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England's 57 Top Goalscorers

Last update includes no. 997 against Kosovo on 10 September 2019
 
No. Player
 
Club
pos sts
/subs
apps gls cmp gls mpg/
ms
pens/
ht (sub)
first & last goals (app no.) age(s) gap
yrs
England's Top Scorer - 53
1125 Wayne Rooney
 Everton, Manchester United
F 109
11
120 53 37 169
43
7
0 (1)
6 September 2003 2-1 vs. FYR Macedonia (6)
27 June 2016 1-2 vs. Iceland (115)
17 317
30 247
12 295

 
  Own Goals       53 29     5 April 1879 5-4 vs. Scotland (9)
10 September 2019 5-3 vs. Kosovo (997)
  140
158

Second Top Scorer - 49
767 Bobby Charlton
 Manchester United
F/M 105
1
106 49 27 193
37
3
4 (1)
19 April 1958 4-0 vs. Scotland (1)
20 May 1970 4-0 vs. Colombia (101)
20 190
32 221
12 31

Third Top Scorer - 48
979 Gary Lineker
 Leicester City, Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur
CF 74
6
80 48 24 137
31
4
5 (1)
26 March 1985 2-1 vs. Republic of Ireland (2)
29 April 1992 2-2 vs. CIS (74)
24 116
31 150
7 34

Fourth Top Scorer - 44
780 Jimmy Greaves
 Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur
IF 57
0
57 44 23 117 0
6
17 May 1959 1-4 vs. Peru (1)
24 May 1967 2-0 vs. Spain (56)
19 86
27 93
8 7

Fifth Top Scorer - 40
1086 Michael Owen
 Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United
F 77
12
89 40 26 155
33
1
2 (4)
27 May 1998 1-0 vs. Morocco (4)
(2) 12 September 2007 3-0 vs. Russia (85)
18 164
27 272
9 108

  

Goalscorers - thirty
661 Tom Finney
 Preston North End
O/CF 76
0
76 30 12 227
24
3
1
28 September 1946 7-2 vs. Ireland (1)
4 October 1958 3-3 vs. Northern Ireland (75)
24 176
36 182
12 6
702 Nat Lofthouse
 Bolton Wanderers
CF 32
1
33 30 13 95
18
0
0 (2)
(2) 22 November 1950 2-2 vs. Yugoslavia (1)
22 October 1958 5-1 vs. USSR (32)
25 87
33 56
7 334
1040 Alan Shearer
 Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United
CF 61
2
63 30 22 179
25
6
1
19 February 1992 2-0 vs. France (1)
20 June 2000 2-3 vs. Romania (63)
21 190
29 312
8 122

Goalscorers - 29
1097 Frank Lampard
 Chelsea
M 89
17
106 29 19 264
28
9
0 (2)
(sub) 20 August 2003 3-1 vs. Croatia (12)
29 May 2013 1-1 vs. Republic of Ireland (96)
25 61
34 343
9 282

Goalscorers - 28
220 Steve Bloomer
 Derby County, Middlesbrough
CF/IR   23 28 28 74
16
0
2
(2) 9 March 1895 9-0 vs. Ireland (1)
6 April 1907 1-1 vs. Scotland (23)
21 48
33 76
12 28
283 Vivian Woodward
 Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea
C/IF   23 28 14 74
14
0
4
(2) 14 February 1903 4-0 vs. Ireland (1)
(2) 13 March 1911 3-0 vs. Wales (23)
23 256
31 271
8 27

Goalscorers - 27
1019 David Platt
 Aston Villa, Bari, Juventus, Sampdoria, Arsenal
M 55
7
62 27 12 179
21
3
1 (2)
(sub) 26 June 1990 1-0 vs. Belgium (8)
18 May 1996 3-0 vs. Hungary (58)
24 16
29 343
5 327

Goalscorers - 26
941 Bryan Robson
 Manchester United
M 90
0
90 26 17 294
19
1
1
9 September 1981 1-2 vs. Norway (13)
(2) 13 December 1989 2-1 vs. Yugoslavia (82)
24 241
32 336
8 95
1207 Harry Kane
 Tottenham Hotspur
F 34
7
41 26 21 121
19
8
2 (3)
(sub) 27 March 2015 4-0 vs. Lithuania (1)
10 September 2019 5-3 vs. Kosovo (41)
21 242
26 44
4 167


