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England Dismissals Opposition Dismissals Team Discipline VAR
Match Player Date Opponent Venue Type Res Time Details
424 Alan Mullery
(11th appearance, 26yrs 194)
5 June 1968 - 0-1 vs. Yugoslavia
Stadio Communale, Firenze
ECF NL 90 Retaliatory kick at Dobrivoje Trivic, despite constant provocation throughout the match.
472 Alan Ball
(65th appearance, 28yrs 25)
6 June 1973 - 0-2 vs. Poland
Stadion Śląski, Chorzów
WCP AL 77 Grabbed Leslaw Cmikiewicz by the throat, picking up up from the floor, after he and Martin Peters had brought him down.
513 Trevor Cherry
(11th appearance, 29yrs 109)
12 June 1977 - 1-1 vs. Argentina
Estadio La Bombonera, Buenos Aires
Fr AD 83 Foul tackle from behind; Daniel Bertoni knocked out two teeth in retaliation and also was sent off.
615 Ray Wilkins
(82nd appearance, 29yrs 265)
6 June 1986 - 0-0 vs. Morocco
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
WCF ND 42 Straight red - showed disgust at an offside decision, the ball he threw hit the referee's feet.
750 David Beckham
(18th appearance, 23yrs 59)
30 June 1998 - 2-2 vs. Argentina
Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne
WCF ND 47 Retaliatory kick after whistle had blown for foul by Diego Simeone.
751 Paul Ince
(44th appearance, 30yrs 319)
5 September 1998 - 1-2 vs. Sweden
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Stockholm
ECP AL 67 Two cautions - two foul tackles, the second a late tackle on Henrik Larsson.
758 Paul Scholes
(17th appearance, 24yrs 201)
5 June 1999 - 0-0 vs. Sweden
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
ECP HD 51 Two cautions - two foul tackles
761 David Batty
(42nd & final app, 30yrs 280)
8 September 1999 - 0-0 vs. Poland
Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warszawa
ECP AD 84 Foul late tackle on Radoslaw Michalski
798 Alan Smith
(6th appearance, 21yrs 353)
16 October 2002 - 2-2 vs. Macedonia
Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
ECP HD 90+2 Two cautions - two foul tackles
832 David Beckham
(85th appearance, 30yrs 159)
8 October 2005 - 1-0 vs. Austria
Old Trafford, Manchester
WCP HW 59 Two cautions - two foul tackles
842 Wayne Rooney
(33rd appearance, 20yrs 250)
1 July 2006 - 0-0 vs. Portugal
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen
WCF ND 62 Alleged stamp on Ricardo Carvalho
879 Rob Green
(8th appearance, 29yrs 265)
10 October 2009 - 0-1 vs. Ukraine
Stadion Dnepr-Arena, Dnepropetrovsk
WCP AL 14 Professional foul on Artem Milevskiy
900 Wayne Rooney
(73rd appearance, 25yrs 348)
7 October 2011 - 2-2 vs. Montenegro
Stadion Pod Goricam, Podgorica
ECP AD 74 For a petulant kick out at Miodrag Dzudović, after he miscontrols the ball and takes out his frustration
912 Steven Gerrard
(98th appearance, 32yrs 104)
11 September 2012 - 1-1 vs. Ukraine
The National Stadium, Wembley
WCP HD 88 Two cautions - first for jumping for the same ball, second for a lunge tackle
930 Raheem Sterling
(4th appearance, 19yrs 178)
4 June 2014 - 2-2 vs. Ecuador (sub)
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens
Fr ND 79 A bad challenge on Antonio Valencia that also his opponent him being sent off for retaliation
1002 Kyle Walker
(49th appearance, 30yrs 100)
5 September 2020 - 1-0 vs. Iceland
Laugardalsvöller, Reykjavík
NLP AW 70 Two cautions - first for pushing, the second for a lunge tackle
1006 Harry Maguire
(28th appearance, 27yrs 223)
14 October 2020 - 0-1 vs. Denmark
National Stadium, Wembley


31 Two cautions - first for a late tackle, the second for a dangerous lunge
Reece James
(3rd appearance, 20yrs 311)
Sent-off after the final whistle for arguing with the referee
1034 John Stones
(58th appearance, 28yrs 17)
14 June 2022 - 0-4 vs. Hungary
Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
NLP HL 83 Two cautions - first for an innocuous elbow, the second for getting in the way.
1043 Luke Shaw
(29th appearance, 27yrs 254)
23 March 2023 - 2-1 vs. Italy
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli
ECP AW 80 Two cautions - the first for timewasting, the second for a trip.


