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This list contains the results of matches not accorded status as official internationals and where: 

  • one of the teams was selected by the Football Association (or a member of).

  • the entire team representing England was eligible to play for England at full international level at the time (except for emergency replacements).

  • the team opposing England was representing a geographical area or league outside of England (not necessarily a separate or complete nation or consisting entirely of players from the same nation).

For ease of reference, teams that played as 'FA XI' are labelled 'England'.

The list does not include:

  • games against club sides.

  • testimonial matches.

  • games against other England teams.

  • games against teams from the armed forces.

  • official trial matches.

  • all-amateur England teams after 1906 (when the England amateur team was formed).

However, details of these games can be found by clicking here.

* Although the half-time break was introduced on 23 February 1870, the teams only changed ends if no goal had been scored in the first 45 minutes. This rule existed up until 1876, when the half-time interval was introduced.

Season 1869-70

x

Charlie Alcock
Friendlies
1 5 March 1870 - England 1 Scotland 1 [0-0]
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London (500-600)
Baker
Crawford
HD

There was not yet a governing body to take responsibility for a Scottish national team. Although it was, primarily, a Scottish team, only one player had actually been born north of the border and all of the team played for clubs in and around London, as was the case for the following four games. This match had previously been scheduled for 19th February, but it was postponed because of a severe frost. England fielded two future internationals, Scotland just one, though their goalkeeper went on to play for England.

Season 1870-71
2 19 November 1870 - England 1 Scotland 0*
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London (650)
Walker HW

England fielded two future internationals, as did Scotland, who again included a future England international.

3 25 February 1871 - England 1 Scotland 1*
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London (500-600+)
Walker
Nepean
HD

England fielded three future internationals, Scotland two, but they also included three future England internationals.

Season 1871-72
4 18 November 1871 - England 2 Scotland 1*
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London (650+)
Walker (2)
Renny-Tailyour
HW

England fielded three future internationals, Scotland two, but they also included two future England internationals.

5 24 February 1872 - England 1 Scotland 0*
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London (650+)
C.Clegg HW

England fielded six future internationals. The only future international in the Scotland line-up went on to play for England. Nine months later, Queen's Park Football Club invited the Football Association to Glasgow and selected a wholly Scottish team to face England for the first time. The visitors only included two members of the team that had beaten 'Scotland' in February. This, of course, was just the beginning...

Season 1891-92

x

International Selection Committee (The F.A.)
Tour Match
6 19 December 1891 - England 6 North America 1 [3-0]
The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington
, London
(1,500)
Cotterill, Smith (4), Henfrey
Warbrick
HW

Ontario's Western Football Association sent a 17-man Canadian squad on a 23-match tour of England, Scotland and Belfast in 1888. Three years later, they returned for a mammoth 58-match tour of all four home nations, running from August 1891 to January 1892, and including games against the national teams. However, they were only able to recruit ten Canadian players and the rest of the 19-man squad was made up of Americans from New England clubs. When they came to face England, there were seven Americans in the line-up, so it was more USA than Canada. Two of the England team had been capped that year and another six were future internationals.

Season 1899-1900

FA Tour

 
7 23 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 13 [1-6]
Athletik-Sportsplatz, Kurfurstendamm-Rennbahn, Berlin
(1,500)
Jestram, Bock
Chadwick
(5), Brown (2), Wilson (2), Forman (2), Bassett (2)
AW

The Football Association took a 14-man squad on their first ever tour. Seven of the team in the opening game had played in full internationals for England. All but one of the German team played for local clubs in Berlin.

8 24 November 1899 - Germany 2 England 10 [1-7]
Athletik-Sportsplatz, Kurfurstendamm-Rennbahn, Berlin
(512)
Jestram, Bock
Rogers
(5), Forman (2), Taylor (2), Bassett
AW

A rematch was staged at 10 a.m. on the following day, so that the FA party could catch the afternoon train to Prague. The visitors made two changes and fielded six full internationals, whilst the Germans included six members of the previous day's team.

9 26 November 1899 - Austria 0 England 8 [0-5]
Stadión Letn
á, Praha
Rogers, Wilson (2), Bassett, Chadwick (2), Brown (2) AW

The English visitors, once again with six internationals in the side, beat a team of players mostly made up from Bohemian clubs, with two from Vienna. At the time, Bohemia was part of the Austrian Empire, as it was, nine years later, when England played a full international against them, despite it not being a country in its own right.

10 28 November 1899 - Germany 0 England 7 [0-4]
Military Exercise Ground, Karlsruhe
(3,000)
Taylor (2), Chadwick (3), Rogers, Brown AW

The FA party travelled to south-western Germany for the final game of the tour and played with six full internationals in the side. Germany fielded five of the team that had lost to them in Berlin, four days earlier.

Season 1901-02
Tour Matches  
11 21 September 1901 - England 12 Germany 0 [5-0]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
, London
(5,252)
Foster (6), Farnfield (2), Smith (2), Ryder, Hales HW

The Football Association repaid the hospitality that they had received two years earlier, by inviting a German team over to England for two games. England fielded an entirely amateur eleven, including two full internationals, in the first fixture. It was to be another five years before an official England amateur team was founded.

12 25 September 1901 - England 10 Germany 0 [4-0]
Hyde Road, Manchester
(5,500)
Calvey (2), Smith, Wooldridge (4), Bloomer (2), Wharton HW

Four days later, an entirely professional eleven, also including two full internationals, but also with four future internationals in the side, enjoyed another goal feast at the expense of their German visitors.

British Championship  
13 5 April 1902 - Scotland 1 England 1 [1-1]
Ibrox Park, Glasgow
(68,114)
Brown
Settle
AD

What began as an official international between two fierce rivals, with Scotland needing a point to win the title and England needing to win, ended as nothing more than an exhibition match, because of the horrific collapse of part of the terracing in the West Tribune Stand in the early stages of the game. 25 people lost their lives as they disappeared through a gaping hole, and over 500 were injured, but following a twenty-minute delay, the game continued and it was played to its conclusion. The majority of the crowd were unaware of the magnitude of the disaster and the authorities had decided that it would be safer for the rest of the match to be played so as not to cause any further panic in a now-overcrowded stadium. However, many of the players were aware of the deaths and the second half was, consequently, played in a non-competitive spirit. It was agreed that the game would be replayed four weeks later, at Villa Park, Birmingham, where the sides drew 2-2. All proceeds were donated to the Ibrox Disaster Fund.

Season 1909-10

x

Charles Hughes
FA Tour of South Africa

An 18-man squad left Southampton on May 7 for the 17-day voyage to South Africa where they embarked on a 23-match tour, spanning nine weeks. Nine of the squad had previously played in full internationals (though one withdrew after two games because of injury and another player then joined the squad), whilst another two went on to win full caps.

14 26 May 1910 - Western Province 1 England 7 [NK]
Cape Town, British Cape Colony
(3,000)
NK
Holley (3), Fleming (2), Duckworth, Raine
AW

The first match of the tour, just two days after the visitors' arrival, saw the Football Association eleven take on a team restricted to those born locally in the British colony, which was about to be unified with the three other British colonies to form the Union of South Africa, five days later.

15 28 May 1910 - Western Province 0 England 13 [NK]
Cape Town, British Cape Colony
(3,000)
Hibbert (6), Berry (3), Woodward (2), Wedlock, Holley AW
16 1 June 1910 - Griqualand West 0 England 2 [NK]
Kimberley, Cape Province
Wall, Hibbert AW
17 4 June 1910 - Griqualand West 1 England 7 [NK]
Kimberley, Cape Province
NK
Hibbert (3), Fleming (2), Berry (2)
AW
18 8 June 1910 - Orange Free State Province 0 England 4 [NK]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
Hibbert (2), Woodward, Wall AW
19 11 June 1910 - Johannesburg 1 England 6 [1-5]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
(5,000)
Messer
Woodward, Wall (3 (1 pen)), Fleming, Holley
AW
20 13 June 1910 - West Rand 1 England 3 [NK]
Krugersdorp, Transvaal Province
NK
Wall, Raine, Fleming
AW
21 15 June 1910 - Pretoria 1 England 4 [NK]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
NK
Hibbert (2), Wedlock, Holley
AW
22 18 June 1910 - Transvaal Province 0 England 1 [NK]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
Hibbert AW
23 20 June 1910 - Klip River 3 England 13 [NK]
Ladysmith, Natal Province
NK
Hibbert (6), Raine (3), Holley (2), Wedlock, Wall
AW
24 22 June 1910 - Pietermaritzburg 0 England 6 [NK]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
Holley (3), Hibbert (2), Wedlock AW
25 25 June 1910 - Natal Province 2 England 6 [NK]
Durban, Natal Province
NK
Berry
(3), Woodward (2), Hibbert
AW
First Test  
26 29 June 1910 - South Africa 0 England 3 [0-1]
Durban, Natal Province
(5,000)
Hibbert (3) AW

In the First Test, against the national team of South Africa, the FA eleven included six full internationals, plus the two future internationals.

27 2 July 1910 - Cape Frontier 0 England 7 [NK]
East London, Cape Province
Wall (3), Fleming (2), Woodward (2) AW
28 4 July 1910 - Cape Frontier 0 England 6 [NK]
King William's Town, Cape Province
Fleming (3), Woodward (2), Raine AW
29 6 July 1910 - Port Elizabeth 0 England 8 [NK]
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Hibbert (3), Woodward (2), Duckworth, Berry, Holley AW
30 9 July 1910 - Eastern Province 0 England 10 [NK]
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Woodward (3), Fleming (3), Hibbert (3), Richards AW
31 12 July 1910 - Grahamstown 0 England 9 [NK]
Grahamstown, Cape Province
Holley (3), Woodward (2), Wedlock, Raine, Berry, NK AW
32 16 July 1910 - Rand League 1 England 2 [NK]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
NK
Woodward, Fleming
AW
33 20 July 1910 - East Rand 0 England 5 [NK]
Vogelfontein, Transvaal Province
Woodward (3), Holley (2) AW
Second Test  
34 23 July 1910 - South Africa 2 England 6 [1-3]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (13,000)
Messer, Hartigan
Fleming
(2), Woodward (2), Wall, Holley
AW

South Africa made six changes from the team beaten at Durban, the previous month, and managed to score twice. England fielded five full internationals, plus the two future internationals.

35 27 July 1910 - Western Province 0 England 9 [NK]
Cape Town, Cape Province
Woodward (2), Fleming (2), Raine (2), Silto, Hibbert, Sharpe AW
Third Test  
36 30 July 1910 - South Africa 3 England 6 [2-1]
Cape Town, Cape Province (5,000)
Leeming OG, Lincoln, Hartigan
Holley
(2),
Woodward (2), Fleming, Berry
AW

South Africa only made three changes from the previous week's defeat, and led at half-time, but the tourists, with seven full internationals in the side, plus a future cap, managed to complete their fixtures with a hundred per cent record, before the long journey home and the start of the new football season.

Season 1915-16

x

International Selection Committee (The F.A.)

Wartime Internationals
37 13 May 1916 - England 4 Scotland 3 [3-1]
Goodison Park, Liverpool
(22,000)
Smith, Hampton, Abrams, Mosscrop
Scott, J.Reid, Galt
HW

England's first match since the outbreak of war in 1914 was staged to raise money for the Lord Mayor of Liverpool's Roll of Honour Fund. The home team were able to field six full internationals, whilst Scotland had three players that had been capped before the war and one that became a full international after the hostilities had ended.

Season 1917-18
38 8 June 1918 - Scotland 2 England 0 [NK]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
(45,000)
NK AL

England appeared at Hampden for a game in aid of Sir Douglas Haig's fund for disabled soldiers.

