2 RAF 3 [nk]
Champion Hill Stadium, Dulwich (11,745)
Morrison scored both for the FA, Doherty and Kirchen (2) for the RAF. Similar to the Army, the RAF had been playing an annual fixture against an amateur FA XI since the 1924-25 season. The war brought about a stronger RAF team and the FA responded with a professional line-up to face them. There were four full internationals in the FA team, plus two that had played for England that season in wartime internationals. The RAF fielded two England internationals (including two-goal scorer, Alf Kirchen), plus Irishman, Peter Doherty, who had played five times previously, against England and scored their first goal.

Season 1940-41
War Charity Matches
14 December 1940 - Notts County FC 2 FA XI 1 [nk]
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
17 May 1941 - FA XI 4 The Army 2 [nk]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Season 1941-42
Army International
8 November 1941 - Scotland 1 England 3 [nk]
Ibrox Park, Glasgow (14,000)
Hamilton scored for Scotland, with Welsh, D.Compton and Hagan netting for England. This was an army international with each side restricted to players stationed in that country. The Army in England side included seven players that had represented their country in the previous month and all had played for England in wartime, except one, who was eventually selected, two seasons later. There was an additional England international, Ralph Birkett, in the Army in Scotland side, who could only field three full Scottish internationals.
War Charity Match
22 November 1941 - FA XI 2 RAF 7 [nk]
Ashton Gate, Bedminster
Scotland's Jock Dodds scored a hat-trick for the RAF.
RAF Benevolent Fund Match
13 December 1941 - FA XI 2 RAF 2 [0-1]
Elland Road, Leeds (14,000)
D.Compton (pen) and Rowley for FA XI, Dodds and Smith for RAF. FA goalkeeper, Bob Hesford saved a first-half penalty. Smith equalised with four minutes remaining. Seven of the FA team had previously played for England, but they also included a Scottish international, Andy Beattie. The RAF side had two England internationals.
Army International/War Charity Match
10 February 1942 - England 4 Belgium 0 [1-0]
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Lawton (3) and D.Compton got the goals. Lawton also had a penalty saved by Huwaert, the Belgian goalkeeper.
War Charity Match
14 March 1942 - FA XI 1 The Army 3 [0-1]
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
A very experienced Army side. All but one had played for England.
Army International
4 April 1942 - England 4 Scotland 1 [2-0]
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield (28,567)
Lawton (3) and Edelston for England, McKennan for Scotland. This was the return fixture of the game at Ibrox, five months earlier. This time, Ralph Birkett was in the Army in England side, which made only one change from the team that had beaten an FA XI at Aldershot, three weeks earlier. Four members of the Army in Scotland side had played in wartime internationals.
RAF Benevolent Fund Matches
6 June 1942 - FA XI 6 RAF 6 [nk]
Kenilworth Road, Luton

Season 1942-43
21 November 1942 -  FA XI 4 RAF 3 [nk]
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent (20,000)
An extremely high-quality field produced a seven-goal thriller. The FA side included seven wartime internationals, plus a Scottish wartime international (Billy Liddell) and an Irish international (Billy Cook). One of the two yet to play for England was Tom Finney. They needed the quality, however, to record their only victory in wartime against the RAF, who fielded a full team of wartime internationals, including Stan Matthews, on his home ground, and three Scots.
Army Internationals
20 February 1943 - Scotland 0 England 7 [0-3]
Hampden Park, Glasgow (30,000)
A very experienced Army in England side overwhelmed the Army in Scotland. All had played either before or during the war for England (and included the Compton brothers). Robinson scored four and Westcott three. Only five of the home side had played for Scotland and only four in the second half due to injury.

Season 1943-44
4 December 1943 - England 2 Scotland 2 [0-1]
Goodison Park, Liverpool (28,567)
In the annual army international, six of the England team that had put eight goals past Scotland, eight weeks earlier, faced a much-tougher Scottish side containing just three players from the recent defeat at Maine Road. Lawton and Balmer scored for the Army in England, Strauss and L.Compton (OG) for the Army in Scotland. Stan Cullis was carried off on a stretcher before half-time after his throat got in the way of the ball, when it was struck by Jock Airlie. The Army in England played the second half with only ten men, and they went two goals behind when Les Compton turned an Archie Livingstone shot past Frank Swift, but Jack Balmer's last-minute equalizer salvaged a draw for the home team.
War Charity Matches
22 January 1944 - FA XI 2 RAF 4 [nk]
Ashton Gate, Bedminster (17,000)
D.Compton and Hagan scored for the FA, Smith (2), Drake and Mortensen for the RAF. Eight of the FA team had played for England either before or during the war.
11 March 1944 - FA XI 2 The Army 5 [nk]
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent (28,542)
Smith and Steele scored for the FA, Elliott (3), Lawton and Rowley for the Army. Again, eight of the FA side had previously played for England in some form (peacetime or wartime), but the Army team had eight internationals (one Scottish), plus three who would appear in a wartime international before the end of the season.
29 April 1944 -
England 3 Combined Services 1 [1-0]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham (30,627)
Seven of the England side had played in the victory at Hampden, the previous week, whilst another two (Elliott and Rowley) impressed sufficiently to earn a call-up to the final international of the season in Cardiff, the following week. The Combined Services was a joint army and RAF team and also included two members of the England side at Hampden, plus two of their Scottish opponents. Hagan (2) and Rowley (pen) scored for England, Kurz for the Combined Services.

Season 1944-45
Wartime Services Internationals
30 September 1944 -
France 0 FA Services XI 5 [0-3]
Parc des Princes, Paris (35,000)
Following the liberation of France and Belgium after four years of occupation by the Nazis, the FA sent over a representative squad from the armed forces to play games in Paris and Brussels on consecutive days. For the first game, the team were all England internationals, apart from defender, Billy Hughes, who had captained Wales against England at Anfield, two weeks earlier. Drake, Carter (3) and Edelston scored the goals.
1 October 1944 -
Belgium 0 FA Services XI 3 [0-1]
Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles (28,000)
24 hours later, the British team made only three changes and now had two Welshmen and a Scot alongside eight Englishmen. Only one member of the side (Roy White) was not an international. Barnes, Smellinckx (OG) and Drake (pen) were the scorers.
Army International
28 October 1944 - Scotland 1 England 2 [1-2]
Hampden Park, Glasgow (41,000)
The army international produced another close game. Fagan put the Army in Scotland ahead, but Elliott and Lawton secured the victory for the Army in England. The Scottish side was more experienced than in recent years, with six internationals, whilst the visitors had seven.
War Charity Matches
9 December 1944 - FA XI 1 The Army 1 [nk]
Park Avenue, Bradford
20 January 1945 - FA XI 4 RAF 6 [3-3]
Highfield Road, Coventry (12,000)
Lawton, Franklin and Shackleton (2) for FA XI, Mortensen (3), Smith and Dodds (2) for RAF. The FA side included five England internationals, whereas the RAF had six (though one of them was Scottish!) in addition to a Scottish international.
Wartime Services Internationals
24 March 1945 -
Diables Rouges 1 FA Services XI 8 [nk]
Albert Dyserynckstadion, Brugge
The FA sent a 14-man squad to face two matches over a weekend in Belgium. The first was against the Belgian parachute brigade (the 'Red Devils').
25 March 1945 -
Belgium 2 FA Services XI 3 [1-2]
Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles (30,000)
Van Den Audenaerde and Nicolay for Belgium, Lawton hat-trick (1 pen) for FA. The FA side included a Scottish international and a Welsh international, whilst two of the English players had yet to play for their country.
21 April 1945 -
Diables Rouges 1 FA Services XI 1 [nk]
Stade Maurice-Defranse, Liége
A return visit to Belgium for two more games with the Red Devils.
22 April 1945 -
Diables Rouges 0 FA Services XI 0 [0-0]
Stade du Daring Club de Bruxelles, Bruxelles (30,000)
Services International
24 July 1945 -
Switzerland B 0 FA Services XI 3 [0-2]
Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich
Three days after what was, virtually, a full international in Bern, another game was played between the two countries, although it was limited to eighty minutes, in order to avoid the use of floodlights. The FA team made four changes, with two making their international debut. Finney, Watson and M.Fenton were the scorers. Only twenty-year-old full-back, Willi Steffen, who was to join Chelsea, the following year, played in both Swiss teams.

