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This is a list of goals scored for and against England by the direct free-kick. Some may have been deflected in, but all were taken directly.

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The 35 Free-kicks scored against England

3 March 1877, 1-3 vs. Scotland,
Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington.
John Ferguson, the Vale of Leven forward, appears to have scored the first-ever direct free-kick in International Football against Monty Betts, after either 69 or eighty minutes.

3 April 1897, 1-2 vs. Scotland,
Sports Arena, Crystal Palace.
Tom Hyslop's 22nd minute free-kick was Scotland's equalising goal against Jack Robinson, and the first in twenty years. Although it is unsure what part the scrimmage played in the free-kick.

19 May 1928, 3-1 vs. Belgium
Olympisch Stadion, Antwerp
Jacques Moeschal opening goal after 25 minutes was awarded after Vince Matthews handled the ball, but it is unsure whether the kick was taken from inside or outside the penalty area.

17 October 1931, 6-2 vs. Ireland,
Windsor Park, Wembley
Jimmy Dunne, the centre-forward, scored a free-kick after forty minutes against Harry Hibbs.

23 May 1954, 1-7 vs. Hungary, Népstadion, Budapest
Mihály Lantos scored his wonder 22-yard free-kick into Gil Merrick's top corner in the eighth minute. Awarded after Billy Wright brought down Nándor Hidegkuti from behind.

2 April 1955, 7-1 vs. Scotland
, Empire Stadium, Wembley

Tommy Docherty's late free-kick was hammered with accuracy and power passed the helpless Bert Williams.

15 April 1961, 9-3 vs. Scotland
, Empire Stadium, Wembley

Dave Mackay's 48th minute fierce low free-kick was deflected in off Ron Springett's defensive wall.

28 September 1961, 4-1 vs.
Luxembourg, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury

Camille Dimmer's 69th minute free-kick was also against Ron Springett. The first competitive (non-BC) free-kick against England.

8 May 1963, 1-1 vs. Brazil
, Empire Stadium, Wembley

Pepe's sublime free-kick from twenty-five yards sent Gordon Banks one way and then the other, as it bent in.

30 May 1964, 1-5 vs. Brazil
, Estádio Municipal, Rio de Janeiro

Dias' chipped free-kick was against Tony Waiters. The tenth successful direct free-kick against England.

19 November 1975, 1-1 vs. Portugal
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa
Rui Rodrigues scored a sixteenth minute opening free-kick, bending around the wall into the top corner and beyond
Ray Clemence. The second competitive free-kick against England.

12 June 1977, 1-1 vs. Argentina
, Estadio Camilo Cichero, Buenos Aires

Before Daniel Bertoni was sent-off, he scored a fifteenth minute opening free-kick, curling around the wall and beyond
Ray Clemence's leap.

22 February 1978, 1-2 vs.
West Germany, Olympiastadion, München

Rainer Bonhof's winning free-kick was also against
Ray Clemence. The third such goal he has conceded. This time the kick pierced the defensive wall.

12 February 1984, 0-2 vs. France,
Népstadion, Budapest
Michel Platini's second goal of the game was a free-kick of unerring accuracy into the top corner of Peter Shilton's goal.

25 April 1990, 4-2 vs. Czechoslovakia, Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Lubos Kubík's 80th minute free-kick curled around the defensive wall past David Seaman.
22 May 1990, 1-2 vs. Uruguay,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
J. Perdomo's winning free-kick beat Peter Shilton from distance. Slipping through his fingers as it did.

13 October 1993, 0-2 vs. Netherlands, Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
Ronald Koeman's 62nd minute free-kick looped over the defensive wall from eighteen yards, beating David Seaman.

11 June 1995, 1-3 vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium, Wembley
Juninho's equalizing free-kick curled over the defensive wall into Tim Flower's goal, after 54 minutes.

