List of England national football team captains

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This article lists all the captains of the England national men's football team.

The first England captain was Cuthbert Ottaway: he captained England in the first ever international match, against Scotland on 30 November 1872. He went on to captain England on just one further occasion, the third international match, on 7 March 1874, against the same opposition. Alexander Morten captained England in their first international on home soil, 8 March 1873 vs Scotland, and was the first international captain to win a match. This was his only international appearance.

Since then, Billy Wright went on to set the record for most captaincies of his country, with 90. Bobby Moore, who remains the only England captain to have lifted the World Cup, reached 90 captaincies in 1973, and shares the record with Wright.

List of Captains[edit]

Figures include all recognised matches up to 24 June 2014. The default order for this list is by most appearances as captain, then chronological order of first captaincy. Only confirmed captaincies are counted.

# Player England career Caps as captain Total caps First captaincy
1 Wright, BillyBilly Wright 1946–1959 90 105 1948-10-09
1 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore 1962–1973 90 108 1963-05-29
3 Robson, BryanBryan Robson 1980–1991 65 90 1982-11-17
4 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham 1996–2009 59 115 2000-11-15
5 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard 2000–2014 40 114 2004-03-31
6 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer 1992–2000 34 63 1996-09-01
6 Terry, JohnJohn Terry 2003–2012 34 72 2006-08-16
8 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan 1972–1982 31 63 1976-03-24
9 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes 1969–1980 23 62 1974-03-11
10 Crompton, BobBob Crompton 1902–1914 22 41 1903-03-02
10 Haynes, JohnnyJohnny Haynes 1954–1962 22 56 1960-05-15
12 Hapgood, EddieEddie Hapgood 1933–1939 20 30 1934-11-14
13 Platt, DavidDavid Platt 1989–1996 19 62 1993-02-17
14 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker 1984–1992 18 80 1990-09-12
15 Bailey, NormanNorman Bailey 1878–1887 15 19 1881-03-12
15 Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield 1959–1966 15 43 1961-09-28
15 Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton 1970–1990 15 125 1982-05-25
15 Adams, TonyTony Adams 1987–2000 15 66 1994-10-12
19 Woodward, VivViv Woodward 1903–1911 14 23 1908-02-15
20 Smith, G. O.G. O. Smith 1893–1901 13 20 1896-04-04
20 Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick 1946–1948 13 13 1946-09-28
22 Goodall, RoyRoy Goodall 1926–1933 12 25 1928-03-31
23 Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins 1976–1986 10 84 1982-09-22
23 Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 1987–1999 10 78 1991-06-08
25 Owen, MichaelMichael Owen 1998–2008 9 89 2002-04-17
26 Hill, JackJack Hill 1925–1929 8 11 1927-04-02
26 Mills, MickMick Mills 1972–1982 8 42 1978-05-13
26 Francis, GerryGerry Francis 1974-1976 8 12 1975-09-03
29 Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson 1921–1924 7 12 1921-10-22
29 Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher 1980–1990 7 77 1986-11-12
29 Ince, PaulPaul Ince 1992–2000 7 53 1993-06-09
29 Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand 1997–2011 7 81 2008-03-26
33 Male, GeorgeGeorge Male 1934–1939 6 19 1936-11-18
33 Ball, AlanAlan Ball 1965–1975 6 72 1975-03-12
33 Thompson, PhilPhil Thompson 1976–1982 6 42 1979-11-22
36 Walters, PercyPercy Walters 1885–1890 5 13 1886-03-13
36 Edwards, WillisWillis Edwards 1926–1929 5 16 1928-10-22
36 Clayton, RonnieRonnie Clayton 1955–1960 5 35 1959-10-17
39 Lindley, TinsleyTinsley Lindley 1886–1891 4 13 1888-02-04
39 Harris, StanleyStanley Harris 1904–1906 4 6 1905-02-25
39 Wadsworth, SamSam Wadsworth 1922–1926 4 9 1924-10-22
39 Jack, DavidDavid Jack 1924–1932 4 9 1930-04-05
