List of England national football team captains

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

Disputed captaincies

Player England career Caps as captain Total caps
Daft, Harry Harry Daft 1889–1892 1 or 0 [5] 5
Lodge, Vaughan Vaughan Lodge 1894–1896 0 or 1 [6] 5
Raikes, George George 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, George George Hardwick Swift, Frank Frank Swift
1948–1959 Wright, Billy Billy Wright Ramsey, Alf Alf Ramsey
1959–1960 Clayton, Ronnie Ronnie Clayton
1960–1962 Haynes, Johnny Johnny Haynes Armfield, Jimmy Jimmy Armfield
1962–1964 Armfield, Jimmy Jimmy Armfield Moore, Bobby Bobby Moore
1964–1973 Moore, Bobby Bobby Moore Flowers, Ron Ron Flowers, Armfield, Jimmy Jimmy Armfield, Charlton, Bobby Bobby Charlton, Mullery, Alan Alan Mullery, Peters, Martin Martin Peters, Bell, Colin Colin Bell
1974 Hughes, Emlyn Emlyn Hughes
1975 Ball, Alan Alan Ball
1975–1976 Francis, Gerry Gerry Francis Keegan, Kevin Kevin Keegan, Channon, Mick Mick Channon
1976–1982 Keegan, Kevin Kevin Keegan Hughes, Emlyn Emlyn Hughes, Mills, Mick Mick Mills, Thompson, Phil Phil Thompson, Cherry, Trevor Trevor Cherry, Clemence, Ray Ray Clemence, Shilton, Peter Peter Shilton
1982–1991 Robson, Bryan Bryan Robson Wilkins, Ray Ray Wilkins, Shilton, Peter Peter Shilton, Butcher, Terry Terry Butcher, Beardsley, Peter Peter Beardsley
1990–1992 Lineker, Gary Gary Lineker Mark Wright, Pearce, Stuart Stuart Pearce
1992–1993 Pearce, Stuart Stuart Pearce Ince, Paul Paul Ince, Platt, David David Platt
1993–1995 Platt, David David Platt Ince, Paul Paul Ince, Adams, Tony Tony Adams
1995–1996 Adams, Tony Tony Adams Shearer, Alan Alan Shearer
1996–2000 Shearer, Alan Alan Shearer Pearce, Stuart Stuart Pearce, Ince, Paul Paul Ince, Seaman, David David Seaman, Adams, Tony Tony Adams, Campbell, Sol Sol Campbell
2000 Adams, Tony Tony Adams Campbell, Sol Sol Campbell, Keown, Martin Martin Keown
2000–2006 Beckham, David David Beckham Owen, Michael Michael Owen, Gerrard, Steven Steven Gerrard
2006–2010 Terry, John John Terry Ferdinand, Rio Rio Ferdinand, Gerrard, Steven Steven Gerrard, Beckham, David David Beckham
2010–2011 Ferdinand, Rio Rio Ferdinand Gerrard, Steven Steven Gerrard, Lampard, Frank Frank Lampard, Barry, Gareth Gareth Barry
2011–2012 Terry, John John Terry Gerrard, Steven Steven Gerrard, Lampard, Frank Frank Lampard, Parker, Scott Scott Parker
2012–2014 Gerrard, Steven Steven Gerrard Lampard, Frank Frank Lampard, Rooney, Wayne Wayne Rooney, Cole, Ashley Ashley Cole
2014–2017 Rooney, Wayne Wayne Rooney Cahill, Gary Gary Cahill, Hart, Joe Joe Hart, Jagielka, Phil Phil Jagielka, Milner, James James Milner, Smalling, Chris Chris Smalling, Henderson, Jordan Jordan Henderson, Kane, Harry Harry Kane
2017-present Various Cahill, Gary Gary Cahill, Hart, Joe Joe Hart, Henderson, Jordan Jordan Henderson, Kane, Harry Harry Kane, Dier, Eric Eric Dier