England's 1000th international: All the major stats ahead of Three Lions' landmark game against Montenegro

England flag on display at Wembley
England flag on display at Wembley

As England prepare to play their 1,000th men's international on Thursday against Montenegro, take a look at the big facts and stats behind the previous 999 games.

It's a huge landmark for the Three Lions at Wembley as their Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro will see them hit a 1000 international games.

There are a wealth of facts and stats to chew over from the previous 999, and here we take look at the best of them.

England's overall record

England have won 568 of their 999 matches for a 57 per cent win rate, which is largely unaffected whether competitive matches (won 350 of 609) or friendlies (218 of 390).

They have won over 67 per cent of qualifiers for World Cups or European Championships, 147 or 218 going into Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, but only 39 of their 100 matches at major tournament finals.

They also have a 64 per cent win rate in home games compared to 51 per cent in matches played away or at neutral venues.

  • Overall: Played 999, won 568, drawn 240, lost 189
    Scored 2188, conceded 984
  • Competitive: Played 602, won 345, drawn 147, lost 110
    Scored 1295, conceded 536
  • Friendlies: Played 390, won 218, drawn 92, lost 78
    Scored 867, against 441
  • Minor Tournaments: Played 31, won 11, drawn 10, lost 10
    Scored 40, conceded 35
  • World Cup Finals: Played 69, won 29, drawn 21, lost 19
    Scored 91, conceded 64
    Best: Winners 1966
  • European Championship: Played 31, won 10, drawn 11, lost 10
    Scored 40, conceded 35
    Best: Semi-Finals 1996
  • World Cup Qualification: Played 112, won 76, drawn 25, lost 11
    Scored 275, conceded 67
    Finals qualified for: 15 (failed in 1974, 1978 & 1994. Hosts in 1966. Didn't enter from 1930 - 1938)
  • European Championship Qualification: Played 106, won 71, drawn 24, lost 11
    Scored 247, conceded 64
    Finals qualified for: Nine (failed in 1964, 1972, 1976 & 2008. Hosts in 1996)
  • Nations League: Played six, won 2, drawn 2, lost 2
    Scored 7, conceded 8
  • Home Nations Championship (1883 to 1984): Played 266, won 161, drawn 56, lost 49
    Scored 661, conceded 270

Players

England have used 1,244 players in their history, with the potential for uncapped squad members James Maddison, Fikayo Tomori or Dean Henderson to add to the tally against Montenegro.

Every player has been allocated a "legacy number" by the Football Association, from number one Robert Barker - England's goalkeeper in their first international against Scotland in 1872, to number 1,244 Tyrone Mings who made his debut against Bulgaria last time out.

Peter Shilton's 125 caps remain an all-time record, with Wayne Rooney five behind and leading all outfield players.

Nine players in all have won a century of caps, the others being David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Bobby Moore, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright.

England starting XI based on most appearances

  • Peter Shilton (125), Gary Neville (85), Billy Wright (105), Bobby Moore (108), Ashley Cole (107), David Beckham (115), Steven Gerrard (114), Frank Lampard (106), Bobby Chalrton (106), Wayne Rooney (120), Michael Owen (89)

Most Caps

  • Peter Shilton: 125
  • Wayne Rooney: 120
  • David Beckham: 115
  • Steven Gerrard: 114
  • Bobby Moore: 108
  • Ashley Cole: 107

First player to reach 100 caps

  • Billy Wright in 1959

Fastest to reach 100 caps

  • Bobby Moore: 10 years 271 days (May 1962 to Feb 1974)

Most caps in competitive matches

  • Wayne Rooney: 74

Longest England career

  • Stanley Matthews: 22 years and 228 days (Sept 1934 to May 1957)

Youngest player

  • Theo Walcott: 17 years & 75 days (May 2006)

Oldest player

  • Stanley Matthews: 42 years 103 days (May 1957)

Most World Cup Finals appearances

  • Peter Shilton: 17

Appearances at three World Cup Finals

  • Tom Finney, Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton, Bryan Robson, Terry Butcher, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney

Oldest player at a World Cup

  • Peter Shilton: 40 years and 292 days (1990)

Youngest player at a World Cup

  • Michael Owen: 18 years and 183 days (1998)

Most appearances at the European Championship Finals

  • Gary Neville: 11

Appearances at three European Championship Finals

  • Tony Adams, Alan Shearer, Gary Neville, Sol Campbell, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney

Oldest player at a European Championship Finals

  • Peter Shilton: 38 years and 271 days (1988)

Youngest player at a European Championship Finals

  • Marcus Rashford: 18 years and 228 days (2016)

Appearances in three separate decades

  • Sam Hardy, Jesse Pennington, Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton, Emlyn Hughes, Peter Shilton, Tony Adams, David Seaman, Wes Brown, JAmie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey, David James, Frank Lampard

Goals

England have scored 2,188 goals in total - 1,321 in competitive internationals, including 131 at major tournaments, and 867 in friendlies.