Season 1945-46
Army International
3 December 1945 - England 3 Scotland 0 [1-0]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
An experienced Army in England team won convincingly. Only Harry Kinsell had played for England against Wales, just over six weeks earlier, but most had previously played for their country. One of the exceptions was a 21-year-old, Billy Wright. Only five of the Army in Scotland team had previously played for Scotland. Lawton, Edelston and Mullen scored the goals.
International Trial Matches
12 December 1945 - FA XI 1 United Services 4 [nk]
Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Seven of the United Services team had previously played for England.
6 April 1946 -
FA XI 3 Army Physical Training Corps 5

Empire Stadium, Wembley (35,000)
Two star-studded line-ups produced eight goals, but failed to attract a big crowd to the national stadium. Len Shackleton, one of only two players in the FA side that had never played for England, opened the scoring. Stubbins and Elliott scored the other FA goals, whilst Lawton, Welsh (2), Wardle and Compton netted for the army side, who had seven England internationals and a Scottish international (Andy Beattie).
Willie Hall Testimonial
7 May 1946 - Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 FA XI 1 [nk]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham (30,220)

Ex-England international, Willie Hall had lost a leg because of thrombosis and his club organized a benefit match for him. Thanks to Keith Harrison for supplying details for this game.

Season 1946-47
International Trial Match
18 September 1946 - FA XI 2 Combined XI 2 [1-0]
City Ground, Nottingham (18,700)
Goalscorers for the FA were Stubbins and Mannion. Shackleton and Edwards scored for the Combined team. Proceeds from the game went to ex-England international, Willie Hall, who would have the lower parts of both legs amputated. Seven of the FA team played for England in Belfast, ten days later, in the first post-war full international. The Combined eleven was comprised mostly of players from Midlands clubs, with three going on to win full England caps (one of whom had already played in a wartime international and another in a victory international).
Service Representative Matches
30 October 1946 - FA XI 4 RAF 1 [nk]
Elm Park, Reading
21 November 1946 - FA XI 3 The Army 8 [nk]
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent
University Representative Match
21 November 1946 -
Oxford University 3 FA XI 4

Iffley Road Stadium, Oxford
Moss (2) and Tanner scored for Oxford, Stroud (2), Phebey and Cullis for FA XI. The FA fielded two full internationals and a future cap. Ex-England captain, Stan Cullis cropped up to score the winner, after Oxford had twice led.

Season 1947-48
Service Representative Matches
29 October 1947 - FA XI 3 RAF 0 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
26 November 1947 - FA XI 4 The Army 0 [nk]
Goldstone Ground, Hove

Season 1948-49
27 October 1948 - FA XI 9 RAF 2 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
3 November 1948 - FA XI 0 The Army 2 [0-0]
Portman Road, Ipswich
Jamieson and Hinshelwood scored the goals in the last ten minutes in a surprise win against a strong FA side.
University Representative Match
16 February 1949 -
FA XI 2 Universities Athletic Union 0

Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
An 18-year-old, Doug Holden, who won his first England cap, ten years later, opened the scoring and then laid on the second for Brown, three minutes later.

Season 1949-50
Service Representative Matches
26 October 1949 - FA XI 2 RAF 1 [nk]
Craven Cottage, Fulham
Payne and Slater for FA XI, McEwen for RAF. The armed forces were now boosted by National Service personnel, many of whom would go on to become Football League professionals and international players.
2 November 1949 - FA XI 4 The Army 1 [2-0]
The Valley, Charlton
scorers were Walters, Froggatt, Revell, O'Linn for the FA and Monkhouse for The Army
University Representative Match
17 November 1949 -
Cambridge University 1 FA XI 3 [1-0]
Grange Road Stadium, Cambridge
Jackson for Cambridge, Neate, Goring and Sewell for FA XI. The FA side included England wartime international, Joe Bacuzzi and future international, Jackie Sewell, who clinched the victory for his side with the last goal.
FA Tour of Canada
14 June 1950 - FA XI 4 Manchester United FC 2 [nk]
Exhibition Stadium, Toronto (24,809)
Both sides were coming to the end of their respective tours in front of the biggest crowd ever seen at a football match in Canada. Hancocks (2), Hagan and Bowyer scored for the FA. Mitten and Rowley (who was an England international) scored for United.
22 June 1950 -
FA XI 7 Jönköpings Söndra IF 1 [5-1]
Delorimier Stadium, Montreal (10,000)
The FA touring team ended their stay in Canada by defeating the team that finished runners-up in the Allsvenskan (the Swedish national league). Lofthouse (4), Hancocks, Wainwright and Medley scored for the FA XI. Simonsson scored Jönköpings' goal with a penalty. The FA fielded three full internationals, three future internationals and a wartime international.

Season 1950-51
F.A. Charity Shield
20 September 1950 -
FA World Cup XI 4 FA Canadian Tour XI 2

Stamford Bridge, Fulham (38,468)
In a break from tradition, Arsenal and Portsmouth (the FA Cup holders and League Champions, respectively) were not invited to the annual charity fundraiser and, instead, the FA chose to use the occasion as a trial match for the upcoming British Championship fixture against Ireland. Baily, Mannion, Mullen and Mortensen scored for the World Cup XI, Johnston and Lofthouse for the team that had toured Canada. Laurie Hughes of the World Cup XI was stretchered off with a twisted knee after fifteen minutes and he was substituted by Jim Taylor, who was in both squads, but did not play in the World Cup. The only man to play for both squads was Stan Matthews, who was in the Canadian Tour XI and he was also the only member of his side to play in Belfast, the following month.
Oval Celebration Match
4 October 1950 - Corinthians FC 1 FA XI 2 [nk]
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
The merged club of Corinthian-Casuals were about to move to the old home ground of Corinthians, and to commemorate the return to football at the Oval, for the first time in 55 years, they played a one-off friendly match, as Corinthians, against an FA XI. England had also used the Oval as their home ground up until 1889. Potts gave Corinthians the lead after five minutes. Stroud scored both goals for the FA, with the winner coming ten minutes from the end. The FA side included Arthur Willis, who won a full cap for England, a year later. Corinthian-Casuals played at the Oval for another twelve years (but only outside of the cricket season).
Service Representative Matches
25 October 1950 - FA XI 6 RAF 1 [nk]
Craven Cottage, Fulham
8 November 1950 - FA XI 3 The Army 2 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
University Representative Match
23 November 1950 -
Oxford University 3 FA XI 3 [1-2]
Iffley Road Stadium, Oxford
Ogan (2) and Heritage scored for Oxford, Gregory (2) and Lewis for FA XI. The FA were captained by Reg Lewis, who had scored both goals to win the previous season's FA Cup for Arsenal and had represented England in a charity international in 1946.

Season 1951-52
Service Representative Matches
24 October 1951 - FA XI 4 RAF 0 [1-0]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Sewell scored all four goals
7 November 1951 - FA XI 4 The Army 2 [1-2]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Lewis and Holton (3) scored for FA XI, Tommy Taylor scored both for the Army. As well as a second-half hat-trick, Cliff Holton also missed a penalty for the FA to complete an eventful afternoon on his home ground.
Private Practice Matches
20 November 1951 -
England 3 England Reserves 1 [1-1]
Maine Road, Manchester
In the week before a prestige international with Austria at Wembley, an England squad of twenty players spent four days training at Manchester City's ground and played two practice matches behind closed doors. To make up the numbers, two local Manchester City players (Hart and Rigby) were used in the fifty-minute matches. Mortensen (2) and Finney scored for England in the first, after Hart had put the Reserves ahead after seven minutes. England lined-up as: Merrick, Ramsey, Eckersley, Nicholson, Froggatt, Dickinson, Finney, Mortensen, Lofthouse, Wright, Medley. The Reserves were: Burgin, Mozley, Rigby, Barlow, Barrass, Cockburn, Milton, Hart, Vaughan, Pearson, Hawksworth. Four of them were full internationals and Milton was to win his only cap against Austria.
21 November 1951 -
England 1 England Reserves 0 [1-0]
Maine Road, Manchester
The sides were unchanged, but the Reserves played in the Austrian formation of 3-4-3. Lofthouse scored the only goal.
University Representative Match
29 November 1951 -
Cambridge University 1 FA XI 4 [0-2]
Grange Road Stadium, Cambridge
May for Cambridge, Scott, Hawkins, Cox and Harmer for FA XI. Cambridge had asked for the FA to field an all-professional side against them, though they only included one future international (Syd Owen).

