Progression of England association football caps record

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This is a progressive list of association footballers who have held or co-held the record for international caps for the England national football team, beginning with Charles Chenery and Harwood Greenhalgh, the only England players to appear in both of the first two international games played.

Criteria[edit]

For the early decades, counts of caps were often considered unreliable. RSSSF and IFFHS have spent much effort trying to produce definitive lists of full international matches, and corresponding data on players' international caps and goals. Using this data, the following records can be retrospectively produced. Note that, at the time, these records may not have been recognised.

One point of note is that early matches by the England Amateur side were played against the full national side of opponents. These matches are counted as full internationals by the IFFHS and the opposing FAs, though not by the (English) FA. This affects Vivian Woodward, who won 23 full caps and 30 amateur caps. This article uses the Football Association's definition, and therefore excludes Woodward's international amateur appearances. He thus does not appear on this list.

England record[edit]

Player Cap Date Opponent Score Notes
Harwood Greenhalgh 2 1873-03-08  Scotland 4–2 [1]
Charles Chenery 2 1873-03-08  Scotland 4–2 [1]
Charles Chenery 3 1874-03-07  Scotland 1–2 [1]
Hubert Heron 3 1875-03-06  Scotland 2–2 [1]
Hubert Heron 4 1876-03-04  Scotland 0–3 [1]
Hubert Heron 5 1878-03-02  Scotland 2–7 [1]
Billy Mosforth 5 1880-03-13  Scotland 4–5 [1]
Billy Mosforth 6 1880-03-15  Wales 3–2 [1]
Billy Mosforth 7 1881-02-26  Wales 0–1 [1]
Billy Mosforth 8 1882-03-11  Scotland 1–5 [1]
Billy Mosforth 9 1882-03-13  Wales 3–5 [1]
Norman Bailey 9 1883-03-10  Scotland 2–3 [1]
Norman Bailey 10 1884-02-23  Ireland 8–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 11 1884-03-15  Scotland 0–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 12 1884-03-17  Wales 4–0 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 13 1885-02-28  Ireland 4–0 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 14 1885-03-14  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 15 1885-03-21  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 16 1886-03-27  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 17 1886-03-29  Wales 3–1 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 18 1887-02-26  Wales 4–0 British Home Championship[1]
Norman Bailey 19 1887-03-19  Scotland 2–3 British Home Championship[1]
Gilbert Smith 19 1900-04-07  Scotland 1–4 British Home Championship[2]
Gilbert Smith 20 1901-03-30  Scotland 2–2 British Home Championship[2]
Steve Bloomer 20 1905-03-27  Wales 3–1 British Home Championship[2]
Steve Bloomer 21 1905-04-01  Scotland 1–0 British Home Championship[2]
Steve Bloomer 22 1907-03-18  Wales 1–1 British Home Championship[2]
Steve Bloomer 23 1907-04-06  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 23 1909-03-15  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 24 1909-04-03  Scotland 2–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 25 1909-05-29  Hungary 4–2 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 26 1909-05-31  Hungary 8–2 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 27 1909-06-01  Austria 8–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 28 1910-03-14  Wales 1–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 29 1910-04-02  Scotland 0–2 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 30 1911-02-11  Ireland 2–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 31 1911-03-13  Wales 3–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 32 1911-04-01  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 33 1912-02-10  Ireland 6–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 34 1912-03-11  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 35 1912-03-23  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 36 1913-02-15  Ireland 1–2 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 37 1913-03-17  Wales 4–3 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 38 1913-04-05  Scotland 1–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 39 1914-02-14  Ireland 0–3 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 40 1914-03-16  Wales 2–0 British Home Championship[2]
Bob Crompton 41 1914-04-04  Scotland 1–3 British Home Championship[2]
Billy Wright 41 1952-05-18  Italy 1–1 [3]
Billy Wright 42 1952-05-25  Austria 3–2 [3]
Billy Wright 43 1952-05-28  Switzerland 3–0 [3]
Billy Wright 44 1952-10-04  Northern Ireland 2–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 45 1952-11-12  Wales 5–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 46 1952-11-26  Belgium 5–0 [3]
Billy Wright 47 1953-04-18  Scotland 2–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 48 1953-05-17  Argentina 0–0 [3]
Billy Wright 49 1953-05-24  Chile 2–1 [3]
