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Monday, 11 July 1966
The World Championship Jules Rimet Cup Finals First Phase Group One, Opening Match

England 0 Uruguay 0 [0-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Uruguay Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 87,148;
Kick-off: 7.30pm BST
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme, also live on ITV (Anglia, ATV, Border, Grampian, Granada, Southern, Teledu Cymru, TWW, Tyne Tees, Ulster and Westward), final fifteen minutes live on ITV (Scottish) - Commentator: Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen.

Results 1965-1970

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - István Zsolt
45, (28 June 1921), Budapest

Linesmen - tbc

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 3rd to 4th
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, 25th captaincy Manager: Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 46 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
39th match, W 24 - D 9 - L 6 - F 95 - A 49.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon     G Leicester City FC 28 29ᵍᵃ
2 Cohen, George R.     RB Fulham FC 25 0
3 Wilson, Ramon 31 17 December 1934 LB Everton FC 46 0
4 Stiles, Norbert P. 24 18 May 1942 RHB Manchester United FC 15 1
5 Charlton, John     CHB Leeds United AFC 17 2
6 Moore, Robert F.C. 25 12 April 1941 LHB West Ham United FC 42 2
7 Ball, Alan J.     OR Blackpool FC 11 1
8 Greaves, James     IR Tottenham Hotspur FC 52 43
most goals 1964-66
9 Charlton, Robert     CF Manchester United FC 69 37
21 Hunt, Roger     IR Liverpool FC 14 12
11 Connelly, John     OL Manchester United FC 20 7
final cap 1959-66

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Manager Alf Ramsey also played against Uruguay in the tour defeat of May 1953.


For the first time, England have kept three clean sheets in a row at Wembley, creating a new record.
England's 46th match played on a Monday is the first in thirteen years.
2-3-4-1 Banks -
Cohen, Wilson -
J.Charlton, Moore -
Ball, Greavses, Hunt, Connelly -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Uruguay Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 12th
Colours: Sky blue jerseys with white v-necked collar/cuffs, black shorts, black socks with sky blue tops.
Capt: Horacio Troche Manager: Ondino Viera
Uruguay Lineup
  Mazurkiewicz, Ladislao     G     GA
2 Troche, Horacio     RB      
3 Manicera, Jorge     LB      
15 Ubiña, Luis     RHB      
5 Gonçalves, Néstor     CHB      
6 Caetano, Omar     LHB      
7 Cortés, Julior Céar     OR      
18 Viera, Milton     IR      
19 Silva, Héctor     CF      
10 Rocha, Pedro     IL      
11 Pérez, Domingo     OL      

unused substitutes:

2-3-5 Mazurkieviez -
Troche, Manicera -
Ubinas, Goncalvez, Caetano -
Cotes, Viera, Silva, Rocha, Perez.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

A dull and uninspiring start to the World Cup left neutrals wondering on what Alf Ramsey based his confidence that England would win the tournament. Uruguay played with nine men back in defence and defied all England's attempts to break them down. It was the first time in twelve matches that England had failed to score. John Connelly was Ramsey's one winger. The Uruguayans celebrated at the final whistle as if they had won. They had squeezed exactly what they wanted from the game with their stifling defensive tactics. It was not a pretty sight.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author