Season 1952-53
Service Representative Matches
22 October 1952 - FA XI 8 RAF 1 [4-1]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Barlow, Quixall (2), Wilshaw, Swinbourne (3) and Kiernan scored for FA XI after Mudie had given the RAF the lead in the second minute. The FA fielded three future internationals, who all scored in the first half, but Roy Swinbourne, who scored a second-half hat-trick in eight minutes, did not win a full cap. Their opponents also had three future England internationals, but also a future Scottish cap (Mudie) and Willie Cunningham, the only full international on the field, having won his second cap for Ireland, against England, in Belfast, earlier in the month.
5 November 1952 - FA XI 4 The Army 1 [2-1]
Elland Road, Leeds
Kiernan (2), Grainger and Green for FA XI, Hines for Army. The FA side only made two changes from the side that had thrashed the RAF, two weeks earlier (still with three future internationals), and they were again comfortable winners, against an army team, also containing three future internationals (two English and one Scottish).
University Representative Matches
19 November 1952 -
Oxford University 2 FA XI 4

Iffley Road Stadium, Oxford
Lunn and J.Robinson for Oxford, Bee (2), Blizzard and Richards for FA XI. In the FA defence was Jim Taylor, who had won two caps for England in the previous year.
27 November 1952 -
Cambridge University 0 FA XI 8 [0-2]
Grange Road Stadium, Cambridge
Cambridge again asked for the FA to field an all-professional side against them, and they were eventually overrun by goals from Turner (4), Goring, Robson (2) and Rossiter. The FA fielded two future internationals (Syd Owen and future manager, Bobby Robson, who scored twice).

Season 1953-54
Service Representative Matches
14 October 1953 - FA XI 4 RAF 0 [nk]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Bradford scored a hattrick for the FA
4 November 1953 - FA XI 3 The Army 1 [0-0]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Milburn (2) and Holden for FA XI, after Mel Charles had given the Army the lead with twenty minutes remaining. It took two goals from local hero, the great Jackie Milburn. to turn the game around. The FA also had five future internationals in the team, whilst their opponents fielded Albert Quixall, who had won his first two England caps in the past month, plus seven future internationals (four English, two Welsh and a Scot).
University Representative Match
18 November 1953 -
Oxford University 2 FA XI 4

Iffley Road Stadium, Oxford
Kenny and White for Oxford, Oliver (2), Robson and Kitchener for FA XI. After Oxford had twice drawn level, it took the brilliance of future England international player and manager, Bobby Robson, to turn the game in the FA's favour.

Season 1954-55
Private Practice Matches
28 September 1954 -
Manchester City FC 2 England 2 [nk]
Maine Road, Manchester
A new policy was introduced with the England team spending a week together prior to an international. A forty-minute match was organised to try out different approaches to defending corners. Stanley Matthews missed out on the session to rest a slight thigh injury.
29 September 1954 - Liverpool FC 3 England 1 [nk]
Anfield, Liverpool
A 35-minute match was played, with Matthews returning. The same team would beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Belfast, three days later, apart from Slater deputising for Foulkes, who had a slight knock.
Service Representative Match
20 October 1954 - FA XI 3 RAF 1 [1-0]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury (4,000)
scorers were Atyeo (2), Parsons for the FA, and Pilkington for the RAF
Private Practice Matches
1 November 1954 -
Charlton Athletic FC 2 England 1 [nk]
The Valley, Charlton
A game lasting an hour and watched by hundreds of schoolboys. Kiernan and Ayre scored for Charlton, Slater for England, who lined up as: Wood, Staniforth, Byrne, Phillips, Wright, Slater, Matthews, Bentley, Lofthouse, Haynes, Allen. Half-time substitutes were Foulkes for Staniforth, McGarry for Phillips and Dickinson for Slater.
2 November 1954 - Chelsea FC 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham
Another hour's game, with a twenty-minute first half. Hooper and Bentley scored the goals. Bentley and Matthews came on as half-time substitutes for Hooper and Haynes. A return meeting with Chelsea was planned for the following week, the day before England beat Wales 3-2 at Wembley.
Service Representative Match
3 November 1954 - FA XI 1 The Army 1 [1-1]
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Frank Blunstone gave the Army the lead in the first minute, Dennis Viollet equalised, ten minutes later. The FA XI had three players already capped by England and five future internationals. There were two internationals in the Army side (one English and one Scottish), plus four future internationals (two English, two Welsh).
Private Practice Matches
16 November 1954 -
West Bromwich Albion FC 3 England 6 [nk]
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Ronnie Allen scored a twelve-minute hat-trick against his club side in a match played behind closed doors in preparation for the forthcoming international with West Germany. Lee, Nicholls and Carter scored for West Brom, Allen (3), Haynes (2) and Blunstone for England, who lined up as: Wood, Staniforth, Byrne, McGarry, Kennedy, Dickinson, Hooper, Haynes, Allen, Shackleton, Blunstone. Half-time substitutes were Bentley for Shackleton, Phillips for McGarry and Foulkes for Staniforth.
17 November 1954 - Aston Villa FC 4 England 2 [2-0]
Villa Park, Birmingham
Pace (2), Thompson and Lynn (pen) scored for Villa, Finney and Phillips for England, who lined up as: Wood, Foulkes, Byrne, McGarry, Kennedy, Dickinson, Hooper, Bentley, Allen, Haynes, Blunstone. Half-time substitutes after half an hour's play were Staniforth for Foulkes, Phillips for Kennedy, Shackleton for Haynes and Finney for Blunstone. The last 15 minutes involved organised practice around free-kicks.
22 November 1954 - Arsenal FC 0 England 0 [0-0]
Arsenal Stadium,
For the second successive week, England had two days of practice matches at London grounds. Another hour-long game had a first half of 25 minutes. England's line-up was: Wood, Staniforth, Byrne, Phillips, Wright, Slater, Matthews, Bentley, Allen, Shackleton, Finney. Half-time substitutes were Williams for Wood, Foulkes for Staniforth and McGarry for Slater. With ten minutes to go, Hooper replaced Matthews, and Finney came on for Blunstone. Former England hero, Tommy Lawton played centre-forward for Arsenal.
23 November 1954 -
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 England 7 [0-4]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Walters scored both for Tottenham, Allen (2), Shackleton, Bentley (2), Phillips (2) for England, who were unchanged, but made the following changes at 6-0 in the second half: Williams for Wood, Foulkes for Staniforth, McGarry for Slater, Hooper for Matthews and Blunstone for Finney. The first half was only twenty minutes long.
12 January 1955 - Arsenal FC 3 England Under-23 0 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium,
Just eight days before the Under-23s played their first ever international, in Italy, a forty-minute match saw Arsenal win with goals from Holton (2) and Goring.
League Representative Match
22 March 1955 - Western League 0 FA XI 3  [nk]
Ashton Gate, Bedminster
A floodlit match against the non-leaguers. The FA were due to have Ted Ditchburn in goal and future TV presenter, Jimmy Hill in the side.
Private Practice Matches
29 March 1955 -
Charlton Athletic FC 1 England 2 [nk]
The Valley, Charlton
An hour-long session in which Len Phillips injured his right knee and ruled himself out of the game with Scotland, five days later.
30 March 1955 - Arsenal FC 1 England 2 [1-1]
Arsenal Stadium,
Lawton scored for Arsenal, Matthews and Blunstone for England. Shaw replaced Phillips in the second practice match of the week.
10 May 1955 -
Charlton Athletic FC/Fulham FC 2 England 2 [nk]
Summers Lane, Finchley
England faced a scratch team of Charlton and Fulham players, together with England reserves, and lined up as: Williams, Sillett, Byrne, Flowers, Wright, Edwards, Matthews, Revie, Lofthouse, Wilshaw, Blunstone. They were due to face a Charlton team at the Valley on the following day before flying to Paris, two days later, to commence the continental tour.

