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Most Appearances

Peter Shilton, 125.  His first appearance came in the 3-1 friendly victory against GDR at Wembley on 25 November 1970, and his last in the 2-1 loss to Italy in the third-place match at the World Cup finals on 7 July 1990.  Shilton would have had many more caps had he not had to share England goalkeeping duties for a large part of his career, first with Gordon Banks and later Ray Clemence.

Evolution of the Appearances Record [to come]

Most consecutive appearances

Billy Wright, 70.  The streak began in the 2-2 friendly draw with France at Arsenal Stadium on 3 October 1951 and ended in the 8-1 win against the USA at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles on 28 May 1959, which was Wright's 105th and last appearance for England.  Wright was England's captain in all 70 matches of the streak.

Most appearances as captain

Billy Wright and Bobby Moore, 90.

Most appearances at Major Tournaments

Ashley Cole 21,
Steven Gerrard 20.

Longest international career

Stanley Matthews made his debut in the 4-0 win against Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff on 29 September 1934 and his 54th and final appearance in the 4-1 victory over Denmark in the Idrætsparken in Copenhagen on 15 May 1957 in a career stretching over 23 years but interrupted by World War II's seven-year break in official international play.  Matthews, the first England player to be knighted, also played for England in 29 unofficial wartime and victory internationals from 1939 to 1946.


Most Career Goals

Wayne Rooney scored his fiftieth goal on 8 September 2015, a penalty against Switzerland. The first came on 6 September 2003 against FYR macedonia, cementing his place in history as England's youngest ever goalscorer. He overtook Bobby Charlton's record of 49 which had been held for 45 years.

Scored in most matches

Wayne Rooney's 51 goals has come in 41 different matches. Bobby Charlton's 49 goals came in 37 matches. Michael Owen's forty goals were scored in 33 matches. Gary Lineker's 48 came in thirty matches, and Jimmy Greaves' 48 goals was scored across 27 matches.

Scored in most seasons

Both Wayne Rooney and Bobby Charlton have scored across thirteen seasons. Michael Owen scored across ten seasons, whereas Jimmy Greaves, Kevin Keegan and Bryan Robson have scored across nine seasons.

Most Seasons as Top Scorer

No one has held the top spot more than the six held by Steve Bloomer (1894-95 until 1907-07) and Gary Lineker (1985-86 until 1990-91).
Alan Shearer held it in five consecutive seasons (1996-96 until 1999-2000). Michael Owen (2000-01 until 2007-08) also spent five seasons as leading scorer, as does Wayne Rooney (2003-04 until 2014-15).

Evolution of the Career Goalscoring Record [to come]

Most Goals in a Match

Four England players have scored five goals in a single match, each accomplishing the feat only once.  They are Howard Vaughton, Steve Bloomer, Willy Hall and Malcolm Macdonald.

Evolution of the Match Goalscoring Record [to come]

Most four-goals-or-more matches

Five England players have scored four or more goals in a match on two occasions.  They are Steve Bloomer (one five-goal match included), Vivian Woodward, Tommy Lawton, Jimmy Greaves and Gary Lineker.

Most three-goals-or-more matches

Jimmy Greaves, six (two of four goals and four of three goals).

Most two-goals-or-more matches [to come]

Most consecutive matches scoring goals

Update: Tinsley Lindley, Cambridge University & Nottingham Forest, scored in what now appears to be only four consecutive England matches between 5 February 1887 and 4 February 1888.  It was thought that he scored against Wales in 1886, but that has since been credited to Andrew Amos. It is also reported that he scored against Scotland in March 1888. But all contemporary match reports state that George Haworth was the scorer. If however, it is proven that he did score these two goals, he could have scored in nine consecutive matches.

Tommy Lawton, Everton, did score in six consecutive appearances, his first, from his penalty-kick on his debut on 22 October 1938, until his scored against Italy on 13 May 1939.

Jimmy Windridge, Chelsea, also scored in six consecutive matches between 16 March and 13 June 1908.

Then five matches each for Fred Dewhurst (1887-89) and Bill Dean, his first five matches in 1927.

The post-war record stands at five. Held by Tommy Lawton, from his four goals against Portugal, 25 May 1947, until his penalty-kick against Sweden, 19 November 1947.  Nat Lofthouse scored from 25 May to 26 November 1952. Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith scored from 8 October 1960 until 15 April 1961. Wayne Rooney, from 9 October 2014 until 27 March 2015.

A different record stands by those players that scored in consecutive matches in which they appeared. That particular record belongs to Steve Bloomer, who scored in his first ten appearances from 1895 to 1899. Second is George Camsell's nine (all his appearances), between 1929 and 1936. John Goodall scored six goals between 1891-95. 

Post-war, the record stands at five goals in consecutive matches in which they appeared. As well as those named above, Tom Finney between 1946 and 1947, Paul Mariner in 1981 to 1982, (see notes below) and Wayne Rooney twice, from 12 October 2012 until 26 March 2013 and 9 October 2014 until 27 March 2015.

