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Finals Squad

May 1 was the date set by FIFA for the list of forty names to be submitted, from which the final 22 could be selected for each country's World Cup squad. England's list appeared on April 22 1954, nine days ahead of the deadline. The following 18 were destined not to make the final cut: Ray King, Port Vale; George Thompson, Preston North End; Jack Mansell, Portsmouth; Stan Willemse, Chelsea; Eric Bell, Bolton Wanderers; Jimmy Dugdale, West Bromwich Albion; Bill Slater, Wolverhampton Wanderers (who was later replaced by Don Revie, Manchester City); Ronnie Allen, West Bromwich Albion; Peter Harris, Portsmouth; Johnny Nicholls, West Bromwich Albion; George Robb, Tottenham Hotspur; Jackie Sewell, Sheffield Wednesday; Johnny Ball, Bolton Wanderers; Duncan Edwards, Manchester United; Ron Greenwood, Chelsea; Roy Bentley, Chelsea; Stan Rickaby, West Bromwich Albion; and Les Shannon, Burnley.

Five of these players (Willemse, Ball, Bell, Sewell and Harris) were still with the squad when it was first reduced to 27 names on May 31. Three days later, a squad of 17 was announced as the party that was to travel to Switzerland for the tournament. Five reserves who were to stay at home* (Allenby Chilton, Ken Armstrong, Bedford Jezzard, Johnny Haynes and Harry Hooper) were then added to the list, making up the 22 names, which were submitted to FIFA on June 8.

 

No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 G Birmingham City FC 20 0 20 37 GA 0
2. Staniforth, Ronald 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 3 0 3 0 0
3. Byrne, Roger W. 25 LB Manchester United FC 3 0 3 0 0
4. Wright, William A. 31 RHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 58 0 58 3 43
5. Owen, Sydney W. 32 CB Luton Town FC 2 0 2 0 0
6. Dickinson, James W. 29 LHB Portsmouth FC 35 0 35 0 0
7. Matthews, Stanley 39 OR Blackpool FC 36 0 36 10 0
8. Broadis, Ivan A. 31 IR Newcastle United FC 11 0 11 6 0
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 19 0 19 20 0
10. Taylor, Thomas 22 IL/CF Manchester United FC 3 0 3 2 0
11. Finney, Thomas 32 OF Preston North End FC 51 0 51 23 0
12. Burgin, Edward 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0 0
13. Green, Kenneth 30 FB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0
14. McGarry, William H. 27 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 0 0 0 0 0
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 2 0
16. Quixall, Albert 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0 3 0 0
17. Mullen, James 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 1 11 5 0
18. Chilton, Allenby 35 CB Manchester United FC 0 0 2 0 0
19. Amstrong, Kenneth 30 RH Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
20. Jezzard, Bedford A.G. 26 CF/IL Fulham FC 0 0 1 0 0
21. Haynes, John N. 19 IF Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
22. Hooper, Harry 21 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0
 
World Cup Record  
No. Name vs. Belgium (4-4) AET vs. Switzerland (2-0) vs. Uruguay (2-4) mins
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. Goalkeeper GA 4 Goalkeeper GA 0 Goalkeeper GA 4 300
2. Staniforth, Ronald right-back right-back right-back 300
3. Byrne, Roger W. left-back left-back left-back 300
4. Wright, William A. right-half back centre-half back centre-half back 300
5. Owen, Sydney W. centre-half back squad member squad member 90
6. Dickinson, James W. left-half back left-half-back left-half back 300
7. Matthews, Stanley outside-right withdrawn starter outside-right 210
8. Broadis, Ivan A. inside-right 2563 inside-right inside-right 300
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel centre-forward 3691 withdrawn starter centre-forward 16 210
10. Taylor, Thomas inside-left centre-forward squad member 210
11. Finney, Thomas outside-left outside-right outside-left 67 300
12. Burgin, Edward squad member squad member squad member 0
13. Green, Kenneth squad member squad member squad member 0
14. McGarry, William H. squad member right-half back right-half back 180
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. squad member inside-left 69 inside-left 180
16. Quixall, Albert squad member squad member squad member 0
17. Mullen, James squad member outside-left 43 squad member 90
 
Post-World Cup  
No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 G Birmingham City FC 23 0 23 43 GA 0
2. Staniforth, Ronald 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 6 0 6 0 0
3. Byrne, Roger W. 25 LB Manchester United FC 6 0 6 0 0
4. Wright, William A. 31 RH/CB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 61 0 61 3 46
5. Owen, Sydney W. 32 CB Luton Town FC 3 0 3 0 0
6. Dickinson, James W. 29 LH Portsmouth FC 37 0 37 0 0
7. Matthews, Stanley 39 OR Blackpool FC 38 0 38 10 0
8. Broadis, Ivan A. 31 IR Newcastle United FC 14 0 14 8 0
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC 21 0 21 23 0
10. Taylor, Thomas 22 IL/CF Manchester United FC 5 0 5 2 0
11. Finney, Thomas 32 OF Preston North End FC 54 0 54 24 0
12. Burgin, Edward 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0 0
13. Green, Kenneth 30 FB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0
14. McGarry, William H. 27 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 2 0 2 1 0
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 0 1 2 0
16. Quixall, Albert 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 0 3 0 0
17. Mullen, James 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 11 1 12 5 0
18. Chilton, Allenby 35 CB Manchester United FC 0 0 2 0 0
19. Amstrong, Kenneth 30 RH Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0
20. Jezzard, Bedford A.G. 26 CF/IL Fulham FC 0 0 1 0 0
21. Haynes, John N. 19 IF Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0
22. Hooper, Harry 21 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0
 

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