Season 1955-56
26 September 1955 -
England 2 England Under-23 2 [1-2]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Milburn and Bradford for England, Robson and Groves for the Under-23s. The game was played under floodlights, but behind closed doors. England: Baynham, Hall, Byrne, McGarry, Kennedy, Dickinson, Milburn, Revie, Lofthouse, Bradford, Finney. Under-23s: Guthrie, Sillett, Shaw, Anderson, Smith, Clayton, Kaye, Robson, Groves, Haynes, Blunstone. Both sides beat Denmark 5-1 in the days that followed, though Groves injured an ankle and was replaced by Alfie Stokes, who scored twice for the Under-23s, two nights later. Guthrie was also replaced, as he had been deputising for Reg Matthews, who was playing in a Third Division South game for Coventry City. England captain, Billy Wright also missed the trial because of illness, but returned to replace Kennedy for the full international, six days later.
27 September 1955 -
Charlton Athletic FC 1 England 2 [nk]
The Valley, Charlton
England were unchanged in a game lasting over an hour.
Service Representative Match
12 October 1955 - FA XI 9 RAF 0 [nk]
Ashton Gate, Bedminster
Private Practice Matches
17 October 1955 - England 4 England B 1 [nk]
The Cliff, Salford
Matthews and Wilshaw (3) for England, Groves for England B in a game played at Manchester United's training ground. The B team captain, Joe Kennedy, limped off with a twisted ankle in the second minute, but recovered for the game, two nights later.
18 October 1955 - Everton FC 3 England 1 [nk]
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Harris (2) and Parker for Everton, Wilshaw for England in a fifty-minute match. The England team was preparing for the trip to Cardiff to meet Wales at the weekend (four days later).
18 October 1955 -
Manchester United FC 6 England B 0 [nk]
Old Trafford, Manchester
 The England B team thrashed Yugoslavia, 5-1, at Maine Road, Manchester, just 24 hours later.
1 November 1955 - Chelsea FC 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stamford Bridge, Fulham
A forty-minute match of two halves, two days before England beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Wembley.
Service Representative Match
9 November 1955 - FA XI 2 The Army 2 [nk]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (5,700)
Atyeo and Quixall for FA XI, Dunmore and Mason for the Army. The Army, who had two full internationals (including Manchester United's Duncan Edwards) and four future caps, went two goals up, but they were pegged back by the FA, who fielded three internationals and three future caps.
Private Practice Matches
10 April 1956 -
Bolton Wanderers FC 2 England 4 [nk]
Burnden Park, Bolton
Gubbins and Stevens scored for Bolton, Lofthouse (2), Haynes and Taylor for England. Of course, Bolton were already acutely aware of their star striker, Lofthouse's talents.
11 April 1956 - Burnley FC 1 England 0 [nk]
Turf Moor, Burnley
Brian Pilkington, who had played for England in the previous season, scored the only goal of a fifty-minute game, played behind closed doors, three days before England's 1-1 draw with Scotland, at Hampden Park.
7 May 1956 - England 1 The Rest 1 [nk]
Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton
The second of two practice matches in the week leading up to a prestige friendly with Brazil at Wembley. Taylor scored for England and Duquemin for 'The Rest', who were drawn from other members of the England squad selected for a European tour, together with players from the upcoming FA tour of South Africa, and some borrowed from local London clubs, in a forty-minute match.

Season 1956-57
1 October 1956 -
Birmingham City FC 0 England 3 [nk]
St Andrew's, Birmingham
A 45-minute match played in pouring rain, with an initial half-hour period, followed by one of 15 minutes.
2 October 1956 -
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 England 2 [nk]
National Sports Centre, Lilleshall
Four days later, England drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in Belfast.
Service Representative Matches
10 October 1956 - FA XI 2 RAF 1 [1-1]
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Durie and Marchi for FA XI, Cargill for RAF. There were no full internationals on the field, but each side played three future internationals.
7 November 1956 - FA XI 7 The Army 3 [1-1]
Maine Road, Manchester
Thompson (3), Edwards (OG), Finney (2) and Hooper for FA XI, Charlton (2) and Melia for the Army. Six of the FA's goals came from full internationals; hat-trick scorer, Tommy Thompson, the experienced Tom Finney and the RAF's Duncan Edwards (in his own net). The FA also had two future internationals. Their opponents had two players capped by England and one by Wales (Cliff Jones), plus four future England internationals, including Bobby Charlton, who scored twice.
Private Practice Match
2 April 1957 -
Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 England 2 [nk]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Kevan and Grainger scored the goals, four days before a 2-1 win against Scotland at Wembley. Edwards and Matthews missed the practice, whilst shaking off injuries, but returned for the international.

Season 1957-58
Service Representative Matches
9 October 1957 - FA XI 5 RAF 2 [3-1]
Meadow Lane, Nottingham
Durie (4) and Clough for FA XI, Birch and Thomson for RAF. As per the previous year, there were no full internationals on the field, but the RAF had three future internationals and the FA had four. Brian Clough made his mark in the city in which he was to become a legendary manager.
30 October 1957 - FA XI 6 The Army 3 [3-3]
Old Trafford, Manchester
Clough (5) and Hayes for FA XI, Curry (2) and Harris for the Army. The FA had two full internationals, and two future internationals (including five-goal scorer, Brian Clough). Their opponents also had two full internationals, from Scotland and Wales.
Private Practice Matches
5 November 1957 -
Tottenham Hotspur FC v. England [nk]
Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt
The practice ended prematurely due to torrential rain. Tommy Taylor sustained a muscle strain that almost kept him out of the following day's encounter with Northern Ireland at Wembley, but after heat treatment, he was fit to play.
5 May 1958 - England 7 Young England 3 [nk]
Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton
Three days after England had beaten them 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, the teams met again, with every player part of the initial forty-man World Cup squad, and two days before beating Portugal 2-1 at Wembley in a friendly.

Season 1958-59
Service Representative Matches
8 October 1958 - FA XI 1 RAF 4 [0-1]
Ashton Gate, Bedminster (14,000)
Atyeo for FA XI, Cohen (OG), W.Horne, Deakin and Stobart for RAF. This was the first defeat to the RAF since the war, and they were outplayed by a side with no internationals. Goalscorer, John Atyeo was the only full international in the FA line-up, but he would not play for England again. Two of the side did go on to win full caps, however, including future World Cup winner, George Cohen, who opened the scoring, in his own net.
29 October 1958 - FA XI 4 The Army 1 [nk]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Clough (2) and Turner (2) for FA XI, Scott for the Army. Brian Clough (of Second Division, Middlesbrough) continued his impressive scoring record in these games, but had still to win a full cap. Scottish international, Alex Scott impressed for the Army side.
Private Practice Matches
3 April 1959 - Arsenal 1 England 0 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Herd scored the goal and Edwards was in the England team, possibly alongside Finney and Matthews.
Thanks to Andy Kelly for finding this game.
8 April 1959 - Arsenal 0 England 4 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Scorers were Broadbent (2), Douglas and Holden, three days before England beat Scotland 1-0 at Wembley.

Season 1959-60
Service Representative Match
7 October 1959 - FA XI 9 RAF 2 [5-0]
Carrow Road, Norwich
Melia (3,1 pen), Connelly (2), Bly (3) and Smith for FA XI, Clunie and King for RAF. A stronger FA side, with five future England caps, gained emphatic revenge for the previous year's shock defeat. Jimmy Melia and Terry Bly both scored hat-tricks. The RAF had one Second Division player and the rest were from the lower divisions and the Scottish League, with a non-league goalkeeper. With twelve minutes remaining, the referee was substituted, due to injury.
Private Practice Matches
14 October 1959 - Arsenal 3 England 1 [2-0]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Scorers were Bloomfield, Smith (a West Ham player and England reserve) and Johansson, and Holliday for England, in a sixty-minute game. Eddie Hopkinson saved a second-half penalty from Bloomfield.

26 October 1959 - Arsenal 2 England 2 [0-1]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Herd scored both for Arsenal, and Charlton and Holliday for England, two days before meeting Sweden at Wembley. England reserves, Ray Parry and goalkeeper, Ron Springett guested for Arsenal.

Service Representative Match
28 October 1959 - FA XI 3 The Army 1 [nk]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Private Practice Match
16 November 1959 - Arsenal 1 England 1 [nk]
Brookfield Lane, Cheshunt

Henderson for Arsenal, Baker for England, who beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at Wembley, two days later.

Season 1960-61
Service Representative Matches
6 October 1960 - FA XI 2 RAF 2 [1-1]
Old Trafford, Manchester
Fantham and Burnside for FA XI, McMillan and Curtis for RAF. The FA fielded one full international (John Connelly) and two future caps. For the third year in succession, the RAF were unable to call on any internationals (past, present or future), but they still earned a creditable draw.
21 October 1960 - FA XI 2 The Army 1 [nk]
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Connelly and Fantham for FA XI, Strong for the Army. An extremely strong FA side had three full internationals and six future caps, including two future World Cup winners in Gordon Banks and Bobby Moore. The Army called upon two future internationals; Alan Peacock (England) and Ron Yeats (Scotland).