Season 1918-19

Victory Internationals

 
39 26 April 1919 - England 2 Scotland 2 [1-2]
Goodison Park, Liverpool
(31,809)
Turnbull, Puddefoot
Wright, Bowie
HD

Scotland were two goals up inside 13 minutes, but England finished on top after drawing level. Only one player on the field (England's Joe Smith) had appeared in the fixture at the same venue, three years earlier. Five of each team had been capped before the war and another four, also of each team, were to be honoured when official internationals were resumed.

40 3 May 1919 - Scotland 3 England 4 [0-3]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow
(80,000)
Wilson (2 (1 pen)), Morton
Grimsdell
(2), Puddefoot (2)
AW

An unchanged England team carried on from where they had left off the previous week and they were three goals up at half-time, before going on to secure their first ever victory in the largest stadium in the world. Scotland made two changes and only had one player that was to end his career without a full cap.

Season 1919-20
41 11 October 1919 - Wales 2 England 1 [1-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(20,000)
Meredith, Wynn
Puddefoot
AL

Despite the British Championship resuming two weeks later, with England due to face Wales in March, two additional fixtures were organised; the first of which, the previous week, had been postponed because of a rail strike. The Football Association used the games as trial matches for the upcoming meeting with Ireland in Belfast and they selected two different elevens to face Wales. Only Syd Puddefoot remained from the side that had won at Hampden at the end of the previous season, only Charlie Buchan had been capped before the war and only three of the side went on to become full internationals. With Football League games being played at the same time, no club was asked to supply more than one player. A very experienced Welsh side, eight of which had been capped before the war (whilst another two would go on to win full honours), took the lead through the ageless 45-year-old, Billy Meredith, in his first match of the season, when his cross was fumbled by England goalkeeper, Ernie Williamson. Full-back, Billy Ball went off injured at half-time and England played the second half with only ten men, suffering their first defeat to Wales since 1882. Only captain, Arthur Knight was selected for the British Championship fixture, two weeks later.

42 18 October 1919 - England 2 Wales 0 [1-0]
Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent
(16,000)
Whittingham, Smith HW

In the rearranged fixture postponed from two weeks earlier, a more experienced England team, with four pre-war internationals and five future caps, were more convincing than the previous week's side. Eight of the side played in the 1-1 draw in Belfast, the following week. Wales made three changes to give them seven full internationals and three future caps. Despite this defeat, they returned five months later, to Highbury, and beat yet another different England side, only two of which had beaten them at Stoke.

x

John Lewis
FA Tour of South Africa

Ten years after the first tour of South Africa, the Football Association returned to the British Empire dominion by sea to contest 14 games with their hosts, over seven weeks. Only three members of the twenty-strong squad were full internationals, although another four were later capped.

43 29 May 1920 - Western Province 0 England 3 [0-3]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
Woodcock (2), Fazackerley AW

As in the previous tour, the visitors kicked off against a side comprised entirely of players born in the Western Province of the former British Cape Colony.

44 31 May 1920 - Western Province 1 England 5 [NK]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
NK AW
45 5 June 1920 - Witwatersrand 0 England 4 [0-2]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
Rogers, Smith (2), Woodcock AW
46 9 June 1920 - Pretoria 1 England 3 [NK]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
NK AW
47 12 June 1920 - Transvaal Province 1 England 3 [NK]
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
NK AW
48 16 June 1920 - Natal Province 0 England 3 [NK]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
NK AW
First Test  
49 19 June 1920 - South Africa 1 England 3 [1-2]
Durban, Natal Province
(16,000)
Fitchat
Turnbull
(2), Smith
AW

England's three full internationals played in the First Test, alongside two of the future caps.

50 23 June 1920 - East Rand 1 England 4 [NK]
Vogelfontein, Transvaal Province
NK AW
Second Test  
51 26 June 1920 - South Africa 1 England 3 [0-2]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (19,000)
NK
Fazackerley
(2), Woodcock
AW

England again fielded their three full internationals, with just one of the players that were later capped. South Africa changed both full-backs and the goalkeeper, but again conceded three goals.

52 30 June 1920 - Griqualand West 1 England 5 [NK]
Kimberley, Cape Province
NK AW
53 3 July 1920 - Orange Free State Province 2 England 4 [NK]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
NK AW
54 7 July 1920 - Port Elizabeth 0 England 6 [NK]
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
NK AW
55 10 July 1920 - Cape Frontier 0 England 9 [NK]
East London, Cape Province
NK AW
Third Test  
56 17 July 1920 - South Africa 1 England 9 [0-4]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province (13,000)
Mason (pen)
Fazackerley
(4), Smith (2), Mercer, Turnbull, Barber
AW

The visitors completed another hundred per cent record with their three full internationals and three future caps. South Africa made five changes from the side that had lost the Second Test in Johannesburg, but they had to suffer a humbling defeat.

Season 1924-25

x

John Lewis
FA Tour of Australia

A mammoth 25-match tour over the entire three-month close-season, actually took up five months for the 18 players (five of whom were full internationals, two of them goalkeepers), because it took a month to get to Australia by sea and a month to get back. John Lewis, the squad's 70-year-old manager, sadly died just five months after the tour. The party sailed from Tilbury in Essex on April 4 and landed at Fremantle on May 6. On the following day, they became the first British team to play a match in Australia.

57 7 May 1925 - Perth 0 England 8 [NK]
Perth, Western Australia
NK AW
58 9 May 1925 - Western Australia 0 England 7 [NK]
Fremantle, Western Australia
Williams (4), Simms (2), Hannaford AW
59 14 May 1925 - South Australia 0 England 10 [NK]
Adelaide Oval, South Australia
(4,000)
Batten (6), Williams (2), Seymour, Hamilton AW

England fielded only two of their full internationals, but the Australian team lost their goalkeeper to a thigh injury after 25 minutes, with England already two goals up, and they spent the rest of the game with ten men, and an outfield player in goal.

60 16 May 1925 - Australia 1 England 4 [NK]
Thebarton, Adelaide, South Australia
NK AW
61 20 May 1925 - Victoria 0 England 7 [NK]
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria
(5,600)
Simms, NK AW
62 23 May 1925 - Australia 0 England 5 [NK]
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria
NK AW
63 30 May 1925 - New South Wales 2 England 3 [NK]
Sydney Showground, New South Wales
(50,000)
Masters (2)
Simms, Batten (2)
AW
64 3 June 1925 - Sydney 1 England 3 [NK]
Sydney Showground, New South Wales
NK AW
65 6 June 1925 - Illawarra 0 England 8 [NK]
Wollongong, New South Wales
NK AW
66 8 June 1925 - New South Wales 1 England 4 [NK]
Sydney Showground, New South Wales
NK AW
67 13 June 1925 - Northern Districts 0 England 6 [NK]
Newcastle Showground, New South Wales
(15,000)
Batten (2), Simms (2), Hannaford (2) AW
68 17 June 1925 - Ipswich 0 England 3 [NK]
Ipswich, Queensland
NK AW
69 20 June 1925 - Queensland 0 England 11 [0-6]
Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Queensland
(15,000)
Simms (5), Batten (4), Hannaford, Caesar AW
70 24 June 1925 - North Queensland 0 England 9 [NK]
Bundaberg, Queensland
NK AW
First Test  
71 27 June 1925 - Australia 1 England 5 [0-3]
Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Queensland
Lennard
Simms (3), Batten (2)
AW

Four full internationals helped the tourists to victory in the first official test match (though not an official international, as far as the Football Association was concerned).

72 29 June 1925 - Toowoomba 0 England 6 [NK]
Toowoomba, Queensland
NK AW
Second Test  
73 4 July 1925 - Australia 1 England 2 [NK]
Sydney Showground, New South Wales (25,000)
Smith
Simms, Elkes
AW

Australia made five changes from the previous week's defeat in Brisbane, and the visitors, with four England caps, faced another tough test in Sydney in front of a large crowd.

74 8 July 1925 - Newcastle 0 England 3 [NK]
Newcastle Showground, New South Wales
(2,500)
NK AW
Third Test  
75 11 July 1925 - Australia 2 England 8 [1-5]
West Maitland
Showground, New South Wales (10,000)
Lennard, Thompson
Batten (5), Simms (2), Hannaford
AW

The home side only made three changes after their impressive showing in Sydney, the previous week, but the four full England internationals this time helped the tourists to a resounding victory.

76 15 July 1925 - South Maitland 1 England 4 [NK]
Cessnock, New South Wales
NK AW
Fourth Test  
77 18 July 1925 - Australia 0 England 5 [NK]
Sydney Showground, New South Wales (14,000)
Simms (2), Batten (2), Elkes AW

Australia made four changes this time, on their return to Sydney. England, once again, fielded four full internationals.

78 21 July 1925 - Granville 1 England 6 [NK]
Parramatta, New South Wales
NK AW
Fifth Test  
79 25 July 1925 - Australia 0 England 2 [0-1]
Fitzroy Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria (14,000)
Charlton (pen), Batten AW

Only three members of the previous week's defeat in Sydney, all of them forwards, survived to face England in the final test, and Australia provided a much more formidable opposition. England, with their customary four full internationals, still managed to miss two penalties in the first half, however. Bert Batten sent the first kick wide, and then, after Stan Charlton had converted a penalty on 25 minutes, Len Graham put the third kick over the bar.

80 1 August 1925 - Western Australia 1 England 5 [NK]
Fremantle, Western Australia
NK AW
81 3 August 1925 - Western Australia 1 England 5 [NK]
Perth, Western Australia
NK AW
Season 1925-26

x

 
FA Tour of Canada

Having conquered South Africa and Australia, the Football Association now embarked on a seven-and-a-half-week tour of Canada that took in twenty games. The 18-man squad contained seven full internationals, plus one that was later capped.

82 24 May 1926 - Montreal 3 England 5 [NK]
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, Québec
(5,000)
Baillie, Marshall, Westwater
Tunstall, Jack
(3), Rawlings
AW

England: 6 full internationals.

83 26 May 1926 - Hamilton 0 England 3 [NK]
Hamilton, Ontario
(8,000)
Rawlings (2), Wainscott AW

England: 3 full internationals, 1 future international.

84 29 May 1926 - Toronto 0 England 6 [NK]
Toronto, Ontario
Tunstall, Rawlings (2), Jack, Harris, Smith AW

England: 6 full internationals.

85 2 June 1926 - Ontario 0 England 9 [NK]
Fort William, Ontario
(3,000)
Wainscott (5), Smith (4) AW

England: 3 full internationals, 1 future international.

86 5 June 1926 - Manitoba 1 England 2 [NK]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(8,000)
McKenzie
Smith, Jack
AW

England: 6 full internationals.

87 7 June 1926 - Regina 0 England 2 [NK]
Regina, Saskatchewan
(3,000)
Jack, Wainscott AW

England: 2 full internationals, 1 future international.

88 9 June 1926 - Lethbridge 1 England 3 [NK]
Lethbridge, Alberta
(2,000)
H.Linning
Cross, Rawlings, Williams
AW

England: 3 full internationals.

89 12 June 1926 - Calgary 4 England 7 [3-3]
Victoria Park, Calgary, Alberta
(6,000)
Francis (3), Wakelyn
Cross, Harris (2), Wainscott (2), Smith, OG
AW

Percy Francis stunned England with a hat-trick, but the visitors ran out winners in the end.

90 16 June 1926 - Lower Mainland 1 England 5 [NK]
Athletic Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
(7,000)
OG
Jack
(4), Smith
AW

England: 7 full internationals.

91 19 June 1926 - Upper Vancouver Island 0 England 3 [NK]
Nanaimo, British Columbia
(4,000)
Tunstall, Smith (2) AW

England: 5 full internationals.

92 23 June 1926 - Lower Vancouver Island 1 England 5 [NK]
Victoria, British Columbia
(7,000)
Coulter
Cross (2), Harris, Rawlings
AW

England: 3 full internationals, 1 future international.