28 April 1999, 1-1 vs. Hungary,
Népstadion, Budapest
Janos Hrutka's equalizing free-kick against David Seaman was side-footed over the defensive wall and into the top corner.

7 October 2000, 0-1 vs. Germany,
Wembley Stadium, Wembley
For the occasion of England's final match at Wembley Stadium, Dietmar Hamann spoiled the party by scoring a thirteenth minute free-kick. His thirty-yard kick bounced in front of David Seaman and into the net from his gloves. It is Seaman's fourth conceded free-kick. The free-kick ended Kevin Keegan's reign as England manager, as he would resign less than two hours later. The twentieth successful direct free-kick against England.

26 May 2002, 2-2 vs. Cameroon, Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe
Geremi's 58th minute free-kick was scored from 25-yards, flashing past David James.
2002 World Cup Finals
21 June 2002, 1-2 vs.
Brazil, Shizuoka Sutajiamu Ekopa, Fukuroi
When we dared to dream, Ronaldinho broke the nation's hearts when his 42 yard free-kick curled over David Seaman and into the top corner of the goal after fifty minutes.

11 June 2003, 2-1 vs. Slovakia, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Vladimír Janočko
's opening thirty-yard free-kick after 31 minutes was bent toward's David James' goal, spinning into the top corner.

18 February 2004, 1-1 vs. Portugal, Estádio Algarve, Caliços
David James conceded a direct free-kick for a third time when Pauleta
's seventieth minute equalizing free-kick curled into the top corner from 24-yards.
2004 European Championships
13 June 2004, 1-2 vs. France, Estádio do SL Benfica, Lisboa
David James conceded a direct free-kick for a fourth time when
Zinedine Zidane's injury time equalizing free-kick was struck from 24 yards.

4 September 2004, 2-2 vs. Austria
Ernst Happel Stadion, Wien
David James conceded a direct free-kick for the third time in a calendar year, his fifth overall, when Roland Kollman scored after 71 minutes, his kick curling in from 25 yards.

20 August 2008, 2-2 vs. Czech Republic,
The National Stadium, Wembley
Marek Jankulovski scored a 48th minute free-kick from nineteen yards. It is the record sixth time David James has been beaten by the direct free-kick.

(2) 4 June 2011, 2-2 vs. Switzerland,
The National Stadium, Wembley
For the first time ever, England conceded two free-kicks in the same match, when Tranquillo Barnetto scored a 32nd minute free-kick sailed into Joe Hart's top corner from 26 yards.
Then, almost exactly three minutes later,
Tranquillo Barnetto scored a second when his shot was low - splitting the wall, going into the foot of the near post.

14 November 2012, 2-4 vs. Sweden, Nationalarenan Friends Arena, Solna
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored his free-kick that secured his hat-trick after 84 minutes. The fierce low shot found its way into Joe Hart's bottom corner. The thirtieth successful direct free-kick conceded by England.

2016 European Championship Finals
16 June 2016, 2-1 vs. Wales, Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
Gareth Bale scores the third Major Finals direct free-kick against England, when from 35 yards out, after 42 minutes, his kick went high around the defensive wall, that Joe Hart could not keep out.

(2) 10 June 2017, 2-2 vs. Scotland
, The National Stadium, Glasgow
For the second time, England conceded two free-kicks in the same match, when
Leigh Griffiths
scored an 87th minute free-kick that curled over the defensive wall and into Joe Hart's corner from 27 yards.
Then, almost exactly three minutes later again, Leigh Griffiths scored a second with an identical free-kick.

15 November 2020, 0-2 vs. Belgium
, Den Dreef, Leuven
Dries Mertens freekick curled over the wall out of Jordan Pickford's reach in the 24th minute.

7 July 2021 - 2-1 vs. Denmark, National Stadium, Wembley
Mikkel Damsgaard's freekick right-footed freekick rose over the wall from 25 yards and dipped between the crossbar and Jordan Pickford's outstretched arm.