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England in the World Cup

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  1. Geoff Hurst scored the hat-trick but who else scored in England's 1966 World Cup winning final?
  2. Uruguay won the inaugural competition in 1930, but which year saw England enter the competition for the first time? And who captained that first England squad?
  3. Which England player was named in squads for four World Cups?
  4. Peter Shilton played in 17 finals matches and shares the record of 10 clean sheets but how old was he when making his World Cup finals debut?

  5. Which country did England face in the 1966 semi-final?
  6. Who in 1986 got sent off for throwing the ball in the direction of the referee?
  7. Sir Bobby Robson caught Paul Gascoigne playing what at 1am the night before England’s Italia ’90 semi-final with Germany?
  8. England have failed to qualify for the finals on three occasions, can you name the years and also the host countries in those years?
  9. England finished in fourth place in the 2018 World Cup after losing to which country in the third place play-off?
  10. In the 1954 World Cup, which player was England's top scorer with 3 goals?
  11. Which year's tournament was the only one to feature all four countries of the United Kingdom?
  12. Which manager has led England in four World Cup Finals?
  13. In the dying minutes against the hosts Spain in 1982, which two recently injured players did Ron Greenwood introducedd in a last desperate attempt to turn the game around?
  14. Who replaced Gordon Banks after he fell ill before the 1970 FIFA World Cup quarter-final against West Germany?
  15. In the 1990 World Cup second-round match against Belgium, who scored a brilliant volley in the last minute of extra time to win the game?
  16. Who in 2006 became the first England player to score in three World Cups?
  17. Which team did England scrape past in the Italia '90's quarter-finals? And what was the score?
  18. In 1966 who came into the tournament as England's first-choice striker but injured a shin in their final Group One game against France?
  19. Who in 2010 had a shot at goal disallowed despite it crossing the line?
  20. Who became the nation’s number one hate-figure during the 1998 World Cup in France?
  21. In 1990 England were knocked out by penalties to Germany, which England player hit the final penalty high over the crossbar?
  22. In 2006 England were once again knocked out on penalties, this time by which country?
  23. In 2014 England failed to progress beyond the World Cup group stages for the first time since 1958. They ended their campaign with a goalless draw against which unfancied country?
  24. Which England player scored a goal against France after only 27 seconds of play in Spain, 1982?
  25. Which player scored a stunning free-kick after just 5-minutes in the 2018 World Cup semi-final with Croatia?
  26. In 1986 Diego Maradona dribbled past five English players to score the goal which became Known as the "Goal of the Century", which player did he beat twice?
  27. Michael Owen scored one of the best goals ever in a 1998 match against Argentina. How old was he at the time?
  28. Which country beat England 1–0 on 29 June 1950 in one of the biggest upsets in the world cup's history?
  29. As legend has it, the on-pitch conversation went like this: "I thought that was a goal." "You and me both." One is English, the other an opponent, can you name both?
  30. Sven-Goran Eriksson had only four fowards in his 2006 squad, can you name all four?


  1. Martin Peters (West Ham United)
  2. 1950. Billy Wright.
  3. Bobby Charlton (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970)
  4. 32
  5. Portugal
  6. Ray Wilkins
  7. Tennis (with German tourists)
  8. 1974 (West Germany), 1978 (Argentina) and 1994 (United States)
  9. Belgium
  10. Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers)
  11. 1958
  12. Walter Winterbottom
  13. Kevin Keegan and Trevor Brooking
  14. Peter Bonetti
  15. David Platt
  16. David Beckham
  17. Cameroon, 3-2
  18. Jimmy Greaves
  19. Frank Lampard
  20. David Beckham (who was sent off after kicking out at Simeone of Argentina)
  21. Chris Waddle
  22. Portugal (Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Jamie Carragher all had penalties saved)
  23. Costa Rica
  24. Bryan Robson
  25. Kieran Trippier
  26. Terry Butcher
  27. 18
  28. United States
  29. Pele and Gordon Banks (in the 1970 Mexico World Cup)
  30. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)