93 26 June 1926 - Pacific Coast League 1 England 9 [NK]
Athletic Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
(8,000)
Russell (pen)
Cross
(6), Jack (2), Smith
AW

England: 4 full internationals.

94 29 June 1926 - Edmonton 0 England 5 [NK]
Edmonton, Alberta
(3,000)
Rawlings (3), Wainscott, Tunstall AW

England: 5 full internationals, 1 future international.

95 1 July 1926 - Saskatoon 0 England 7 [NK]
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Rawlings (4), Harris, Smith (2) AW

England: 3 full internationals.

96 3 July 1926 - Manitoba 0 England 7 [NK]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(4,000)
Tunstall, Cross (2), Smith (3), Harris AW

England: 5 full internationals.

97 7 July 1926 - Northern Ontario 0 England 5 [NK]
Timmins, Ontario
Rawlings (2), Jack (3) AW

England: 4 full internationals, 1 future international.

98 10 July 1926 - Ontario 2 England 7 [NK]
Toronto, Ontario
(8,000)
Graham, Aird
Jack (2), Cross (2), Harris (2), Magee
AW

England: 4 full internationals.

99 12 July 1926 - Essex County 2 England 5 [NK]
Windsor, Ontario
(8,000)
Mercer, McLaughlin
Rawlings, Wainscott (2), Jack, OG
AW

England: 5 full internationals, 1 future international.

100 14 July 1926 - Ottawa 1 England 8 [0-2]
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Ontario
(4,000)
Dorward
Rawlings (4), Jack (2), Wainscott, Magee
AW

England: 5 full internationals, 1 future international.

101 15 July 1926 - Eastern Canada 1 England 2 [0-1]
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Grounds
, Québec (7,000)
Eadie (pen)
Smith, Cross
AW

With four full internationals in the side, the visitors completed the tour with a hundred per cent record, after playing their last four games in six days. They arrived back in Liverpool on July 23.

Season 1928-29

x

Ben Glanvill and Charlie Wreford-Brown
FA Tour of South Africa and Southern Rhodesia

The third squad to embark on a South African tour (which, for the first time, was to include two fixtures in Southern Rhodesia) set sail from Southampton on May 3 and arrived in Cape Town, 17 days later. Amongst the 18 players were six full internationals, plus another that was to win his first cap four months after the tour. 17 games were scheduled over a period of eight weeks.

102 22 May 1929 - Western Province 1 England 6 [0-1]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
Seed, Shelley, Pease, Williams, Chandler, Prince AW

An excellent start to the tour with six different scorers.

103 24 May 1929 - Western Province 0 England 4 [0-2]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
Davies, Chandler (2), Barrett AW
104 31 May 1929 - Eastern Province 3 England 4 [1-3]
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
NK AW
105 1 June 1929 - Cape Frontier 0 England 7 [NK]
East London, Cape Province
NK AW
106 5 June 1929 - Orange Free State Province 5 England 6 [3-2]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
NK AW
107 8 June 1929 - Natal Province 0 England 3 [NK]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
Seed, Hart, Chandler AW
108 11 June 1929 - Natal Province 0 England 4 [NK]
Ladysmith, Natal Province
Harrison, Chandler, Landells, Whittaker AW

England's trainer, Tom Whittaker scored the last goal.

First Test  
109 15 June 1929 - South Africa 2 England 3 [1-2]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, Natal Province
(15,000)
Dick, Stuart
Chandler
(2), Hart
AW

England fielded five full internationals against a South African side that twice came back to level, before the visitors grabbed a late winner.

110 19 June 1929 - Transvaal Province 0 England 2 [NK]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
NK AW
111 22 June 1929 - Witwatersrand 1 England 2 [0-0]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
Wita
Harrison,
Chandler
AW

The visitors conceded first, before recovering to maintain their perfect record.

112 27 June 1929 - Southern Rhodesia 0 England 4 [NK]
Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
NK AW
113 29 June 1929 - Southern Rhodesia 1 England 6 [NK]
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
NK AW
114 3 July 1929 - Griqualand West 0 England 10 [NK]
De Beers Stadium, Kimberley, Cape Province
NK AW
115 6 July 1929 - Transvaal Province 0 England 1 [NK]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
(15,000)
Chandler AW
116 10 July 1929 - East Rand 0 England 2 [NK]
Benoni, Transvaal Province
NK AW
Second Test  
117 13 July 1929 - South Africa 1 England 2 [0-1]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (30,000)
Dick
Chandler
(2)
AW

There were only three full internationals in the England team, plus a future cap in goal. South Africa only made two changes from the First Test, in Durban.

Third Test  
118 17 July 1929 - South Africa 1 England 3 [1-1]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province (13,000)
Stuart
Hall
OG, Chandler (2)
AW

South Africa made four changes for the final test, whilst the visitors again fielded three full England internationals and completed their sixth overseas tour having won every one of their 103 games since 1899. Arthur Chandler hit 36 goals in the 17 games, but never won a full cap for England. They left for home, two days later and arrived back at Southampton on August 5.

Season 1930-31

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Charlie Wreford-Brown and Henry Huband
FA Tour of Canada

Five years after the first tour, the Football Association sent a second squad to Canada to play 17 games in seven and a half weeks. There were 18 players, seven of whom had already been capped by England, with another four later to be so.

119 25 May 1931 - London 1 England 4 [NK]
London, Ontario
(2,500)
Chandler (pen)
Cookson
(3), Barry
AW

England: 4 full internationals, 3 future internationals.

120 27 May 1931 - Québec 0 England 11 [NK]
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, Québec
Hine (4), Bowden (4), Smith (3) AW

England: 5 full internationals, 4 future internationals. The former England international, Sam Chedgzoy was in the Québec team, at the age of 42.

121 30 May 1931 - Toronto 1 England 4 [NK]
Toronto, Ontario
White
Cookson
(2), Smith (2)
AW

England: 6 full internationals, 3 future internationals.

122 3 June 1931 - Ontario 1 England 10 [NK]
Fort William, Ontario
(1,000)
Izatt
Cookson
(4), Houghton (3), Bowden, O'Dowd, Alexander
AW

England: 2 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

123 6 June 1931 - Manitoba 0 England 2 [NK]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(5,500)
Hine, Cookson AW

England: 5 full internationals, 3 future internationals.

124 8 June 1931 - Regina 1 England 6 [NK]
Regina, Saskatchewan
(1,817)
Cummings
Alexander
(3), Bowden (2), Houghton
AW

England: 5 full internationals, 1 future international.

125 10 June 1931 - Saskatoon 1 England 6 [1-1]
Mayfair Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
(2,000)
Clark
Houghton
(3), Bowden (2), Oliver
AW

England: 5 full internationals, 1 future international.

126 13 June 1931 - Edmonton 0 England 2 [0-2]
Edmonton, Alberta
(2,000)
Urwin, Smith (pen) AW

England: 3 full internationals, 4 future internationals.

127 17 June 1931 - Vancouver 1 England 7 [NK]
Vancouver, British Columbia
(3,500)
Edwards
Bowden
(2), Smith, Barry, Hine, Urwin, Hibbs (pen)
AW

England: 6 full internationals, 4 future internationals. Goalkeeper, Harry Hibbs managed to get himself on the scoresheet by converting a penalty kick.

128 20 June 1931 - Upper Vancouver Island 2 England 8 [NK]
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Archibald, G.Gray
Cookson
(4), Barry, Smith, Houghton, Urwin
AW

England: 4 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

129 24 June 1931 - Lower Vancouver Island 0 England 7 [NK]
Victoria, British Columbia
Bowden, Cookson (3), Alexander (2), OG AW

England: 3 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

130 27 June 1931 - British Columbia 1 England 4 [NK]
Vancouver, British Columbia
(4,000)
Preston
Hine, Bowden (4), Urwin
AW

England: 4 full internationals, 3 future internationals.

131 1 July 1931 - Calgary 0 England 4 [NK]
Calgary, Alberta
(2,800)
Cookson, Hine (2), Alexander AW

England: 4 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

132 3 July 1931 - Manitoba 1 England 3 [NK]
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hodgert
Bowden, Barry, O'Dowd
AW

England: 5 full internationals, 4 future internationals.

133 8 July 1931 - Ontario 2 England 11 [NK]
Toronto, Ontario
Stevens, Tennant
Cookson (2), Hine (5), Alexander (3), Oliver
AW

England: 3 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

134 11 July 1931 - Hamilton 0 England 8 [NK]
Hamilton, Ontario
(3,000)
Hine (4), Cookson (2), Barry, Houghton AW

England: 5 full internationals, 2 future internationals.

135 15 July 1931 - National Soccer League 0 England 10 [NK]
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, Québec
(2,500)
Dorward
Cookson
(4), Hine (2), Alexander, Smith, Barry (2)
AW

England: 4 full internationals, 3 future internationals. Sam Chedgzoy made his second appearance against his home country, but the tourists left Canada after another resounding victory, their 120th in succession on tour.

Season 1934-35

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International Selection Committee (The F.A.)

King George V Silver Jubilee Matches
136 8 May 1935 - England 0 Scotland 1 [0-0]
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London
(8,944)
Mutch HL

Just over a month after Scotland had beaten England at Hampden to share the British Championship with them, a poorly-attended fixture saw a team of Anglo-Scots (all of them played for Football League clubs) beat an England team containing just four full internationals (though another four were later capped). The Scottish side had six full internationals, plus the goalscorer, George Mutch, who won his first cap three years later. Mutch (who scored the only goal, eight minutes from the end) was the only player in the Scottish team from a club outside of the First Division (Manchester United). Only Eddie Hapgood and Scottish goalkeeper, John Jackson had played in the Hampden fixture. The majority of the previous month's Scotland squad were about to tour North America.

Season 1935-36
137 21 August 1935 - Scotland 4 England 2 [3-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (56,316)
Delaney, Armstrong, Walker (2,1 pen)
Gurney
, Westwood
AL

England made their second visit of the year to Hampden in order to aid Glasgow's contribution to the Jubilee Fund. Both sides were back to full strength, but it was a pre-season warm-up rather than the usual hotly-contested duel between the old rivals. Scotland had three uncapped players, two of whom scored the opening goals. Three of the England side were also uncapped, one of whom did not achieve the honour in his career. The visitors also introduced an uncapped substitute (Sep Smith) for the second half, because of an injury to Jack Bray, which would not have been allowed in the British Championship. Why this could not be deemed an official friendly international is unknown, however.

Season 1938-39

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Charlie Wreford-Brown and H.Hughes

FA Tour of South Africa

Once again, the Football Association sent an 18-man squad to South Africa, leaving by sea on May 11. This was a shorter visit than the three previous tours had been, with only twelve games in seven weeks. The squad included five full internationals and six more that would play for England during the war, which was only months away.

138 27 May 1939 - Western Province 1 England 6 [0-3]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
Butler
Ainsley (2), M.Fenton (2), Brook, Brown
AW

Two days after arriving in Cape Town, the tourists made a confident start, with three full internationals in the side and two of the future wartime team.

139 31 May 1939 - Cape Frontier 1 England 8 [NK]
East London, Cape Province
NK AW
140 3 June 1939 - Southern Transvaal 1 England 0 [NK]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
NK AL

After 56 successive wins in Africa, the Football Association finally tasted defeat.

141 7 June 1939 - Eastern Transvaal 0 England 3 [NK]
Benoni, Transvaal Province
NK AW
142 10 June 1939 - Natal Province 1 England 6 [NK]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, Natal Province
Roger
M.Fenton (2), Brown (2), E.Fenton, Lewis
AW
143 14 June 1939 - Natal Province 1 England 9 [NK]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
NK
Finch (2), Ainsley (3), M.Fenton (2), Gibbons (2)
AW
First Test  
144 17 June 1939 - South Africa 0 England 3 [0-2]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (34,000)
Lewis (2), M.Fenton AW

Four of the full internationals were in England's side, plus three of the wartime internationals.

