Players Index
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Most Substitutes 1950-80 1980-90 1990-2000 2000-10 2010-20 2020-30 Debuts
 
76 players with seven or more substitute appearances
Last update includes no.1028 against San Marino on 15 November 2021
No. Player Born
Died
Club(s)
as sub
Pos Start/
Sub
App Gls
GA
as sub
% Playing Career
1131 Jermain Defoe 7 October 1982 Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur CF 22
37
57 7 64.9 2004-17 919 min
1160 James Milner 4 January 1986 Aston Villa, Manchester City M 36
27
61 0 44.3 2009-16 523 min
1096 Kieron Dyer 29 December 1978 Newcastle United, West Ham United M 8
25
33 0 75.8 1999-2007 563 min
1111 Owen Hargreaves 20 January 1981 FC Bayern München eV, Manchester United M 17
25
42 0 59.5 2001-08 638 min
1107 Joe Cole 8 November 1981 West Ham United, Chelsea M 31
25
56 4 44.6 2001-10 726 min
1215 Marcus Rashford 31 October 1997 Manchester United F 21
25
46 1 54.3 2016-21 503 min
1076 Phil Neville 21 January 1977 Manchester United, Everton RB 36
23
59 0 39 1996-2007  
1139 Peter Crouch 30 January 1981 Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur CF 19
23
42 5 54.8 2005-10 583 min
1170 Jordan Henderson 17 June 1990 Liverpool A/DM 45
23
68 1 33.8 2012-21 438 min
1094 Emile Heskey 11 January 1978 Leicester City, Liverpool,  Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa M/F 40
22
62 2 35.5 1999-2010 603 min
1048 Teddy Sheringham 2 April 1966 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, F 30
21
51 2 41.2 1993-2002 443 min
1092 Jamie Carragher 28 January 1978 Liverpool D/M 17
21
38 0 55.3 1999-2010 615 min
1133 Shaun Wright-Phillips 25 October 1981 Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester City AM 15
21
36 3 58.3 2004-10 569 min
1134 Stewart Downing 22 July 1984 Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool LW 15
20
35 0 57.1 2005-12 420 min
1097 Frank Lampard 20 June 1978 West Ham United, Chelsea M 89
17
106 2 16 1999-2014 443 min
1142 Theo Walcott 16 March 1989 Arsenal M/F 30
17
47 3 36.2 2006-16 431 min
1196 Ross Barkley 5 December 1993 Everton M 16
17
33 0 51.5 2014-19 490 min
1022 Ian Wright 3 November 1963 Crystal Palace, Arsenal, West Ham United CF 17
16
33 1 48.5 1991-98 367 min
1116 Darius Vassell 13 June 1980 Aston Villa F 6
16
22 2 72.7 2002-04 419 min
1123 Jermaine Jenas 18 February 1983 Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur M 5
16
21 0 75.7 2003-09 358 min
1174 Danny Welbeck 26 November 1990 Sunderland, Manchester United, Arsenal F 26
16
42 2 38.1 2011-18 277 min
1072 Robbie Fowler 9 April 1975 Liverpool, Leeds United F 11
15
26 3 57.7 1996-2002  
1114 Wayne Bridge 5 August 1980 Southampton, Chelsea, Fulham, Manchester City LB/
LM
21
15
36 1 41.7 2002-09 460 min
1153 Ashley Young 9 July 1985 Aston Villa, Manchester United M 24
15
39 2 38.5 2007-18 388 min
966 John Barnes 7 November 1963 Watford, Liverpool OL 65
14
79 0 17.7 1983-95 299 min
1078 David Beckham 2 May 1975 Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Milan M 101
14
115 0 12.2 1996-2009 378 min
1217 Jesse Lingard 15 December 1992 Manchester United, West Ham United M 18
14
32 1 43.8 2017-21 313 min
995 Peter Beardsley 18 January 1961 Newcastle United, Liverpool, Newcastle United M/F 46
13
59 1 22 1986-96 310 min
1071 Gareth Southgate 3 September 1970 Aston Villa, Middlesbrough CD 44
13
