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England Player Honours -
Football Association England National Team Hall of Fame
 

 

 

Football Association England National Team Hall of Fame
Goalkeepers
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Gordon Banks 30-Dec-1937

06-Apr-1963 BC
England 1
Scotland 2

27-May-1972 BC
Scotland 0
England 1

73 0 0 73 0
57 GA
35 CS
Ray Clemence 05-Aug-1948

15-Nov-1972 WCP
Wales 0
England 1 

16-Nov-1983 ECP
Luxembourg 0
England 4
60 1 0 61 0
51 GA
27 CS
Peter Shilton 18-Sep-1949 25-Nov-1970 F
England 3
East Germany 1
07-Jul-1990 WCF
Italy 2
England 1
125 0 15 125 0
80 GA
66 CS -
8 shared
Frank Swift 24-Dec-1913 28-Sep-1946 BC
Northern Ireland 2
England 7
18-May-1949 F
Norway 1
England 4
19 0 0 19 0
18 GA
9 CS
Defenders
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Tony Adams 10-Oct-1966

18-Feb-1987 F
Spain 2
England 4

07-Oct-2000 WCP
England 0
Germany 1

66 0 - 66 5
Jimmy Armfield 21-Sep-1935

13-May-1959 F
Brazil 2
England 0

26-Jun-1966 F
Finland 0
England 3

43 0 0 43 0
Terry Butcher 28-Dec-1958

31-May-1980 F
Australia 1
England 2

04-Jul-1990 WCF
West Germany 1
England 1 a.e.t.

77 0 3 77 3
Jack Charlton 08-May-1935

10-Apr-1965 BC
England 2
Scotland 2

11-Jun-1970 WCF
England 1
Czechoslovakia 0

35 0 0 35 6
George Cohen 22-Oct-1939

06-May-1964 F
England 2
Uruguay 1

22-Nov-1967 BC/ECP
England 2
Northern Ireland 0

37 0 0 37 0
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Duncan Edwards 01-Oct-1936