England did not have a man sent off until their 424th match in 1968.  Three more were dismissed over the next 30 years, and what was truly a magnificent disciplinary record stood at four dismissals in the 749 matches played through 26 June 1998.

But in England's next 12 matches over a little more than a year, the total doubled as four more were sent off, one of them the first England player to be dismissed on home soil.   For the first time, England had two men sent off during the same season--in European Championship qualifying matches against the same opponent, Sweden.  And for the first time England had players sent off in consecutive seasons, indeed, in three consecutive seasons.   

When Paul Scholes committed two yellow card foul tackles against Sweden in 1999, he became the first England player to be dismissed on home soil and thus the first at Wembley Stadium.  Scholes was the only England player sent off in the 223 matches England played at the Empire Stadium. A respite followed, but it was short.  In the second match of England's very next European Championship qualification campaign, against FYR Macedonia on 16 October 2002, the young yet often-disciplined striker Alan Smith was dismissed for a second foul tackle, this one coming in time added on at match's end and, absurdly, after the ball already had crossed the touch line.  Smith thus became the second England player to be sent off on home soil, but this time at Southampton's new St. Mary's Stadium.  Captain David Beckham became the third player to be sent-off on home soil in October 2005 at Old Trafford, Manchester.  When the young but temperamental Wayne Rooney was sent off during the 2006 European Championship Finals, it became just the second time two England players were sent off in one season. Captain Steven Gerrard became the fourth dismissal at Wembley, the first at the new stadium, September 2012 and the oldest to be sent-off.

Raheem Sterling became the youngest player to be sent off when he did so against Ecuador on 4 June 2014. He was 19 years and 179 days old. He was also the only substitute to be sent off

Following a respite of over six years, 2020-21 became a record breaking season. The first to see three players dismissed in one season, and that was only two months in. It is also the first occasion when two England players were dismissed in the same match. Although Harry Maguire saw red for two late tackles at
Wembley against Denmark on 14 October, Reece James was dismissed after the final whistle for arguing with the referee. His dismissal on his third appearance makes him the least experienced England player to be dismissed, beating Sterling by a single appearance.

Luke Shaw is the latest player dismissed, when he was sent off against Italy on 23 March 2023.

David Batty is the only player to never play for England again after he was sent-off against Poland in September 1999.

Eighteen of the twenty dismissals occurred in competitive play.  Four came in final tournaments, three in the World Cup, one, the very first, in the European Championships.  Fourteen came in qualifying competitions, four in the World Cup, six in the European Championship and four in the Nations League.  Two more came in a friendly match.  Nine occurred in matches played in June/July at the end of the season and three in matches played in September at the beginning of the season.  Four in October.  Thirteen occurred in away matches, only seven at home.

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney hold the distinction of being dismissed from the field twice in their England career. 

David Beckham and Steven Gerrard are the only captain's to be sent off.

Of the twenty dismissals, only three were against South American opposition, two of them Argentina. Another one each against African opposition. The remaining sixteen were all against European opposition.

Of the twenty dismissals, only three came in the first-half.

Following a dismissal, only three matches have ever gone onto to an England victory.  Following Beckham's dismissal at Old Trafford against Austria in October 2005, England held on to their one-nil victory.  In September 2020, England went onto beat Iceland following Kyle Walker's dismissal, and against Italy in Naples in March 2023, England held on to their 2-1 victory.
A further ten matches ended in a draw. Only seven ended in defeat.