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Sunday, 20 June 1954
World Cup 1954 Finals First Phase Pool D, Match Four

England 2 Switzerland 0 [1-0]
 

 

Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad

Wankdorfstadion, Wankdorf, Bern
Attendance: 43,119;
Kick-off: 5.10pm BST

England - Jimmy Mullen (42), Dennis Wilshaw (69)
Results 1950-1955

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Match Summary

Officials

England

Type

Switzerland

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, 45th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 41 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
63rd match, W 39 - D 13 - L 11 - F 185 - A 91, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  Merrick, Gilbert H. 32 26 January 1922 G Birmingham City FC 22 41 GA
2 Staniforth, Ronald 30 13 April 1924 RB Huddersfield Town AFC 5 0
3 Byrne, Roger     LB      
4 Wright, William A. 30 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

60 3
14 McGarry, William H. 23 10 June 1927 RHB Huddersfield Town AFC 1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 29 24 April 1925 LHB

Portsmouth FC

37 0
11 Finney, Thomas 32 5 April 1922 OR

Preston North End FC

53 23
8 Broadis     IR      
15 Wilshaw, Dennis J. 28 11 March 1926 IL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 3
10 Taylor, Thomas 22 29 January 1932 CF Manchester United FC 5 2
17 Mullen, James 31 6 January 1923 OL Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 12 6
England Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-

team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally.
Dennis Wilshaw becomes England's youngest goalscorer at a World Cup Finals tournament, aged 28 years and 101 days, three days after Nat Lofthouse broke the same record.
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

Switzerland Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 21st to 24th
Colours: Red jerseys, white shorts, black socks
Capt:   Manager: Karl Rappan (born in Austria)
Switzerland Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Switzerland Substitutes
1              

reserves:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

Wolves left wing partners Dennis Wilshaw and Jimmy Mullen scored the goals, and their club captain Billy Wright started his first match as England's centre-half. Bill McGarry gave a solid debut performance in Wright's old position at right-half against the host nation and in searing-hot conditions that sapped the energy of the players. Mullen scored the first goal three minutes before half-time to silence a capacity 60,000 crowd. Wilshaw clinched the victory with a superb individual goal midway through the second-half, cleverly evading three Swiss defenders before steering a firm shot into the net. Syd Owen's injury had accidentally solved England's on-going centre-half crisis. Billy Wright slotted into the position as naturally as if born to the job, and the Swiss centre-forward was not allowed a sniff at goal.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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CG