145 21 June 1939 - Orange Free State Province 0 England 6 [NK]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
M.Fenton (3), Ainsley (2), Finch AW
Second Test  
146 24 June 1939 - South Africa 2 England 8 [1-4]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, Natal Province
(12,000)
E.Smethurst, Gibb
M.Fenton (3), Beasley, Gibbons (2), Finch, Lewis
AW

South Africa made five changes from the side that had lost in Johannesburg, the previous week. The visitors again had four capped players and four that were to play for England in wartime.

147 28 June 1939 - Northern Transvaal 1 England 4 [NK]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
NK AW
Third Test  
148 1 July 1939 - South Africa 1 England 2 [0-0]
Wanderers Ground, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (15,000)
E.Smethurst
Gibbons, Finch
AW

Another five changes for the home team and a much-improved performance saw them take a second-half lead. The visitors, with three full internationals and three wartime internationals, quickly recovered to secure the victory, though.

149 5 July 1939 - Griqualand West 1 England 10 [NK]
De Beers Stadium, Kimberley, Cape Province
NK AW
Season 1939-40

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International Selection Committee (The F.A.)

Wartime Internationals
150 11 November 1939 - Wales 1 England 1 [1-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(28,000)
Glover
T.Jones OG
AD

The first international since the outbreak of hostilities in September, was held to aid the Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance Funds. Wales fielded a strong side, with only one debutant, Ron Burgess, who was capped after the war. England had an entirely southern-based line-up and had four uncapped players, including Les Compton, who would have to wait another eleven years to play in a full international. Wales took the lead five minutes before the interval. Early in the second half, one of England's debutants, full-back, Joe Bacuzzi went off with a leg injury and he was eventually replaced by another uncapped player, Jim Lewis. England managed to salvage a draw when Tom Jones turned Leslie Smith's cross into his own goal via the crossbar.

151 18 November 1939 - Wales 2 England 3 [0-0]
Racecourse Ground, Mold Road, Wrexham
(17,000)
Astley (2)
T.Jones OG, Martin, Balmer
AW

England hopped over the Welsh border for the second Saturday in a row to aid the Red Cross, though this time it was to north Wales and it was with a completely different team to the previous week's line-up. All were based in the north and they again had four uncapped players. Wales made five changes, four of whom were making their debuts. Dai Astley, who had already scored four times against England, and twice in the previous year's fixture in Cardiff, stunned the visitors with two more in quick succession, but England responded, after the unfortunate Tom Jones put through his own goal for the second week in a row. Within a minute, England were level and they completed the fightback thanks to two players who never won full caps (Jackie Martin and Jack Balmer).

152 2 December 1939 - England 2 Scotland 1 [1-1]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
(15,000)
Lawton, Clifton
Dodds
HW

Even though the side was based entirely in the north, England kicked off with only nine men, because two Manchester City players (Sam Barkas and Eric Brook) were involved in a road accident on the way to the game. Two replacements were drafted in from the home club; one of whom, Tommy Pearson, was Scottish and went on to win his first full cap against England, at Wembley, eight years later. This left England with only four full internationals, only three of which had played at Wrexham, two weeks earlier. They were four world-class professionals, however (Carter, Lawton, Matthews and Mercer), and they were worthy of the victory. Raich Carter even missed a penalty, four minutes from the end. Scotland fielded five uncapped players. On the same day, an FA XI drew 2-2 at Doncaster. Both games were organised to raise funds for the Red Cross.

153 13 April 1940 - England 0 Wales 1 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(40,000)
B.Jones HL

The third meeting of England and Wales in the first wartime season saw the visitors win on their Wembley debut. Bryn Jones scored the only goal, three minutes before the interval, with a twenty-yard shot that Sam Bartram, on his England debut, couldn't stop. England missed a great chance to snatch a draw five minutes from time, when Willie Hall shot wide from a penalty, England's second successive miss from twelve yards. Four members of the home team were uncapped, although one (Bacuzzi) had played against Wales, at Cardiff, earlier in the season. Only four of the Welsh team had not played against England in either of the autumn internationals.

154 11 May 1940 - Scotland 1 England 1 [0-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (75,000)
Dougal
Welsh
AD

Scotland made five changes from the side beaten at Newcastle, five months earlier. Only one member of the England team had not been capped before the war (Jackie Martin), but he had scored three times for his country since the outbreak of hostilities (once against Wales and twice against the Army).

Season 1940-41
155 8 February 1941 - England 2 Scotland 3 [2-2]
St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
(25,000)
Birkett, Lawton
Bacuzzi OG, Wallace (2)
HL

England introduced four new players to those of the previous season, though one had been capped in peacetime. Only four members of the Scotland team had played against England in the previous season, but there were only three uncapped players in the side; one of whom, Dougie Wallace, a South African, turned the match around with two goals, after England had twice taken the lead.

156 26 April 1941 - England 4 Wales 1 [2-0]
City Ground, Nottingham
(13,016)
Welsh (4)
Witcomb
HW

England gained their revenge for the previous year's Wembley defeat, thanks to a terrific individual performance from the appropriately-named, Don Welsh. Welsh striker, Dai Astley arrived late for the game, but he was immediately thrown on as a substitute for Bob Davies, who had been allowed only ten minutes of international football on his home ground at Nottingham Forest. England brought in seven players to make their wartime debuts, only one of whom had been capped previously. By contrast, all twelve Welsh players had previously played against England.

157 3 May 1941 - Scotland 1 England 3 [1-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (78,000)
Venters
Welsh
(2), Goulden
AW

This time it was England that came from behind to win away, with Don Welsh grabbing another two goals. Scotland made five changes from the team that had won at Newcastle, three months earlier, but only two of the side had never played against England. England, for their part, made six changes from the Newcastle defeat, but all had previously played in wartime internationals.

158 7 June 1941 - Wales 2 England 3 [1-2]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(20,000)
Woodward, James
Hagan
(2), Welsh
AW

For the last match of the season England included non-league Barnet's amateur international, Lester Finch on the left wing for his debut. They recovered from going two goals down to complete the 'double' over Wales, who made five changes from the side that had lost at Nottingham, six weeks earlier. Their goals came from two of the three players making their international debuts.

Season 1941-42
159 4 October 1941 - England 2 Scotland 0 [2-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(65,000)
Welsh, Hagan HW

Scotland made their first wartime visit to the national stadium and they were convincingly beaten by an England side that made only two changes from the team that had won at Hampden, five months earlier. The only debutant was goalkeeper, George Marks, who managed to secure England's first clean sheet since hostilities began. Don Welsh opened the scoring with his eighth goal in the last four internationals. Scotland made four changes, though all had previously played against England that year, apart from one of the two South African forwards, Stan Williams, who was making his debut.

160 25 October 1941 - England 2 Wales 1 [2-0]
St. Andrew's Ground, Birmingham
(25,000)
Hagan, Edelston
Hopkins
HW

England now had a settled side. They made one change (Maurice Edelston for Wilf Mannion) and notched up their fifth successive victory. Wales made four changes from the side that had lost to England in Cardiff, four months earlier, but three of them had previously played against England in wartime. The exception was goalkeeper, George Poland, who had been capped before the war. Birmingham's Don Dearson, on his home ground, missed a late penalty for Wales.

161 17 January 1942 - England 3 Scotland 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(64,000)
Hagan, Lawton (2) HW

An additional international, organised for the Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund. Clementine Churchill, wife of the Prime Minister, gave a speech before the game. England made three changes and secured their sixth successive victory on an icy pitch. Scotland made four changes from their previous visit, three months earlier. Only one of the newcomers had not represented his country before.

162 18 April 1942 - Scotland 5 England 4 [2-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (91,000)
Liddell, Dodds (3), Shankly
Lawton
(3), Hagan
AL

Scotland experimented and made six changes from their Wembley defeat of three months earlier. Four members of their forward line were making their debut in front of the biggest crowd yet in wartime, but they spectacularly ended England's winning run, despite Tommy Lawton bringing his own personal tally to five goals in two games against the Scots and Jimmy Hagan netting his sixth in five games for England. The visitors made four changes themselves, but only one (George Mason) was a debutant. Scotland's hat-trick hero was Jock Dodds, who never won a full cap, yet no one has scored more than his seven goals against England. Dodds had already scored four goals against FA elevens for the RAF that season.

163 9 May 1942 - Wales 1 England 0 [1-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(30,000)
Lucas AL

England failed to repeat their 'double' of the previous season against the Welsh and endured a disappointing end to the season. Wales repeated the 'Scottish' experiment with three new forwards of their own, one of whom scored the only goal. England made five changes, but Frank Soo was the only new man.

Season 1942-43
164 10 October 1942 - England 0 Scotland 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(75,000)
  HD

In complete contrast to recent internationals, both defences were very much on top, even though the sides made only five changes between them from the nine-goal Hampden thriller, six months earlier. The only newcomer to the party was twenty-year-old Scotland central defender, Willie Corbett, who made an impressive debut, yet sadly never played for his country again.

165 24 October 1942 - England 1 Wales 2 [1-1]
Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton
(25,097)
Lawton
Cumner (2)
HL

England's fourth game without a win and a second successive defeat to the Welsh, after an experimental side, with four changes, including three debutants in attack, took an early lead. Wales made three changes from the side that had beaten England in Cardiff at the end of the previous season, but only one (Ivor Powell) made his debut. Reg Cumner, returning from being badly burned in a naval accident, turned the game around with a goal in each half.

166 27 February 1943 - England 5 Wales 3 [3-2]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(75,000)
Carter (2), Westcott (3)
Lowrie (3)
HW

Once again, the Red Cross charities of Aid to Russia and Prisoners of War benefited from an additional Wembley international; this time with the King and Queen attending. England switched back to an experienced line-up, with six changes. Seven of the side had played in a 7-0 victory in the army international at Hampden, the previous week. Captain, Eddie Hapgood was making his 43rd international appearance (thirty in peacetime), beating Bob Crompton's record, that had stood since 1914*. Wales fielded the same side that had beaten England at Wolverhampton, four months earlier.
*Crompton's total included the Ibrox disaster game of 1902, which was not recorded as an official international, whilst Hapgood's total included 13 unofficial wartime games.

167 17 April 1943 - Scotland 0 England 4 [0-2]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (105,000)
Carter (2), D.Compton, Westcott AW

England, with three defensive changes (the goalkeeper and both full-backs), silenced the biggest wartime crowd so far with two Raich Carter goals in the first ten minutes. This was the first international to include both Compton brothers. Scotland made six changes from the team that had drawn at Wembley, six months earlier, and included three debutants, but a miserable day ended in disgrace as a frustrated Dougie Wallace grabbed Stan Cullis by his nether regions as the players waited for a free kick to be taken. Although the referee took no action, despite English protests as Cullis was temporarily incapacitated, the Scottish FA decided that Wallace, a South African, would never play for Scotland again.

168 8 May 1943 - Wales 1 England 1 [1-0]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(25,000)
Lowrie
Westcott
AD

Another tough test provided by the Welsh, with Dennis Westcott scoring the equaliser with only eight minutes remaining. Frank Swift, in goal for England, was at fault for the opener, when he could not hold onto George Lowrie's shot. England had an unchanged side, for the first time since the war had begun. Wales, on the other hand, made four changes from their Wembley defeat, three of them making their debut.

Season 1943-44
169 25 September 1943 - England 8 Wales 3 [4-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(80,000)
Carter (2), Welsh (3 (1 pen)), Hagan (2), D.Compton
Lowrie (2), A.Powell
HW

The Welsh challenge was spectacularly extinguished in a record-breaking goal fest, all to the benefit of the Duke of Gloucester's Red Cross and St. John Fund. England made three changes, with goalkeeper Alex Roxburgh making his one and only international appearance. Wales only made one change from the side that had almost beaten England in Cardiff at the end of the previous season and George Lowrie took his personal tally to six goals in three games against England, but they were eventually overrun by four goals in a five-minute burst. One oddity about the game came after Welsh defender, Ivor Powell left the field with a broken collarbone, as England took the lead in the twelfth minute. He was substituted (after England's second goal) by the English reserve, as Wales had none of their own. The substitute, who had to change out of his RAF uniform, was Stan Mortensen. Ten years later, in the same stadium, he would become the only man to score a hat-trick in a Wembley FA Cup Final.

