Peter Shilton and Des Walker were the only squad
members to play every minute of every match, 720 minutes in all, a figure inflated by
England's three-extra time matches. Gary Lineker, who persisted despite a painfully swollen toe, and Chris
Waddle, were the only other players to appear in all seven matches.
Lineker missed only the last seven minutes of the first match.
Waddle started all matches save the last, the third-place consolation
match against Italy, when he came on as a substitute at 72 minutes.
Two squad members, Stuart
Pearce and Paul Gascoigne, played every minute of the first six matches,
but did not appear in the third-place match. In that last match,
manager Bobby Robson gave playing time to some of the squad members who
had appeared not at all or very little in the tournament. That may
account for Pearce's absence in favour of Tony Dorigo after 25 successive starts at left fullback
following the 1988 European Championship. But Gascoigne could not have
played against Italy anyway. He was the only England player to draw two yellow
cards and a resulting match suspension. His second caution came
in the semi-final against West Germany and, in an unforgettably poignant
scene televised around the world, reduced him to tears as he realized he
would not play in the final match were England to win the
semi-final. As it turned out, the suspension forced him to miss the
third-place match instead.
Paul Parker and Mark Wright, did not appear in England's first match but
started the remaining six. Parker played every minute of the six, while
Wright was substituted off only from the third-place match and that near
its end. David Platt also gained in favour through the
tournament. He did not play in the opener, but then made three
straight substitute appearances, and, after scoring the last-minute
extra-time match winner against Belgium, graduated from his "super
sub" role to starter for the last three matches.
Tony Dorigo and Neil Webb made their only
appearances of the tournament in the third-place match. Steve Hodge was injured and, apart from the backup
goalkeepers, was the only player not to make a single appearance in the
One squad member, Gary Stevens, who played the full 90
minutes in the first match against Ireland, definitely fell out of favour,
perhaps partly because of Bobby Robson's change to a sweeper system in
some of the later matches. Stevens did not play again until the third-place match.
players were forced to withdraw from the squad during the tournament
because of injury. David Seaman, unlikely to play in any event, was
the first with an injured thumb. Bryan Robson was the second.
After lasting the full 90 minutes in the first match against Ireland with
the aid of a pain-killing injection for
an injured toe, Robson strained his Achilles tendon and had to be taken
65 minutes of the second match against Netherlands. He had to sit out the third match against
Egypt, and, although he had a
faith healer flown out to treat him, then himself flew home for surgery. It was the second World Cup
tournament in succession in which injury had forced the withdrawal of
England's captain, although in Mexico four years previously he had
remained with the squad.
Two England veterans
ended their international careers in this tournament. Peter Shilton, who
won a record 125th cap in the third-place match, was
the tournament's oldest player at 42 years, 292 days on July 7, 1990, the
date of that final appearance. He also became the oldest team
captain in World Cup history. The tournament also marked Terry Butcher's last
hurrah for England. The semi-final was his 77th and final appearance.