List of England national football team captains

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Wayne Rooney, pictured here at UEFA Euro 2012, was England captain from 2014-2017.

This article lists all the captains of the England national men's football team.

The first England captain was Cuthbert Ottaway; he captained England in the first ever international match, against Scotland on 30 November 1872. He went on to captain England on just one further occasion, the third international match, on 7 March 1874, against the same opposition. Alexander Morten captained England in their first international on home soil, 8 March 1873 vs Scotland, and was the first international captain to win a match. This was his only international appearance.

Since then, Billy Wright went on to set the record for most captaincies of his country, with 90. Bobby Moore, who remains the only England captain to have lifted the World Cup, reached 90 captaincies in 1973, and shares the record with Wright.

List of captains

Elizabeth II presents the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore, 1966

Figures include all recognised matches up to 24 June 2014. The default order for this list is by most appearances as captain, then chronological order of first captaincy. Only confirmed captaincies are counted.

# Player England career Caps as captain Total caps First captaincy
1 Wright, BillyBilly Wright 1946–1959 90 105 9 October 1948
1 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore 1962–1973 90 108 29 May 1963
3 Robson, BryanBryan Robson 1980–1991 65 90 17 November 1982
4 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham 1996–2009 59 115 15 November 2000
5 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard 2000–2014 40 114 31 March 2004
6 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer 1992–2000 34 63 1 September 1996
6 Terry, JohnJohn Terry 2003–2012 34 72 16 August 2006
8 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan 1972–1982 31 63 24 March 1976
9 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes 1969–1980 23 62 11 March 1974
10 Crompton, BobBob Crompton 1902–1914 22 41 2 March 1903
10 Haynes, JohnnyJohnny Haynes 1954–1962 22 56 15 May 1960
12 Hapgood, EddieEddie Hapgood 1933–1939 20 30 14 November 1934
13 Platt, DavidDavid Platt 1989–1996 19 62 17 February 1993
13 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney 2003– 2017 23 119 14 November 2009
15 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker 1984–1992 18 80 12 September 1990
16 Bailey, NormanNorman Bailey 1878–1887 15 19 12 March 1881
16 Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield 1959–1966 15 43 28 September 1961
16 Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton 1970–1990 15 125 25 May 1982
16 Adams, TonyTony Adams 1987–2000 15 66 12 October 1994
20 Woodward, VivViv Woodward 1903–1911 14 23 15 February 1908
21 Smith, G. O.G. O. Smith 1893–1901 13 20 4 April 1896
21 Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick 1946–1948 13 13 28 September 1946
23 Goodall, RoyRoy Goodall 1926–1933 12 25 31 March 1928
24 Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins 1976–1986 10 84 22 September 1982
24 Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 1987–1999 10 78 8 June 1991
26 Owen, MichaelMichael Owen 1998–2008 9 89 17 April 2002
27 Hill, JackJack Hill 1925–1929 8 11 2 April 1927
27 Mills, MickMick Mills 1972–1982 8 42 13 May 1978
28 Francis, GerryGerry Francis 1974–1976 8 12 3 September 1975
30 Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson 1921–1924 7 12 22 October 1921
30 Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher 1980–1990 7 77 12 November 1986
30 Ince, PaulPaul Ince 1992–2000 7 53 9 June 1993
30 Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand 1997–2011 7 81 26 March 2008
34 Male, GeorgeGeorge Male 1934–1939 6 19 18 November 1936
34 Ball, AlanAlan Ball 1965–1975 6 72 12 March 1975
34 Thompson, PhilPhil Thompson 1976–1982 6 42 22 November 1979
37 Cahill, GaryGary Cahill 2010-present 5 53 9 October 2015
37 Walters, PercyPercy Walters 1885–1890 5 13 13 March 1886
37 Edwards, WillisWillis Edwards 1926–1929 5 16 22 October 1928
37 Clayton, RonnieRonnie Clayton 1955–1960 5 35 17 October 1959
40 Lindley, TinsleyTinsley Lindley 1886–1891 4 13 4 February 1888
40 Harris, StanleyStanley Harris 1904–1906 4 6 25 February 1905
