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[edit]

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 Billy Wright 1946–1959 90 105 9 October 1948
1 Bobby Moore 1962–1973 90 108 29 May 1963
3 Bryan Robson 1980–1991 65 90 17 November 1982
4 David Beckham 1996–2009 59 115 15 November 2000
5 Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 40 114 31 March 2004
6 Alan Shearer 1992–2000 34 63 1 September 1996
6 John Terry 2003–2012 34 72 16 August 2006
8 Kevin Keegan 1972–1982 31 63 24 March 1976
9 Emlyn Hughes 1969–1980 23 62 11 March 1974
10 Bob Crompton 1902–1914 22 41 2 March 1903
10 Johnny Haynes 1954–1962 22 56 15 May 1960
12 Eddie Hapgood 1933–1939 20 30 14 November 1934
13 David Platt 1989–1996 19 62 17 February 1993
13 Wayne Rooney 2003– 2017 23 119 14 November 2009
15 Gary Lineker 1984–1992 18 80 12 September 1990
16 Norman Bailey 1878–1887 15 19 12 March 1881
16 Jimmy Armfield 1959–1966 15 43 28 September 1961
16 Peter Shilton 1970–1990 15 125 25 May 1982
16 Tony Adams 1987–2000 15 66 12 October 1994
20 Viv Woodward 1903–1911 14 23 15 February 1908
21 G. O. Smith 1893–1901 13 20 4 April 1896
21 George Hardwick 1946–1948 13 13 28 September 1946
23 Roy Goodall 1926–1933 12 25 31 March 1928
24 Ray Wilkins 1976–1986 10 84 22 September 1982
24 Stuart Pearce 1987–1999 10 78 8 June 1991
26 Michael Owen 1998–2008 9 89 17 April 2002
27 Jack Hill 1925–1929 8 11 2 April 1927
27 Mick Mills 1972–1982 8 42 13 May 1978
28 Gerry Francis 1974–1976 8 12 3 September 1975
30 George Wilson 1921–1924 7 12 22 October 1921
30 Terry Butcher 1980–1990 7 77 12 November 1986
30 Paul Ince 1992–2000 7 53 9 June 1993
30 Rio Ferdinand 1997–2011 7 81 26 March 2008
34 George Male 1934–1939 6 19 18 November 1936
34 Alan Ball 1965–1975 6 72 12 March 1975
34 Phil Thompson 1976–1982 6 42 22 November 1979
37 Gary Cahill 2010–present 5 53 9 October 2015
37 Percy Walters 1885–1890 5 13 13 March 1886
37 Willis Edwards 1926–1929 5 16 22 October 1928
37 Ronnie Clayton 1955–1960 5 35 17 October 1959
40 Tinsley Lindley 1886–1891 4 13 4 February 1888
40 Stanley Harris 1904–1906 4 6 25 February 1905
40 Sam Wadsworth 1922–1926 4 9 22 October 1924
40 David Jack 1924–1932 4 9 5 April 1930
40 Ernie Blenkinsop 1928–1933 4 26 9 December 1931
40 Thomas Cooper 1927–1934 4 15 14 April 1934
40 Martin Peters 1966–1974 4 67 19 May 1971
46 Robert Holmes 1888–1895 3 7 13 March 1893
46 Howard Spencer 1897–1905 3 6 14 February 1903
46 Arthur Grimsdell 1920–1923 3 6 9 April 1921
46 Alfred Bower[1] 1923–1927 3 5 8 December 1924
46 Billy Walker 1920–1932 3 18 21 May 1925
46 Alfred Strange 1930–1933 3 20 14 May 1931
46 Sam Barkas 1936–1937 3 18 23 October 1937
46 Alf Ramsey 1948–1953 3 32 15 November 1950
46 Ron Flowers 1955–1966 3 49 27 May 1964
46 Bobby Charlton 1958–1970 3 106 15 January 1969
46 David V. Watson 1974–1982 3 65 24 April 1981
46 Sol Campbell 1996–2007 3 70 24 May 1998
46 Frank Lampard 1999–2014 3 106 9 February 2011
58 Cuthbert Ottaway 1872–1874 2 2 30 November 1872
58 Charles Bambridge 1879–1887 2 18 18 February 1882
58 John Goodall 1888–1898 2 14 7 February 1891
58 Arthur Dunn 1883–1892 2 4 15 March 1892
58 George Cotterill 1891–1893 2 4 25 February 1893
58 Charles Wreford-Brown 1889–1898 2 or 3[2] 4 18 March 1895
58 Jesse Pennington 1907–1920 2 25 15 March 1920
58 Charlie Buchan 1913–1924 2 6 14 March 1921
58 Basil Patchitt 1923 2 2 21 May 1923
58 Frank Swift 1946–1949 2 19 16 May 1948
58 Mick Channon 1972–1977 2 46 28 May 1976
69 Alexander Morten 1873 1 1 8 March 1873
69 C. W. Alcock 1875 1 1 6 March 1875
69 Hubert Heron 1873–1878 1 5 4 March 1876
69 William Rawson 1875–1877 1 2 3 March 1877
69 Arthur Cursham 1880–1884 1 or 2[3] 6 2 March 1878
69 Henry Wace 1878–1879 1 or 2[3] 3 5 April 1879
69 Charles Wollaston 1874–1880 1 4 13 March 1880
69 Francis Sparks 1879–1880 1 3 15 March 1880
69 Jack Hunter 1878–1882 1 7 26 February 1881
69 John Hudson 1883 1 1 24 February 1883
69 John Brodie 1889–1891 1 3 2 March 1889
69 Billy Moon 1888–1885 1 7 6 April 1891
69 R. Cunliffe Gosling 1892–1895 1 or 2[2] 5 6 April 1895
69 William Oakley 1895–1901 1 16 9 March 1901
69 Ernest Needham 1894–1902 1 16 18 March 1901
69 Reginald Foster 1900–1902 1 5 3 March 1902
69 Frank Forman 1898–1903 1 9 22 March 1902
69 Stephen Bloomer 1895–1907 1 23 3 May 1902
69 Arthur Knight 1919 1 1 25 October 1919
69 Joseph McCall 1913–1920 1 5 23 October 1920
69 Ephraim Longworth 1920–1923 1 5 21 May 1921
69 Max Woosnam 1922 1 1 13 March 1922
69 Graham Doggart 1923 1 1 1 November 1923
69 Frank Moss 1924 1 5 12 April 1924
69 Claude Ashton[4] 1925 1 1 24 October 1925
69 Tommy Lucas 1921–1926 1 3 24 May 1926
69 Fred Kean 1923–1929 1 9 21 May 1927
69 Jack Barker 1934–1936 1 11 17 October 1936
69 Stan Cullis 1937–1939 1 12 24 May 1939
69 Alan Mullery 1964–1971 1 35 3 February 1971
69 Colin Bell 1968–1975 1 48 23 May 1972
69 Trevor Cherry 1976–1980 1 27 31 May 1980
69 Ray Clemence 1972–1983 1 61 12 May 1981
69 Phil Neal 1976–1983 1 50 2 June 1982
69 Peter Beardsley 1986–1996 1 59 13 February 1988
69 Mark Wright 1984–1996 1 43 21 May 1991
69 David Seaman 1988–2003 1 75 10 September 1997
69 Martin Keown 1992–2002 1 43 11 September 2000
69 Gareth Barry 2000–2012 1 52 29 March 2011
69 Scott Parker 2003–2013 1 11 29 February 2012
69 Phil Jagielka 2008–present 1 38 12 October 2015

