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England's First Visits to Other Nations
Country Match Details
Scotland 30 November 1872 - Scotland 0 England 0, The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow
Wales 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham
Ireland 18 February 1882 - Ireland 0 England 13, Knock Ground, Bloomfield, Belfast
Austria 6 June 1908 - Austria 1 England 6, Cricketer Platz, Leopoldstadt, Wien
Hungary 10 June 1908 - Hungary 0 England 7, Millenáris Sportpálya, Zugló, Budapest
Bohemia 13 June 1908 - Bohemia 0 England 4, Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha
Belgium

21 May 1921 - Belgium 0 England 2, Oscar Bossaert Stadion, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Bruxelles

Northern Ireland

22 October 1921 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast

France

10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Sweden

21 May 1923 - Sweden 2 England 4, Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm

Luxembourg

21 May 1927 - Luxembourg 2 England 5, Stade de la Frontière, Jeunesse, Esch-sur-Alzette

Spain

15 May 1929 - Spain 4 England 3, Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid

Germany

10 May 1930 - Germany 3 England 3, Deutsches Stadion, Westend, Berlin

Italy

13 May 1933 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Nazionale del P.N.Fr., Roma

Switzerland

20 May 1933 - Switzerland 0 England 4, Sportplatz Neufeld, Bern

Czechoslovakia

16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha

Netherlands

18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam

Norway

14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo

Finland

20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Töölö, Helsinki

Yugoslavia

18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd

Romania

24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti

Rep. of Ireland 30 September 1946 - Ireland (Éire) 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin
Portugal 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa
Denmark 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0, Idrætsparken, København
Brazil 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Argentina 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Nuñez, Buenos Aires
Chile 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago
Uruguay 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
USA 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City
West Germany 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
USSR 18 May 1958 - USSR 1 England 1, Lenin Stadium, Moskva
Peru 17 May 1959 - Peru 4 England 1, Estadio Nacional Coloso de José Díaz, Lima
Mexico 24 May 1959 - Mexico 2 England 1, Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad Universitaria, ciudad de México
GDR 2 June 1963 - GDR 1 England 2, Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Poland 5 July 1966 - Poland 0 England 1, Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów
Colombia 20 May 1970 - Colombia 0 England 4, Estadio Nemesio Camacho, Olímpico
Ecuador 24 May 1970 - Ecuador 0 England 2, Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
Malta 3 February 1971 - Malta 0 England 1, Empire Stadium, Gzira
Greece 1 December 1971 - Greece 0 England 2, Karaiskaki Stadio, Piraes
Bulgaria 1 June 1974 - Bulgaria 0 England 1, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sredets, Sofija
Cyprus 11 May 1975 - Cyprus 0 England 1, Tsirion Athletic Centre, Ayia Phyla, Lemesos
Australia 31 May 1980 - Australia 1 England 2, Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, Sydney
Iceland