40 Wadsworth, SamSam Wadsworth 1922–1926 4 9 22 October 1924
40 Jack, DavidDavid Jack 1924–1932 4 9 5 April 1930
40 Blenkinsop, ErnieErnie Blenkinsop 1928–1933 4 26 9 December 1931
40 Cooper, ThomasThomas Cooper 1927–1934 4 15 14 April 1934
40 Peters, MartinMartin Peters 1966–1974 4 67 19 May 1971
46 Holmes, RobertRobert Holmes 1888–1895 3 7 13 March 1893
46 Spencer, HowardHoward Spencer 1897–1905 3 6 14 February 1903
46 Grimsdell, ArthurArthur Grimsdell 1920–1923 3 6 9 April 1921
46 Bower, AlfredAlfred Bower[1] 1923–1927 3 5 8 December 1924
46 Walker, BillyBilly Walker 1920–1932 3 18 21 May 1925
46 Strange, AlfredAlfred Strange 1930–1933 3 20 14 May 1931
46 Barkas, SamSam Barkas 1936–1937 3 18 23 October 1937
46 Ramsey, AlfAlf Ramsey 1948–1953 3 32 15 November 1950
46 Flowers, RonRon Flowers 1955–1966 3 49 27 May 1964
46 Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton 1958–1970 3 106 15 January 1969
46 Watson, David V.David V. Watson 1974–1982 3 65 24 April 1981
46 Campbell, SolSol Campbell 1996–2007 3 70 24 May 1998
46 Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard 1999–2014 3 106 9 February 2011
58 Ottaway, CuthbertCuthbert Ottaway 1872–1874 2 2 30 November 1872
58 Bambridge, CharlesCharles Bambridge 1879–1887 2 18 18 February 1882
58 Goodall, JohnJohn Goodall 1888–1898 2 14 7 February 1891
58 Dunn, ArthurArthur Dunn 1883–1892 2 4 15 March 1892
58 Cotterill, GeorgeGeorge Cotterill 1891–1893 2 4 25 February 1893
58 Wreford-Brown, CharlesCharles Wreford-Brown 1889–1898 2 or 3[2] 4 18 March 1895
58 Pennington, JesseJesse Pennington 1907–1920 2 25 15 March 1920
58 Buchan, CharlieCharlie Buchan 1913–1924 2 6 14 March 1921
58 Patchitt, BasilBasil Patchitt 1923 2 2 21 May 1923
58 Swift, FrankFrank Swift 1946–1949 2 19 16 May 1948
58 Channon, MickMick Channon 1972–1977 2 46 28 May 1976
69 Morten, AlexanderAlexander Morten 1873 1 1 8 March 1873
69 Alcock, C. W.C. W. Alcock 1875 1 1 6 March 1875
69 Heron, HubertHubert Heron 1873–1878 1 5 4 March 1876
69 Rawson, WilliamWilliam Rawson 1875–1877 1 2 3 March 1877
69 Cursham, ArthurArthur Cursham 1880–1884 1 or 2[3] 6 2 March 1878
69 Wace, HenryHenry Wace 1878–1879 1 or 2[3] 3 5 April 1879
69 Wollaston, CharlesCharles Wollaston 1874–1880 1 4 13 March 1880
69 Sparks, FrancisFrancis Sparks 1879–1880 1 3 15 March 1880
69 Hunter, JackJack Hunter 1878–1882 1 7 26 February 1881
69 Hudson, JohnJohn Hudson 1883 1 1 24 February 1883
69 Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie 1889–1891 1 3 2 March 1889
69 Moon, BillyBilly Moon 1888–1885 1 7 6 April 1891
69 Gosling, R. CunliffeR. Cunliffe Gosling 1892–1895 1 or 2[2] 5 6 April 1895
69 Oakley, WilliamWilliam Oakley 1895–1901 1 16 9 March 1901
69 Needham, ErnestErnest Needham 1894–1902 1 16 18 March 1901
69 Foster, ReginaldReginald Foster 1900–1902 1 5 3 March 1902
69 Forman, FrankFrank Forman 1898–1903 1 9 22 March 1902
69 Bloomer, StephenStephen Bloomer 1895–1907 1 23 3 May 1902
69 Knight, ArthurArthur Knight 1919 1 1 25 October 1919
69 McCall, JosephJoseph McCall 1913–1920 1 5 23 October 1920
69 Longworth, EphraimEphraim Longworth 1920–1923 1 5 21 May 1921
69 Woosnam, MaxMax Woosnam 1922 1 1 13 March 1922
69 Doggart, GrahamGraham Doggart 1923 1 1 1 November 1923
69 Moss, FrankFrank Moss 1924 1 5 12 April 1924
69 Ashton, ClaudeClaude Ashton[4] 1925 1 1 24 October 1925
69 Lucas, TommyTommy Lucas 1921–1926 1 3 24 May 1926
69 Kean, FredFred Kean 1923–1929 1 9 21 May 1927
69 Barker, JackJack Barker 1934–1936 1 11 17 October 1936
69 Cullis, StanStan Cullis 1937–1939 1 12 24 May 1939
69 Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery 1964–1971 1 35 3 February 1971
69 Bell, ColinColin Bell 1968–1975 1 48 23 May 1972
69 Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry 1976–1980 1 27 31 May 1980
69 Clemence, RayRay Clemence 1972–1983 1 61 12 May 1981
69 Neal, PhilPhil Neal 1976–1983 1 50 2 June 1982
69 Beardsley, PeterPeter Beardsley 1986–1996 1 59 13 February 1988
69 Wright, MarkMark Wright 1984–1996 1 43 21 May 1991
69 Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman 1988–2003 1 75 10 September 1997
69 Keown, MartinMartin Keown 1992–2002 1 43 11 September 2000
69 Barry, GarethGareth Barry 2000–2012 1 52 29 March 2011
69 Parker, ScottScott Parker 2003–2013 1 11 29 February 2012
69 Jagielka, PhilPhil Jagielka 2008–present 1 38 12 October 2015