02-Apr-1955 BC
England 7
Scotland 2

27-Nov-1957 F
England 4
France 0

18 0 0 18 5
Mick Mills 04-Jan-1949

11-Nov-1972 F
England 1
Yugoslavia 1

05-July-1982 WCF
Spain 0
England 0
40 2 0 42 0
Bobby Moore 12-Apr-1941 20-May-1962 F
Peru 0
England 4
14-Nov-1973 F
England 0
Italy 1
108 0 0 108 2
Stuart Pearce 24-Apr-1962 19-May-1987 T/C
England 1
Brazil 1
08-Sep-1999 ECP
Poland 0
England 0
74 4 8 78 5
Kenny Sansom 26-Sep-1958 23-May-1979 BC
England 0
Wales 0
18-Jun-1988 ECF
England 1
U.S.S.R. 3
85 1 2 86 1
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Des Walker 26-Nov-1965 14-Sep-1988 F
England 1
Denmark 0
17-Nov-1993 WCP
San Marino 1
England 7
56 3 2 59 0
Ray Wilson 17-Dec-1934 09-Apr-1960 BC
Scotland 1
England 1
08-Jun-1968 ECF
England 2
U.S.S.R. 0
62 1 0 63 0
Billy Wright 06-Feb-1924 28-Sep-1946 BC
Northern Ireland 2
England 7
28-May-1959 F
U.S.A. 1
England 8
105 0 0 105 1
Midfielders
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Alan Ball 12-May-1945 09-May-1965
Yugoslavia 1
England 1
24-May-1975
England 5
Scotland 1
69 3 0 72 8
John Barnes 07-Nov-1963 28-May-1983
N. Ireland 0
England 0
06-Sep-1995
England 0
Colombia 0
65 14 15 79 11
Peter Beardsley 18-Jan-1961 29-Jan-1986
Egypt 0
England 4
23-May-1996
China 0
England 3
46 13 22 59 9
Trevor Brooking 02-Oct-1948 03-Apr-1974
Portugal 0
England 0
05-Jul-1982
England 0
Spain 0
41 6 8 47 5
Sir Bobby Charlton 11-Oct-1937 19 April 1958
Scotland 0
England 4
14 June 1970
W Germany 3
England 2 a.e.t.
105 1 5 106 49
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Paul Gascoigne 27-May-1967 14-Sep-1988
England 1
Denmark 0
29-May-1998
Belgium 0
England 0
46 11 13 57 10
Glenn Hoddle 27-Oct-1957 22-Nov-1979
England 2
Bulgaria 0
18-Jun-1988
England 1
U.S.S.R. 3
43 10 7 53 8
Emlyn Hughes 28-Aug-1947 05-Nov-1969
Netherlands 0
England 1
24-May-1980
Scotland 0
England 2
59 3 1 62 1
Kevin Keegan 14-Feb-1951 15-Nov-1972
Wales 0
England 1
05-Jul-1982
England 0
Spain 0
62 1 7 63 21
Sir Stanley Matthews 01-Feb-1915 29-Sep-193
Wales 0
England 4
15-May-1957
Denmark 1
England 4
54 0 0 54 11
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Martin Peters 08-Nov-1943 04-May-1966
England 2
Yugoslavia 0
18-May-1974
Scotland 2
England 0
64 3 3 67 20
David Platt 10-Jun-1966 15-Nov-1989
England 0
Italy 0
26-Jun-1996
Germany 1
England 1 a.e.t.
51 11 1 62 27
Bryan Robson 11-Jan-1957 06-Feb-1980
England 2
R of Ireland 0
16-Oct-1991
England 1
Turkey 0
90 0 19 90 26
Chris Waddle 14-Dec-1960 26-Mar-1985
England 2
R of Ireland 1
16-Oct-1991
England 1
Turkey 0
48 14 20 62 6
Ray Wilkins 14-Sep-1956 28-May-1976
England 3
Italy 2
12-Dec-1986
England 2
Yugoslavia 0
78 6 6 84 3
Forwards
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Steve Bloomer 20-Jan-1874 09-Mar-1885
England 9
Ireland 0
06-Apr-1907
England 1
Scotland 1
23 0 0 23 28
Mick Channon 28-Nov-1948 11-Nov-1972
England 1
Yugoslavia 1
07-Sep-1977
England 0
Switzerland 0
44 2 7 46 21
Sir Tom Finney 05-Apr-1922 28-Sep-1946
N Ireland 2
England 7
22-Oct-1958
England 5
U.S.S.R. 0
76 0 0 76 30
Trevor Francis 19-Apr-1954 09-Feb-1977
England 0
Netherlands 2
23-Apr-1986
England 2
Scotland 1
42 10 8 52 12
Jimmy Greaves 20-Feb-1940 17-May-1959
Peru 4
England 1
27-May-1967
Austria 0
England 1
57 0 0 57 44
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Johnny Haynes 17-Oct-1934 02-Oct-1954
N Ireland 0
England 2
10-Jun-1962
Brazil 3
England 1
56 0 1 56 18
Roger Hunt 20-Jul-1938 04-Feb-1962
England 3
Austria 1
15-Jan-1969
England 1
Romania 1
34 0 0 34 18
Sir Geoff Hurst 08-Dec-1941 23-Feb-1966
England 1
W Germany 0
29-Apr-1972
England 1
W Germany 3
47 2 2 49 24
Tommy Lawton 06-Oct-1919 22-Oct-1938
Wales 4
England 2
26-Sep-1948
Denmark 0
England 0
23 0 0 23 22
Gary Lineker 30-Nov-1960 26-May-1984
Scotland 1
England 1
17-Jun-1992
Sweden 2
England 1
74 6 18 80 48
Player Birthdate First Match Last Match Starts Sub On Sub Off Apps Goals
Nat Lofthouse 27-Aug-1925 22-Nov-1950
England 2
Yugoslavia 2
26-Nov-1958
England 2
Wales 2
32 1 1 33 30
Stan Mortensen 26-May-1921 25-May-1947
Portugal 0
England 0
25-Nov-1953
England 3
Hungary 6
25 0 0 25 23
Alan Shearer 13-Aug-1970 19-Feb-1992
England 2
France 0
20-Jun-2000
England 2
Romania 3
61 2 12 63 30
Tommy Taylor 29-Jan-1932 17-May-1953
Argentina 0
England 0 ab.
27-Nov-1957
England 4
France 0
18 1 1 19 16
Viv Woodward 02-Jun-1879 14-Feb-1903
England 4
Ireland 0
13-Mar-1911
England 3
Wales 0
23 0 0 23 29

We have corrected several errors appearing on the Football Association website.  Thus, for example, the F.A. incorrectly has Gordon Banks'  birthdate as 18 May 1940 instead of 30 December 1937.  This factual sloppiness sometimes produces the ludicrous.   The F.A. lists Ray Clemence's birthdate as 27 January 1957 and his international debut as the World Cup qualification match against Wales on 24 January 1973.  That would have meant Clemence played for England while still a few days shy of his 16th birthday.  In fact he was born on 5 August 1948 and made his debut in the earlier World Cup qualifier against Wales on 15 November 1972, when he was 24.  The F.A's mistakes extend to appearances and goals figures.  Thus, for example, Tony Adams is incorrectly credited with only two England goals instead of five, Terry Butcher with one instead of three, Jack Charlton with none instead of six, Stanley Matthews with three instead of 11, and Chris Waddle with two rather than six.  Ray Wilson is credited with 63 starting appearances when in fact one of his 63 appearances came as a substitute.