170 16 October 1943 - England 8 Scotland 0 [5-0]
Maine Road, Manchester
(60,000)
Hagan (2), Lawton (4), Carter, Matthews HW

Another eight-goal master class from an England side containing three changes. Tommy Lawton replaced Don Welsh up front and managed to score one more than the Wembley hat-trick hero. Only three of the Scotland side had appeared in the four-goal thrashing at Hampden, six months earlier and now endured twice the pain, with their heaviest ever defeat. The depleted Scots had six debutants.

171 19 February 1944 - England 6 Scotland 2 [1-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(80,000)
Hagan (2), Macaulay OG, Lawton, Mercer, Carter
Dodds (2)
HW

In front of the watching King and Queen, plus Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, this unstoppable England side banged in another six goals and took their season's total to an incredible 22 goals in just three games. They made two changes, including Ted Ditchburn making his debut in goal. Scotland's goalkeeper, Joe Crozier was their only player remaining from the eight-goal humiliation at Maine Road, four months earlier, as their selectors decided to invest in youth. Seven players made their debut in the lions' den, four of whom went on to win full caps, three years later. Even though the young Scots eventually succumbed to the inevitable, it was 35 minutes before Jimmy Hagan scored the first goal and it took an Archie Macaulay own goal to break their second-half resistance.

172 22 April 1944 - Scotland 2 England 3 [1-3]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (133,000)
Caskie, Cullis OG
Lawton
(2), Carter
AW

The first six-figure crowd since the war had begun, saw England record a fourth successive victory against the Scots. though they were given a fright when Scotland scored first. Both sides made four changes. England's were all in defence, with only Frank Taylor making his debut, whilst Scotland's replacements had all appeared before.

173 6 May 1944 - Wales 0 England 2 [0-1]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(50,000)
Lawton, Smith AW

With attendance limits being relaxed, Wales managed to attract their biggest gate for six years, but England still completed their five-match season with a hundred-per-cent winning record, with Tommy Lawton scoring eight goals. It had been eight months since Wales had conceded eight goals at Wembley, and they made six changes from their previous line-up, with two making their debut. England made five changes from the team that had won at Hampden, just two weeks earlier, and they also had two debutants.

Season 1944-45
174 16 September 1944 - England 2 Wales 2 [2-2]
Anfield, Liverpool
(38,483)
Carter, Lawton
Dearson, Lucas
HD

England fielded only four players from their meeting in Cardiff at the end of the previous season and found themselves two goals down after nine minutes. One of their two debutants was Stan Mortensen, who had played for Wales against England, twelve months earlier. Wales made four changes, but all had played against England before.

175 14 October 1944 - England 6 Scotland 2 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(90,000)
Lawton (3), Goulden, Carter, Smith
Milne, Scott OG
HW

Wembley was back to capacity and the scoreline was the same as for Scotland's previous visit, but it was a very different game. Arthur Milne gave Scotland the lead in the third minute and it took an inspired second-half performance from Tommy Lawton to wrestle the game from them, before England eventually wrapped up their fifth victory in a row against their oldest rivals. England made four changes from the previous month's disappointing draw with Wales; Scotland six from the Hampden game of six months earlier. Three of the Scottish team were making their debut in front of England's biggest wartime crowd.

176 3 February 1945 - England 3 Scotland 2 [1-1]
Villa Park, Birmingham
(65,780)
Brown, Mortensen (2)
Delaney, Dodds
HW

England made three changes, with two making their debuts. Scotland only retained four of the side that had lost at Wembley, four months earlier, but only three of the seven changes had not played for Scotland before. They were unable to prevent England's sixth successive victory against them, but the result was in doubt until Mortensen's winner, thirteen minutes from the end and it would be another ten years before the Scots lost again in England.

177 14 April 1945 - Scotland 1 England 6 [1-1]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (133,000)
Johnston
Carter, Lawton
(2), Brown, Matthews, Smith (pen)
AW

With the war drawing to a close, Scotland suffered their final humiliation in front of a huge home crowd. It was England's seventh successive victory against the Scots, and their biggest ever away win in the oldest of fixtures. Scotland made five changes from the side that had pushed England close at Villa Park, two months earlier. As usual, there was a batch of debutants (four this time) and one of them, Tommy Bogan, was carried off injured after a collision with England goalkeeper, Frank Swift, in the first minute. He was replaced, ten minutes later, by another newcomer, Les Johnston, who managed to equalise Raich Carter's opener before half-time. The obligatory floodgates opened after the interval, with Tommy Lawton taking his goals against Scotland to 19 in eleven games. Scotland did have chances, however. Matt Busby had a penalty saved by Swift. England's only change from Villa Park was to surprisingly replace two-goal scorer Stan Mortensen with Carter, though his performance probably vindicated the decision.

178 5 May 1945 - Wales 2 England 3 [1-1]
Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff
(25,000)
Cumner (pen), Edwards
Carter
(3)
AW

Eight months had passed since Wales had held England at Anfield and they made five changes. Four of them were making their debut. England introduced two new players (defender, George Smith and goalkeeper, Bert Williams), but it was Raich Carter that made the difference as they signed off another domestic season with a victory. They had now won eleven out of their last thirteen wartime fixtures against Scotland and Wales. The country was about to rejoice. Hitler was dead and the war in Europe was formally ended, three days later.

Victory International  
179 26 May 1945 - England 2 France 2 [1-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(65,000)
Carter, Lawton
Vaast, Heisserer
HD

A Russian team had been invited to Wembley, but it was still too difficult to cross the continent. England, instead, faced their first foreign opposition at the national stadium in aid of British and French war charities and they made only one change from the victory in Cardiff, three weeks earlier; Frank Soo replacing George Smith in defence. French goalkeeper, Julien Darui kept his team in the game by stopping Leslie Smith's first-half penalty and France eventually equalised in the last minute of the match.

Season 1945-46
Schweizerischer Fussballverband Golden Jubilee Match  
180 21 July 1945 - Switzerland 3 England 1 [1-0]
Wankdorfstadion, Bern
(35,000)
Fink, Friedländer, Amadò
Brown
AL

Even though Switzerland had remained neutral throughout the war, the Football Association was only now able to send a team over to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Swiss football federation. It was, officially, an FA services eleven, but the side contained only three changes from the England team that had played France at Wembley, two months earlier, with two players making their international debut. One was a winger called Tom Finney. After almost three years unbeaten, England were second best on the day, though it was the close season and the players were all still serving their particular forces.

Victory Internationals  
181 15 September 1945 - Ireland 0 England 1 [0-0]
Windsor Park, Belfast
(45,061)
Mortensen AW

Although the war was over, football wasn't quite back to normal. Players were still in the services and travel was still difficult. The Football League clubs had decided to continue playing in regional leagues for another season. However, for the first time since 1939, the four home nations would all play each other in an unofficial British Victory Championship. This began with England's first trip to Belfast for seven years. They made three changes from the side that had drawn with France, four months earlier. Full-back, Harry Kinsell made his debut, but he was never to win a full cap. Six of the side had actually played in Belfast the previous year against Ireland for the Combined Services.

182 20 October 1945 - England 0 Wales 1 [0-1]
Hawthorns, West Bromwich (54,611)
Powell HL

Despite full-back, Danny Winter, pulling a thigh muscle after half an hour and causing an emergency reorganisation of the Welsh defence (with Winter moving out to the wing as a passenger), a goal in the 33rd minute gave Wales their first victory for three years. England made five changes, with four forwards making their England debuts. Wales made just two changes from their last game of the previous season, against England in Cardiff.

 

Walter Winterbottom

183 19 January 1946 - England 2 Belgium 0 [2-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
(85,000)
Brown, Pye HW

With six changes from the Welsh defeat, two months earlier, it was a more familiar-looking England team that sealed their victory in the first half before a blanket of fog moved in at half-time and made conditions in the second half very difficult. After three years as the record holder, Eddie Hapgood's 43 appearances were beaten by Stan Matthews, in his 27th England game since the beginning of the war, added to his 17 full caps. Billy Wright and Jesse Pye made notable debuts. Pye was to win one full cap, whilst Wright went on to win 105. This match also featured the unheralded introduction of England's first-ever team manager, Walter Winterbottom (without the power to select the team).

184 13 April 1946 - Scotland 1 England 0 [0-0]
Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow (139,468)
Delaney AL

After four years and seven successive defeats in wartime, Scotland left it until the last minute of their first peacetime international for seven years against England to finally get the better of them and claim the unofficial title of British Victory Champions. They had made six changes from a victory in Belfast, two months earlier. Four of them were making a first international appearance. England made four changes, all in attack, with Len Shackleton the only debutant. The Scottish Football Association donated the match proceeds to the Mayor of Bolton's Relief Fund, begun after the previous month's crowd disaster at Burnden Park.

185 11 May 1946 - England 4 Switzerland 1 [0-0]
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London
(75,000)
Carter (2), Brown, Lawton
Friedländer
HW

The Swiss gave England a scare by taking the lead just before the hour mark, but England, with five changes from the Hampden defeat of four weeks earlier, ran out comfortable winners in the end. Bert Johnson made his England debut, but never won a full cap. Nine of the Swiss team had played in the team that beat England in Bern, the previous year, including Willi Steffen, playing on, what was to be, his home ground, in the following season.

186 19 May 1946 - France 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris
(58,481)
Prouff, Vaast
Hagan
AL

A disappointing end to the season with England making three changes from the previous week's victory against Switzerland.

Season 1946-47
Charity International  
187 24 August 1946 - England 2 Scotland 2 [2-1]
Maine Road, Manchester (70,000)
Welsh (2 (1 pen))
Thornton (2)
HD

£12,000 was raised for the Mayor of Bolton's Relief Fund for the victims of the Burnden Park disaster of March 9, 1946. 33 people had died and more than 500 injured after a crush caused by an overcrowded terrace at a sixth-round FA Cup tie between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City. Scotland returned to the scene of their heaviest defeat, three years earlier, but they had gone five matches without losing and their new-found confidence brought them an equaliser, with five minutes remaining. They had made three changes from their last match, but only two from the side that beat England, at Hampden, four months previously. Only Willie Miller, in goal, was making his debut. An experimental England side included only three members of the team that lost in Paris at the end of the previous season. Five players made their debut, not one of which ever won a full cap, despite full internationals resuming the following month.

Season 1949-50

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FA Tour of Canada

The timing of the Football Association's first post-war tour of Canada was a little odd, as it was to end just before the World Cup began in Brazil, and there were three other FA tours all taking place in the same month. The full international squad went to Portugal and Belgium, whilst the B squad went to Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the amateur squad was in Denmark. England's club sides were also in great demand. Manchester United were already in North America and the FA were to meet them in Toronto towards the end of the tour. The Canadian tour squad numbered 18 players, seven of whom were full internationals, plus one that had played for England during the war, six years earlier. There were also four future internationals. Two of the party (Stan Matthews and Jim Taylor) were to join up with the World Cup squad after the tour. The squad was to play in twelve matches in total, but two were against touring club sides, one was over the border, against the United States and one was a friendly match in Winnipeg on 10 June, in which English and local players appeared on both sides.

188 20 May 1950 - Montreal 0 England 7 [NK]
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, Québec
Lofthouse (3), Hancocks (2), Bowyer (2) AW

Nat Lofthouse got the tour off to a great start with a hat-trick on his first appearance in an England shirt.