2 June 1982 - Iceland 1 England 1, Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík

Turkey

14 November 1984 - Turkey 0 England 8, Inönü Stadyumu İstanbul

Egypt

29 January 1986 - Egypt 0 England 4, Nasser Stadium, Cairo

Israel

26 February 1986 - Israel 1 England 2, National Stadium, Ramat-Gan, Tel Aviv

Canada

24 May 1986 - Canada 0 England 1, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia

Saudi Arabia

16 November 1988 - Saudi Arabia 1 England 1, King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh

Albania

8 March 1989 - Albania 0 England 2, Stadiumi Kombetar, Tiranë

Tunisia

2 June 1990 - Tunisia 1 England 1, Stade Olympique El Menzah, Tunis

New Zealand 3 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 1, Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland
Malaysia 12 June 1991 - Malaysia 2 England 4, Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
CIS 29 April 1992 - CIS 2 England 2, Central V.I. Lenin Stadium, Moskva
China P.R. 23 May 1996 - China P.R 0 England 3, Workers' Stadium, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Moldova 1 September 1996 - Moldova 0 England 3, Stadionul Republican, Chişinău
Georgia 9 November 1996 - Georgia 0 England 2, Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi
Morocco 27 May 1998 - Morocco 0 England 1, Complexe Sportif Mohammed V, Casablanca
Republic of Korea 21 May 2002 - Korea Republic 1 England 1, Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo-si
Japan 26 May 2002 - Cameroon 2 England 2, Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe City
Slovakia 12 October 2002 - Slovakia 1 England 2, Štadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Liechtenstein 29 March 2003 - Liechtenstein 0 England 2, Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz
South Africa 22 May 2003 - South Africa 1 England 2, Amalgamated Banks of South Africa Stadium, Durban
Macedonia 6 September 2003 - FYR Macedonia 1 England 2, Gradski Stadion, Karpoš, Skopje
Azerbaijan 13 October 2004 - Azerbaijan 0 England 1, Tofiq Behramov adιna Respublika Stadionu, Narimanov, Baku
Croatia 11 October 2006 - Croatia 2 England 0, Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Estonia 6 June 2007 - Estonia 0 England 3, A. A. Le Coq Arena, Lilleküla, Tallinn
Trinidad & Tobago 1 June 2008 - Trinidad & Tobago 0 England 3, Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Belarus 15 October 2008 - Belarus 1 England 3, Dinamo Stadion, Lyeninski, Minsk
Kazakhstan 6 June 2009 - Kazakhstan 0 England 4, Ortalyk Tsentralnyi Stadium, Almaty
Ukraine 10 October 2009 - Ukraine 1 England 0, Stadion Dnepr-Arena, Kirovs'kyi, Dnepropetrovsk
Qatar 14 November 2009 - Brazil 1 England 0, Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Dawḥa
San Marino 22 March 2013 - San Marino 0 England 8, Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle

Notes

England's first international match was played at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 November 1872.  Four more visits to Scotland followed, the last two to Hampden Park's predecessor, before England first played in Wales, at the The Racecourse in Wrexham on 15 March 1880.  England's first meeting with Ireland took place on 18 February 1882 at Bloomfield in Belfast.  Until the end of the British Championship in 1984, England visited each of the other home countries in alternate years--with the exception of the years of the two world wars and two later occasions when civil unrest in Northern Ireland forced a change of venue to England, though still an Irish home match, and an outright cancellation.

England's first full international matches against opposition other than the home countries came  when they visited Continental Europe for the first time in June, 1908, after the conclusion of the Football League season.  They met Austria in Vienna, Hungary in Budapest and Bohemia in Prague.  Another post-season Continental tour followed in late May and early June, 1909, when England paid return visits to Budapest for two matches against Hungary and to Vienna for a friendly against Austria.  But those were the full England side's last matches abroad until after the First World War.

Continental European visits resumed when England met Belgium for the first time in Brussels in May, 1921.  Beginning in 1923, when England played in France, Sweden twice and Belgium again, they became a routine event, with the exception, of course, of the Second World War years.  Nonetheless, there remain several European nations England have yet to visit, including smaller nations regarded as "minnows" in the football world and many of the new nations which emerged after the break-up of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990s.  Eventually England will visit all these countries as they are drawn in their World Cup and European Championship qualifying groups.  For example, as part of European Championship 2004 qualifying play, England visited Liechtenstein, Slovakia, formerly part of Czechoslovakia, and FYR Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, for the first time.  And in the World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign, they will visit Azerbaijan, formerly part of the USSR, for the first time.