Season 1961-62
Private Practice Matches
9 August 1961 - Fulham FC 3 FA XI 0 [nk]
Craven Cottage, London
O'Connell, Leggat and Cook scored the goals. The same side was to take on Tottenham, three days later, apart from Anderson deputising for Flowers, who recovered for the Charity Shield.
10 August 1961 - Arsenal FC 4 FA XI 3 [nk]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
The FA were unchanged and suffered a third defeat to a London club in four days, two days later. Eastham, Charles, Barnwell (pen) and McLeod scored for Arsenal, Haynes and Byrne (2) for the FA.
F.A. Charity Shield
12 August 1961 -
Tottenham Hotspur
FC 3 FA XI 2 [1-1]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham

With Tottenham winning the League Championship and FA Cup 'double', the FA put out their own selection to face them in the Charity Shield. England international, Smith and Allen (2) scored for Tottenham, Haynes and Byrne for FA XI. Tottenham also had two future England internationals (Henry and Norman), as well as three current Scottish internationals and one each from Northern Ireland and Wales. The FA made four changes to the England team that had lost in Vienna, three months earlier. Two of the newcomers (Johnny Byrne and Jimmy Robson) were uncapped, though Byrne was to make his full international debut, three months later, despite playing for Crystal Palace of the Third Division.

Service Representative Matches
4 October 1961 - FA XI 13 RAF 0 [nk]
London Road, Peterborough
Chelsea's Bobby Tambling scored six goals and this match signalled the end of the FA fielding professional elevens against the RAF, with National Service coming to an end and the RAF no longer being able to call on players with Football League experience. From the following season, the FA reverted to all-amateur elevens against the forces teams, as they had been before the war.
18 October 1961 - FA XI 1 The Army 2 [nk]
Roker Park, Sunderland
Unlike the RAF, the Army could still call upon a strong line-up and they defeated an FA team (that included Jack Charlton) for the first time since 1948, but it would be the last time that they faced a professional FA XI.
Notts County FC Centenary Match
2 May 1962 - Notts County 1 FA XI 3 [0-3]
Meadow Lane, Nottingham (11,022)

The FA were due to send a team of five full internationals and three future caps, all from clubs in the north and Midlands. Hateley scored for County and Thompson, Hellawell and Iley for the FA.

Private Practice Matches
7 May 1962 -
England 4 England Reserves 3 [nk]
Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton
In a thirty-minute ten-a-side game Greaves (2), Charlton and Connelly scored for England.

Season 1963-64
8 April 1964 - Ayr United FC 2 England 7 [nk]
Somerset Park, Ayr
Kilgannon and McMillan for Ayr; Charlton (2), Hunt (2) and Byrne (3) for England. Alf Ramsey refereed the game.

Season 1966-67
Expo Tournament (Group A) in Canada
3 June 1967 - FA XI 3 Club León 0 [1-0]
Autostade, Montreal (8,932)

Wignall, Labone and Summerbee scored the goals in the opening match of the football tournament of the Expo '67 World's Fair. The World Champions had been invited to take part in a six-team tournament alongside four club sides from around the world, plus the Soviet Olympic squad. Sir Alf took four World Cup winners (Ball, Banks, Cohen and Wilson) with him and there were two uncapped players (Madeley and Summerbee) in the sixteen-man squad. Ray Wilson captained the side. Against one of the leading Mexican teams, they fielded all four of the World Cup winners and both future internationals. After giving England an eighth-minute lead, Frank Wignall was sent off along with Héctor Hernández, just before half-time, following a clash with the goalkeeper which led to Wignall being attacked by several defenders in retribution.

Wignall Héctor Hernández
9 June 1967 - FA XI 2 First Vienna 1 [0-1]
Autostade, Montreal (5,500)

Austria's oldest club had drawn 2-2 with León, four nights earlier, after being two goals up at the interval, so the English team needed only a point against them to reach the final. The decider was then postponed for two nights, because of a downpour. England made four changes, with only Ball and Wilson remaining of the World Cup-winning side. The Austrians were ahead in the fourteenth minute through Schmidradner, but the suspended Wignall's replacement, Johnny Byrne struck twice to secure the victory.

11 June 1967 - FA XI 3 Borussia Dortmund 2 [1-1]
Autostade, Montreal (22,466)

Eleven months after the World Cup Final, this was a rematch (of a sort) between England and West Germany. The FA again made four changes. Wignall returned from suspension and played alongside his goalscoring replacement, Byrne. Banks returned (in goal), as did Cohen, but Wilson was injured and Brian Labone captained the side. Madeley was the only uncapped player in the team. With Emmerich and Held in the Dortmund line-up, there were five players on the field from the previous year's World Cup Final. Hunter and Wignall (2) scored for the FA XI, Wosab and Emmerich (pen) for Borussia Dortmund, who led with eighteen minutes remaining, until Frank Wignall, who scored the tournament's first goal, scored twice to give England the trophy.

Season 1969-70
International Friendly Match
24 May 1970 -
Liga Deportiva Universitaria
England B 4

Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito (29,706)

This game kicked off at 9:30 a.m. as the first of a double header; England facing Ecuador in a full international, two hours later, in the same stadium. The same four outfield substitutes were named for both games, with two being used in each. The Uruguayan, Barreto scored for La Liga, Astle (3) and Hughes for England B. The home side were the Ecuadorian League Champions. Sir Alf Ramsey had announced England's final 22-man squad for the World Cup in Mexico, on the previous day. Having come on as a substitute, four days earlier, to score the only goal against the Colombian B team, Jeff Astle had earned himself a place in the tournament and his hat-trick must have given his manager every confidence that he had made the right decision.

Season 1971-72
Roger Hunt Testimonial
11 April 1972 -
Liverpool FC 1965 8 
England World Cup XI 6

Anfield, Liverpool (56,214)

Peters (OG), Hunt (3,1 pen), Smith, Lawrence (pen), St. John and Thompson scored for Liverpool, Astle (3), Brown, Clemence (pen) and Stiles for England. A large turnout for the World Cup winner and his former team mates. The England team contained five World Cup winners and lined up as follows: Waiters (Clemence), Cohen, Armfield (Hughes), Kendall, Moore, Peters, Stiles, Keegan (Hall), Astle, Hurst, Brown. Liverpool had six England internationals in their line-up (Byrne, Callaghan, Hunt, Lawler, Smith and Thompson), with a seventh (Milne) coming on as a substitute, whilst England used four current Liverpool players. One had already been capped (Hughes) and two (Clemence and Keegan) would make their England debuts in the following season. Both goalkeepers scored from the spot, as did Hunt, who was now playing for Third Division, Bolton Wanderers in his final season.

Season 1974-75
Eric Taylor Testimonial
21 October 1974 -
Sheffield Wednesday FC 0 England 5 [0-3]
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield

Nine days before Don Revie's first match as manager of England, he used a game against the club lying next to bottom of the Second Division as a trial match, without Derby County, Leeds United and Liverpool players, as they were all in European action that week. Eric Taylor had retired after 45 years at the club as secretary/manager and general manager, but died less than a month before the game which was now a memorial match. Currie, Brooking, Dobson, Worthington and Weller scored the goals. Northern Ireland international, Eric McMordie was on loan to Wednesday from Middlesbrough for only two months, but still ended up as the club's top scorer at the end of the season. Ron Springett's younger brother, Peter was in goal for Wednesday. England lined up as: Shilton, Lampard, Whitworth, Dobson, Watson, Maddren, Weller, Brooking, Worthington, Currie, Marsh. At half-time, Bell replaced Brooking, and Bonds came on for Dobson. Bonds, Lampard, Marsh and Whitworth failed to make the squad for the following week's European Championship qualifier with Czechoslovakia. Bonds, Maddren and Whitworth were the only uncapped players at Hillsborough, and whilst Maddren made the full squad, only Whitworth of the three was eventually capped. Thanks to Ken Foster for bringing our attention to this game.

Bill Glazier Testimonial
26 November 1974 -
Coventry City FC 6 
England 1966 World Cup XI 6

Highfield Road, Coventry (15,193)

Hutchison, Cross, Green, Ferguson and Glazier (2) scored for Coventry, Peters (2), McGuire (2), Ball and Gould for England. Glazier had kept goal for the England Under-23 team three times in the 1964-65 season, without conceding, but a broken leg suffered towards the end of the campaign put paid to his World Cup chances. He was rewarded with a testimonial after ten years service with the Sky Blues. Mick McGuire was a Coventry player, whilst Bobby Gould had left the club, six years earlier. Neither won international honours. Thanks to Barry Rojack for bringing our attention to this game.

