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The following is a list of the only World Cup finals games played by England and broadcast live in the United Kingdom, together with the only commentators given the honour of describing the action as it happened, for the benefit of the viewers back home. England have played seven other games (one in 1954, two in 1958 and four in 1962) that were not televised live and were broadcast only in highlights form in the days following each game. The 1950 tournament, in which England played three games, was not televised at all.

World Cup Finals 1954

Switzerland

288

Thursday 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4 [1-2] AET [3-3]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme

290

Saturday 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2 [2-1]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
(second half only)
World Cup Finals 1958

Sweden

323

Wednesday 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV - Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus

325

Tuesday 17 June 1958 - U.S.S.R. 1 England 0 [0-0]
Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus
World Cup Finals 1966

England

404

Monday 11 July 1966 - England 0 Uruguay 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

405

Saturday 16 July 1966 - England 2 Mexico 0 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

406

Wednesday 20 July 1966 - France 0 England 2 [0-1]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Johnny Haynes
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen (all except first half-hour)

407

Saturday 23 July 1966 - England 1 Argentina 0 [0-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Jimmy Hill
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

408

Tuesday 26 July 1966 - England 2 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Tommy Docherty
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen

409

Saturday 30 July 1966 - England 4 West Germany 2 [1-1] AET [2-2]
Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
BBC - Kenneth Wolstenholme and Walley Barnes
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Dave Bowen
World Cup Finals 1970

Mexico

445

Tuesday 2 June 1970 - England 1 Romania 0 [0-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
BBC - David Coleman and Don Revie
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

446

Sunday 7 June 1970 - Brazil 1 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
BBC - David Coleman and Don Revie
ITV
- Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

447

Thursday 11 June 1970 - Czechoslovakia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
ITV - Hugh Johns and Billy Wright

448

Sunday 14 June 1970 - West Germany 3 England 2 [0-1] AET [2-2]
Estado de Guanajuato, León
BBC - David Coleman, Don Revie and Joe Mercer
World Cup Finals 1982

Spain

565

Wednesday 16 June 1982 - England 3 France 1 [1-1]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

566

Sunday 20 June 1982 - England 2 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton

567

Friday 25 June 1982 - England 1 Kuwait 0 [1-0]
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton

568

Tuesday 29 June 1982 - England 0 West Germany 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

569

Monday 5 July 1982 - England 0 Spain 0 [0-0]
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
ITV - Martin Tyler and Jack Charlton
World Cup Finals 1986

Mexico

614

Tuesday 3 June 1986 - Portugal 1 England 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill

615

Friday 6 June 1986 - England 0 Morocco 0 [0-0]
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey
ITV - Martin Tyler and David Pleat

616

Wednesday 11 June 1986 - England 3 Poland 0 [3-0]
Estadio Universitário de Nuevo León, Monterrey
BBC - Barry Davies and Jimmy Hill

617

Wednesday 18 June 1986 - England 3 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México
BBC - John Motson and Jimmy Hill
ITV -
Martin Tyler and David Pleat

618

Sunday 22 June 1986 - Argentina 2 England 1 [0-0]
Estadio Azteca, Santa Úrsula, ciudad de México
BBC - Barry Davies and Jimmy Hill
ITV -
Martin Tyler and David Pleat
World Cup Finals 1990

Italy

658

Monday 11 June 1990 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia
ITV - Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

659

Saturday 16 June 1990 - Netherlands 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

660

Thursday 21 June 1990 - England 1 Egypt 0 [0-0]
Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Cagliari, Sardinia
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking

661

Tuesday 26 June 1990 - England 1 Belgium 0 [0-0] AET [0-0]
Stadio Renato Dall' Ara, Bologna
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

662

Sunday 1 July 1990 - Cameroon 2 England 3 [0-1] AET [2-2]
Stadio San Paolo, Fuorigrotta,  Napoli
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

663

Wednesday 4 July 1990 - West Germany 1 England 1 [0-0] AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-3] Stadio delle Alpi, Torino BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

664

Saturday 7 July 1990 - Italy 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Alan Parry and Ron Atkinson
Notes This was the first World Cup to be broadcast in the UK on satellite television, with Eurosport showing every game. Peter Brackley and David Pleat probably provided live commentary on most of England's matches, if not all.
World Cup Finals 1998

France

747

Monday 15 June 1998 - England 2 Tunisia 0 [1-0]
Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
BBC - Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking

748

Monday 22 June 1998 - Romania 2 England 1 [0-0]
Stade Municipal, Toulouse
ITV - Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan

749

Friday 26 June 1998 - England 2 Colombia 0 [2-0]
Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

750

Tuesday 30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2] AET [2-2] & Penalties [4-3] Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne ITV - Brian Moore and Kevin Keegan
Notes Only the Tunisia game was shown live by Eurosport. The commentators were Guy Mowbray and Bryan Robson, who were probably also at the microphone for the other England games. These were broadcast in full, two hours after the kick-off time. It was the last World Cup tournament in which Eurosport showed live games.
World Cup Finals 2002

Japan

791

Sunday 2 June 2002 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]
Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama-shi
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

792

Friday 7 June 2002 - Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sapporo Dōmu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

793

Wednesday 12 June 2002 - Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]
Ōsaka-shi Nagai Rikujō Kyōgijō, Ōsaka-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking

794

Saturday 15 June 2002 - Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson

795

Friday 21 June 2002 - England 1 Brazil 2 [1-1]
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi city
BBC - John Motson and Trevor Brooking
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Ron Atkinson
Notes BBCi, the interactive service, gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.
World Cup Finals 2006

Germany

838 Saturday 10 June 2006 - England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
839 Thursday 15 June 2006 - England 2 Trinidad and Tobago 0 [0-0]
easyCredit-Stadion, Nürnberg, Bayern
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
840 Tuesday 20 June 2006 - Sweden 2 England 2 [0-1]
Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
841 Sunday 25 June 2006 - England 1 Ecuador 0 [0-0]
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
842 Saturday 1 July 2006 - England 0 Portugal 0 [0-0] AET [0-0] & Penalties [1-3] Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen BBC - John Motson and Mark Lawrenson
ITV -
Clive Tyldesley and Gareth Southgate
Notes BBCi, once again, gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.

The three games shown live by the BBC were also broadcast live by UKTV G2. Commentary for one or both of the Paraguay and Ecuador games was provided by Andy Burton and Ron Atkinson, with John Roder and Ron Atkinson at the microphone for the Portugal game.

World Cup Finals 2010

South Africa

885 Saturday 12 June 2010 - England 1 USA 1 [1-1]
Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
886 Friday 18 June 2010 - England 0 Algeria 0 [0-0]
Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
ITV - Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend
887 Wednesday 23 June 2010 - Slovenia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
BBC - Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson
888 Sunday 27 June 2010 - Germany 4 England 1 [2-1]
Free State Stadium, Manguang/Bloemfontein
BBC - Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson
Notes The BBC Red Button service gave viewers the option of listening to the Radio Five Live commentary team, instead of the television commentators, for the games shown live by the BBC.

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