Goalscorers - 24
843 Geoff Hurst
 West Ham United
F 47
2
49 24 18 179 2
4
2 April 1966 4-3 vs. Scotland (2)
1 December 1971 2-0 vs. Greece (48)
24 115
29 358
5 243

Goalscorers - 23
667 Stan Mortensen
 Blackpool
IF 25
0
25 23 9 98
15
0
3
(4) 25 May 1947 10-0 vs. Portugal (1)
25 November 1953 3-6 vs. Hungary (25)
25 364
32 183
6 184

Goalscorers - 22
647 Tommy Lawton
 Everton, Chelsea, Notts County
CF   23 22 8 91
15
2
2
22 October 1938 2-4 vs. Wales (1)
16 May 1948 4-0 vs. Italy (22)
19 16
28 223
9 207
1139 Peter Crouch
 Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur
F 19
23
42 22 9 97
16
0
1 (5)
(sub) 1 March 2006 2-1 vs. Uruguay (5)
(sub) 17 November 2010 1-2 vs. France
 (42)
25 30
29 291
4 261

Goalscorers - 21
885 Mick Channon
 Southampton
F 44
2
46 21 12  183 3
0
14 February 1973 5-0 vs. Scotland (2)
4 June 1977 1-2 vs. Scotland (42)
24 78
28 188
4 110
887 Kevin Keegan
 Liverpool, Hamburger, Southampton
OR
/IL
62
1
63 21 16 265
18
1
0
11 May 1974 2-0 vs. Wales (3)
23 February 1982 4-0 vs. Northern Ireland (60)
23 56
31 9
7 288
1099 Steven Gerrard
 Liverpool
M 110
4
114 21 16 415
18
0
0 (1)
1 September 2001 5-1 vs. Germany (6)
15 October 2013 2-0 vs. Poland (107)
21 94
33 138
12 44

Goalscorers - 20
844 Martin Peters
 West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur
M 64
3
67 20 14 290
18
0 29 June 1966 3-0 vs. Finland (2)
19 May 1973 1-0 vs. Scotland (58)
22 233
29 192
6 324
1131 Jermain Defoe
 Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Sunderland
F 23
35
57 20 14 120
13
0
1 (7)
8 September 2004 2-1 vs. Poland (5)
26 March 2017 2-0 vs. Lithuania (56)
21 337
34 170
12 199


Goalscorers - eighteen
515 Bill Dean
 Everton
CF   16 18 5 80
9
0
2
(2) 12 February 1929 3-3 vs. Wales (1)
9 December 1931 7-1 vs. Spain (15)
20 21
24 321
4 300
543 George Camsell
 Middlesbrough
CF   9 18 6 45
9
0
2
(2) 9 May 1929 4-1 vs. France (1)
9 May 1936 2-3 vs. Belgium (9)
26 163
33 164
7 0
739 Johnny Haynes
 Fulham
IF 56
0
56 18 11 277
14
0
1
2 October 1954 2-0 vs. Northern Ireland (1)
(2) 15 April 1961 9-3 vs. Scotland (41)
19 358
26 180
6 195
803 Roger Hunt
 Liverpool
F 34
0
34 18 6 172 0
1
4 April 1962 3-1 vs. Austria (1)
22 May 1968 3-1 vs. Sweden (30)
23 258
29 307
6 48

Goalscorers - seventeen
1078 David Beckham
 Manchester United, Real Madrid
C/RM 101
14
115 17 13 492
17
5
0
26 June 1998 2-0 vs. Colombia (17)
25 June 2006 1-0 vs. Ecuador (93)
23 55
31 54
7 364

Goalscorers - sixteen
719 Tommy Taylor
 Manchester United
I/CF 18
1
19 16 5 101
8
0
2 (2)
24 May 1953 2-1 vs. Chile (2)
(2) 27 November 1957 4-0 vs. France (19)
21 115
25 302
4 187
935 Tony Woodcock
 Nottingham Forest, Köln, Arsenal
F 30
12
42 16 13 162
13
0
0 (1)
(2) 17 October 1979 5-1 vs. Northern Ireland (6)
(2) 14 November 1984 8-0 vs. Turkey (38)
23 315
28 344
5 28
1174 Danny Welbeck
 Manchester United, Arsenal
F 26
16
42 16 12 148
12
0
0 (2)
2 June 2012 1-0 vs. Belgium (5)
(sub) 7 June 2018 2-0 vs. Costa Rica (39)
21 189
27 194
6 5

