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England's Highest Goals-For Matches by Opponents

 

England's Highest Goals-For Matches by Opponents
Opponents 13 GF 11 GF 10 GF 9 GF 8 GF 7 GF 6 GF 5GF Total P
Albania - - - - - - - 1 1 4
Andorra - - - - - - 1 1 2 4
Austria - 1 - - 1 1 1 - 4 17
Belgium - - - 1 - - 1 4 6 20
Croatia - - - - - - - 1 1 7
Cyprus - - - - - - - 1 1 2
Czechoslovakia * - - - - - - - 1 1 12
Denmark - - - - - - - 2 2 18
Finland - - - - 1 - - 2 3 11
France - - - - - - 1 2 3 28
Germany * - - - - - - 1 1 2 12
Greece - - - - - - - 1 1 9
Hungary - - - - 1 1 1 - 3 22
Iceland - - - - - - 1 - 1 2
Ireland 2 - - 2 1 2 6 2 15 35
Ireland, Northern - - - 1 1 2 2 4 10 63
Ireland, Republic of - - - - - - - 1 1 14
Jamaica - - - - - - 1 - 1 1
Kazakhstan - - - - - - - 1 1 2
Luxembourg - - - 2 - - 1 2 5 9
Malta - - - - - - - 1 1 3
Mexico - - - - 1 - - - 1 9
Netherlands - - - - 1 - - - 1 18
Norway - - - - - - 2 - 2 10
Portugal - - 1 - - - - 2 3 22
San Marino - - - - - 1 1 - 2 2
Scotland - - - 1 - 1 - 7 9 110
Spain - - - - - 1 - - 1 22
Switzerland - - - - 1 - 1 - 2 21
Turkey - - - - 2 - - 1 3 10
U.S.A. - - 1 - 1 - 1 1 4 10
U.S.S.R. - - - - - - - 1 1 11
Wales - - - 1 - 1 3 6 11 100
All 2 1 2 8 11 10 25 46 105  

*The matches played number for Czechoslovakia does not include the single matches played against Bohemia and the Czech Republic, and that for Germany does not include the 16 matches played against West Germany or the two matches played against East Germany.

Notes

England's most frequent victims in these high-scoring affairs have been united Ireland in 15 matches, Wales in 11, Northern Ireland in 10 and Scotland in 9.  England have, of course, played these opponents many more times than those outside the United Kingdom.  

Among Continental European opponents, Belgium leads the way, having conceded five goals or more to England on six occasions, largely because they played England earlier and more often than most other Continental European teams.  

England have scored five goals or more against North American opponents five times--against the U.S.A. four times and Mexico once.  

England have never scored five goals or more against a South American side.  This paucity is the result of several factors:  England did not meet South American opposition until 1950, when they already had lost their supremacy in the football world; the quality of the South American sides England have played has generally been extremely high; and, finally, most of the matches against South American teams came after defence-oriented tactics had begun to take hold of the game.  

Nor have England ever scored five or more goals against an African, Asian or Oceanian opponent.  Again that is because of several factors:  England have generally played only the best teams from those continents; England did not meet teams from those continents until the 1980's, when the gap in the quality of the strongest national teams from the various continents had begun to narrow and when defensive tactics had taken over the game; England have played teams from those continents infrequently; and, finally, the vast majority of England's matches against these opponents have been played away. 

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