189 24 May 1950 - Toronto 1 England 4 [NK]
Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
NK AW
190 27 May 1950 - Saskatoon 1 England 19 [NK]
Mayfair Park, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
NK AW

The local team could only muster nine players, so Nat Lofthouse and Tim Ward were loaned to them and played against England, but they could not stop the visitors racking up their highest-ever score.

191 30 May 1950 - British Columbia 4 England 4 [NK]
Callister Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
NK AD

After forty successive victories in Canada, the tourists were held in an eight-goal thriller.

192 1 June 1950 - Victoria 2 England 3 [1-1]
Victoria, British Columbia
NK
Vaughan (2), Wainwright
AW

The FA squad arrived on Vancouver Island and faced another tough test before securing a victory with Charlie Vaughan's winner, ten minutes from time.

193 3 June 1950 - British Columbia 1 England 7 [NK]
Callister
Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
NK AW

Back on the mainland, the tourists gained their revenge against the BC 'All-Stars' that had held them, four days earlier.

194 7 June 1950 - Alberta 0 England 9 [NK]
Calgary, Alberta
NK AW

The visitors then returned to Toronto, where they beat a Manchester United side, 4-2.

195 17 June 1950 - Ontario 2 England 9 [NK]
Windsor, Ontario
NK AW

This was the last of the eight fixtures in four weeks against Canadian sides, though England returned to Montreal, five days later and beat a Swedish team.

FA Tour  
196 19 June 1950 - USA 0 England 1 [0-0]
Triborough Stadium, Randall's Island, New York
(8,241)
Hancocks AW

The touring side left Canada and beat a side containing ten of the team that created one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, only ten days later. None of the English team in New York went to Brazil and only five of them had won full international caps (with two later going on to play full internationals). The US team (which contained only eight Americans) went on to destroy the reputation of the World Cup favourites in a never-to-be-forgotten encounter in Belo Horizonte that left England heading for an early exit from the competition.

Season 1950-51

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David Wiseman and Frank Adams

FA Tour
197 9 May 1951 - American Soccer League 0 England 4 [0-1]
Croke Park, The Bronx, New York City
(2,500)
Smith (2), Shaw, Langton AW

Whilst the Festival of Britain was matching a number of teams back home with foreign opponents and, on the day that England beat Argentina at Wembley, the FA touring squad, en route to Australia, were back in New York, defeating a representative team at a floodlit Gaelic football ground. Only Bobby Langton had been previously capped by England, but two other players would go on to win full caps and goalkeeper, Sam Bartram had played for England during the war.

FA Tour of Australia  

Eighteen players arrived in Australia, for twenty matches on a two-month tour. Only three full internationals could be persuaded to give up most of their summer to play on the other side of the world, though two others were wartime internationals and another two were future England caps. Unlike the previous tour of Australia, 26 years earlier, the squad did not spend two months at sea, having this time flown to New York and then across the Pacific Ocean to land in Sydney on May 12.

198 16 May 1951 - South Coast 0 England 7 [NK]
Wollongong, New South Wales
NK AW
199 19 May 1951 - New South Wales 1 England 8 [NK]
Sydney Cricket Ground, New South Wales
NK AW
200 22 May 1951 - Sydney 2 England 6 [NK]
Sydney
Cricket Ground, New South Wales
NK AW
First Test  
201 26 May 1951 - Australia 1 England 4 [1-3]
Sydney Cricket Ground, New South Wales (46,000)
Parsons
Sewell (2), Clarke, Hurst
AW

The first test saw the tourists win comfortably with two full internationals, both wartime internationals and a future cap.

202 30 May 1951 - Northern Districts 1 England 7 [NK]
Cessnock, New South Wales
NK AW
203 2 June 1951 - New South Wales 1 England 3 [NK]
Newcastle Showground, New South Wales
NK AW
204 6 June 1951 - Victoria 0 England 5 [0-2]
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria
(12,437)
Hagan, Smith (2), Broome, Langton AW
205 9 June 1951 - Victoria 0 England 7 [NK]
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria
NK AW
206 11 June 1951 - Australia 1 England 6 [NK]
Richmond Football Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
(29,000)
Flewin OG
Clarke (3), Sewell (2), Smith
AW

An unofficial international match, as far as both teams were concerned, saw England with one full international, one wartime international and one future cap. The Australians fielded five players from their first test line-up, two weeks earlier.

207 16 June 1951 - Tasmania 0 England 11 [NK]
Hobart, Tasmania
NK AW

The tourists travelled across to the island of Tasmania for the first time, but their hosts provided weak opposition.

208 19 June 1951 - Tasmania 0 England 17 [NK]
Launceston, Tasmania
NK AW
209 23 June 1951 - Australia 1 England 13 [NK]
Adelaide Oval, South Australia
(15,000)
MacKenzie
Clarke (4), Hagan (4), Broome (2), Sewell (2), Langton
AW

England returned to the mainland and continued to bang in the goals with alarming regularity against a side containing only three members of the team beaten at Melbourne. The visitors fielded all three of their full internationals (who all scored), plus a wartime international and a future cap.

Second Test  
210 30 June 1951 - Australia 0 England 17 [0-7]
Sydney
Cricket Ground, New South Wales (14,146)
Clarke (4), Sewell (6), Hagan (3), Broome (3), Hurst AW

The ironically-named, Norman Conquest, in goal for Australia, suffered his own personal invasion and managed to concede thirty goals in two games, as the tourists hit double figures for the fourth match in succession. At the time, it was the biggest ever victory in international football and it was a humiliating experience for a side that had only made four changes from the first test, five weeks earlier. England fielded two full internationals, a future international and both of their wartime internationals. The pitch was a major factor in the deluge of goals, as it was quite waterlogged and provided conditions much more suited to English playing experiences than to those of their hosts, who struggled to keep their feet.

211 4 July 1951 - Queensland 1 England 7 [NK]
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Queensland
NK AW
Third Test  
212 7 July 1951 - Australia 1 England 4 [NK]
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Queensland
(23,216)
Robertson
Clarke (2), Hagan, Langton
AW

The home side made seven changes from the previous week's debacle in Sydney and kept the score down to a respectable total, though they did concede three goals in the first fifteen minutes. England made only one change, but still had the same complement of internationals.

213 11 July 1951 - Central Queensland 1 England 13 [NK]
Bundaberg, Queensland
NK AW
Fourth Test  
214 14 July 1951 - Australia 1 England 6 [NK]
Sydney Cricket Ground, New South Wales (12,000)
Hulme (pen)
Webster (3), Sewell, Hurst, Clarke
AW

Harry Webster came on as a substitute and scored a hat-trick. The Aussies only made two changes from the previous week's defeat, whilst the tourists began with two full internationals (one went off injured), both future internationals and one of the wartime England players.

215 18 July 1951 - Granville 2 England 5 [NK]
Parramatta, New South Wales
NK AW
Fifth Test  
216 21 July 1951 - Australia 0 England 5 [0-2]
Newcastle Showground, New South Wales (14,000)
Sewell, Smith, Clarke (2), Hurst AW

The final test saw seven changes in the Australian side, whilst the visitors fielded only one full international, one future international and one of the wartime internationals. They rounded off the tour on the following day with an astonishing 153 goals scored, averaging 7.65 per game. Financially, it was a successful tour for both countries, but it highlighted a massive gulf in class.

217 22 July 1951 - South Coast 0 England 2 [NK]
Wollongong, New South Wales
NK AW
Season 1952-53

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Walter Winterbottom

England Tour of South America
218 14 May 1953 - Argentina 3 England 1 [1-1]
Estadio Monumental,
Nuñez, Buenos Aires (120,000)
Grillo (2), Micheli
Taylor
AL

As the first match of England's tour was against a team selected only from clubs in Buenos Aires, the Football Association considered it a warm-up match for the full international at the same venue, three days later. However, it was attended by a capacity crowd, including President Perón. England scored first through debutant, Tommy Taylor and then made four substitutions, each of whom were to start the full international. They were well beaten in the end. Argentina fielded the same starting eleven in the full international, with England making seven changes, but they were unable to exact their revenge as the game was abandoned after 21 minutes play, because of a waterlogged pitch. England then moved on to Chile before a rematch could be staged and it transpired that Argentina had declared the first game a full international. The FA did not agree, and they were left with the curious task of only awarding England caps for the abandoned game that lasted 21 minutes, rather than for the game that consisted of ninety minutes in a full stadium.

Season 1954-55

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Joe Richards and Harry Wright

FA Tour of Bermuda and the Caribbean

An eighteen-man squad flew to Bermuda on May 9 for an eleven-match island-hopping tour. Only three players had previously been capped by England, whilst four were future internationals (including future manager, Bobby Robson). The squad also included Robson's Fulham team mate, Jimmy Hill, who went on to become more famous as a television presenter.

219 12 May 1955 - Bermuda 1 England 11 [1-6]
Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish
Russell
Jezzard (4), Robson (3), Bradford (2), Kelly, Hoskins
AW
220 14 May 1955 - Bermuda 1 England 14 [1-6]
Bermuda National Stadium, Devonshire Parish
Emery OG
Jezzard (3), Pearson (3), Heckman (3), Hill (2), Groves (2), Nutt
AW

The home side fielded three English-born players.

221 18 May 1955 - Jamaica 0 England 7 [0-4]
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
(10,000)
Robson (3 (1 pen)), Hamilton OG, Bradford, Hoskins (2) AW

This game was the first to be played in the West Indies under floodlights and the visit coincided with the 300th year of English rule in Jamaica. The FA fielded two of their full internationals and all four of their future caps.

222 21 May 1955 - Jamaica 2 England 4 [NK]
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
NK
Bradford (3), NK
AW
223 23 May 1955 - Jamaica 0 England 7 [0-4]
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
(7,000)
Bradford (3), Hoskins, Hill, Jezzard (2) AW
224 26 May 1955 - North Trinidad 0 England 1 [0-0]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
(12,000)
Jezzard AW

A controversial winner, five minutes from time, as Beddy Jezzard bundled the ball and the goalkeeper into the net.

225 30 May 1955 - Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 6 [0-4]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
(20,000)
Bradford (2), Robson (2), Groves, Jezzard AW
226 2 June 1955 - Trinidad and Tobago 1 England 8 [NK]
Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad
Charleau (pen)
Bradford (3), Robson (2), Heckman (2), Pearson
AW
227 4 June 1955 - Trinidad and Tobago 0 England 8 [NK]
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain
, Trinidad
NK AW
228 7 June 1955 - Curaçao 2 England 2 [NK]
Rifstadion, Willemstad,
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
NK AD

The tourists' last two games ended in draws against sides from the Netherlands Antilles, though the football team still played under the old name of Curaçao, the largest of the six Dutch islands.

229 10 June 1955 - Curaçao 1 England 1 [NK]
Rifstadion, Willemstad,
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
NK AD

The squad returned to Jamaica to watch a cricket test match between the West Indies and Australia, and then flew back to England on June 15.

Season 1955-56

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FA Tour of South Africa and Rhodesia

The Football Association's fifth tour of South Africa, and their first since the war, was also their last, owing to the policy of apartheid in the country, which eventually led to South Africa being barred from all international football. This tour party flew to Johannesburg on May 8 to play eighteen games in two months. There were eighteen players in the squad. Five were full internationals and another three would go on to win full caps.

230 12 May 1956 - Southern Transvaal 1 England 2 [NK]
Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
NK AW

The visitors began by returning to the city of their only previous defeat in South Africa, back in 1939, but this time they were victorious.

231 16 May 1956 - Natal Province 1 England 2 [NK]
Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province
NK AW
232 19 May 1956 - Natal Province 0 England 4 [0-0]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, Natal Province
NK AW
233 23 May 1956 - Border 0 England 10 [NK]
Jan Smuts Ground, East London, Cape Province
NK AW

The Football Association team were due to field two of their England internationals, plus a future international.

