The World Cup draw for the next competition takes place on the 25th of this month. In the latest in this series looking at connections between Tottenham and the England side we discover which seven Tottenham players scored for England on their debut prior to Harry Kane.
Then we explore the links between the Tottenham managerial hot seat and the national side. There is also another assembly of non international games and a few little gems.
Eight spurs players have scored on their debuts for England, Vivian Woodward (2 goals), Bill Nicholson, Johnny Brooks, Bobby Smith, Glenn Hoddle, Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane (whose debut goal in case your wondering was England's 2079th in all games).
Tottenham players have represented England / The FA in a number of games besides full internationals. Here in a second look at non-full International games we start in 1976 and to celebrate their revolution The USA held an international tournament, the home team instead of being a national side called itself Team America and included ex-internationals from several countries including Spurs legend and former Welsh captain Mike England. 1988 and England played Heilbronn a local side in a last minute warm up game for the European Championship in which Chris Waddle scored twice. Another player who have was involved with England but never won a full cap was Chris Armstrong (unused sub).
Some other games have included Tony Marchi who scored for the FA XI V RAF in October 1956. The following month Cliff Jones played for the Army V FA XI. Then in 1960 Bobby Smith played for the FA XI V RAF.
England turned out for the Bobby Robson testimonial game in 1979. Future Spur Alan Brazil scored for Ipswich whilst Hoddle scored for England. The week before he had scored in his full international debut at Wembley V Bulgaria. When the London FA celebrated its centenary in 1981 they played England and Paul Walsh was in the London side.
Seven Tottenham managers have played for England. The first was Jack Tresadern (the seventh man to hold the post) who was our manager from July 1935 to April 1938. He won two caps (both away games) in the space of 36 days when he was a West Ham player in 1923 aged 32. Jack was a left half.
Next was Joe Hulme an outside right who won 9 caps all whilst he was with Arsenal between 1927- 1933. In which time he scored 4 goals. He was our ninth manager from 1946 - 49.
right - Bobby Robson and Gary Lineker collect the Fair Play trophy at the 1990 World Cup.
Arthur Rowe succeeded Hulme and stayed in post until 1955. Arthur the first man on the list to win a cap whilst at Tottenham won just one cap in 1933 at center half in the game with France at White Hart Lane V France. Tottenham’s 12th manager Bill Nicholson also won just one cap (also as a Spur) in 1951 playing that day at right half but still scored with his first touch and is still the fastest goal scorer on debut for England. Bill served as our manager from 1958-1974.
Terry Venables, our seventeenth manager from 1987-1991, won two caps in 1964 when he was with Chelsea. The nineteenth man in post from 1994-97 was Gerry Francis who won 12 caps, eight of those as captain, with three goals, for his country from 1974 - 76 all while he was with QPR.
The last man on that list is Glenn Hoddle, 22nd on our managers list, between 2001-03 and he won 53 caps, 44 whilst at Spurs. All of his eight goals came during his time with Tottenham. Including a real cracker on debut V Bulgaria. He is the third to win his caps as a Spur.
Two of our list scored twice in a game for the country Joe Hulme V Wales and Gerry Francis V Scotland.
When England lost at White Hart Lane to Holland it was Sven Goran Ericksson’s first defeat as England manager… In 1985 and in a game to raise funds for the victims of the Bradford City fire where 56 died. (1) The England and Germany teams replayed the 1966 World Cup final. Peters again scored for England. Cyril Knowles and Alan Mullery both came on as replacements for England….
23 year old George Hunt won three England caps and they all came in a 49 day spell in 1933, he scored one goal…. In March 1921 we had four players in the team that played the Scots, Bert Bliss, Jimmy Dimmock, Arthur Grimsdell and Bert Smith….Bobby Smith scored 13 goals for England in just 15 games, eight coming in the first five. He never got a hat trick but hit a brace on 4 occasions….Gary Mabbutt (the first diabetic to play for England) won 16 caps spread over 9 years and hit I goal v Yugoslavia, he also played 9 times for England B, one goal, and 7 times for the Under 21‘s, two goals… Johnny Brooks scored twice in his three caps for England as a Spurs player. They came between November 14 and December 5 1956.
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