History
First Matches
Last Matches
England Football Online
Contact Us Page Last Updated 15 October 2014
Opposition
Records
 
First Wins
First Losses

England's Record by First Losses

Alb to Cze
Den to Ita

Jam to Rom
SMar to Yug

This is the full list of all of England opponents in order of England's first loss - including first win.

1874

Scotland P 111 H 56 A 55 N 0 - 30 November 1872
win: 8 March 1873 - loss: 7 March 1874
       

 

1881

Wales P 101 H 50 A 51 N 0 - 18 January 1879
18 January 1879 - 26 February 1881
       

 

1913

Ireland (combined) P 61 H 30 A 31 N 0 - 18 February 1882
18 February 1882 -
15 February 1913
       

 

1929-39

Spain P 23 H 10 A 11 N 2  - 15 May 1929
9 December 1931 - 15 May 1929
  France P 29 H 10 A 15 N 4 - 10 May 1927
10 May 1923 - 14 May 1931

Hungary P 22 H 10 A 11 N 1 - 10 June 1908
10 June 1908 - 10 May 1934
  Czechoslovakia P 12 H 5 A 5 N 2 - 16 May 1934
1 December 1937 - 16 May 1934
Austria P 18 H 6 A 11 N 1 - 6 June 1908
6 June 1908 - 6 May 1936
 

Belgium P 21 H 6 A 11 N 4 - 21 May 1921
21 May 1921 - 9 May 1936
Switzerland P 23 H 9 A 13 N 1 - 20 May 1933
20 May 1933 - 21 May 1938
  Yugoslavia P 14 H 7 A 6 N 1 - 18 May 1939
28 November 1956 - 18 May 1939

 

1949-59

Sweden P 24 H 9 A 13 N 2 - 21 May 1923
21 May 1923 - 13 May 1949
  Ireland, Republic of P 15 Ab 1 H 7 A 6 N 2 - 30 September 1946
30 September 1946 - 21 September 1949
USA P 10 H 2 A 6 N 2 - 29 June 1950
8 June 1953 - 29 June 1950
  Uruguay P 11 H 5 A 4 N 2 - 31 May 1953
6 May 1964 - 31 May 1953
Portugal P 22 H 9 A 9 N 4 - 25 May 1947
25 May 1947 - 22 May 1955
  Ireland, Northern P 37 H 19 A 18 N 0 - 2 October 1954
2 October 1954 - 6 November 1957
USSR P 11 H 4 A 3 N 4 - 18 May 1958
22 October 1958 - 17 June 1958
  Brazil P 25 H 11 A 6 N 8 - 9 May 1956
9 May 1956 - 13 May 1959
Peru P 3 H 1 A 2 N 0 - 17 May 1959
20 May 1962 - 17 May 1959
  Mexico P 9 H 5 A 3 N 1 - 24 May 1959
10 May 1961 - 24 May 1959

 

1964-68

Argentina P 14 H 6 A 2 N 6 - 9 May 1951
9 May 1951 - 6 June 1964
  Germany, West (FDR) P 16 H 6 A 6 N 4 - 1 December 1954
1 December 1954 - 1 June 1968

 

1973-77

Poland P 19 H 9 A 9 N 1 - 5 January 1966
5 July 1966 - 6 June 1973
  Italy P 25 H 8 A 11 N 6 - 13 May 1933
14 November 1934 - 14 June 1973
Netherlands P 19 H 10 A 7 N 2 - 18 May 1935
18 May 1935 - 9 February 1977
       

 

1980-83

Romania P 11 H 4 A 4 N 3 - 24 May 1939
24 May 1939 - 15 October 1980
  Norway P 12 H 5 A 7 N 0 - 14 May 1937
14 May 1937 - 9 September 1981

Denmark P 19 H 8 A 9 N 2 - 26 September 1948
2 October 1955 - 21 September 1983
       

 

1991-98

Germany (combined) P 13 H 6 A 4 N 3 - 10 May 1930
4 December 1935 - 11 September 1991
  Chile P 6 H 3 A 2 N 1 - 25 June 1950
25 June 1950 - 11 February 1998

 

2003-09

Australia P 6 H 1 A 5 N 0 - 31 May 1980
31 May 1980 - 12 February 2003
  Croatia P 7 H 4 A 2 N 1 - 24 April 1996
20 August 2003 - 11 October 2006
Russia P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 12 September 2007
12 September 2007 - 17 October 2007
  Ukraine P 7 H 4 A 3 N 0 - 31 May 2000
31 May 2000 - 10 October 2009

 

they have not beaten us...yet!