57 0 22.8 1995-2004 468 min
1207 Jamie Vardy 11 January 1987 Leicester City F 13
13
26 3 50 2015-18 339 min
1181 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 August 1993 Arsenal, Liverpool M 22
13
35 2 37.1 2012-19 240 min
935 Tony Woodcock 6 December 1955 Nottingham Forest, Köln, Arsenal F 30
12
42 1 28.6 1978-86 163 min
981 Mark Hateley 7 November 1961 Portsmouth, Milan, Monaco, Rangers CF 20
12
32 0 37.5 1984-92  
1033 Paul Merson 20 March 1968 Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa M 9
12
21 0 57.1 1991-98 311 min
1060 Steve McManaman 11 February 1972 Liverpool, Real Madrid GK 25
12
37 0 32.4 1994-2001  
1081 Nicky Butt 21 January 1975 Manchester United M 27
12
39 0 30.8 1997-2004 197 min
1109 Alan Smith 28 October 1980 Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United F 7
12
19 0 63.2 2001-07 267 min
1086 Michael Owen 14 December 1979 Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United F 77
12
89 4 13.5 1998-2008 373 min
1100 Gareth Barry 23 February 1981 Aston Villa, Manchester City CD 41
12
53 0 22.6 2000-12 319 min
1108 Michael Carrick 28 July 1981 West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United M 22
12
34 0 35.3 2001-15 432 min
1006 Paul Gascoigne 27 May 1967 Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Middlesbrough M 46
11
57 1 19.3 1988-98  
1143 Aaron Lennon 16 April 1987 Tottenham Hotspur M 10
11
21 0 52.4 2006-13 339 min
1167 Jack Wilshere 1 January 1992 Arsenal M 23
11
34 0 32.4 2010-16 249 min
1199 Adam Lallana 10 May 1988 Southampton, Liverpool M 23
11
34 0 32.4 2013-18 276 min
1125 Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 Everton, Manchester United, DC United F 109
11
120 1 9.2 2003-18 297 min
1210 Dele Alli 11 April 1996 Tottenham Hotspur M 25
11
36 0 30.6 2015-19 212 min
1236 Jadon Sancho 25 March 2000 Borussia Dortmund F 12
11
23 0 47.8 2018-21 138 min
926 Trevor Francis 19 April 1954 Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Sampdoria F 42
10
52 0 19.2 1977-86 250 min
940 Glenn Hoddle 27 October 1957 Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco M 43
10
53 1 18.9 1979-88 244 min
1026 David Batty 2 December 1968 Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Leeds United M 32
10
42 0 23.8 1991-99 214 min
1062 Nicky Barmby 11 February 1974 Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool W 13
10
23 0 43.5 1995-2001 206 min
1080 David James 1 August 1970 Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City, Portsmouth GK 43
10
53 -GA 18.9 1997-2010 441 min
1156 Phil Jagielka 17 August 1982 Everton CD 30
10
40 0 25 2008-16 214 min
1212 Eric Dier 15 January 1994 Tottenham Hotspur M 35
10
45 0 22.2 2015-18 175 min
993 Chris Woods 14 November 1959 Norwich City, Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday GK 34
9
43 -GA 20.9 1985-93  
1117 Ledley King 12 October 1980 Tottenham Hotspur CD 12
9
21 0 42.9 2002-10 246 min
1197 Andros Townsend 16 July 1991 Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace M 4
9
13 2 69.2 2013-16 190 min
1179 Daniel Sturridge 1 September 1989 Chelsea, Liverpool F 17
9
26 2 34.6 2011-17 254 min
1207 Harry Kane 28 July 1993 Tottenham Hotspur F 58
9
67 4 13.4 2015-21 273 min
985 Trevor Steven 21 September 1963 Everton, Rangers, Olympique de Marseille M 28
8
36 1 22.2 1985-90 197 min
1015 Steve Bull 28 March 1965 Wolverhampton Wanderers CF 5
8
