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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; 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 35 GA    
2. Staniforth, Ronald 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC     3 0    
3. Byrne, Roger W. 25 LB Manchester United FC     3 0    
4. Wright, William A. 31 RH/CB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     58 3    
5. Owen, Sydney W. 32 CB Luton Town FC     2 0    
6. Dickinson, James W. 29 LH Portsmouth FC     35 0    
7. Matthews, Stanley 39 OR Blackpool FC     36 10    
8. Broadis, Ivan A. 31 IR Newcastle United FC     11 6    
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC     19 20    
10. Taylor, Thomas 22 IL/CF Manchester United FC     3 2    
11. Finney, Thomas 32 OL/OR Preston North End FC     51 23    
12. Burgin, Edward 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
13. Green, Kenneth 30 FB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
14. McGarry, William H. 27 RH Huddersfield Town AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     1 2    
16. Quixall, Albert 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC     3 0    
17. Mullen, James 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     11 5    
18. Chilton, Allenby C.* 35 CB Manchester United FC     2 0    
19. Amstrong, Kenneth* 30 RH Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
20. Jezzard, Bedford A.G.* 26 CF/IL Fulham FC     1 0    
21. Haynes, John N.* 19 IF Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
22. Hooper, Harry* 21 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
 
World Cup Record  
No. Name vs. Belgium (4-4) - AET vs. Switzerland (2-0) vs. Uruguay (2-4) mins
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. Start GA 4 Start GA 0 Start GA 4 300
2. Staniforth, Ronald Start Start Start 300
3. Byrne, Roger W. Start Start Start 300
4. Wright, William A. Captain Captain Captain 300
5. Owen, Sydney W. Start squad member squad member 90
6. Dickinson, James W. Start Start Start 300
7. Matthews, Stanley Start injured Start 210
8. Broadis, Ivan A. Start Start Start 300
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel Start ill Start 210
10. Taylor, Thomas Start Start squad member 210
11. Finney, Thomas Start Start Start 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 Start Start 180
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. squad member Start Start 180
16. Quixall, Albert squad member squad member squad member 0
17. Mullen, James squad member Start squad member 90
 
Post-World Cup  
No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts Disc
1. Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 G Birmingham City FC     23 43 GA    
2. Staniforth, Ronald 30 RB Huddersfield Town AFC     6 0    
3. Byrne, Roger W. 25 LB Manchester United FC     6 0    
4. Wright, William A. 31 RH/CB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     61 3    
5. Owen, Sydney W. 32 CB Luton Town FC     3 0    
6. Dickinson, James W. 29 LH Portsmouth FC     37 0    
7. Matthews, Stanley 39 OR Blackpool FC     38 10    
8. Broadis, Ivan A. 31 IR Newcastle United FC     14 8    
9. Lofthouse, Nathaniel 28 CF Bolton Wanderers FC     21 23    
10. Taylor, Thomas 22 IL/CF Manchester United FC     5 2    
11. Finney, Thomas 32 OL/OR Preston North End FC     54 24    
12. Burgin, Edward 27 G Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
13. Green, Kenneth 30 FB Birmingham City FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
14. McGarry, William H. 27 RH Huddersfield Town AFC     2 1    
15. Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     1 2    
16. Quixall, Albert 20 IF Sheffield Wednesday FC     3 0    
17. Mullen, James 31 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC     12 5    
18. Chilton, Allenby C.* 35 CB Manchester United FC     2 0    
19. Amstrong, Kenneth* 30 RH Chelsea FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
20. Jezzard, Bedford A.G.* 26 CF/IL Fulham FC     1 0    
21. Haynes, John N.* 19 IF Fulham FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
22. Hooper, Harry* 21 OR West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
 

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