The first was scored by the Rt Hon William Kenyon-Slaney in their second international, a 4-2 win over Scotland in 1873, after an opening goalless draw.

George Woodhall and Steve Bloomer scored the 100th and 200th respectively, while Jimmy Greaves brought up England's 1,000 goals in their 345 international - all three of those goals came in comfortable wins over Wales.

The 2,000th was the subject of debate before eventually being awarded to Gareth Barry. Sweden's Daniel Majstorovic was initially deemed to have scored an own goal as England won their 902nd international 1-0, but Barry was identified as the scorer in the referee's report.

Rooney is England's all-time leading scorer with 53, four clear of Sir Bobby Charlton. Gary Lineker (48), Jimmy Greaves (44) and Michael Owen (40) complete the top five.

Most goals

  • Wayne Rooney: 53

Most goals in competitive games

  • Wayne Rooney: 37

Oldest goalscorer

  • Stanley Matthews: 41 years and 248 days (1956 v Northern Ireland)

Youngest goalscorer

  • Wayne Rooney: 17 years and 317 days (2003 v Switzerland)

Most hat-tricks

  • Jimmy Greaves: 6

Oldest hat-trick

  • Gary Lineker: 30 years & 194 days (v Malaysia in 1991)

Youngest hat-trick

  • Theo Walcott: 19 years & 178 days (v Croatia in 2008)

Goals in three decades

  • Stanley Matthews (1930, 1940s, 1950s) & Bobby Charlton (1950s, 1960s & 1970s)

Most goals in World Cup tournaments

  • Gary Lineker: 10

Most goals in a World Cup Finals

  • Gary Lineker (1986) and Harry Kane (2018): 6

Most goals in a World Cup Finals match

  • Geoff Hurst (1966), Gary Lineker (1986) and Harry Kane (2018): 3

Oldest scorer in a World Cup finals

  • Tom Finney: 36 years and 64 days (1958)

Youngest scorer in a World Cup finals

  • Michael Owen: 18 years and 910 days (1998)

Most goals in a World Cup qualifying campaign

  • Wayne Rooney: 9 (2010)

Most goals in a European Championship tournaments

  • Alan Shearer: 7

Most goals in a European Championship Finals

  • Alan Shearer (1996): 5

Most goals in a European Championship Finals match

  • Alan Shearer (1996), Teddy Sheringham (1996) and Wayne Rooney (2004): 2

Oldest scorer in a European Championship finals

  • Trevor Brooking: 31 years and 260 days (1980)

Youngest scorer in a European Championship Finals

  • Wayne Rooney: 18 years and 236 days (2004)

Most goals in a European Championship qualifying campaign

  • Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling: 8 (2020)

Captains and coaches

There have been 122 England captains, from Cuthbert Ottaway in the first two games against Scotland to Harry Kane as the current designated skipper and Raheem Sterling, the most recent addition to the list in June when he wore the armband for his 50th cap.

Bobby Moore stands out as England's World Cup-winning captain in 1966 and shares the record for most games as skipper, 90, with Billy Wright.

Bryan Robson (65) and David Beckham (59) each completed a half-century and Kane is one of 13 men to pass the 20-game threshold - he will move joint-eighth on the list as long as he leads the team out against Montenegro.

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson led England's 'Golden Generation'

England have had 15 full-time coaches, as well as four caretakers. World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey was one of only two to rack up a century of games, his 113 second only to predecessor Walter Winterbottom's 139.

Going into his 40th game in charge, current boss Gareth Southgate already stands eighth on the all-time list.

Fabio Capello and Sven-Goran Eriksson remain the only two overseas coaches to take charge of the Three Lions.

Capello, with 28 wins from 42 games, has the highest win percentage of any England coach at 66.7 per cent - excluding Sam Allardyce's one-game reign.

World Cup & European Championship tournament record

WORLD CUPS

  • 1950: Group Stage
  • 1954: Quarter-finals
  • 1958: Group Stage
  • 1962: Quarter-finals
  • 1966: Winners
  • 1970: Quarter-finals
  • 1974-1978: Did not qualify
  • 1982: Second group stage
  • 1986: Quarter-finals
  • 1990: Fourth
  • 1994: Did not qualify
  • 1998: Last 16
  • 2002: Quarter-finals
  • 2006: Quarter-finals
  • 2010: Last 16
  • 2014: Group stage
  • 2018: Fourth

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 1964: Did not qualify
  • 1968: Third
  • 1972-1976: Did not qualify
  • 1980: Group stage
  • 1984: Did not qualify
  • 1988: Group stage
  • 1992: Group stage
  • 1996: Semi-finals
  • 2000: Group stage
  • 2004: Quarter-finals
  • 2008: Did not qualify
  • 2012: Quarter-finals
  • 2016: Last 16

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