39 Blenkinsop, ErnieErnie Blenkinsop 1928–1933 4 26 1931-12-09
39 Cooper, ThomasThomas Cooper 1927–1934 4 15 1934-04-14
39 Peters, MartinMartin Peters 1966–1974 4 67 1971-05-19
45 Holmes, RobertRobert Holmes 1888–1895 3 7 1893-03-13
45 Spencer, HowardHoward Spencer 1897–1905 3 6 1903-02-14
45 Grimsdell, ArthurArthur Grimsdell 1920–1923 3 6 1921-04-09
45 Bower, AlfredAlfred Bower[1] 1923–1927 3 5 1924-12-08
45 Walker, BillyBilly Walker 1920–1932 3 18 1925-05-21
45 Strange, AlfredAlfred Strange 1930–1933 3 20 1931-05-14
45 Barkas, SamSam Barkas 1936–1937 3 18 1937-10-23
45 Ramsey, AlfAlf Ramsey 1948–1953 3 32 1950-11-15
45 Flowers, RonRon Flowers 1955–1966 3 49 1964-05-27
45 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 1958–1970 3 106 1969-01-15
45 Watson, David V.David V. Watson 1974–1982 3 65 1981-04-24
45 Campbell, SolSol Campbell 1996–2007 3 70 1998-05-24
45 Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 1999–2014 3 103 2011-02-09
57 Ottaway, CuthbertCuthbert Ottaway 1872–1874 2 2 1872-11-30
57 Bambridge, CharlesCharles Bambridge 1879–1887 2 18 1882-02-18
57 Goodall, JohnJohn Goodall 1888–1898 2 14 1891-03-07
57 Dunn, ArthurArthur Dunn 1883–1892 2 4 1892-03-15
57 Cotterill, GeorgeGeorge Cotterill 1891–1893 2 4 1893-02-25
57 Wreford-Brown, CharlesCharles Wreford-Brown 1889–1898 2 or 3[2] 4 1895-03-18
57 Pennington, JesseJesse Pennington 1907–1920 2 25 1920-03-15
57 Buchan, CharlieCharlie Buchan 1913–1924 2 6 1921-03-14
57 Patchitt, BasilBasil Patchitt 1923 2 2 1923-05-21
57 Swift, FrankFrank Swift 1946–1949 2 19 1948-05-16
57 Channon, MickMick Channon 1972–1977 2 46 1976-05-28
57 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 2003–present 2 84 2009-11-14
69 Morten, AlexanderAlexander Morten 1873 1 1 1873-03-08
69 Alcock, C. W.C. W. Alcock 1875 1 1 1875-03-06
69 Heron, HubertHubert Heron 1873–1878 1 5 1876-03-04
69 Rawson, WilliamWilliam Rawson 1875–1877 1 2 1877-03-03
69 Cursham, ArthurArthur Cursham 1880–1884 1 or 2[3] 6 1878-03-02
69 Wace, HenryHenry Wace 1878–1879 1 or 2[3] 3 1879-04-05
69 Wollaston, CharlesCharles Wollaston 1874–1880 1 4 1880-03-13
69 Sparks, FrancisFrancis Sparks 1879–1880 1 3 1880-03-15
69 Hunter, JackJack Hunter 1878–1882 1 7 1881-02-26
69 Hudson, JohnJohn Hudson 1883 1 1 1883-02-24
69 Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie 1889–1891 1 3 1889-03-02
69 Moon, BillyBilly Moon 1888-1885 1 7 1891-04-06
69 Gosling, R. CunliffeR. Cunliffe Gosling 1892–1895 1 or 2[2] 5 1895-04-06
69 Oakley, WilliamWilliam Oakley 1895–1901 1 16 1901-03-09
69 Needham, ErnestErnest Needham 1894–1902 1 16 1901-03-18
69 Foster, ReginaldReginald Foster 1900–1902 1 5 1902-03-03
69 Forman, FrankFrank Forman 1898–1903 1 9 1902-03-22
69 Bloomer, StephenStephen Bloomer 1895–1907 1 23 1902-05-03
69 Knight, ArthurArthur Knight 1919 1 1 1919-10-25
69 McCall, JosephJoseph McCall 1913–1920 1 5 1920-10-23
69 Longworth, EphraimEphraim Longworth 1920–1923 1 5 1921-05-21
69 Woosnam, MaxMax Woosnam 1922 1 1 1922-03-13
69 Doggart, GrahamGraham Doggart 1923 1 1 1923-11-01
69 Moss, FrankFrank Moss 1924 1 5 1924-04-12
69 Ashton, ClaudeClaude Ashton[4] 1925 1 1 1925-10-24
69 Lucas, TommyTommy Lucas 1921–1926 1 3 1926-05-24
69 Kean, FredFred Kean 1923–1929 1 9 1927-05-21
69 Barker, JackJack Barker 1934–1936 1 11 1936-10-17
69 Cullis, StanStan Cullis 1937–1939 1 12 1939-05-24
69 Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery 1964–1971 1 35 1971-02-03
69 Bell, ColinColin Bell 1968–1975 1 48 1972-05-23
69 Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry 1976–1980 1 27 1980-05-31
69 Clemence, RayRay Clemence 1972–1983 1 61 1981-05-12
69 Neal, PhilPhil Neal 1976–1983 1 50 1982-06-02
69 Beardsley, PeterPeter Beardsley 1986–1996 1 59 1988-02-13
69 Wright, MarkMark Wright 1984–1996 1 43 1991-05-21
69 Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman 1988–2003 1 75 1997-09-10
69 Keown, MartinMartin Keown 1992–2002 1 43 2000-10-11
69 Barry, GarethGareth Barry 2000–2012 1 52 2011-03-29
69 Parker, ScottScott Parker 2003–2013 1 11 2012-02-29

