Alf Ramsey named a squad of 22 for the four-match European tour, from
the 27 that had been training at Lilleshall for the past two weeks.
JUNE 20: The
Times announced the financial rewards on offer to the England squad, if
they were successful in the World Cup.
The Times: Each
member of the England World Cup team will receive a minimum of £1,000 if
they win the Jules Rimet Trophy at Wembley next month. They will share a
bonus of £22,000. If they lose the final, each man would receive a match
fee of £60.
JUNE 24: Following
another three days training at Lilleshall, the 22-man squad arrived in
Helsinki for the first match of the tour.
The Times: It is
not because they are softhearted or particularly patriotic that
bookmakers show England as second favourites behind Brazil for the
championship. It is simply because they know England are fully capable
of winning the World Cup.
JUNE 26: England
beat Finland, 3-0, in Helsinki.
'England's strikers again miss the boat - chances wasted by fumbling
They were too clumsy, too
hurried and sometimes, to be fair, downright unlucky.
JUNE 28: Ramsey
made ten changes for the second game of the tour, against Norway. Only
Roger Hunt kept his place.
JUNE 29: England
beat Norway, 6-1, in Oslo.
The Times: 'Greaves
banishes doubts with four goals - brilliant England XI humble
Finishing power, control,
anticipation - Greaves produced them all in as complete an example of
forward play as one could find anywhere.
JULY 1: Joe Mears,
chairman of the Football Association, collapsed in an Oslo street and
died from a heart attack, at the age of 61. He had previously suffered a
heart attack in March, when the World Cup trophy was stolen and a ransom
demand was sent to the FA.
JULY 3: Ramsey
confirmed that the tour squad would be the World Cup 22. England beat
Denmark, 2-0, in Copenhagen.
The Times: 'Ball
inspires a flagging England - Danes - and bumpy pitch - overcome'
...we again had a
thoroughly competent performance by England's defence. It is unlikely
that any goalkeeper has ever made such a comfortable first appearance
for England as Bonetti did here.
JULY 4: The squad
flew to Poland and, after checking into their hotel, they set off for
the stadium for a training session in front of a thousand Polish fans.
JULY 5: England
beat Poland, 1-0, in Chorzow.
'Ramsey's case rests on sound evidence - England finish tour unbeaten'
...a victory born out of
unrelenting efficiency, hard running, and one supreme moment...