234 26 May 1956 - Eastern Province 3 England 8 [2-2]
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Fairley, Roos, Bentley
Ayre, J.King, Hitchens (5), Perry
AW

The home side proved to be quite a handful for the tourists, and they scored first, but they eventually succumbed to Gerry Hitchens' five second-half goals, with Bill Perry (born in South Africa) also scoring for the FA.

235 31 May 1956 - Western Province 0 England 2 [0-1]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
Jezzard, Harris AW
236 2 June 1956 - Northern Transvaal 0 England 3 [0-0]
Pretoria, Transvaal Province
Perry, Ayre (2) AW
237 6 June 1956 - Griqualand West 0 England 5 [NK]
De Beers Stadium, Kimberley, Cape Province
NK AW
238 9 June 1956 - Northern Rhodesia 0 England 4 [NK]
Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia
NK AW

This was the FA's first visit to, what is now, Zambia, followed by a return trip to the southern part (now Zimbabwe) of the three-year-old semi-independent state.

239 13 June 1956 - Southern Rhodesia 0 England 3 [NK]
Police Ground, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
NK AW
240 16 June 1956 - Southern Rhodesia 1 England 3 [NK]
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
NK AW
241 20 June 1956 - Orange Free State Province 2 England 7 [1-4]
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province
Pretorious, Calder
Robson (2), Petherbridge (3), Hitchens, Quested
AW

Bobby Ayre had to leave the field with a thigh injury during the second half, but it made little difference, though the home side had scored first, in the sixth minute.

First Test  
242 23 June 1956 - South Africa 3 England 4 [1-2]
Rand Stadium, Johannesburg
, Transvaal Province (28,000)
Hurly (2), Salton
Harris (pen), J.King, Robson, Perry
AW

For their first meeting with the national side, the tourists fielded all five of their full internationals and two of their future caps, but still found it a struggle to emerge victorious.

243 27 June 1956 - Southern Transvaal 2 England 5 [NK]
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province
NK AW
Second Test  
244 30 June 1956 - South Africa 2 England 4 [0-1]
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban, Natal Province
(23,000)
Le Roux, Gibson
Harris (2), Robson, Hitchens
AW

South Africa only made one change from the previous week's defeat in Johannesburg. The FA started with four full internationals and two of their future caps, but this became three full and all three future, when Gerry Hitchens came on for Beddy Jezzard.

245 7 July 1956 - Eastern Transvaal 1 England 1 [NK]
Benoni, Transvaal Province
NK AD
Third Test  
246 9 July 1956 - South Africa 0 England 0 [0-0]
Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town, Cape Province
(12,000)
  AD

After one defeat and eighty wins in Africa, the FA side suddenly found themselves held twice in three days. In the test, the home side made three changes from Durban and gave a side containing three England internationals and three future caps a strong challenge. Ted Burgin, at least, kept a clean sheet by saving a penalty. It would be another 47 years before an FA side returned to South Africa, to play a full international for the first time.

Fourth Test  
247 14 July 1956 - South Africa 1 England 4 [0-3]
Police Ground, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
(15,000)
Hurly
Hitchens (2), McGarry, Ayre
NW

The tour ended with a fourth test, for the first time, but this time it was over the border into Rhodesia. Unsurprisingly, South Africa stuck with the same team that had secured a historic goalless draw, five days earlier, in Cape Town. The FA only made two changes, and still had three full internationals and three future caps, but this time they made certain that the tour would end on a high note for them.

Season 1957-58

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FA Tour of Nigeria and Ghana

Just as the World Cup squad were in Europe preparing for Sweden, the Football Association sent a touring party to west Africa for the first time. The 17-man squad arrived in Lagos on 10 May, captained by Second Division, Liverpool's Johnny Wheeler, the only full international in the party, having made a single appearance in Belfast, four years earlier. Only seven members of the squad were Football League players and only four were from the First Division. The rest of the squad were amateurs, with the majority having played for England at that level. They were to play seven games in three weeks.

248 14 May 1958 - Lagos 2 England 7 [NK]
King George V
Stadium, Lagos Island, Western Region, Nigeria
NK AW
249 17 May 1958 - Western Nigeria 1 England 5 [NK]
Ibadan, Western Region, Nigeria
NK
Mortimore (3), NK
AW
250 21 May 1958 - Eastern Nigeria 0 England 1 [0-0]
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Eastern Region
, Nigeria
Heckman (pen) AW

Ron Heckman's penalty, seven minutes from the end of the game, gave the tourists a victory that they had to work extremely hard for.

251 24 May 1958 - Nigeria 0 England 5 [0-2]
King George V
Stadium, Lagos Island, Western Region, Nigeria
Anakwe OG, Mortimore, Neil, Littlejohn, Heckman AW

Six of the English side were Football League players (including their international captain), but all of the goals were scored by amateurs.

252 27 May 1958 - Ashanti 3 England 5 [NK]
Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
NK AW

The squad headed west to Ghana for the first time and played two games before returning to Nigeria for the last game of the tour.

253 1 June 1958 - Ghana 0 England 7 [NK]
Accra, Ghana
NK AW

The former Gold Coast had been a British colony and had only been independent for a year, but they would have to wait until 2011 to face England in a full international.

254 3 June 1958 - Northern Nigeria 2 England 2 [NK]
Kano, Northern Region, Nigeria
NK AabD
Match abandoned after 70 minutes: Torrential Rain
Season 1960-61

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Tom Finney

FA Tour of Far East and New Zealand

Tom Finney came out of retirement to lead an 18-man squad around the world, primarily on a ten-game tour of the Far East and New Zealand, but also taking in a fixture in San Francisco on the way home. They left on 11 May and returned six weeks later. The party included three full internationals, three future internationals (including Bobby Moore) and six members of Great Britain's amateur Olympic team that had performed admirably in Italy, the previous year.

255 13 May 1961 - Malaya 2 England 4 [1-2]
Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (20,000)
Koe, Choe
Charnley (3), Lindsay
AW

The tour began with all three England internationals in the side (including Finney) and two of the future caps, one of whom (Ray Charnley) scored a hat-trick. Two of the Olympic team started the match, with Hugh Lindsay scoring, and another, goalkeeper, Mike Pinner came on as a substitute.

256 17 May 1961 - Singapore 0 England 9 [0-5]
Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
(14,294)
Charnley (2), Fantham (2), Hannah (3), A'Court, Finney AW

This time, all six past, current and future England internationals played (Moore had missed the first game). There were no amateurs in the side, but there was one member of the Olympic team, who was now a professional (Laurie Brown).

257 21 May 1961 - Hong Kong 2 England 4 [2-4]
Government Stadium, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Lau, Yeung
Charnley (2), Moore, Hannah
AW

The visitors were unchanged from the side that had won in Singapore.

258 23 May 1961 - Hong Kong 0 England 3 [0-0]
Government Stadium, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
(20,000)
Charnley (pen), Fantham, Hannah AW

The hosts kept six players that had finished the first game, two days earlier, and recruited from China to field a combined Chinese eleven. England made two changes, including replacing one of their full internationals (Graham Shaw).

259 31 May 1961 - Otago 0 England 10 [0-3]
Caledonian Ground, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
(7,500)
Hannah, A'Court, Appleton (2), R.Brown (3), Lindsay (3) AW

The squad then flew almost six thousand miles to visit New Zealand for the first time. They made five changes from their last game in Hong Kong and fielded their three full internationals, but none of their future caps. Three of the Olympic team were in the side; two of them scoring hat-tricks against a team representing one of the largest areas of the South Island.

260 3 June 1961 - Canterbury 1 England 11 [1-6]
English Park, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
(12,500)
Durant
Hannah, Fantham (4), Lewis (2), Charnley, Finney (2), L.Brown
AW

The largest area of the South Island fared little better than their neighbours. England made six changes, including their three future internationals coming back in and one of the full internationals (Alan A'Court) left out. Two of the Olympic team played and both scored.

261 5 June 1961 - New Zealand 0 England 8 [0-2]
Basin Reserve, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
(19,000)
Charnley (2), Fantham (3), Lewis, Finney, Middleton OG AW

The tourists made three changes to face the national side as they arrived on the North Island for the first time. A'Court returned to the side to bring back a full complement of six full internationals (previous and future), alongside three of the Olympic team.

262 7 June 1961 - Minor Provinces 0 England 13 [0-4]
McLean Park, Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
(6,000)
Finney (3), R.Brown (3), Fantham (2), Lewis (2), Lindsay, L.Brown, Shaw AW

A third game in five days didn't stop England hitting double figures once again. They had scored 42 goals in a week.

263 10 June 1961 - New Zealand 1 England 6 [0-3]
Epsom Showgrounds, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
(15,000)
McVey
Lewis (pen), Charnley, A'Court, Finney (2), Fantham
AW

Both sides made only two changes from their meeting in Wellington, five days earlier. England had one less Olympian in the side, as a result.

264 14 June 1961 - Auckland 0 England 8 [0-4]
Epsom Showgrounds, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
(8,000)
Finney (4), R.Brown (2), L.Brown, OG AW

England made two changes for their final match in New Zealand, giving them three full internationals, two future caps and three Olympians.

FA Tour  
265 18 June 1961 - San Francisco 1 England 2 [NK]
San Francisco, California, USA
(10,000)
NK
Lindsay, Charnley
AW

Another six and a half thousand miles took the squad to San Francisco, where they played one last game, before heading for home.

Season 1964-65

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Alf Ramsey

Friendlies

In-between the European tours conducted by the full and under-23 international squads, the England manager took a fourteen-man party to Gibraltar for the weekend to play two matches. He was accompanied by Wilf McGuinness, as trainer. The squad contained three former internationals, one future international (David Sadler) and two amateur internationals.

266 22 May 1965 - Gibraltar 1 England 7 [NK]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
NK AW
267 23 May 1965 - Gibraltar 0 England 6 [NK]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
NK AW

The first game, on the Saturday, was against the Gibraltar national team. 24 hours later, the representative 'Rock' eleven included members of the UK military that were stationed in Gibraltar.

Season 1965-66
Jersey Football Association Diamond Jubilee Match  
268 6 October 1965 - Jersey 0 England 10 [0-6]
Springfield
Stadium, Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
Sammels (4), Martin (3), Figg, Townsend, Le Flem AW

In the most important season of his career, Alf Ramsey took time out to take a young side to Jersey to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of organized football on the island. There were two full internationals in the side, including current first-choice goalkeeper, Ron Springett. Goalscorers, Roger Figg and Charlie Townsend were amateur internationals.

Season 1968-69

x

Jimmy Armfield

FA Tour of Tahiti, New Zealand and Far East

33-year-old Jimmy Armfield took charge of a 17-man FA squad that toured New Zealand for the first time since 1961, following a Polynesian stop-over and followed by three games in the Far East before the long journey home. They were joined by the trainer to the England amateur team, Jack Jennings, who must have treated Armfield for the hairline fracture in his left ankle, that kept him on the sidelines for the first three weeks of the tour. There were two other former internationals in the party, one future international (Keith Weller) and even a future Scottish international, Bruce Rioch, who scored against England, at Wembley, six years later.

269 21 May 1969 - Tahiti 1 England 4 [NK]
Stade Hamuta, Pape'ete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
(4,600)
NK
Hateley (3), Knighton
AW

With Armfield out injured, Don Megson captained the side in the first match of the month-long, eleven-match tour. The two other former internationals, plus the future England international, were in the team that beat what was, effectively, French Polynesia, represented by the largest island of the territory. Tony Hateley, whose son, Mark was to win 32 full England caps, scored a hat-trick on this historic first visit to the South Pacific.

270 25 May 1969 - Auckland 1 England 8 [NK]
Carlaw Park, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Guildea
Eastham (5), Payne (2), Weller
AW

The tourists travelled over two thousand miles to begin their New Zealand tour, four days later, though they'd only actually had a three-day break, due to them crossing the International Date Line. George Eastham (one of the two former internationals in the side) found goals easy to come by and the future cap (Weller) also got on the scoresheet. The side was unchanged, but the future Scottish international (Rioch) came on as a substitute.