Disputed captaincies[edit]

Player England career Caps as captain Total caps
Harry Daft 1889–1892 1 or 0[5] 5
Vaughan Lodge 1894–1896 0 or 1[6] 5
George Raikes 1895–1896 0 or 1[6] 4

Captains in tournaments[edit]

Player Tournament(s)
Billy Wright 1950 FIFA World Cup, 1954 FIFA World Cup, 1958 FIFA World Cup
Johnny Haynes 1962 FIFA World Cup
Bobby Moore 1966 FIFA World Cup, Euro 1968, 1970 FIFA World Cup
Kevin Keegan Euro 1980
Mick Mills 1982 FIFA World Cup
Bryan Robson 1986 FIFA World Cup, Euro 1988, 1990 FIFA World Cup
Gary Lineker Euro 1992
Tony Adams Euro 1996
Alan Shearer 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000
David Beckham 2002 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup
Steven Gerrard 2010 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup
Wayne Rooney Euro 2016
Harry Kane 2018 FIFA World Cup

Post-war captains[edit]

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 George Hardwick Frank Swift
1948–1959 Billy Wright Alf Ramsey
1959–1960 Ronnie Clayton
1960–1962 Johnny Haynes Jimmy Armfield
1962–1964 Jimmy Armfield Bobby Moore
1964–1973 Bobby Moore Ron Flowers, Jimmy Armfield, Bobby Charlton, Alan Mullery, Martin Peters, Colin Bell
1974 Emlyn Hughes
1975 Alan Ball
1975–1976 Gerry Francis Kevin Keegan, Mick Channon
1976–1982 Kevin Keegan Emlyn Hughes, Mick Mills, Phil Thompson, Trevor Cherry, Ray Clemence, Peter Shilton
1982–1991 Bryan Robson Ray Wilkins, Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Peter Beardsley
1990–1992 Gary Lineker Mark Wright, Stuart Pearce
1992–1993 Stuart Pearce Paul Ince, David Platt
1993–1995 David Platt Paul Ince, Tony Adams
1995–1996 Tony Adams Alan Shearer
1996–2000 Alan Shearer Stuart Pearce, Paul Ince, David Seaman, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell
2000 Tony Adams Sol Campbell, Martin Keown
2000–2006 David Beckham Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Danny Mills, Emile Heskey, Phil Neville, Jamie Carragher[7]
2006–2010 John Terry Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham
2010–2011 Rio Ferdinand Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry
2011–2012 John Terry Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Scott Parker
2012–2014 Steven Gerrard Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott
2014–2017 Wayne Rooney Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, Phil Jagielka, James Milner, Chris Smalling, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane
2017-2018 Various Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Eric Dier
2018-Present Harry Kane Jordan Henderson

Unofficial captaincies[edit]

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.[8] 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[edit]

  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 G. O. Smith (13 confirmed captaincies), and George Raikes and Vaughan Lodge, neither of whom had captained England in another match.
  7. ^ http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/remember-these-england-captains-parker-lescott-heskey-and-more-20342/
  8. ^ "England's Captains - Index". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Clockwatch: England 4-0 Mexico". BBC Sport. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "England Match No. 787 - Italy - 27 March 2002 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  11. ^ "England Match No. 799 - Australia - 12 February 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  12. ^ a b c "England Match No. 803 - Serbia & Montenegro - 3 June 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  13. ^ "England Match No. 827 - USA - 28 May 2005 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  14. ^ "England Match No. 842 - Portugal - 1 July 2006 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  15. ^ "England Match No. 904 - Norway - 26 May 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  16. ^ "England Match No. 910 - Italy - 15 August 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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