List of England national football team captains

Wayne Rooney, pictured here at UEFA Euro 2012, has been the current England captain since 2014.

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 Wright1946–1959901059 October 1948
1 Moore, BobbyBobby Moore1962–1973 9010829 May 1963
3 Robson, BryanBryan Robson1980–1991659017 November 1982
4 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham1996–20095911515 November 2000
5Gerrard, StevenSteven Gerrard2000–20144011431 March 2004
6 Shearer, AlanAlan Shearer1992–200034631 September 1996
6Terry, JohnJohn Terry2003–2012347216 August 2006
8 Keegan, KevinKevin Keegan1972–1982316324 March 1976
9 Hughes, EmlynEmlyn Hughes1969–1980236211 March 1974
10 Crompton, BobBob Crompton1902–191422412 March 1903
10 Haynes, JohnnyJohnny Haynes1954–1962225615 May 1960
12Hapgood, EddieEddie Hapgood1933–1939203014 November 1934
13Platt, DavidDavid Platt1989–1996196217 February 1993
13Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney2003–present1911514 November 2009
15Lineker, GaryGary Lineker1984–1992188012 September 1990
16Bailey, NormanNorman Bailey1878–1887151912 March 1881
16Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield1959–1966154328 September 1961
16Shilton, PeterPeter Shilton1970–19901512525 May 1982
16Adams, TonyTony Adams1987–2000156612 October 1994
20Woodward, VivViv Woodward1903–1911142315 February 1908
21Smith, G. O.G. O. Smith1893–190113204 April 1896
21Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick1946–1948131328 September 1946
23Goodall, RoyRoy Goodall1926–1933122531 March 1928
24Wilkins, RayRay Wilkins1976–1986108422 September 1982
24Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce1987–199910788 June 1991
26Owen, MichaelMichael Owen1998–200898917 April 2002
27Hill, JackJack Hill1925–19298112 April 1927
27Mills, MickMick Mills1972–198284213 May 1978
28Francis, GerryGerry Francis1974-19768123 September 1975
30Wilson, GeorgeGeorge Wilson1921–192471222 October 1921
30Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher1980–199077712 November 1986
30Ince, PaulPaul Ince1992–20007539 June 1993
30Ferdinand, RioRio Ferdinand1997–201178126 March 2008
34Male, GeorgeGeorge Male1934–193961918 November 1936
34Ball, AlanAlan Ball 1965–197567212 March 1975
34Thompson, PhilPhil Thompson1976–198264222 November 1979
37Walters, PercyPercy Walters1885–189051313 March 1886
37Edwards, WillisWillis Edwards1926–192951622 October 1928
37Clayton, RonnieRonnie Clayton1955–196053517 October 1959
40Lindley, TinsleyTinsley Lindley1886–18914134 February 1888
40Harris, StanleyStanley Harris1904–19064625 February 1905
40Wadsworth, SamSam Wadsworth1922–19264922 October 1924
40Jack, DavidDavid Jack1924–1932495 April 1930
40Blenkinsop, ErnieErnie Blenkinsop1928–19334269 December 1931
40Cooper, ThomasThomas Cooper1927–193441514 April 1934
40Peters, MartinMartin Peters1966–197446719 May 1971
46Holmes, RobertRobert Holmes1888–18953713 March 1893
46Spencer, HowardHoward Spencer1897–19053614 February 1903
46Grimsdell, ArthurArthur Grimsdell1920–1923369 April 1921
46Bower, AlfredAlfred Bower[1]1923–1927358 December 1924
46Walker, BillyBilly Walker1920–193231821 May 1925
46Strange, AlfredAlfred Strange1930–193332014 May 1931
46Barkas, SamSam Barkas1936–193731823 October 1937
46Ramsey, AlfAlf Ramsey1948–195333215 November 1950
46Flowers, RonRon Flowers1955–196634927 May 1964
46Charlton, BobbyBobby Charlton1958–1970310615 January 1969
46Watson, David V.David V. Watson1974–198236524 April 1981
46Campbell, SolSol Campbell1996–200737024 May 1998
46Lampard, FrankFrank Lampard1999–201431069 February 2011
58Ottaway, CuthbertCuthbert Ottaway1872–18742230 November 1872
58Bambridge, CharlesCharles Bambridge1879–188721818 February 1882
58Goodall, JohnJohn Goodall1888–18982147 February 1891
58Dunn, ArthurArthur Dunn1883–18922415 March 1892
58Cotterill, GeorgeGeorge Cotterill1891–18932425 February 1893
58Wreford-Brown, CharlesCharles Wreford-Brown1889–18982 or 3[2] 418 March 1895
58Pennington, JesseJesse Pennington1907–192022515 March 1920
58Buchan, CharlieCharlie Buchan1913–19242614 March 1921
58Patchitt, BasilBasil Patchitt19232221 May 1923
