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England Footballers With Most Appearances

Updated on October 24, 2012
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This is a look at Englands most capped footballers. Starting with most capped player Peter Shilton on 125 and going down to Gary Lineker who is on 80 this has a brief description of their England careers. Click here to also read about Englands top goalscorers http://jamesvernon.hubpages.com/hub/Englands-Top-Goalscorers

Then there is a list of all the other players who have played 50 times or more for England.

This information is correct as of October 2012.

PETER SHILTON 125

Has been the record appearance maker for England since he overtook Bobby Moore’s record in 1989.Played his first game in 1970 against East Germany as a 21 year old and his last as a 40 year old against Italy in the 1990 World cup 3rd place play off game. Captain on many occasions.

DAVID BECKHAM 115

The most capped outfield player. Played his first game in 1996 against Moldova as a 21 year old and his last in 2009 against Belarus. There was criticism as he overtook other players with a few short cameo appearances. Was captain. Scored 17 goals. Still playing but at 37 unlikely to be considered again.


BOBBY MOORE 108

Was the record appearance holder for England for nearly 20 years years until overtaken by Shilton. First game was in 1962 against Peru as a 21 year old. His last was against Italy in November 1973 after England had recently failed to qualify for the 1974 World cup.Captained England to their World cup win of 1966.

BOBBY CHARLTON 106

Played in the World cup winning team of 1966. Held the appearance record for a couple of years and still holds the goalscoring record with 49. Played his first game against Scotland in 1958 and his last in the World Cup quarter final match against West Germany in 1970.

BILLY WRIGHT 105

Played his first game against Northern Ireland in 1946 and his last game came against U.S.A. in 1959. Captain for the very successful Wolves team of this period and captain for the vast majority of his internationals.

ASHLEY COLE 99

Still playing and at 31 years of age he should be able to crash through the 100 barrier and play many more games. Played his first game in 2001 against Albania.

STEVEN GERRARD 99

Is also still playing and should be able to play a lot more games as he is 32 years of age. Captains the side at the moment and has done at major tournaments. Played his first game in 2000 against Ukraine. Has scored 19 goals so far.


FRANK LAMPARD 93

Still playing and must be hopeful of getting to at least 100 matches,although at age 34 he is at a dangerous age for an international footballer. Played his first game in 1999 against Belgium. Has so far scored 26 goals.

BRYAN ROBSON 90

Considering the injuries he got during his career through his all-action play this is a brilliant total to have achieved. His first game was in 1980 against Republic of Ireland and his last was against Turkey in 1991. Captain on many occasions. Scored 26 goals.

MICHAEL OWEN 89

Came in as an 18 year old against Chile in 1998 and has played his last game against France in 2008. Still involved in the game but would need to avoid injuries and be playing regularly to have another chance of playing for England. Scored 40 goals.

KENNY SANSOM 86

Was Englands first choice left back throughout most of his 9 years in the team. Played his first game in 1979 against Wales and his last was against Soviet Union in the European Championships of 1988.

GARY NEVILLE 85

His first game came against Japan in 1995 and his last came against Spain in 2007. Now involved on Englands coaching staff.

RAY WILKINS 84

Had just over 10 years in the England team. He made his debut as a 19 year old in May 1976 against Italy and played his last game against Yugoslavia in November 1986. Captained the side on a few occasions.

RIO FERDINAND 81

Despite still playing England haven’t picked him in more than a year. His first game came against Cameroon in 1997 and his last was against Switzerland in 2011.

GARY LINEKER 80

Made his debut against Scotland in 1984 and played his last game in the European Championship defeat by Sweden in 1992. Second top scorer for England with total of 48 goals. Was top scorer in the 1986 World cup with 6 goals and then also scored 4 in the 1990 tournament.

These are the players who have played for England on between 50 and 79 occasions.

JOHN BARNES 79

WAYNE ROONEY 78

STUART PEARCE 78

JOHN TERRY 78

TERRY BUTCHER 77

TOM FINNEY 76

DAVID SEAMAN 75

SOL CAMPBELL 73

GORDON BANKS 73

ALAN BALL 72

MARTIN PETERS 67

PAUL SCHOLES 66

TONY ADAMS 66

DAVE WATSON 65

ALAN SHEARER 63

KEVIN KEEGAN 63

RAY WILSON 63

DAVID PLATT 62

EMILE HESKEY 62

CHRIS WADDLE 62

EMLYN HUGHES 62

RAY CLEMENCE 61

PETER BEARDSLEY 59

DES WALKER 59

PHIL NEVILLE 59

JIMMY GREAVES 57

PAUL GASCOIGNE 57

GARETH SOUTHGATE 57

JOHNNY HAYNES 56

JOE COLE 56

STANLEY MATTHEWS 54

GLENN HODDLE 53

GARETH BARRY 53

PAUL INCE 53

DAVID JAMES 53

TREVOR FRANCIS 52

JERMAIN DEFOE 52

TEDDY SHERINGHAM 51

PHIL NEAL 50

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      good list

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Would love to see this list play together in the same generation!

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      If you want the hub sharing, be sure to swing it by the Football Hubbers Network.

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting Richard.

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for reading and commenting CCahill. Yes it would make a decent choice for a fantasy football team!!

      Yes i'll add it on to the hubbers network. Cheers.

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Cool hub. As Rooney is already at 76, I can see him becoming our most capped player in about 5 years.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      Yeah good point, i wonder how many games a year England used to typically have in the days of Charlton and Moore and whether they played as many or more international friendlies..

      i have a feeling Joe Hart will eventually break the total record, unless Butland surpasses him, then he will

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting Thomas. Yes i think some of the current generation of players should get a lot of internationals if they stay away from serious injury.

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      James Vernon 4 years ago from UK

      Yes,CCahill i tend to think there's more games played nowadays,certainly in terms of qualifying groups, and there does seem to be a lot of friendlies being played. But i think throughout the World more players are getting up and beyond 100 appearances.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      So by that, its possible that the caps arent fully good indicators of international exp and value to their given nation, its a shame we have no stats that exist which focus on the significance of caps, say a formula which takes into account caps + competition/friendley + competition stage to fully give a player an idex of worth

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