Bohemia P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 13 June 1908
13 June 1908 - None
  Luxembourg P 9 H 4 A 5 N 0 - 21 May 1927
21 May 1927 - None

Finland P 11 H 3 A 8 N 0 - 20 May 1937
20 May 1937 - None
  Rest of Europe P 1 H 1 A 0 N 0 - 26 October 1938
26 October 1938 - None
Rest of the World P 2 H 2 A 0 N 0 - 21 October 1953
23 October 1963 - None
  Bulgaria P 10 H 5 A 4 N 1 - 7 June 1962
1 June 1974 - None
GDR (East Germany) P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 2 June 1963
2 June 1963 - None
  Colombia P 5 H 2 A 1 N 2 - 20 May 1970
20 May 1970 - None
Ecuador P 3 H 0 A 1 N 2 - 24 May 1970
24 May 1970 - None
  Malta P 3 H 1 A 2 N 0 - 3 February 1971
3 February 1971 - None

Greece P 9 H 5 A 4 N 0 - 21 April 1971
21 April 1971 - None
  Cyprus P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 16 April 1975
16 April 1975 - None
Iceland P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 2 June 1982
5 June 2004 - None
  Kuwait P 1 H 0 A 0 N 1 - 25 June 1982
25 June 1982 - None
Turkey P 10 H 5 A 5 N 0 - 14 November 1984
14 November 1984 - None
  Egypt P 3 H 1 A 1 N 1 - 29 January 1986
29 January 1986 - None
Israel P 4 H 1 A 3 N 0 - 24 February 1986
26 February 1986 - None
  Canada P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 24 May 1986
24 May 1986 - None
Morocco P 3 H 0 A 1 N 2 - 6 June 1986
27 May 1998 - None
  Paraguay P 3 H 1 A 0 N 2 - 18 June 1986
18 June 1986 - None
Saudi Arabia P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 16 November 1988
None - None
  Albania P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 8 March 1989
8 March 1989 - None
Tunisia P 3 H 0 A 1 N 2 - 2 June 1990
15 June 1998 - None
  Cameroon P 4 H 2 A 0 N 2 - 1 July 1990
1 July 1990 - None
New Zealand P 2 H 0 A 2 N 0 - 3 June 1991
3 June 1991 - None
  Malaysia P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 12 June 1991
12 June 1991 - None
CIS P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 29 April 1992
None - None
  San Marino P 5 H 3 A 2 N 0 - 17 February 1993 
17 February 1993 - None
Nigeria P 2 H 1 A 0 N 1 - 16 November 1994
16 November 1994 - None
  Japan P 3 H 2 A 0 N 1 - 2 June 1995
2 June 1995 - None
China P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 23 May 1996
23 May 1996 - None
  Moldova P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 1 September 1996
1 September 1996 - None
Georgia P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 9 November 1996
9 November 1996 - None
  South Africa P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 24 May 1997
24 May 1997 - None
Czech Republic P 2 H 2 A 0 N 0 - 18 November 1998
18 November 1998 - None
  Korean Republic (South) P 1 H 0 A 1 N 0 - 21 May 2002
None - None
Slovakia P 3 H 2 A 1 N 0 - 12 October 2002
12 October 2002 - None
  Macedonia FYR P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 16 October 2002
6 September 2003 - None
Liechtenstein P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 29 March 2003
29 March 2003 - None
  Serbia and Montenegro P 1 H 1 A 0 N 0 - 3 June 2003
3 June 2003 - None
Azerbaijan P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 13 October 2004
13 October 2004 - None
  Jamaica P 1 H 1 A 0 N 0 - 3 June 2006
3 June 2006 - None
Trinidad & Tobago P 3 H 0 A 1 N 2 - 15 June 2006
15 June 2006 - None
  Andorra P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 2 September 2006
2 September 2006 - None
Estonia P 3 H 1 A 2 N 0 - 6 June 2007
6 June 2007 - None
  Kazakhstan P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 11 October 2008
11 October 2008 - None
Belarus P 2 H 1 A 1 N 0 - 15 October 2008
15 October 2008 - None
  Slovenia P 2 H 1 A 0 N 1 - 5 September 2009
5 September 2009 - None
Algeria P 1 H 0 A 0 N 1 - 18 June 2010
None - None
  Montenegro P 4 H 2 A 2 N 0 - 12 October 2010
None - None
Ghana P 1 H 1 A 0 N 0 - 29 March 2011
None - None
  Honduras P 1 H 0 A 0 N 1 - 7 June 2014
None - None
Costa Rica P 1 H 0 A 0 N 1 - 24 June 2014
None - None
       