Billy Wright 50 1953-05-31  Uruguay 1–2 [3]
Billy Wright 51 1953-06-08  United States 6–3 [3]
Billy Wright 52 1953-10-10  Wales 4–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 53 1953-10-21 Rest of Europe 4–4 [3]
Billy Wright 54 1953-11-11  Northern Ireland 3–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 55 1953-11-25  Hungary 3–6 [3]
Billy Wright 56 1954-04-03  Scotland 4–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 57 1954-05-16  Yugoslavia 0–1 [3]
Billy Wright 58 1954-05-23  Hungary 1–7 [3]
Billy Wright 59 1954-06-17  Belgium 4–4 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 60 1954-06-20  Switzerland 2–0 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 61 1954-06-26  Uruguay 2–4 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 62 1954-10-02  Northern Ireland 2–0 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 63 1954-11-10  Wales 3–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 64 1954-12-01  West Germany 3–1 [3]
Billy Wright 65 1955-04-02  Scotland 7–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 66 1955-05-15  France 0–1 [3]
Billy Wright 67 1955-05-18  Scotland 1–1 [3]
Billy Wright 68 1955-05-22  Portugal 1–3 [3]
Billy Wright 69 1955-10-02  Denmark 5–1 [3]
Billy Wright 70 1955-10-22  Wales 1–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 71 1955-11-02  Northern Ireland 3–0 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 72 1955-11-30  Spain 4–1 [3]
Billy Wright 73 1956-04-14  Scotland 1–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 74 1956-05-09  Brazil 4–2 [3]
Billy Wright 75 1956-05-16  Sweden 0–0 [3]
Billy Wright 76 1956-05-20  Finland 5–1 [3]
Billy Wright 77 1956-05-26  West Germany 3–1 [3]
Billy Wright 78 1956-10-06  Northern Ireland 1–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 79 1956-11-14  Wales 3–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 80 1956-11-28  Yugoslavia 3–0 [3]
Billy Wright 81 1956-12-05  Denmark 5–2 World Cup qualifying[3]
Billy Wright 82 1957-04-06  Scotland 2–1 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 83 1957-05-08  Republic of Ireland 5–1 World Cup qualifying[3]
Billy Wright 84 1957-05-15  Denmark 4–1 World Cup qualifying[3]
Billy Wright 85 1957-05-19  Republic of Ireland 1–1 World Cup qualifying[3]
Billy Wright 86 1957-10-19  Wales 4–0 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 87 1957-11-06  Northern Ireland 2–3 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 88 1957-11-27  France 4–0 [3]
Billy Wright 89 1958-04-19  Scotland 4–0 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 90 1958-05-07  Portugal 2–1 [3]
Billy Wright 91 1958-05-11  Yugoslavia 0–5 [3]
Billy Wright 92 1958-05-18  Soviet Union 1–1 [3]
Billy Wright 93 1958-06-08  Soviet Union 2–2 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 94 1958-06-11  Brazil 0–0 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 95 1958-06-15  Austria 2–2 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 96 1958-06-17  Soviet Union 0–1 World Cup[3]
Billy Wright 97 1958-10-04  Northern Ireland 3–3 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 98 1958-10-22  Soviet Union 5–0 [3]
Billy Wright 99 1958-11-26  Wales 2–2 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 100 1959-04-11  Scotland 1–0 British Home Championship[3]
Billy Wright 101 1959-05-06  Italy 2–2 [3]
Billy Wright 102 1959-05-13  Brazil 0–2 [3]
Billy Wright 103 1959-05-17  Peru 1–4 [3]
Billy Wright 104 1959-05-24  Mexico 1–2 [3]
Billy Wright 105 1959-05-28  United States 8–1 [3]
Bobby Charlton 105 1970-06-11  Czechoslovakia 1–0 World Cup[4]
Bobby Charlton 106 1970-06-14  West Germany 2–3 World Cup[4]
Bobby Moore 106 1973-06-10  Soviet Union 2–1 [5]
Bobby Moore 107 1973-06-14  Italy 0–2 [5]
Bobby Moore 108 1973-11-14  Italy 0–1 [5]
Peter Shilton 108 1989-06-03  Poland 3–0 World Cup qualifying[6]
Peter Shilton 109 1989-06-07  Denmark 1–1 [6]
Peter Shilton 110 1989-09-06  Sweden 0–0 World Cup qualifying[6]
Peter Shilton 111 1989-10-11  Poland 0–0 World Cup qualifying[6]
Peter Shilton 112 1989-11-15  Italy 0–0 [6]
Peter Shilton 113 1989-12-13  Yugoslavia 2–1 [6]
Peter Shilton 114 1990-03-28  Brazil 1–0 [6]
Peter Shilton 115 1990-04-25  Czechoslovakia 4–2 [6]
Peter Shilton 116 1990-05-15  Denmark 1–0 [6]
Peter Shilton 117 1990-05-22  Uruguay 1–2 [6]
Peter Shilton 118 1990-06-02  Tunisia 1–1 [6]
Peter Shilton 119 1990-06-11  Republic of Ireland 1–1 World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 120 1990-06-16  Netherlands 0–0 World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 121 1990-06-21  Egypt 1–0 World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 122 1990-06-26  Belgium 1–0 World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 123 1990-07-01  Cameroon 3–2 World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 124 1990-07-04  West Germany 1–1[a 1] World Cup[6]
Peter Shilton 125 1990-07-07  Italy 1–2 World Cup[6]

Notes:

  1. ^ England lost 3–4 on penalties

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