Disputed captaincies

Player England career Caps as captain Total caps
Daft, HarryHarry Daft 1889–1892 1 or 0[5] 5
Lodge, VaughanVaughan Lodge 1894–1896 0 or 1[6] 5
Raikes, GeorgeGeorge Raikes 1895–1896 0 or 1[6] 4

Post-war captains

David Beckham, pictured here at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, captained England from 2000 to 2006.
Rio Ferdinand, captained England from 2010 to 2011.
Tenure Incumbent Others used when incumbent unavailable
1946–1948 Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick Swift, FrankFrank Swift
1948–1959 Wright, BillyBilly Wright Ramsey, AlfAlf Ramsey
1959–1960 Clayton, RonnieRonnie Clayton
1960–1962 Haynes, JohnnyJohnny Haynes Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield
1962–1964 Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield Moore, BobbyBobby Moore
1964–1973 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore Flowers, RonRon Flowers, Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield, Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton, Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery, Peters, MartinMartin Peters, Bell, ColinColin Bell
1974 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes
1975 Ball, AlanAlan Ball
1975–1976 Francis, GerryGerry Francis Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan, Channon, MickMick Channon
1976–1982 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes, Mills, MickMick Mills, Thompson, PhilPhil Thompson, Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry, Clemence, RayRay Clemence, Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton
1982–1991 Robson, BryanBryan Robson Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins, Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton, Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher, Beardsley, PeterPeter Beardsley
1990–1992 Lineker, GaryGary Lineker Mark Wright, Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce
1992–1993 Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Platt, DavidDavid Platt
1993–1995 Platt, DavidDavid Platt Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Adams, TonyTony Adams
1995–1996 Adams, TonyTony Adams Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer
1996–2000 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce, Ince, PaulPaul Ince, Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman, Adams, TonyTony Adams, Campbell, SolSol Campbell
2000 Adams, TonyTony Adams Campbell, SolSol Campbell, Keown, MartinMartin Keown
2000–2006 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham Owen, MichaelMichael Owen, Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard
2006–2010 Terry, JohnJohn Terry Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand, Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham
2010–2011 Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Barry, GarethGareth Barry
2011–2012 Terry, JohnJohn Terry Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard, Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Parker, ScottScott Parker
2012–2014 Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard, Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney, Cole, AshleyAshley Cole
2014–2017 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Cahill, GaryGary Cahill, Hart, JoeJoe Hart, Jagielka, PhilPhil Jagielka, Milner, JamesJames Milner, Smalling, ChrisChris Smalling, Henderson, JordanJordan Henderson, Kane, HarryHarry Kane
2017-present Various Cahill, GaryGary Cahill, Hart, JoeJoe Hart, Henderson, JordanJordan Henderson, Kane, HarryHarry Kane, Dier, EricEric Dier

Unofficial captaincies

Players who have received the captain's armband during the course of a game are not considered by the Football Association as being official England captains.[7] However, the following players - who have never officially captained England - have worn the captain's armband during the course of a match when the official captain and vice-captain have been sent off or substituted:

Footnotes

  1. ^ Alfred Bower was the last amateur player to captain England
  2. ^ a b Sources differ concerning the captaincy for England vs Wales, 12 March 1894. It was either Charles Wreford-Brown or Cunliffe Gosling
  3. ^ a b Sources differ concerning the captaincy for England vs Wales, 18 January 1879. It was either Arthur Cursham or Henry Wace
  4. ^ Claude Ashton was the last player to be appointed captain for his solitary England appearance
  5. ^ Ireland 0 - England 2; 5 March 1892 (Match summary)
  6. ^ a b The captaincy for England vs Ireland, 7 March 1896 is disputed between GO Smith (13 confirmed captaincies), and George Raikes and Vaughan Lodge, neither of whom had captained England in another match.
  7. ^ "England's Captains - Index". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Clockwatch: England 4-0 Mexico". BBC Sport. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "England Match No. 787 - Italy - 27 March 2002 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  10. ^ "England Match No. 799 - Australia - 12 February 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  11. ^ a b c "England Match No. 803 - Serbia & Montenegro - 3 June 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  12. ^ "England Match No. 827 - USA - 28 May 2005 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  13. ^ "England Match No. 842 - Portugal - 1 July 2006 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  14. ^ "England Match No. 904 - Norway - 26 May 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  15. ^ "England Match No. 910 - Italy - 15 August 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

External links

  • England football captains database
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