Most Goals Scored in a Loss
England once scored four goals and still lost the match, against
Scotland at the first Hampden Park on 13 March 1880. The year
before Scotland had scored four and still lost to England, also 5-4,
at The Oval, Kennington.
England have scored three goals and lost four times, against Wales,
5-3, at the The Racecourse in Wrexham on 13 March 1882, against
Spain, 4-3, in Madrid, their first loss to a foreign side, against
Hungary, 6-3, at Wembley Stadium on 25 November 1953, their first
loss on home soil to a Continental European team, and against
Austria, 4-3, in Vienna on 13 June 1979.
Most Goals Conceded in a
England have conceded four
goals and still won the match on three occasions, all by 5-4,
against Scotland at the The Oval, Kennington on 5 April 1879,
against Scotland again at Hillsborough in Sheffield on 10 April
1920, and against Czechoslovakia at White Hart Lane on 1 December
1937. They have won 13 matches in which they gave up three
goals, the last the 5-3 victory over Kosovo in Southampton in the
European Championship qualifying match on 10 September 2019.
Most Goals Scored/Conceded
in a Draw
scoring England draw was 4-4, achieved twice, against the Rest of Europe
at Wembley on 21 October 1953, and against Belgium in extra-time at the
World Cup final tournament in Switzerland on 17 June 1954. England
have played six 3-3 draws, the last against Sweden at Elland Road in the
Umbro Cup International Challenge Tournament match on 8 June 1995.
England's Record by Match Scores
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England's Record by Goals For and Goals Against
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Most Experienced England Team (Starting XI)
With a total of 574 caps between them, an average of 52.2
caps each, the England team that were playing the World Cup 1990
Finals match against Republic of Ireland in Casteddu is the most
experienced team to be fielded.
The most experienced opposing side was against Egypt in a
2010 friendly. The Egyptians were winning their 804th appearances, an
average of 73.1 caps each. A staggering amount.
Least Experienced England Team (Starting XI)
Besides the very first England
team in 1872, which obviously had no previous international
experience, there were several other matches in the early years with
just a handful of caps behind them: 1873 vs. Scotland had only two
previous appearances amongst the appearances, and only four against
Scotland in 1876 and Wales in 1892.
The least experienced England team in the Twentieth Century
beat Sweden in 1923 with seven new caps and only seven previous
appearances between the other four. The least experienced
post-war team was against Ireland in the first peactime
international, the England team were winning 25 caps between them.
Since the arrival of the Ramsey era, numbers have gone up
dramatically and only one England team has played a match with fewer
than fifty caps between them, the second match against Wales in 1976.
There was three new appearances, but only 47 appearances between the rest,
winning their 61st caps between them all, averaging 5.5 caps between
There were only 57 appearances between the team that
took on Australia on 31 May 1980.
And in this century, just 101
took to the field at Wembley against Germany on 10 November 2017.
The least experienced opposing side, apart from the first
Scotland side in 1872, is most certainly the 10-0 defeat of USA in
1964. They fielded ten new caps and the one experienced player
was winning his seventh cap.
Oldest Starting XI
The team that lost to Hungary on 25 November 1953 was also
30 years old and 214 days (totalling 334 years, ave. 30.36).
The England team in 1920 that beat Scotland 5-4 had an
average age of 30 years and 153 days (also totalling 334
years). There is a possibilty that the team that played West Germany in 1954
averaged over 31 years.
The oldest opposition team was the Wales team in 1920,
average age of 31 years and 258-327 days. The Brazilian side
in the 1962 World Cup Final had an average age of 30 years and 111
Youngest Starting XI
youngest by far, was the team that started against Ireland in
February 1882 that also recorded England's biggest victory, with an
average age of 21 years and 159 days.
The team that took to that field against Ireland in February 1886
had an average age of 21 years and 158 days. However, George Shutt
was 24 years old, which is included in the average age of 21
calculation. But the 158 days is based on the ten known players,
Shutt was probably six months into his 24th year, thus adding to the
In modern times, the eleven that played against Wales in
October 1959 were all under 26 with an average age of 22 years and 154 days.
They were also all under 26 against Sweden, Northern Ireland and
Scotland in the 1958-59 season. The team in 1872 had an average age
of 22.1, the oldest player being only 25 years old.
The youngest starting XI in the 21st century
occurred on 14 November 2019 against Montenegro at Wembley in a
European Championship qualification match. England,
in their one thousandth international match, fielded a side with the
average age of 23 years and 256 days.