 

Total

first match - 30 November 1872
first win - 8 March 1873
first loss - 7 March 1874

 

P 938 W 531 D 229 L 178 F 2069 A 933 - 68.8% +353

Notes

It is now decades since England could boast an unbeaten record against one of the major football teams.  Thirty-five national sides have now beaten England in official international play, although that number is smaller by two if predecessor and successor nations are lumped together (united Ireland and Northern Ireland, on the one hand, and united Germany and West Germany, on the other).  

Among European opposition, England remain unbeaten only against a few second or third level teams, like Finland, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Albania, the even weaker teams, sometimes called "minnows," like Luxembourg, Andorra and San Marino, and teams they have thus far played only once or twice, like Slovenia.

Colombia is the only major South American team never to have beaten England, and they have seldom been among the first level teams.  England have never fallen to African or Asian opponents, but perhaps that is mainly due to the paucity of matches against teams from those continents.  They went down for the first time to an Oceanian team in 2003, when Australia won 3-1.

Scotland were the first team to win against England, in 1874 in the third international ever played.  The other home countries were the next to beat England, Wales in 1881, Ireland in 1913 and, after Ireland was partitioned, Northern Ireland in 1923.   

England first lost to a foreign team in 1929, when Spain edged by them, 4-3, in Madrid.  Seven more Continental European teams gained their first victories against England in the 1930's, France in 1931, Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1934, Austria and Belgium in 1936, Switzerland in 1938 and Yugoslavia in 1939.

England's post-war team of the late 1940's recorded some magnificent victories, but they lost for the first time to two more national sides in 1949, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland, which became the first foreign team to beat England on English soil.

Over the 1950's, seven more national sides were added to the list of teams that had beaten England, so many that the list no longer could fairly be described as select.  Among them were five teams from the Americas.  The U.S.A. beat England 1-0 at the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil, the biggest upset victory ever achieved against England.  Uruguay joined the list in a 1953 friendly match, Portugal in a 1955 friendly match, and the U.S.S.R. at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden.  In a disastrous tour of the Americas in 1959, England succumbed to three more opponents for the first time, Brazil, Peru and Mexico. 

Two more national teams gained their first victories over England during the 1960's.  Argentina beat England in 1964 at the Taça das Nações Tournament in Brazil.  And West Germany finally won against England in a friendly match in 1968 after eight unsuccessful efforts, three as united Germany and five as West Germany.

During the 1970's, England went down to another three teams for the first time.  Italy finally beat England in a friendly match in 1973, and in fact did it twice that year after eight unsuccessful efforts.  That same year, Poland's victory in Chorzów helped to prevent England from qualifying for the 1974 World Cup finals.  And in 1977, Netherlands beat England in a Wembley friendly.

Three more sides beat England for the first time during the 1980's.  Romania's first win came in 1980 and Norway's in 1981, both in World Cup 1982 qualifying matches.  Denmark's win at Wembley in 1983 stopped England from qualifying for the 1984 European Championship finals.  

United Germany finally beat England in a friendly match in 1991, soon after Germany's reunification.  The German victory was not given any special attention, however, for West Germany already had beaten England several times.  In a friendly match at Wembley in 1998, Chile beat England for the first time.  Finally, England lost to Australia for the first time in 2003, followed by Croatia, Russia and Ukraine. - PY