Notes

The Football Association, with no fanfare apparent, launched a hall of fame for England national team players on its website as it was reformatted in mid-May, 2002, just before the World Cup final tournament began.  The website features profiles of the honoured players, some of which have not been completed yet. 

As this is written, the Football Association is still adding players to the list of honourees, and we do not know how many players eventually will be selected to the initial list.  The Football Association continued adding players throughout May until 46 were listed, and in late June added a 47th, Trevor Brooking, presumably correcting an oversight.  That is where the list now stands:  47 players divided into four goalkeepers, 13 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards.

On 8 May 2002 the Football Association website published the full list of England managers/head coaches--including those who only served temporarily--under the heading "England Hall of Fame."  And on 8 July 2002 it republished the same list under the same heading, only this time it gave the list play on the website's front page and main England team page with links labelled "England Hall of Fame."  Apparently these 13 England managers/head coaches are also members of the new hall of fame.

The English football establishment's failure to honour football's past has been disgraceful, and so this project, long overdue, was very welcome.  In the wake of failed attempts to launch commercial halls of fame in England and elsewhere, it was fitting that the Football Association, rather than some private company or organisation, took on the task.  The Football Association is correct in taking the view that a hall of fame does not require an expensive physical structure or grandiose marketing schemes.  It is the idea of honouring deserving players that is more important than anything else.  Should the Football Association eventually decide to give its hall of fame physical embodiment in some form, well and good, but in the meantime, a website section denoted the hall of fame admirably serves the idea.  Well done to the Football Association for putting the interests of football first in this instance.

While the absence of commercial scheming in the new hall of fame is encouraging, we could have wished for a little elaboration.  No explanation accompanies the list of honourees.  We do not know what the criteria for selection are, although retirement from the national team is plainly one of them.  Nor do we know who did the selecting.  

The list of honourees contains only two players from before the Second War, Steve Bloomer and Viv Woodward.  For the moment at least, there is no room for Charlie Bambridge, Cliff Bastin, Ernie Blenkinsop, Eric Brook, George Camsell, Wilf Copping, Bob Crompton, Sammy Crooks, Stan Cullis, Bill "Dixie" Dean, John Goodall, Roy Goodall, Eddie Hapgood, Sam Hardy, Harry Hibbs, George Hilsdon, George Male, Jesse Pennington, G. O. Smith, Billy Walker, Vic Woodley and a host of other pre-war greats. 

Glaring post-war omissions include Wilf Mannion, part of the famed forward line of unrivalled potency in the late 1940's, and Nobby Stiles, the only player from England's 1966 World Cup winning side to be excluded.  Among other absentees are Viv Anderson, Colin Bell, John Byrne, Roger Byrne, Raich Carter, Martin Chivers, Allan Clarke, Ron Clayton, Steve Coppell, Jimmy Dickinson, Bryan Douglas, George Eastham, Neil Franklin, Ron Flowers, Mark Hateley, Don Howe, Paul Ince, Francis Lee, Paul Mariner, Jackie Milburn, Alan Mullery, Phil Neal, Alf Ramsey, Bobby Smith, Trevor Steven, M. Gary Stevens, Phil Thompson, Dave Watson, Dennis Wilshaw, Tony Woodcock, Ian Wright and Mark Wright.  

Perhaps some of these omitted stars did not play a sufficient number of matches for inclusion, although we think allowances should be made where the First and Second Wars and the brevity of the international fixtures list in earlier years truncated brilliant international careers.  Perhaps some of them simply did not play well enough.  We refrain from further comment until it becomes apparent that the initial list of honourees is complete, at which time we will be able to see who is in and who is out and to gauge what the criteria for admission are if they have not been spelled out.    

The F.A.'s attribution of modern positional descriptions to all the players, no matter the era in which they performed, produces some anomalies.  Inside forwards from the era when England lined up in the W-M formation, with three backs, two wing halves and five forwards, are listed as forwards, although the role they played is more akin to the modern-day attacking midfielder.  Wingers from that era were out-and-out forwards, but the F.A. lists Stanley Matthews, who patrolled the right wing for England from 1934 to 1957, as a midfielder and Tom Finney, who played both wings in the 1940's and 1950's, as a forward.  It is true that Finney played a few matches as an inside forward or centre forward, but he was primarily a winger and so the difference in the positional classification of these two contemporaries is difficult to understand.  We also question the description of Kevin Keegan, who played as a free-roving attacker for most of his England career, and Emlyn Hughes, who played as a defender for much of his, as midfielders.  But it is the Football Association's Hall of Fame, and so we have left the F.A.'s positional descriptions as they are.

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