Private Practice Matches
4 February 1975 - Arsenal FC 0 England B 2 [nk]
Arsenal FC Training Ground, Colney

With England's European Championship qualifier in Cyprus postponed because of the political unrest on the island, Don Revie brought a 28-man squad to north London for a four-day get-together. Two practice matches were organised; the first of which, in the morning, saw goals from Kidd (an Arsenal player) and Tueart (deflected in off Mancini) give the B team victory. The England team was: Parkes, Whitworth, Kenyon, Futcher, Kennedy, Perryman, Towers, Armstrong, Tueart, Boyer, Kidd. Substitutes were Day and Taylor. Only two of the side (Kidd and Parkes) were full internationals, and all but Day, Futcher and Kenyon later won caps. Thanks to Andy Kelly for confirming that the game took place at London Colney.

4 February 1975 -
Tottenham Hotspur 1 England 0

White Hart Lane, Tottenham

Ex-England international, Martin Chivers scored the only goal to defeat the more senior of Revie's squad. England lined up as: Clemence, Hughes, Thompson, Lock, Gillard, Hudson, Currie, Francis, Channon, Johnson, Keegan. Substitutes were Shilton and Thomas. Five of the side were uncapped, but all but Kevin Lock were to become full internationals.

Season 1975-76
University Representative Match
17 February 1976 -
FA XI 2 Universities Athletic Union 2

Bootham Crescent, York

Woodall scored both for the FA XI, Wheelton (pen.) and Chandler for the UAU. The universities' representative side almost pulled off a famous victory, but Scarborough's John Woodall struck two minutes from time to rescue a side containing two World Cup winners. The annual fixtures between the Football Association and the forces' and universities' representative sides had come to an end in 1974 with the abolition of amateur status. To fill the gap, the FA fielded a semi-professional eleven, including none other than Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles as guests. Both had last played for England in 1970, but Charlton, at the age of 38, had been playing for Waterford United in the League of Ireland. Stiles had not played since the end of the previous season. 

College Representative Match
3 March 1976 -
FA XI 0 British Colleges Sports Association 1 [nk]
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Gordon Banks and George Eastham were scheduled to play for the FA in this fixture.

Alan Mullery Testimonial
22 March 1976 - Ex-Fulham 2 Old England 2 [nk]
Craven Cottage, Fulham (9,300)

This was a curtain-raiser to the main event which kicked off an hour later. Dwight and Chamberlain scored for Fulham, and Bobby Charlton got both of England's goals. Sir Alf Ramsey was there to lead seven of the 1966 World Cup-winning side (Ball, Banks, Charlton, Hurst, Moore, Peters and Stiles). George Eastham and Terry Venables were also listed in the programme, as were Jimmy Greaves and Norman Hunter, who played in the main match. Jim Langley, Rodney Marsh and Bobby Robson were scheduled to appear for Fulham. Mullery then played in a 3-2 victory for a Rest of Great Britain side against a Scotland International XI.

Private Practice Match
10 June 1976 - England 8 Uxbridge 0 [nk]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley

Three days before England's opening World Cup qualifier against Finland in Helsinki, they took on an Athenian League side, who were asked to play in the expected Finnish formation.

Season 1976-77
College Representative Match
23 February 1977 -
FA XI 4 British Colleges Sports Association 0 [2-0]
Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Geoff Hurst, who was now manager of Telford United, was in the FA team. Bobby Charlton was originally included in the line-up, but pulled out. 

University Representative Match
23 March 1977 -
FA XI 2 Universities Athletic Union 2

Bootham Crescent, York

A repeat of the previous year's game in a number of respects. The FA again included Bobby Charlton, now 39, in their line-up, and they again needed a late equalizer to salvage a 2-2 draw, this time after going two goals behind, scored by Wheelton and Fleming. 

Season 1977-78
Trevor Brooking Testimonial
31 October 1977 -
West Ham United FC 6 An England
XI 2 [3-2]
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park (23,220)

England were playing Italy in a crucial World Cup qualifier at Wembley, just over two weeks later, but there were multiple withdrawals prior to the game, including Currie, Francis, Hoddle, Macdonald, Parkes and Shilton, and Ron Greenwood was left to field a mainly London-based team, with just four full internationals, including West Ham's Frank Lampard. Another three members of the squad would go on to win full caps. Ex-World Cup winner, Geoff Hurst came on for the second half for his old club. The England team was: Keelan, Lampard, Sansom, Hollins, Droy, Cherry, Neighbour, Ward, Bowles, Flanagan, Francis. Half-time substitutes were Taylor for Ward, and Wilkins for Francis, whilst Perryman replaced Hollins after 58 minutes. Brooking, Robson, Pike and Hales (3) scored for West Ham, with Hollins and Bowles (pen) netting for England. 

Jack Taylor Testimonial
9 November 1977 - Midlands XI 2 England 1 [0-1]
Villa Park, Birmingham (6,823)

John Richards, who won a single England cap in 1973, scored both goals for the Midland team, after Alan Curbishley, who never won a full cap, had given England a half-time lead in the benefit match for the 1974 World Cup Final referee. Only five full internationals were named in the programme for the England squad.

University Representative Match
14 March 1978 -
FA XI 2 Universities Athletic Union 1

Moss Rose Ground, Altrincham

Francis Lee, Nobby Stiles and Colin Harvey were all due to play for the FA side. 

Mike Doyle Testimonial
9 May 1978 - Manchester City FC 4 England 3 [nk]
Maine Road, Manchester (10,000)

Season 1978-79
Martin Peters Testimonial
18 October 1978 -
Norwich City FC 4 England 1966 2 [nk]
Carrow Road, Norwich (18,426)

Peters played in the England team alongside seven of his World Cup-winning team mates (only Banks, Cohen and Wilson were missing). Also present were Greaves and (according to the match programme) Armfield, Hunter and Springett. Norwich included ex-England international, Martin Chivers and future England international, Kevin Reeves. Ryan, Downs (2) and Reeves scored for Norwich, Hurst (pen) and Bobby Charlton for England.

Season 1979-80
Bobby Robson Testimonial
13 November 1979 -
Ipswich Town FC 2 England 2 [1-0]
Portman Road, Ipswich (23,284)

Mariner and Brazil scored for Ipswich, Reeves and Hoddle for England. The two England scorers were to make their full international debuts in the following week, with Hoddle scoring, against Bulgaria. Northern Ireland's George Best was in the Ipswich team and Tottenham's Argentine, Ricardo Villa guested for England. Robson would be England's manager in less than three years.

Billy Steele Testimonial
11 December 1979 - Norwich City FC 0 England 5 [nk]
Carrow Road, Norwich (7,542)
Bobby Moore was in the Norwich team in this benefit match for the Scottish midfielder, who had sadly had to end his career at only 21, due to a bad knee injury. Martin Peters was also scheduled to appear. Six of the England team listed in the programme were full internationals, with three others set to join them.

Season 1981-82
London FA Centenary Match
13 October 1981 -
London FA
3 England 4 [1-2]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury (5,007)

Roeder, Davies and Bonds scored for London; Goddard, Morley, Keegan and McDermott for England. Corrigan prevented England from going two goals behind in the 23rd minute, by saving a penalty from Talbot. The England team was: Corrigan, Neal, Butcher, Thompson, Watson, Wilkins, Keegan, Coppell, Goddard, McDermott, Morley. At half-time, Hunt, one of three uncapped players, replaced another, Morley, who then returned to replace Coppell for the last few minutes. Morley won his first cap in the following month and Goddard won his only cap at the end of the season. Hunt had to wait another three years for his. Arsenal manager, Terry Neill selected the London side, which included three England internationals (Lampard, Sansom and Talbot) and a Scottish international goalkeeper (George Wood), with a future England cap (Paul Walsh) making a substitute appearance.

Bill Taylor Memorial
9 February 1982 -
Manchester City FC 1 England 2 [0-1]
Maine Road, Manchester (11,106)

Bond (pen) scored for City, Barnes and Coppell for England. Alvin Martin broke his collarbone, an injury that re-occurred and cost him his place in the World Cup squad. Taylor had been a coach for both City and England.

José Francisco Rojo Testimonial
23 March 1982 - Athletic Club Bilbao 1 England 1 [0-1]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (40,000)

England were to be based in Bilbao for the first round of the World Cup in Spain, three months later. They were originally due to play France in a friendly in Paris on the following night, but as they were drawn together in the World Cup, France played Northern Ireland instead, and England replaced West Bromwich Albion as Bilbao's opponents. Sarabia scored for Bilbao and Keegan for England, who lined up as follows: Corrigan, Mills, Thompson, Foster, Sansom, Robson, Brooking, Coppell, Regis (Withe), Keegan, Morley.