Goalscorers - fourteen
325 George Hilsdon
 Chelsea
CF   8 14 6 51
6
2
1
(2) 15 February 1908 3-1 vs. Ireland (2)
(2 (1)) 13 February 1909 4-0 vs. Ireland (14)
22 189
23 187
364
1082 Paul Scholes
 Manchester United
M 64
2
66 14 11 351 0
1
4 June 1997 2-0 vs. Italy (2)
21 June 2004 4-2 vs. Croatia (65)
22 200
29 218
7 17

Goalscorers - thirteen
131 Tinsley Lindley
 Nottingham Forest & Cambridge University & Corinthians
CF   13 13 13 90
9
0
1
13 March 1886 6-1 vs. Ireland (1)
(2) 7 March 1891 6-1 vs. Ireland (13)
20 137
25 131
4 359
794 Bobby Smith
 Tottenham Hotspur
CF 15
0
15 13 10 104
9
0 8 October 1960 5-2 vs. Northern Ireland (1)
20 November 1963 8-3 vs, Northern Ireland (13)
27 229
30 271
3 43
869 Martin Chivers
 Tottenham Hotspur
F 22
2
24 13 10 154 0 21 April 1971 3-0 vs. Greece (2)
26 September 1973 7-0 vs. Austria (23)
25 359
28 152
2 158
928 Paul Mariner
 Ipswich Town
CF 30
5
35 13 9 209
12
0 12 October 1977 2-0 vs. Luxembourg (3)
16 November 1983 4-0 vs. Luxembourg (33)
24 143
30 178
6 35

Goalscorers - twelve
145 John Goodall
 Preston North End, Derby County
I/CF   14 11-
12
11-
12
105-
115
0 17 March 1888 5-0 vs. Scotland (2)
16 March 1896 9-1 vs. Wales (12)
24 272
32 271
7 365
It is unsure as to whether Goodall scored England's final goal against Scotland in April 1889.
69 Charlie Bambridge
 Swifts
F   18 12 5 128 0
1
(2) 5 April 1879 5-4 vs. Scotland (1)
21 March 1885 1-1 vs. Scotland (13)
20 249
26 234
5 350
130 Fred Dewhurst
 Preston North End & Corinthians
IF   9 12 12 68 0
1
13 March 1886 6-1 vs. Ireland (1)
23 February 1889 4-1 vs. Wales (9)
22 87
25 69
2 347
567 Cliff Bastin
 Arsenal
RF 21
0
21 12 5 158 2
0
13 May 1933 1-1 vs. Italy (2)
26 May 1938 4-2 vs. France (21)
21 60
26 73
5 13
926 Trevor Francis
 Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Sampdoria
F 42
10
52 12 9 323 0 30 March 1977 5-0 vs. Luxembourg (2)
19 June 1983 1-1 vs. Australia (40)
22 345
29 61
6 81

Goalscorers - eleven
145 John Goodall
 Preston North End, Derby County
I/CF   14 11-
12
11-
12
105-
115
0 17 March 1888 5-0 vs. Scotland (2)
16 March 1896 9-1 vs. Wales (12)
24 272
32 271
7 365
It is unsure as to whether Goodall scored England's final goal against Scotland in April 1889.
204 Gilbert Smith
 Oxford University, Old Carthusians & Corinthians
IR/CF   20 11 11 160 0
1
25 February 1893 6-1 vs. Ireland (1)
6 April 1899 2-1 vs. Scotland (16)
20 92
26 132
6 40
662 Wilf Mannion
 Middlesbrough
IF 26
0
26 11 8 206 0
1
(3) 28 September 1946 7-2 vs. Ireland (1)
15 November 1950 4-2 vs. Wales (23)
28 135
32 183
4 48
603 Stan Matthews
 Stoke City, Blackpool
OR 54
0
54 11 6 445 0
1
29 September 1934 4-0 vs. Wales (1)
6 October 1956 1-1 vs. Northern Ireland (48)
19 240
41 248
22 7
763 Bryan Douglas
 Blackburn Rovers
OR 36
0
36 11 5 295 0 19 April 1958 4-0 vs. Scotland (4)
5 June 1963 8-1 vs. Switzerland (36)
23 327
29 9
5 47
1048 Teddy Sheringham
 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United
F 30
21
51 11 5 258 1
0 (2)
8 June 1995 3-3 vs. Sweden (8)
(sub) 6 October 2001 2-2 vs. Greece (42)
29 67
35 187
6 120