271 28 May 1969 - Canterbury 2 England 6 [NK]
English Park, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Griffiths, Madrussan
Rioch (3), Piper, Eastham, Hateley
AW

England made three changes for their first match on the South Island, with Rioch (the future Scottish cap) making an impressive first start. Eastham was the only former international in the team, though future cap, Weller also played.

272 31 May 1969 - Otago and Southland 0 England 11 [NK]
Caledonian Ground, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Weller (3), Hateley (3), Rioch (2), Morgan, Knighton, Eastham AW

The visitors returned to the Caledonian Ground, exactly eight years to the day since their last visit, and they scored one more goal. They were unchanged from the game in Christchurch.

273 2 June 1969 - New Zealand 1 England 7 [0-3]
Basin Reserve, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
(6,000)
Mears
Hateley (4), Rioch, Weller, Piper
AW

England were back on the North Island and made two changes for this unofficial international (for both countries). Goalkeeper, Alan Hodgkinson returned and brought the former international contingent back up to two, alongside both future internationals, though Weller was substituted during the game.

x

Sir Alf Ramsey

England Tour of Latin America
274 3 June 1969 - Mexico 0 England 4 [0-3]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
(45,000)
Clarke (2), Astle (2) AW

Pérez Mullery

Two days after a goalless draw between the two countries in Mexico City in front of 105,000 in the first match of the full international tour, England travelled to, what was to be their home, for their first defence of the World Cup, in twelve months' time. The Mexicans fielded four members of the defence that had kept out the first-choice England attackers, and they added two more of the team as second-half substitutes, but they were unable to resist a patched-up England side that contained only three members of the Mexico City team (Ball, Moore and Peters) plus Tommy Wright, who had been a late substitute, two days earlier. It was not an official international and three uncapped players were in the side; most notably Allan Clarke, who scored twice, and their only fit goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. Alan Mullery, who had become the first player sent off for England, twelve months earlier, achieved an unwanted double, when he was dismissed again, five minutes before the end, following a scuffle with Mario Pérez.

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Jimmy Armfield

FA Tour of New Zealand and Far East
275 4 June 1969 - Central League 2 England 3 [NK]
Palmerston North Showgrounds, Manawatu-Wanganui, North Island, New Zealand
Francis, Bruce
Rioch, Hateley, Morgan
AW

After nineteen FA tour games (amateur and professional) in New Zealand where none of the hosts had gotten within four goals of their opponents, England found themselves twice behind against the representative league team of the lower North Island. The visitors made only one change from two days earlier; in goal, leaving Eastham, once again, as the only former international in the side.

276 7 June 1969 - New Zealand 0 England 5 [0-3]
Seddon Park, Hamilton, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
(5,000)
Eastham (3), Hateley, Weller AW

England played a New Zealand squad eleven in another unofficial international on their first visit to Hamilton. The hosts kept five players from their defeat in Wellington, five days earlier, whilst the tourists brought back Hodgkinson in goal, thus reverting back to the side that had won in Wellington.

277 11 June 1969 - New Zealand 0 England 5 [0-3]
Newmarket Park, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
(5,000)
Weller (2), Hateley (3) AW

The New Zealand leg of the tour ended back in Auckland, with a game against the full-strength national team, though there were only three changes to the side that they had beaten in Hamilton, four days earlier. England were a settled side. They were unchanged and the result was the same. Jimmy Armfield replaced Rioch at half-time to make his first appearance of the tour, so they were able to field all three of their former internationals for the second half. Nine years later, an official England B squad toured New Zealand; details, of which, can be found here.

278 14 June 1969 - Singapore 0 England 9 [0-3]
Jalan Besar Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
(8,000)
Hateley (4), Weller (2), Piper (2), Eastham AW

The squad moved on to Singapore and repeated the scoreline of their last visit, in the same stadium, eight years earlier. They were unchanged again, with Armfield, this time, replacing Weller at half-time.

279 16 June 1969 - Hong Kong 0 England 6 [0-1]
Happy Valley Sports Ground, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong Island
(20,647)
Hateley, Morgan (2), Eddy (pen), Piper (2) AW

England made one change from the game in Singapore, just two days earlier, but the player left out, Norman Piper, came on at half-time and rounded off the victory with two goals in the last five minutes. Armfield also came on at half-time, again replacing Weller. The home crowd turned hostile towards the end, lighting fires on the terraces and riot police escorted the players off the pitch (which was in the middle of a racecourse) after the final whistle.

280 20 June 1969 - Thailand 0 England 4 [0-1]
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand (40,000)
Hateley, Weller (2), Piper AW

The Football Association squad ended the tour with a first trip to Thailand. They made one change again, to bring Piper back into the side. Hateley opened the scoring with his 22nd goal in eleven matches, only failing to score in one game, and Armfield made his customary half-time appearance, for the fourth game in succession, this time at the expense of Rioch.

Season 1969-70

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Sir Alf Ramsey

B International
281 20 May 1970 - Colombia 0 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Bogotá (35,000)
Astle AW

England's defence of the World Cup was a little under two weeks away and to help the players acclimatize to the high altitudes of Mexico City, they attempted to give as many of the squad as possible some international experience in similar conditions in nearby countries in northern parts of South America. Against Colombia, a double-header was arranged, with what was, effectively, a B international being played in the same stadium, two hours before the full international between the two countries. The players still had everything to play for, because six of them had to be sent home before the tournament began. England's outfield substitutes were the same for both games, but only two were used, and between them, they conjured up the only goal, with fifteen minutes remaining. Ralph Coates headed the ball on for Jeff Astle to score. Astle made the final squad, but Coates did not.

Season 1970-71

x

 

Football Association of Ireland Golden Jubilee Match
282 24 May 1971 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1 [0-1]
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
(8,000)
Heighway
Wagstaff
AD

Two days after England had beaten Scotland at Wembley to win the British Championship, the Football Association sent its touring squad to Dublin to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the FAI. The home team fielded ten of the side that was to lose, 4-1, to Austria, in a European Championship qualifier, in Dublin, six days later. England were headed for a tour of Australia and had one former international (Barry Bridges) in the side, plus a future World Cup captain, in Mick Mills.

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FA Tour of Australia

A squad of sixteen comprised the Football Association's first tour of Australia for twenty years. It was much shorter than previous tours (nine games in five weeks). Only one full international (Barry Bridges) was in the party, but there were two future internationals (Mick Mills and Dave Watson) and a future European Cup-winning captain (Dennis Mortimer).

283 30 May 1971 - New South Wales 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sydney Sports Ground
, New South Wales (19,000)
Chilton AW

Chris Chilton scored in the sixteenth minute, but this match was the first indication that the standard in Australia had significantly improved since the last visit. It was the first time that an FA side had failed to score more than one goal in 56 Australian tour matches (amateur and professional). The tourists fielded an uncapped starting eleven, with one future international (Mills). Former international, Bridges came on for the last fifteen minutes.

284 2 June 1971 - Northern New South Wales 0 England 3 [NK]
Crystal Palace, Newcastle, New South Wales (5,000)
McVitie, Eddy, Watson AW
285 6 June 1971 - Victoria 1 England 3 [NK]
Melbourne, Victoria
NK
Keen (2), Garland
AW
286 9 June 1971 - Tasmania 0 England 8 [0-4]
Hobart, Tasmania
Chilton (3), Keen (2), Bridges, Garland, Piper AW
First Test  
287 13 June 1971 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-0]
Sydney Sports Ground, New South Wales (16,775)
Watson AW

England returned to Sydney and found the national side a tough nut to crack. Bridges was not in the side, so they were again uncapped, but the two future internationals were present; one of them (Dave Watson) scoring the only goal in the 52nd minute.

288 14 June 1971 - Queensland 0 England 6 [NK]
Brisbane, Queensland
McVitie (3), Wagstaff, Eddy, Watson AW

Only 24 hours after the test match, the tourists arrived in Brisbane and found goals easy to come by.

Second Test  
289 20 June 1971 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Olympic Park, Melbourne, Victoria (12,216)
Watson AW

Both sides were unchanged from the previous week's meeting, so it was, perhaps, not surprising that it had the same outcome, even down to the same goalscorer, though this time in the 31st minute.

290 23 June 1971 - South Australia 0 England 5 [NK]
Adelaide, South Australia
NK AW
291 26 June 1971 - Western Australia 1 England 6 [NK]
Perry Lakes Stadium, Perth, Western Australia
Harrison
NK
AW

The squad completed the tour with a hundred per cent record. It was the 54th successive tour victory for an FA professional team in Australia. England have only returned to Australia to play full internationals since.

Season 1972-73
Friendly  
292 10 April 1973 - Gibraltar 0 England 9 [0-4]
Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar
T.Francis (2), Worthington (3), Sulley (2), Paine (2) AW

Six months after a car accident deprived him of the sight of his right eye, and of his first-class career, England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper, Gordon Banks captained an FA eleven, that included two other full internationals, including fellow World Cup winner, Nobby Stiles. Banks and Stiles were both substituted at half-time. There were also three future internationals in the team.
Thanks to Andy Kelly for locating the match report.

Season 1975-76

x

Don Revie

American Bicentennial Cup

293 31 May 1976 - North American Soccer League 1 England 3 [0-2]
John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(16,239)
Scullion
Keegan (2), Francis
AW

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution, Brazil, England and Italy were invited to the United States to compete in a four-team tournament with the hosts. The home team included only three Americans, but they also had two World Cup winners, in Brazil's Pelé and England's Bobby Moore (who was captain), as well as Northern Ireland's player-manager, Dave Clements, three other English players, including a former international (Tommy Smith), and a former Welsh international captain (Mike England). To complete the United Kingdom influence in 'Team America', Scotsman, Stewart Scullion came on for the second half and scored their only goal of the tournament. England's first two games had been full internationals. Only three of the starting line-up had begun the game against Italy, in New York, three days earlier. Brazil won the tournament, with England runners-up.

Season 1985-86

x

Bobby Robson

Friendly

294 14 May 1986 - Korea Republic 1 England 4 [0-2]
Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, USA
(3,000)
Kang
Hateley, Robson, Dixon (2)
NW

An important match in England's high-altitude preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Mexico, against fellow qualifiers. Seventeen members of the squad were used. Three of the four Everton players were left out, because they had played in the FA Cup Final, four days earlier, and they were behind the rest of the squad in acclimatizing themselves to the altitude.

Season 1987-88
Friendlies  
295 9 June 1988 - Heilbronn 0 England 4 [NK]
Frankenstadion, Heilbronn,
Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
(6,500)
Waddle (2), McMahon, Hateley AW

Four days before England's opening match of the European Championship in Stuttgart, they took on a team made up of the players from the two main clubs in the city of Heilbronn. The highest ranked, VfR Heilbronn, was in the fourth tier of West German football.

Season 1989-90
296 5 June 1990 - Sardinia 2 England 10 [1-5]
Oristano, Sardinia
, Italy (2,500)
McMahon OG, Tomasso
Webb (3), Beardsley (3), Bull (2), Platt, McMahon
AW

England's final game before their World Cup opener, six days later. Only three of the side were to start against Ireland in Cagliari (Beardsley, Butcher and Stevens). They played against a team representing the island of Sardinia, where England were based for the first round of the World Cup in Italy. Steve McMahon scored a deliberate own goal before any Sardinians had touched the ball, in a symbolic gesture representing the effect on the England team if any of their supporters committed violent acts during the tournament. Gianfranco Zola, from Italian Champions, Napoli, returned to his native Sardinia to play the first hour. Seven years later, he would be England's Footballer of the Year, after scoring the only goal of a World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley, whilst with Chelsea.

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