58Swift, FrankFrank Swift1946–194921916 May 1948
58Channon, MickMick Channon1972–197724628 May 1976
69Morten, AlexanderAlexander Morten1873118 March 1873
69Alcock, C. W.C. W. Alcock1875116 March 1875
69Heron, HubertHubert Heron1873–1878154 March 1876
69Rawson, WilliamWilliam Rawson1875–1877123 March 1877
69Cursham, ArthurArthur Cursham1880–18841 or 2[3]62 March 1878
69Wace, HenryHenry Wace1878–18791 or 2[3]35 April 1879
69Wollaston, CharlesCharles Wollaston1874–18801413 March 1880
69Sparks, FrancisFrancis Sparks1879–18801315 March 1880
69Hunter, JackJack Hunter1878–18821726 February 1881
69Hudson, JohnJohn Hudson18831124 February 1883
69Brodie, JohnJohn Brodie1889–1891132 March 1889
69Moon, BillyBilly Moon1888-1885176 April 1891
69Gosling, R. CunliffeR. Cunliffe Gosling1892–18951 or 2[2]56 April 1895
69Oakley, WilliamWilliam Oakley1895–19011169 March 1901
69Needham, ErnestErnest Needham1894–190211618 March 1901
69Foster, ReginaldReginald Foster1900–1902153 March 1902
69Forman, FrankFrank Forman1898–19031922 March 1902
69Bloomer, StephenStephen Bloomer1895–19071233 May 1902
69Knight, ArthurArthur Knight19191125 October 1919
69McCall, JosephJoseph McCall1913–19201523 October 1920
69Longworth, EphraimEphraim Longworth1920–19231521 May 1921
69Woosnam, MaxMax Woosnam19221113 March 1922
69Doggart, GrahamGraham Doggart1923111 November 1923
69Moss, FrankFrank Moss19241512 April 1924
69Ashton, ClaudeClaude Ashton[4]19251124 October 1925
69Lucas, TommyTommy Lucas1921–19261324 May 1926
69Kean, FredFred Kean1923–19291921 May 1927
69Barker, JackJack Barker1934–193611117 October 1936
69Cullis, StanStan Cullis1937–193911224 May 1939
69Mullery, AlanAlan Mullery1964–19711353 February 1971
69Bell, ColinColin Bell1968–197514823 May 1972
69Cherry, TrevorTrevor Cherry1976–198012731 May 1980
69Clemence, RayRay Clemence1972–198316112 May 1981
69Neal, PhilPhil Neal1976–19831502 June 1982
69Beardsley, PeterPeter Beardsley1986–199615913 February 1988
69Wright, MarkMark Wright1984–199614321 May 1991
69Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman1988–200317510 September 1997
69Keown, MartinMartin Keown1992–200214311 September 2000
69Barry, GarethGareth Barry2000–201215229 March 2011
69Parker, ScottScott Parker2003–201311129 February 2012
69Jagielka, PhilPhil Jagielka2008–present13812 October 2015

Disputed captaincies

Player England career Caps as captain Total caps
Daft, HarryHarry Daft1889–18921 or 0[5]5
Lodge, VaughanVaughan Lodge1894–18960 or 1[6]5
Raikes, GeorgeGeorge Raikes1895–18960 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, pictured here at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 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– Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Cahill, GaryGary Cahill, Hart, JoeJoe Hart, Jagielka, PhilPhil Jagielka, Milner, JamesJames Milner, Smalling, ChrisChris Smalling,Henderson, JordanJordan Henderson

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:


  1. Alfred Bower was the last amateur player to captain England
  2. 1 2 Sources differ concerning the captaincy for England vs Wales, 12 March 1894. It was either Charles Wreford-Brown or Cunliffe Gosling
  3. 1 2 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. 1 2 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". 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". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  10. "England Match No. 799 - Australia - 12 February 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  11. 1 2 3 "England Match No. 803 - Serbia & Montenegro - 3 June 2003 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  12. "England Match No. 827 - USA - 28 May 2005 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  13. "England Match No. 842 - Portugal - 1 July 2006 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  14. "England Match No. 904 - Norway - 26 May 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  15. "England Match No. 910 - Italy - 15 August 2012 - Match Summary and Report". Retrieved 2014-06-18.

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