Goalscorers - ten
546 Eric Brook
 Manchester City
OL   18 10 6 162 0 14 October 1933 3-0 vs. Ireland (3)
23 October 1937 5-1 vs. Ireland (17)
25 321
29 330
4 9
675 Jackie Milburn
 Newcastle United
CF 13
0
13 10 6 109 0
1
9 October 1948 6-2 vs. Ireland (1)
(2) 19 May 1951 5-2 vs. Portugal (11)
24 151
27 8
2 222
722 Dennis Wilshaw
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
IL 12
0
12 10 9 108 0
1
(2) 10 October 1953 3-1 vs. Wales (2)
20 May 1956 5-1 vs. Finland (10)
27 213
30 70
3 223
747 Ron Flowers
 Wolverhampton Wanderers
R/LH 48
1
49 10 4 434 0
6
(2) 28 May 1959 8-1 vs. USA (8)
3 October 1962 1-1 vs. France (37)
24 304
28 67
3 128
856 Franny Lee
 Manchester City
RF 27
0
27 10 6 235 0 12 March 1969 5-0 vs. France (2)
29 April 1972 1-3 vs. West Germany (27)
24 317
27 0
3 48
866 Allan Clarke
 Leeds United
IF 16
3
19 10 4 139 3
0
11 June 1970 1-0 vs. Czechoslovkia (1)
17 October 1973 1-1 vs. Poland (15)
23 315
27 78
3 128
966 John Barnes
 Watford, Liverpool
OL 65
14
79 10 8 571 0 10 June 1984 2-0 vs. Brazil (10)
28 April 1993 2-2 vs. Netherlands (70)
20 216
29 172
8 322
1006 Paul Gascoigne
 Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers
M 46
11
57 10 8 418 0
0 (1)
(sub) 26 April 1989 5-0 vs. Albania (3)
10 September 1997 4-0 vs. Moldova (52)
21 334
30 106
8 137
1107 Joe Cole
 Chelsea
M 31
25
56 10 6 309 0
0 (4) 
(sub) 3 June 2003 2-1 vs. Serbia Montenegro (10)
(sub)(2)
6 September 2008 6-0 vs. Andorra (52)
21 207
26 303
5 95
1190 Raheem Sterling
 Liverpool, Manchester City
OF 45
8
53 10 8 372 0
1
27 March 2015 4-0 vs. Lithuania (14)
10 September 2019 5-3 vs. Kosovo (53)
20 109
24 276
4 167
 

The evolution of the goalscoring record has settled in two periods of its life, firstly, between 1907 and 1956 when Steve Bloomer held the record, joined by Vivian Woodward in 1911. Then when Nat Lofthouse came on as a substitute against Finland in May 1956, his two goals equalled that record, then beat it five minutes later. But over the next few years, both he and Tom Finney took turns in holding the record, until they finished their goalscoring career on thirty goals each on seperate dates in October 1958.
Secondly, in October 1963, when Bobby Charlton scored his 31st goal, and took the tally to 49 in 1970, the record remained unbroken, but not unchallenged, until 2015 when Wayne Rooney celebrated his fiftieth goal.

The first ever international match produced six goals, four from England, but in particular, two from William Kenyon-Slaney. Thus making him the record goalscorer from that very match in November 1872, until Charlie Bambridge scored twice in April 1879. Bambridge scored twice again in the following match, putting space between him and Kenyon-Slaney's past record. He scored a fifth in March 1881.
In the 13-0 demolition of Ireland in February 1882, Howard Vaughton scored five goals, thus possibly making him an equal-record holder. It is not known whether Vaughton had completed his haul before or after Bambridge scored his sixth England goal. Vaughton did score the only goal in the next match, against Scotland, and rightfully claiming half the mantel. It lasted less than a year, as Bambridge scored a seventh goal in February 1883. By the end of the 1885 set of matches, Bambridge had squeezed his tally up to twelve. In February 1889, Fred Dewhurst, in his ninth and final appearance, scored his twelfth and record-equalling goal.
In March 1891, Tinsley Lindley scored twice in his final appearance, equalling, then beating the record when he scored his thirteenth goal. Lindley held the goalscoring record for six years, almost keeping the record safe until on 3 April 1897, Steve Bloomer scored his thirteenth England goal. It would be a whole year later, against the same country that Bloomer, with his two goals, would make the record his own, until Woodward joined him in 1911.
  

CG