13 2 61.5 1989-90 188 min
1057 Rob Lee 1 February 1966 Newcastle United M 13
8
21 0 38.1 1994-98 160 min
1113 Danny Murphy 18 March 1977 Liverpool M 1
8
9 1 88.9 2001-03 239 min
1110 Danny Mills 18 May 1987 Leeds United, Middlesbrough LB/M 11
8
19 0 42.1 2001-04 289 min
1163 Adam Johnson 14 July 1987 Manchester City M 4
8
12 2 72.7 2010-12 180 min
1195 Rickie Lambert 16 February 1982 Southampton, Liverpool F 3
8
11 1 72.7 2013-14 97 min
1190 Raheem Sterling 8 December 1994 Liverpool, Manchester City F 64
8
72 0 11.1 2014-17 153 min
1213 Danny Rose 2 July 1990 Tottenham Hotspur M 21
8
29 0 27.6 2016-18  228 min
1243 Mason Mount 10 January 1999 Chelsea RM 18
8
26 1 30.8 2019-21 182 min
1251 Jack Grealish 10 September 1995 Aston Villa, Manchester City AM 10
8
18 1 44.4 2019-21 192 min
1227 Tammy Abraham 2 October 1997 Swansea City, Chelsea, Roma F 2
8
10 2 80 2017-21 176 min
1089 Ray Parlour 7 March 1973 Arsenal M 3
7
10 0 70 1999-2000 104 min
1136 Kieran Richardson 21 October 1984 Manchester United M 3
7
10 0 70 1999-2000 109 min
1090 Wes Brown 13 October 1979 Manchester United LB/
CD
16
7
23 0 30.4 1999-2010 256 min
1159 Carlton Cole 12 November 1983 West Ham United F 0
7
7 0 100 2009-10 133 min
1258 Jude Bellingham 29 June 2003 Borussia Dortmund M 3
7
10 0 70 2021 193 min

Evolution of the 'most substitutions' record

Two. Not until the seventeenth substitute was made, on 14 January 1970, against Netherlands at Wembley, did the first record of most substitute appearances by a single player become established. After just under twenty years of England substitutions, West Ham United's Geoff Hurst, having already been a seventieth minute substitute against Sweden on 22 May 1968, became the first player to achieve the feat twice.
Alan Mullery, Tottenham Hotspur, achieved the feat in just over four months. He was one of the two substitutes used on 14 January 1970, and made his second substitute appearance on 25 April 1970, becoming the first England player to be used as a substitute against Scotland.

Everton's Tommy Wright became the first England substitute in a Major Tournament Finals when he came on in England's opening World Cup Finals 1970 group match against Romania. He had already been an England substitute a year earlier against Mexico. Manchester City's Colin Bell and Chelsea's Peter Osgood had also joined the growing list of two substitute appearances by the end of the group phase.
Three. When Colin Bell replaced Bobby Charlton in the seventieth minute of the quarter-final match against West Germany, 14 June 1970, he became the first player to become a substitute on three separate occasions.
It was a just under two years before Martin Peters joined Bell at the top of the list, when he was substitute twice in May 1972, against West Germany, and then again, against Northern Ireland.
A year later, Norman Hunter's substitution against USSR on 10 June 1973, his third, put him also, top of the list. Then ten months later,  Alan Ball was called from the bench to gain his third substitute appearance, in Sir Alf Ramsey's final match in charge of England, against Portugal, 3 April 1974.
Four. Two months later, on 15 May 1974, against Northern Ireland, Leeds United's Norman Hunter became the first England player to be used as a substitute on four different occasions. It took Hunter just under 8½ years to be used four times, 3050 days.