Notes on the Mariner debate: some sources credit Paul Mariner with a post-war record on the claim he scored in six straight matches between the 2-0 victory over Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 1982 and the 2-0 win against Czechoslovakia in Bilbao, Spain at the World Cup finals on 20 June 1982.  But the day before Mariner scored in England's 4-1 win against Finland in Helsinki on 3 June 1982, another England team with an entirely different lineup drew 1-1 with Iceland in Reykjavík.  The team that played Iceland was actually the England "B" team, but the Football Association yielded to the insistence of Icelandic football officials and recognized the Iceland match as a full international.  Thus it cannot be said that Mariner scored in six straight England matches.  Besides, he did not score against Czechoslovakia, that was a BarmoŇ° own goal.  Mariner also scored in England's 1-0 win against Hungary at Wembley on 18 November 1981, his last appearance immediately preceding the Netherlands match of 25 May 1982 since he missed the home internationals against Northern Ireland and Wales in February and April, 1982.  What Mariner did do, then, was possibly score in the five, maybe six, straight matches in which he appeared, no mean feat although it is not the record. 

Most consecutive matches scoring competive goals

That particular record belongs to Steve Bloomer, who scored in his first ten appearances from 1895 to 1899, all played in the Home Championship.

The post-war record is held by Wayne Rooney has scored in seven competitive appearances between October 2014 and September 2015. Beating the previous record by Nat Lofthouse, who scored in six competitive appearances between October 1952 and the World Cup Finals in 1954.

Fastest goal from start of match

Tommy Lawton of Chelsea scored the fastest England goal in history, 17 seconds after kickoff in the 10-0 friendly match victory against Portugal in Lisbon on 25 May 1947.

Players Scoring the Fastest England Goals from Kickoff

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Most appearances as a substitute:  

Jermain Defoe, 34.

Most appearances as substitute without starting:   [to come]

Longest appearance as a substitute:   [to come]

Shortest appearance as a substitute:

The final whistle blew immediately after Phil Neal came on during stoppage time in the 3-1 victory against France in the opening group match at the World Cup 1982 final tournament in Spain.   Against Slovakia in Bratislava in the European Championship preliminary match on 12 October 2002, Alan Smith came on during stoppage time with the ball out of play behind England's goal, and the final whistle blew immediately after David Seaman took the ensuing goal kick.  Both players thus earned caps without ever touching the ball (although they may not be the only England players to achieve this).

Most career goals scored as a substitute:

Jermain Defoe has scored seven goals in his 34 appearances as a substitute.

Most goals in a match by a substitute:

Two.  Although this has been achieved for as long as substitutes have been used.  Nat Lofthouse, after he replaced Tom Finney, scored twice against Finland in May 1956. Tommy Taylor achieved the same achievement as a double-scoring substitute six months later in November. 

It was not until September 2008 that the same achievement was repeated when Joe Cole scored twice against Andorra.  Since then, however, the achievement has been recorded on a further fiveoccasions. Jermain Defoe did it twice in 2009, against Andorra in June and against Netherlands in August. Peter Crouch against Egypt in March 2010.  Adam Johnson against Switzerland in September 2010, and finally, Theo Walcott scored twice against San Marino on 5 September 2015.

Fastest goal by a substitute

Teddy Sheringham scored immediately after he substituted for Robbie Fowler in the 68th minute of the 2-2 World Cup 2002 preliminary match draw with Greece at Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester on 6 October 2002.  He came on during the stoppage that followed a foul and scored on a header from David Beckham's ensuing free kick to bring England level at 1-1.  Albert Sewell, the trivia expert who authors BBC Sport website's "Ask Albert" column,  wrote:  "It was certainly the fastest [goal] by a sub in British international football. We have checked and re-checked the tape, and can confirm that just 15 seconds elapsed from the time Teddy stepped on to the field and when his header crossed the goal line."


Most expulsions

David Beckham & Wayne Rooney have been sent off on two occasions.  Ten other players share the distinction of one sending-off.

Most cautions:  [to come]

Most games without a caution:  [to come]

European Championship Final Tournaments

Most tournaments:  [to come]

Most appearances:  [to come]

Most appearances in a single tournament:  [to come]

Most consecutive appearances:  [to come]

Most tournaments as captain:

England have appeared in the European Championship final tournament eight times and each time have had a different captain.  The eight players who have served as captain are Bobby Moore, 1968 in Italy, Kevin Keegan, 1980 in Italy, Bryan Robson, 1988 in West Germany, Gary Lineker, 1992 in Sweden, Tony Adams, 1996 in England, Alan Shearer, 2000 in The Lowlands, David Beckham, 2004 in Portugal and Steven Gerrard, 2012 in Ukraine/Poland.

Most appearances as captain:

Tony Adams appeared as captain in five European Championship final tournament matches, all in 1996 in England.

Youngest player to appear:

When Wayne Rooney of Everton started England's game against France in the European Championships 2004 in Portugal, he was 18 years old, seven months and 19 days.  Making him the youngest England player to appear in this tournament.

Oldest player to appear:  [to come]

Most goals:  [to come]

Most goals in a match:  [to come]

Most goals in a single tournament:  

Alan Shearer scored 5 goals in the European Championships 1996 in England, 1 against Switzerland, 1 against Scotland, 2 against Netherlands and 1 against Germany. 

Most consecutive games with goals:  [to come]

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Fastest goal:  [to come]

Youngest player to score:  

Everton's Wayne Rooney scored the first of his four goals in The European Championships 2004 against Switzerland on 17 June 2004.  He was 18 years, seven months and 24 days old.  For 4 days, he was the youngest player ever to score in the Tournament.  Switzerland's Johan Vonlathen was 18 years, five months and 19 days on 21 June 2004.

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Most cautions:  [to come]

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British Championship Tournaments

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Youngest player to appear:  [to come]

Oldest player to appear:  [to come]

Most goals:  [to come]

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Youngest player to score:  [to come]

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Most expulsions:  [to come]

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