Brian Little Testimonial
18 May 1982 - Aston Villa FC 3 England 2 [3-1]
Villa Park, Birmingham (9,229)

Little (2) and Morley scored for Villa, Sansom and Foster for England. All five goals came from England internationals. A knee injury had ended Little's career at the age of 26 and he was only able to play for the first half-hour, in which he scored twice. Villa were to win the European Cup, just eight days later, and fielded four England internationals of their own, plus three future caps (two as substitutes). The England team was: Corrigan, Mills, Sansom, Wilkins, Foster, Robson, Keegan, Coppell, Brooking, Rix, Devonshire.

Les Strong Testimonial
21 May 1982 - Fulham FC 0 England 3 [0-1]
Craven Cottage, Fulham (7,126)

Mariner (2) and Robson scored the goals. Fulham had clinched promotion to the Second Division, three nights earlier, with Strong starting all 46 league games.

Season 1982-83
Phil Thompson Testimonial
10 May 1983 - Liverpool FC 0 England 2 [0-1]
Anfield Road, Liverpool (18,533)

Mariner, and Shaw (who never won a full cap) scored the goals, against the newly-crowned League Champions, who had won the second of three successive titles. Two ex-England internationals (Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes) guested for Liverpool, their former club, alongside seven other internationals (three of them English, plus one future cap). Thompson only made two more appearances for Liverpool.

George Hardwick and Wilf Mannion Testimonial
17 May 1983 - Middlesbrough FC 1 England 2 [1-0]
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough (13,710)

On the day that he was named in a full international squad for the first time, Paul Walsh celebrated by scoring both goals for England. Sugrue had given Middlesbrough a half-time lead as the Second Division club gave a belated testimonial to their two most-capped players, both from the immediate post-war era.

Season 1983-84
Keith Burkinshaw Testimonial
29 May 1984 -
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 England 2 

White Hart Lane, Tottenham (20,518)

Hughton and Brady scored for Tottenham, Robson and Wilkins for England. Injuries picked up by John Gregory and Gary Lineker ruled both out of England's South American tour. Gregory never played for England again. Tottenham had won the UEFA Cup on penalties, the previous week, and their manager was leaving the club. Former Arsenal hero, Liam Brady (then playing for Sampdoria, in Italy) guested and scored for Tottenham.

Season 1984-85
Eric Gates Testimonial
27 November 1984 -
Ipswich Town FC 2 England Under-21 XI 2 

Portman Road, Ipswich
Thanks to Barry Rojack for bringing our attention to this game.
Dennis Mortimer Testimonial
14 May 1985 - Aston Villa FC 1 England 4 [nk]
Villa Park, Birmingham (5,451)

Withe scored Villa's goal, Rideout, Thompson (2) and Pickering for England. Rideout was a Villa player, but was about to leave them for Bari in Italy.

Charity International
28 July 1985 - England 6 West Germany 4 [3-4]
Elland Road, Leeds (19,496)

A unique rematch of the 1966 World Cup Final brought together the original teams, nineteen years after the event, and raised £46,862 for the Bradford Disaster Appeal following the fire at Bradford City's ground on 11 May 1985, when 56 people died. Hurst (3), Peters and Ball (2) scored for England, Holzenbein, Seeler (2) and Overath for West Germany. England began the game with the same eleven that had won the World Cup, but 50-year-old full-back, Ray Wilson had to retire after three minutes, to be replaced by Cyril Knowles. Bradford City manager, Trevor Cherry then came on for George Cohen, and Jimmy Armfield replaced Nobby Stiles before the interval. For the second half, Norman Hunter replaced Jack Charlton, and Alan Mullery came on for Roger Hunt. Then, Charlton came back on to replace Armfield. The Germans fielded seven of the 1966 side and they were 4-2 up after fifteen minutes, but Hurst, once more, grabbed a hat-trick and Bobby Moore lifted a World Cup replica trophy at the end.

Season 1985-86
Ron Gray Testimonial
4 May 1986 -
Ipswich Town FC 1981 UEFA Cup Winners 4
England 1 

Portman Road, Ipswich
Three days before England headed out to Colorado in preparation for the World Cup, Bobby Robson showed that he hadn't forgotten the part that Ipswich had played in his managerial career and brought his squad to honour his former chief scout on his retirement. Gray had previously managed Watford, Millwall and Lincoln City. The England team included Ricky Hill, Chris Waddle, Dave Watson and Chris Woods. 24 hours later, Ipswich were relegated to the Second Division after 18 years in the top flight.
Thanks to Ian Howitt for bringing our attention to this game.
International Friendlies
11 May 1986 - US Air Force 0 England 11 [nk]
US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

England began their high-altitude training in preparation for the World Cup in Mexico. Dixon (3), Hateley (3) and Hoddle (2) were amongst the scorers.

28 May 1986 - Monterrey 1 England 4 [1-2]
Club Cima, Monterrey (2,000)

It was an England B team that faced the Mexican League Champions, six days before their World Cup opener. Becerra scored for Monterrey, Dixon (2), Barnes and Stevens (Tottenham) for England. Terry Fenwick had a second-half penalty saved. England line-up: Woods, Anderson, Martin (c), Stevens (Tottenham), Fenwick, Hoddle, Wilkins, Hodge, Dixon, Beardsley, Barnes. Substitutes: Butcher for Hoddle, and Sansom for Wilkins at half-time, Stevens (Everton) for Anderson, and Waddle (unused). Only three of the starting eleven started the first World Cup match, against Portugal. Doctor Vernon Edwards, who had been with the national team for seven years, suffered a heart attack whilst watching the game. Fortunately, he recovered in hospital.

31 May 1986 - Arawaks 5 England 5 [nk]
Saltillo, Coahuila

England's final warm-up was a light-hearted thirty-minute game against a team of local eleven-year-olds, 22 of which took part. Beardsley (3), Dixon and Wilkins scored for England. Bobby Robson was referee and promptly sent off Butcher, Stevens (Tottenham) and Wilkins, who, coincidentally, was to see another red card, six days later, that would end his tournament.

Season 1986-87
Valley Parade Re-Opening
14 December 1986 -
Bradford City FC 2 England 1

Valley Parade, Bradford (15,500)

A grand re-opening of a stadium that was decimated by a fire, killing 56 people, over eighteen months earlier, as Bradford City celebrated winning the Third Division Championship in their last match of the season, against Lincoln City. Goodman and Leonard scored for Bradford City, Mariner for England. Kevin Keegan made a one-off return to the England team and a trio of ex-internationals appeared during the second half - Bradford City's manager, Trevor Cherry (who had played the first twelve minutes for the home team), Paul Mariner (who scored the equalizer), and Frank Worthington (who had last played for England in 1974). Leonard fired the winner for the Second Division side, past Shilton, with two minutes remaining.

Gary Bailey Testimonial
10 May 1987 -
Manchester United FC 7 England 2

Old Trafford, Manchester (16,907)

England goalkeeper, Gary Bailey, had been forced to retire at the age of 28, due to a persistent knee injury. Barcelona's Mark Hughes, who would rejoin United, the following year, scored four goals for his former club. Bailey saved a penalty and played for both sides. Eight months later, following a successful operation, he restarted his career with Kaiser Chiefs in South Africa, playing for two years and winning the league title, before his knee flared up again and he retired for good.

Season 1987-88
Alan Hansen Testimonial
16 May 1988 - Liverpool FC 3 England 2 [0-1]
Anfield, Liverpool (31,552)

Liverpool were the runaway winners of the League Championship, but their season had ended in disappointment, two days earlier, when they lost the FA Cup Final to Wimbledon. Whelan and Rush (2) scored for Liverpool, Harford and Waddle for England. Ian Rush appeared as a guest substitute, after playing for Juventus, the previous day. He would rejoin Liverpool, three months later. Three members of the Liverpool team (Barnes, Beardsley and McMahon) would join the England squad for the upcoming European Championship in Germany. The England team was: Shilton, Stevens, Sansom, Reid, Watson, Wright, Steven, Robson, Harford, Waddle, Hodge. Substitutes were Woods for Shilton, Adams for Wright, and Webb (unused). The only uncapped player was West Ham United's Stewart Robson, who, along with Mick Harford (the scorer of the opening goal), were omitted from the squad that went to Germany.

