Progression of England association football goalscoring record

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This is a progressive list of association footballers who have held or co-held the record for international goals for the England national football team, beginning with William Kenyon-Slaney who scored the first ever international goal. He scored twice in the second international game played, the first game having finished 0-0.

Criteria[edit]

For the early decades, records of players appearances and goals 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 many 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 scored 29 goals 23 in full internationals and a further 44 in amateur internationals recognized by the opposing FAs. This article uses the Football Association's definition, and therefore excludes goals scored in Woodward's international amateur appearances.

England record[edit]

Player Goals Date Opponent Score Notes
William Kenyon-Slaney 2 1873-03-08  Scotland 4-2
Charles Bambridge 2 1879-04-05  Scotland 5-4 Jointly with Kenyon-Slaney
Charles Bambridge 4 1880-03-13  Scotland 4-5 Bambridge scored twice in this game
Charles Bambridge 5 1881-03-12  Scotland 1-6
Charles Bambridge 6 1882-02-18  Ireland 13-0
Howard Vaughton 6 1882-03-11  Scotland 1-5 Jointly with Bambridge
Charles Bambridge 7 1883-02-03  Wales 5-0
Charles Bambridge 9 1884-02-23  Ireland 8-1 Bambridge scored twice in this game
Charles Bambridge 10 1885-02-28  Ireland 4-0
Charles Bambridge 11 1885-03-21  Scotland 1-1
Tinsley Lindley 11 1888-04-07  Ireland 5-1 Jointly with Bambridge
Fred Dewhurst 11 1889-02-23  Wales 4-1 Jointly with Bambridge and Lindley
Tinsley Lindley 12 1890-03-15  Wales 3-1
Tinsley Lindley 14 1891-03-07  Ireland 6-1 Lindley scored twice in this game
Steve Bloomer 15 1898-04-02  Scotland 3-1 Bloomer scored twice in this game to overtake Lindley
Steve Bloomer 17 1899-02-18  Ireland 13-2 Bloomer scored twice in this game
Steve Bloomer 19 1899-03-20  Wales 4-0
Steve Bloomer 20 1900-04-07  Scotland 1-4
Steve Bloomer 24 1901-03-18  Wales 6-0 Bloomer scored four times in this game
Steve Bloomer 25 1901-03-30  Scotland 2-2
Steve Bloomer 26 1904-04-09  Scotland 1-0
Steve Bloomer 27 1905-02-25  Ireland 1-1 From 27 March 1905 to 3 April 1909, Bloomer was the most capped England player as well as top scorer. This is the first of two instances of a player holding both records simultaneously.
Steve Bloomer 28 1907-04-06  Scotland 1-1
Vivian Woodward 29 1911-03-13  Wales 3-0 Woodward scored twice in this game to overtake Bloomer. He held the record either individually or jointly for 47 years - the longest until superseded by Bobby Charlton in 2014.
Nat Lofthouse 29 1956-05-20  Finland 5-1 Jointly with Woodward
Tom Finney 29 1958-06-08  Soviet Union 2-2 Jointly with Woodward and Lofthouse
Tom Finney 30 1958-10-04  Northern Ireland 3-3 Finney held the record alone for a single match - the shortest time ever
Nat Lofthouse 30 1958-10-22  Soviet Union 5-0 Jointly with Finney
Bobby Charlton 30 1963-06-05   Switzerland 8-1 Jointly with Lofthouse and Finney. Charlton held the record either individually or jointly for over 48 years - the longest time ever
Bobby Charlton 31 1963-10-12  Wales 4-0
Bobby Charlton 32 1964-05-17  Portugal 4-3
Bobby Charlton 32 1964-05-24  Republic of Ireland 3-1
Bobby Charlton 33 1964-05-27  United States 10-0
Jimmy Greaves 35 1964-10-03  Northern Ireland 4-3 Greaves scored three times in this game to overtake Charlton
Jimmy Greaves 36 1964-12-09  Netherlands 1-1
Jimmy Greaves 37 1965-04-10  Scotland 2-2
Jimmy Greaves 38 1965-05-05  Hungary 1-0
Jimmy Greaves 39 1966-05-04  Yugoslavia 2-0
Jimmy Greaves 43 1966-06-29  Norway 6-1 Greaves scored four times in this game
Jimmy Greaves 44 1967-05-24  Spain 2-0
Bobby Charlton 44 1968-04-03  Spain 1-0 Jointly with Greaves
Bobby Charlton 45 1968-05-22  Sweden 3-1 Charlton finally regained the record alone; he held it alone for over 500 games, more than half the total number played by England
Bobby Charlton 46 1968-06-08  Soviet Union 2-0
Bobby Charlton 47 1969-05-07  Wales 2-1
Bobby Charlton 48 1970-04-21  Northern Ireland 3-1
Bobby Charlton 49 1970-05-20  Colombia 4-0 From 11 June 1970 to 14 June 1973, Charlton was the most capped England player as well as top scorer. This is the second instance of a player holding both records simultaneously.
Wayne Rooney 49 2015-09-05  San Marino 6-0 Jointly with Charlton
Wayne Rooney 50 2015-09-08   Switzerland 2-0
Wayne Rooney 51 2015-11-17  France 2-0
Wayne Rooney 52 2016-05-27  Australia 2-1
Wayne Rooney 53 2016-06-27  Iceland 1-2

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