It beat the
previous record set on 15 October 2018. The England side that met Spain
in the Nations League qualifier, the side had have an average age of
23 years and 360 days.
The youngest opposing team was one of the Hungary teams from
either 1908 or 1909. The average 1908 team aged under 24, maybe even
under 23. But the 1909 side played with three to five teenagers. The
average age was between 20 years and 215 days and 21 years and 212
Most consecutive wins:
Ten matches between June 1908 and June 1909, that was part
of the run of consecutive scoring. Beating the previous record
of nine matches between March 1891 and April 1893.
Recent: Eight matches between
October 2005 to June 2006. Seven matches from September 2014 until
England have never lost more than
three games in a row, beginning with the three matches against
Scotland between 1876 and 1878. Three matches were lost between May
and October 1936, also between 1927-28.
Recent: The three losses in the
European Championship Finals of 1988. Previous to that, three
matches between May and June 1985. They also lost three
consecutive matches in the 1959 American tour.
They also lost
three in the summer of 2018, beginning with their final two World
Cup Final matches, against Croatia and Belgium, and then the inaugral
Nations League match against Spain.
Four consecutive draws were played out in
the run-up and including the 1958 World Cup Finals.
Recent: Four draws, three of them
scoreless, between June and December 1989. Previous
to that, four matches in the summer of 1977, again, three of them
consecutive matches avoiding defeat:
Twenty matches between a 3-1 win over Wales/0-1 win over Ireland in
March 1890, until the 9-1 victory over Wales in March 1896, six
years and a day later.
Post-war record is the nineteen matches between November 1965 and
consecutive qualification matches wins:
England won 14 qualification matches from the final two matches of
the 2012-13 World Cup qualification campaign, then the entirety of
the 2014-15 European Championship qualification campaign, and then
the first two of the following 2016-17 World Cup qualification
consecutive qualification matches drawn:
There were three draws in a row in the middle of 1985 when England
where attempting to reach the 1986 World Cup Finals.
consecutive qualification matches losses:
England have only ever lost back to back qualification matches just
the once, and both were at Wembley. They lost the play-off second
leg against Scotland for a place in the Euro 2000 Finals. They then
lost the first World Cup 2002 qualification match, the last ever
match at old Wembley Stadium, against Germany in October 2000.
consecutive qualification (WC & EC) matches avoiding defeat:
England went 43 matches avoiding defeat in the
qualification process. Since losing to Ukraine in October 2009, they
went unbeaten in the final World Cup 2010 qualification campaign, through into the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014
qualification stages, then the Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018
qualification process. They were beaten by Czech Republic in October
2019 to put a stop to the run.
They had previously gone 22 matches
unbeaten between 2000 and 2005.
consecutive matches scoring:
Fifty-two matches, beginning in March 1884 and only ended
in March 1902, after 194 goals. The single scoreless draw against
Wales on 3 March 1902 was only a hic-cup, because England went on
for another thirty-two matches, from 22 March 1902, a run that ran
until March 1910, another marathon that produced another 99 goals.
Eighteen matches from October until 1950 until the April
1953, it produced 49 England goals.
Recent: Seventeen matches between
June 1990 and June 1991, scoring 27 goals. There were sixteen
matches between November 2010 and June 2012, culminating in 25
There were also seventeen matches in which England scored
between May 1938, the Berlin match, and May 1947. Another
seventeen matches happened between May 1935 and December 1937.
consecutive matches without scoring:
Four matches in the Spring of
1981, from Glenn Hoddle's 27th minute goal against Spain, until
Terry McDermott's 54th minute goal against Switzerland, a run of 477
minutes. The four matches were all at Wembley Stadium.
consecutive matches conceding a goal:
Thirteen matches between May 1959 and
October 1960, a run that saw England concede 27 goals.
consecutive matches without conceding a goal (clean sheets):
A run of six consecutive clean sheets occurred in the run-up
and included the opening matches of the 1966 World Cup Finals, a run
that took 708 minutes without conceding a goal. Eusebio's penalty
for Portugal in the 1966 World Cup semi-final also ended Gordon
Banks record of seven consecutive clean sheets.
Recent: The last run of matches that saw a run of clean
sheets was in a spate of six games in 2006. Paul Robinson kept goal
and unbeaten between 25 June 2006, against Ecuador in the World Cup
Finals, and FYR Macedonia on 7 October 2006. Robinson remained
unbeaten for 631 official minutes (655 actual minutes).
Previous to this, Shilton and Clemence helped England keep
six clean sheets between March and June 1983, that is, 643
official minutes. Also between June 1974 and May 1975, another