International Friendly
4 June 1988 - Aylesbury United FC 0 England 7 [0-4]
Buckingham Road, Aylesbury (6,031)

In their final warm-up before leaving for Germany and the following week's European Championship opener against the Republic of Ireland in Stuttgart, Beardsley (4), Lineker, Watson and Steven scored the goals against the Beazer Homes League Champions, newly promoted to the Vauxhall Conference. Only Tony Adams of the European Championship squad did not play, with eight substitutions being made at half-time. Steven and Waddle went off with minor knocks in the second half, leaving England with nine men, but Beardsley then reappeared and promptly scored his fourth goal of the afternoon. England made one change to face Ireland, Adams replacing Watson.

Season 1989-90
Private Practice Match
29 May 1990 - Cagliari 0 England 6 [0-2]
Pula, Cagliari

Bull (2), Dorigo, Platt (2) and Beardsley (pen) scored the goals against a team that had just won promotion to Italy's Serie A under future Premier League-winning Leicester boss, Claudio Ranieri. This was England's first game following their arrival in Sardinia for the World Cup.

Season 1990-91
Peter Shilton Testimonial
18 December 1990 -
England 4 Italia 90 XI 0

White Hart Lane, Tottenham (12,181)

A disappointing crowd on a bitterly cold night saw Lineker (pen), Le Tissier, Gascoigne and Keegan score the goals, as the 41-year-old world-record holder of 125 caps kept a clean sheet (until the 61st minute, when he was substituted). The scorers formed an impressive list of talent spanning three decades. England's line-up was: Shilton, Anderson, Waddle, Gascoigne, Walker, Butcher, Robson, Platt, Le Tissier, Lineker, Daley. Substitutes were Seaman for Shilton, Allen for Anderson, Keegan for Lineker and Walsh for Daley. All of the starting eleven had played in the World Cup, except Anderson, who had not played for England since 1988, Le Tissier, who would not win his first cap until 1994, and Daley, who would win his first cap, just under twelve months after this game. Walsh had not played for England since 1984, the year that Keegan retired from football. His Tottenham team mate, Paul Allen was the only player in the squad that never won a full cap. Their opponents were coached by Franz Beckenbauer, who had led West Germany to their World Cup triumph, five months earlier, and was now in charge of Olympique Marseille. The great Michel Platini, now the French national coach, played the first half, before being substituted by Swindon manager, Ossie Ardiles, the former Tottenham player, back at his old ground. Three players in the starting line-up had never played in a World Cup, whilst two more Tottenham players (Bergsson and Nayim) appeared as substitutes.

Season 1995-96
Golden Inventec Century Challenge Cup
26 May 1996 -
Hong Kong Golden Select 0 England 1
Happy Valley Sports Ground, Wan Chai District (26,000)

Though England were about to host the European Championship, the squad jetted off to play two games in the Far East. The first was a full international, against China in Beijing. This was followed by a short trip to Hong Kong to face a club side (Golden). They were captained by ex-England international, Mike Duxbury, who last represented his country in 1984, and another former England cap, Dave Watson (whose last appearance was in 1988) played as a guest. Together, they restricted the England attack to a solitary Les Ferdinand goal. England fielded six of the team that would start Euro '96, two weeks later.

Season 1997-98
Private Practice Match
9 June 1998 -
Stade Malherbe Caen B
0 England 1 [0-0]

Stade Michel d'Ornano, Caen

A secretive last match for the World Cup squad, in front of 200 invited guests, six days before England's opening match in Marseille. They flew out first to Normandy to play against Ligue 2, Caen's reserves, who held them until Paul Scholes scored the only goal in the 84th minute. Only five of the team played in their first World Cup match against Tunisia.  

Season 2001-02
Phil Parkinson Testimonial
13 May 2002 - Reading FC 3 ex-England XI 5 [1-2]
Madejski Stadium, Reading (19,000)

Parkinson had just captained Reading to promotion to the First Division. Parkinson (pen), Lovell and Gilkes scored for Reading. England's goals came from Powell, Pearce, Wise, Dixon and Ryan Wheeler, an eight-year-old who had won a local newspaper competition to come on as a late substitute in a shirt that came down to his knees.

Matthew Le Tissier Testimonial
14 May 2002 -
Southampton FC 9 ex-England XI 9

St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton (31,904)

A fairly relaxed farewell to the ex-England international, who played the first half for his country and the second for the club that he had spent 16 years with. The game was refereed by Matt's brother, Mark, whilst his other brothers both appeared as substitutes in the Southampton side and his ten-year-old son, Mitchell came on with only three minutes left and scored five times for England. Ormerod, Ekelund, Matt Le Tissier, Davies, Fernandes, Carl Le Tissier, Kevin Le Tissier (2) and Pearce (OG) scored for Southampton, Shearer, Wright, Keegan (pen), Mitchell Le Tissier (5,1 pen) and Allen for England. Southampton started with ex-international Stuart Ripley in the side, plus James Beattie, who would win his first cap in the following year. Beattie was substituted by Kevin Davies, who would win a solitary cap, eight years later. Southampton manager, Gordon Strachan made a five-minute cameo appearance in the second half. The England team comprised all former internationals and a number of them had played the previous night at Reading. They lined up at the start as: Flowers, Jones, Ruddock, Osman, Pearce, Beardsley, Batty, Gascoigne, Barnes, Le Tissier, Shearer. First-half substitutions were Lee for Ruddock and Wright for Barnes. At half-time, there were four changes: Beasant for Flowers, Wise for Jones, Waddle for Osman, and Beresford (the only non-international) for Le Tissier. With Southampton leading 4-2, Wise took over in goal and Beasant played outfield for the last fifteen minutes. The 57-year-old former Southampton manager, Alan Ball came on as substitute, along with another ex-Southampton player, Kevin Keegan, and with only Shearer withdrawn, they played the rest of the game with twelve players. Mitchell Le Tissier came on for Beardsley, before Keegan handed his shirt to a ballboy (Jamie Allen), who promptly scored England's eighth goal.

Season 2002-03
Steve Tilson Testimonial
31 March 2003 -
Southend United FC 8 ex-England XI 2

Roots Hall, Southend (4,555)

Bramble (3), Clark, Darby (2) and Rawle (2) scored for Southend, Tilson and Allen for England. The England team was: Beasant, Parker, Powell, Wilkins, Osman, Dicks, Barton, Wise, Allen, Lee, Tilson. Only Dicks and Tilson had never played for England. Flowers replaced Beasant in goal at half-time. In the second half, former Southend manager, Rob Newman replaced Barton, Danny Greaves (Jimmy's son) replaced Wise and Beasant reprised his outfield role from Matt Le Tissier's testimonial in the previous year, by coming back on to replace Lee for the last quarter of the game. Having been associated with the Third Division club in a number of capacities since 1988, Tilson became Southend's manager, eight months later. Further details of the game available here.

Season 2003-04
Martin Keown Testimonial
17 May 2004 - Arsenal FC 6 England 0 [2-0]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury (38,000)

Arsenal had won the Premier League title in a historic season in which they had remained unbeaten throughout and after nine years in his second spell with the club, the former England defender was given a free transfer and a testimonial. Ashley Cole, Aliadiere (2) and Reyes (3) scored the goals. Robert Green saved a first-half penalty from Keown. The England squad was: Green, Samuel, Powell, Upson, Terry, Beckham, Defoe, Andy Cole, Euell, Parlour, Salako, Joe Cole, King, Wright, Fowler, Gascoigne, Wright-Phillips, Howard, Hoyte and Bentley. Three members of the England team (Euell, Hoyte and Samuel) had represented England at intermediate levels (Euell at Under-20, and Hoyte and Samuel at Under-21) and went on to play for Caribbean countries. Euell played against England for Jamaica, two years later, whilst Hoyte and Samuel represented Trinidad and Tobago. Bentley, Green and Wright-Phillips went on to win full England caps. Mark Howard was Arsenal's 17-year-old youth-team goalkeeper, but came on as a late substitute for Green.  David Beckham was under strict instructions from Real Madrid to kick off and then leave the field, but he stayed on for three minutes, before being substituted by Gascoigne. The other members of the squad for the upcoming European Championship in Portugal were also given a half or less on the field. These were Ashley Cole and Campbell for Arsenal, and Joe Cole, King and Terry for England. Another ex-England international, Lee Dixon was in the Arsenal team, whilst Ian Wright appeared for both teams.

Season 2009-10
International Friendly
7 June 2010 - Platinum Stars 0 England 3 [0-1]
Moruleng Stadium, Lesetlheng (10,000)

England met a local Premier Soccer League team, before their opening World Cup match in Rustenburg, five days later. Defoe, Joe Cole and Rooney scored the goals. Grobler missed an early penalty for the home side, after Defoe's third-minute opener. England started with six of the side that met the United States in the opening game.