England made their first visit to South America for the World Cup finals in Brazil in June and July, 1950, when they first met South American opposition, Chile.  Since then they have visited the Americas 12 more times: tours to both South and North America in May and June, 1953 (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and the USA) and May, 1959 (Brazil, Peru, Mexico and the USA), a warm-up visit to Peru and the World Cup finals in Chile in May and June, 1962, a visit to the USA and a tournament in Brazil in May and June, 1964, a pre-World Cup tour to the Americas in June, 1969 (Mexico, Uruguay and Brazil), warm-up visits to Colombia and Ecuador and the World Cup finals in Mexico in May and June, 1970, a tournament in the USA in May, 1976, a pre-World Cup tour of South America in June, 1977 (Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay), another tour of South America in June, 1984 (Brazil, Uruguay and Chile), a pre-World Cup tournament in Mexico followed by a match in the USA in June, 1985, warm-up visits to the USA, where they played Mexico, and Canada and the World Cup finals in Mexico in May and June, 1986, and a pre-World Cup tournament in the USA in June, 1993.  There remain several South American countries England have not visited, including Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela.  England have yet to play in Central America.  

England first visited Oceania for an official international in May, 1980, when they played their first match against Australia.  A second tour in June, 1983 featured three matches against Australia and a third in June, 1991 a single match in Australia and two in New Zealand

Africa first hosted England in an official international in January, 1986, when they played Egypt in Cairo.  Since then England have played a World Cup warm-up match in Tunisia in June, 1990 and in a pre-World Cup tournament in Morocco in May, 1998, and they made their first visit to the lower part of the African continent when they met South Africa in Durban on 22 May 2003.

England's first visit to Asia came in February, 1986, when they played in Israel just a month after their first match in Africa against Egypt.  They visited Izmir, in the Asian part of Turkey, in April, 1987.  In 1988 England made another February visit to Israel followed by a November match in Saudi Arabia.  They made a second visit to Izmir in Turkey in May, 1991.  They first visited the Far East in June, 1991, when they played in Malaysia at the end of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.  A third visit to Izmir came in March, 1993.  A second visit to the Far East in May, 1996 saw England play in China just before the European Championship.  They made their third visit to the Far East in May and June, 2002 for the World Cup finals, meeting South Korea in a preparatory friendly in Seoul before moving on to Japan, where they played Cameroon in another warm-up friendly and all five of their tournament matches.  Finally, England played Turkey in October, 2003 at the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadyumu, which is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

The Caribbean was the latest continent to entertain England for the first time, when the Trinidad's & Toboggan's played host in the centenary celebrations in June 2008.

Countries in which England Have Played the Most Matches
Host Country Matches  Tournaments/Matches in which England Played Countries Other than the Host
England 417 includes Wales home match from 1888, and Ireland's home match in 1973
Scotland 56 None
Wales 50 None
Ireland/
Northern Ireland*
48 None
Italy 22 ECF 1968; ECF 1980; WCF 1990; San Marino WCP match 1993
France 21 Tournoi de France 1997; WCF 1998
Sweden 19 WCF 1958; ECF 1992
Germany/
West Germany*
18 ECF 1988; WCF 2006
Spain 17 WCF 1982; Andorra ECP match 2007 & Andorra WCP match 2008
Switzerland WCF 1954; Italy friendly 2012
Mexico 14 WCF 1970; Ciudad de Mexico Cup and Azteca 2000 tournaments 1985; WCF 1986
Belgium 13 ECF 2000
Austria 12 Japan friendly 2010
Portugal ECF 2004
USA* USA Bicentennial Cup Tournament 1976; Mexico friendly 1986; US Cup Tournament 1993; Colombia friendly 2005
Hungary 11 None
Brazil WCF 1950; Taça das Nações Tournament 1964; WCF 2014

Notes

The Germany/West Germany total consists of two matches played in united Germany before World War II, nine in West Germany after the country was divided, and two in reunified Germany, the celebrated 5-1 World Cup 2001 qualification victory on 1 September 2001.  It does not include the two matches England played in East Germany.

The USA total includes, in addition to the two named tournaments in which England played opponents other than the USA, a 1986 friendly match against Mexico in Los Angeles, one of only three occasions on which England have played a stand-alone match--a match not part of a tournament--away from home against an opponent that was not the host nation.  The second occasion was the friendly played against Cameroon in Japan in 2002, just before the World Cup final tournament began.  The third occasion was a friendly match against Colombia in New Jersey in 2005.

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