Disputed captaincies[edit]

Player England career Caps as captain Total caps
Daft, HarryHarry Daft 1889–1892 1 or 0[5] 5
Lodge, VaughanVaughan Lodge 1894–1896 0 or 1[6] 5
Raikes, GeorgeGeorge Raikes 1895–1896 0 or 1[6] 4

Post-War Captains[edit]

Tenure Incumbent Others used when incumbent unavailable
1946–1948 Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick Swift, FrankFrank Swift
1948–1959 Wright, BillyBilly Wright Ramsey, AlfAlf Ramsey
1959–1960 Clayton, RonnieRonnie Clayton
1960–1962 Haynes, JohnnyJohnny Haynes Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield
1962–1964 Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield Moore, BobbyBobby Moore
1964–1973 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore Flowers, RonRon Flowers, Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield, Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton, Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery, Peters, MartinMartin Peters, Bell, ColinColin Bell
1974 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes
1975 Ball, AlanAlan Ball
1975–1976 Francis, GerryGerry Francis Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan
1976–1982 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes, Mills, MickMick Mills, Thompson, PhilPhil Thompson, Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry, Clemence, RayRay Clemence, Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton
1982–1991 Robson, BryanBryan Robson Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins, Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton, Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher, Beardsley, PeterPeter Beardsley
1990–1992 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Mark Wright, Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce
1992–1993 Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Platt, DavidDavid Platt
1993–1995 Platt, DavidDavid Platt Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Adams, TonyTony Adams
1996 Adams, TonyTony Adams Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer
1996–2000 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce, Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman, Adams, TonyTony Adams, Campbell, SolSol Campbell, Keown, MartinMartin Keown,
2000–2006 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham Owen, MichaelMichael Owen, Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard
2006–2010 Terry, JohnJohn Terry Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand, Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham
2010–2011 Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Barry, GarethGareth Barry
2011–2012 Terry, JohnJohn Terry Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Parker, ScottScott Parker
2012–2014 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney, Cole, AshleyAshley Cole
2014-present Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Cahill, GaryGary Cahill, Hart, JoeJoe Hart

Unofficial captaincies[edit]

Players who have received the captain's armband during the course of a game are not considered by the Football Association as being official England captains.[7] However, the following players - who have never officially captained England - have worn the captain's armband during the course of a match when the official captain and vice-captain have been sent off or substituted:

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Alfred Bower was the last amateur player to captain England
  2. ^ a b Sources differ concerning the captaincy for England vs Wales, 12 March 1894. It was either Charles Wreford-Brown or Cunliffe Gosling
  3. ^ a b Sources differ concerning the captaincy for England vs Wales, 18 January 1879. It was either Arthur Cursham or Henry Wace
  4. ^ Claude Ashton was the last player to be appointed captain for his solitary England appearance
  5. ^ Ireland 0 - England 2; 5 March 1892 (Match summary)
  6. ^ a b The captaincy for England vs Ireland, 7 March 1896 is disputed between GO Smith (13 confirmed captaincies), and George Raikes and Vaughan Lodge, neither of whom had captained England in another match.
  7. ^ "England's Captains - Index". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  8. ^ "England Match No. 787 - Italy - 27 March 2002 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  9. ^ "England Match No. 799 - Australia - 12 February 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  10. ^ a b c "England Match No. 803 - Serbia & Montenegro - 3 June 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  11. ^ "England Match No. 827 - USA - 28 May 2005 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  12. ^ "England Match No. 842 - Portugal - 1 July 2006 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  13. ^ "England Match No. 893 - France - 17 November 2010 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  14. ^ "England Match No. 904 - Norway - 26 May 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  15. ^ "England Match No. 910 - Italy - 15 August 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  16. ^ "England Match No. 913 - San Marino - 12 October 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  17. ^ "England Match No. 931 - Honduras - 7 June 2014 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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