Malcolm Macdonald joined him less than a month later. Taking just over two years (739 days
) from his substitution against USSR to his substitution against Yugoslavia to reach four substitute appearances. Dave Thomas, achieved the feat even quicker, taking exactly a year, between 30 October 1974 and 30 October 1975, both against Czechoslovakia. 
Five. On 3 September 1975, against Switzerland, Malcolm Macdonald was again called upon from the bench, to make a record fifth substitute appearance (1194 days). In a little over two months later, against Portugal on 19 November
, Dave Thomas also became England's most used substitute. His five substitution coming in 385 days. It was also Thomas' final England appearance. Then, on 13 May 1980, Trevor Brooking made his fifth substitute appearance against Argentina, 2039 days (little over 5½ years) after his first. Incidentally, Brooking's and Thomas' first substitute appearance both came in the same match.
A month later, 18 June 1980 against Spain, the final group match of the 1980 European Championship Finals, Ipswich Town's Paul Mariner became the fourth player to reach five substitute appearances (1176 days).
It was another year, 23 May 1981 against Scotland, before Trevor Francis joined the list (1284 days), and another fortnight when Ray Wilkins also joined the list, on 6 June against Hungary. It took Wilkins, who was still the youngest substitute to be used, 1430 days. On 27 April 1982, against Wales, Terry McDermott became the seventh player to reach the five substitutes mark (923 days).
Six. Against Scotland on 29 May 1982, 32 years after the first ever substitution,
Trevor Francis became the first player to make six appearances as a substitute and ten minutes later, Terry McDermott became the second player.
Seven. Against Finland on 3 June 1982, Trevor Francis became the first player to make seven appearances as a substitute. On 13 October 1982, against West Germany, Tony Woodcock became the second player.
Eight. The first match in 1984
saw the substitute record broken, when in the match in Paris against France on 29 February 1984, Tony Woodcock became the first player to make eight substitute appearances.
Nine. The second match of the 1984 Summer Tour saw the substitute record extended. On 13 June, Tony Woodcock became the first player to make nine substitute appearances when he replaced Clive Allen in the 69th minute against Uruguay in Montevideo.  In the 8-0 demolition match of Turkey on 14 November 1984, Trevor Francis replaced Woodcock on the field and thus joined him in being used as an England substitute on nine separate occasions.
Ten. In the following match, the first of 1985, against Northern Ireland on 27 February, Trevor Francis became the first player to reach double figures, ironically, he replaced Tony Woodcock, who became the first player to be replaced ten times. The first match of the new season, on 11 September 1985 against Romania, Tony Woodcock rejoined the top of the list with his tenth substitute appearance, replacing Gary Lineker in the 81st minute.
Eleven. Again, in the following match, against Turkey on 16 October 1985, Tony Woodcock added to his substitution tally when he replaced Mark Hateley with six minutes remaining, to create a new record of substitute appearances.
Twelve. On 26 February 1986, against Israel, Tony Woodcock was making his final England appearance. He replaced Kerry Dixon early in the second half to make a record-breaking twelfth substitute appearance.
In the final match of the 1986 World Cup Finals, substitute John Barnes made an immediate impact, setting up a goal for Gary Lineker to score against Argentina, on 22 June 1986. He was also making his twelfth appearance as an England substitute.
Thirteen. 29 April 1986 marked a significant date in the career of John Barnes. When he replaced Steve Hodge in the 75th minute of the European Championships qualifying match against Turkey in an effort to create an England goal, he became the first England player to make thirteen substitute appearances. It took over four years and a new manager before the list was added too. Chris Waddle, in Graham Taylor's first match as manager, became the second player to reach thirteen substitute appearances, as a 74th minute replacement for Steve Bull, against Hungary at Wembley on 12 September 1990.
Fourteen. It was in the following match, against Poland on 17 October 1990 at Wembley, Chris Waddle again added to his tally when he replaced Steve Bull again, in the 57th minute.
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