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The following is a list of the only World Cup finals games played by England and broadcast live in the United Kingdom, together with the only commentators given the honour of describing the action as it happened, for the benefit of the viewers back home. England have played seven other games (one in 1954, two in 1958 and four in 1962) that were not televised live and were broadcast only in highlights form in the day,s following each game. The 1950 tournament, in which England played three games, was not televised at all.

1954

Switzerland

288

Thursday, 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4 [1-2] AET [3-3]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme

290

Saturday, 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2 [2-1]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)
1958

Sweden

323

Wednesday, 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus

325

Tuesday, 17 June 1958 - U.S.S.R. 1 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus
1966

England

404

Monday, 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

405

Saturday, 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

406

Wednesday, 20 July 1966 - France 0 England 2 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Johnny Haynes
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen (all except first half-hour)

407

Saturday, 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Jimmy Hill
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

408

Tuesday, 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Tommy Docherty
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

409

Saturday, 30 July 1966 -
England 4 West Germany 2 [1-1] AET [2-2]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Walley Barnes
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen
1970

Mexico

445

Tuesday, 2 June 1970 - England 1 Romania 0 [0-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
BBC - David Coleman and Don Revie
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

446

Sunday, 7 June 1970 - Brazil 1 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
BBC - David Coleman and Don Revie
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

447

Thursday, 11 June 1970 - Czechoslovakia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
ITV - Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

448

Sunday, 14 June 1970 -
West Germany 3 England 2 [0-1] AET [2-2]
Estado de Guanajuato, León
BBC - David Coleman, Don Revie and Joe Mercer
1982

Spain

565

Wednesday, 16 June 1982 - England 3 France 1 [1-1]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

566

Sunday, 20 June 1982 - England 2 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton

567

Friday, 25 June 1982 - England 1 Kuwait 0 [1-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton

568

Tuesday, 29 June 1982 - England 0 West Germany 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

569

Monday, 5 July 1982 - England 0 Spain 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton
1986

Mexico

614

Tuesday, 3 June 1986 - Portugal 1 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

615

Friday, 6 June 1986 - England 0 Morocco 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
ITV - Martin Tyler and David Pleat

616

Wednesday, 11 June 1986 - England 3 Poland 0 [3-0]
Estadio Universitário de Nuevo León, Monterrey
BBC - Barry Davies and Jimmy Hill

617

Wednesday, 18 June 1986 - England 3 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill
ITV -
Martin Tyler and David Pleat

618

Sunday, 22 June 1986 - Argentina 2 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México
BBC - Barry Davies and Jimmy Hill
ITV -
Martin Tyler and David Pleat
1990

Italy

658

Monday, 11 June 1990 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna
ITV - Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

659

Saturday, 16 June 1990 - Netherlands 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

660

Thursday, 21 June 1990 - England 1 Egypt 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu, Sardigna
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking

661

Tuesday, 26 June 1990 - England 1 Belgium 0 [0-0] AET [0-0]
Stadio Renato Dall' Ara, Bologna
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

662

Sunday, 1 July 1990 - Cameroon 2 England 3 [0-1] AET [2-2]
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta, Napoli
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

663

Wednesday, 4 July 1990 -
West Germany 1 England 1 [0-0] AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-3]
Stadio delle Alpi, Torino
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

664

Saturday, 7 July 1990 - Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Alan Parry and Ron Atkinson
Notes This was the first World Cup to be broadcast in the UK on satellite television, with Eurosport showing every game. Peter Brackley and David Pleat probably provided live commentary on most of England's matches, if not all.
1998

France

747

Monday, 15 June 1998 - England 2 Tunisia 0 [1-0]
Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking

748

Monday, 22 June 1998 - Romania 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stade Municipal, Toulouse
ITV - Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan

749

Friday, 26 June 1998 - England 2 Colombia 0 [2-0]
Stade élix-BollaertBollaert, Lens
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

750

Tuesday, 30 June 1998 -
Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2] AET [2-2] & Penalties [4-3]
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
ITV - Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
Notes Only the Tunisia game was shown live by Eurosport. The commentators were Guy Mowbray and Bryan Robson, who were probably also at the microphone for the other England games. These were broadcast in full, two hours after the kick-off time. It was the last World Cup tournament in which Eurosport showed live games.
2002

Japan

791

Sunday, 2 June 2002 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]
Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama-shi
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

792

Friday, 7 June 2002 - Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sapporo Dōmu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

793

Wednesday, 12 June 2002 - Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]
Ōsaka-shi Nagai Rikujō Kyōgijō, Ōsaka-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

794

Saturday, 15 June 2002 - Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

795

Friday, 21 June 2002 - England 1 Brazil 2 [1-1]
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi city
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
Notes BBCi, the interactive service, gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.
2006

Germany

838 Saturday, 10 June 2006 - England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Commerzbank-Arena, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main
BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
839 Thursday, 15 June 2006 -
England 2
Trinidad and Tobago 0 [0-0]
easyCredit-Stadion, Beauthener Straße, Nürnberg
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
840 Tuesday, 20 June 2006 - Sweden 2 England 2 [0-1]
Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Junkersdorf, Köln
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
841 Sunday, 25 June 2006 - England 1 Ecuador 0 [0-0]
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Wasen, Stuttgart
BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
842 Saturday, 1 July 2006 -
England 0
Portugal 0 [0-0] AET [0-0] & Penalties [1-3]
Veltins Arena, Erle, Gelsenkirchen
BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
Notes BBCi, once again, gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.

The three games shown live by the BBC were also broadcast live by UKTV G2. Commentary for one or both of the Paraguay and Ecuador games was provided by Andy Burton and Ron Atkinson, with John Roder and Ron Atkinson at the microphone for the Portugal game.

2010

South Africa

885 Saturday, 12 June 2010 - England 1 USA 1 [1-1]
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, Phokeng, Rustenburg
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
886 Friday, 18 June 2010 - England 0 Algeria 0 [0-0]
Kaapstad-stadion, Green Point,
Kaapstad
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
887 Wednesday, 23 June 2010 - Slovenia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, North End, Die Baai
BBC - Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson
888 Sunday, 27 June 2010 - Germany 4 England 1 [2-1]
Vodacom Park, Willows, Bloemfontein
BBC - Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson
Notes The BBC Red Button service gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.
2014

Brazil

932  14 June 2014 - England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
BBC - Guy Mowbray and Philip Neville
933  19 June 2014 - Uruguay 2 England 1 [1-0]
Arena Corinthians, Tatuapé, São Paulo
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
934  24 June 2014 - Costa Rica 0 England 0 [0-0]
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Pampalha, Belo Horizonte
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
Notes For the Italy game, the BBC Red Button service, once again, gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators.

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