David Beckham to Bobby Moore and now Harry Kane: England captains through the years as Three Lions play 1000th game

14 Nov

England chalk up with 1000th game on Thursday when they take on Montenegro in a Euro 2020 qualifier, live on talkSPORT.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to captain the Three Lions as they look to book their place at next summer’s showpiece tournament.

England skipper Harry Kane is following in the footsteps of some legendary players
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Kane is latest in a long line of England skippers and follows in the footsteps of some truly legendary names.

From Billy Wright to Gary Lineker and from David Beckham to Bobby Moore, England will celebrate their captains past and present at Wembley this week.

Ahead of the historic night under the arch, talkSPORT has looked back on the men handed the England armband.


Official England captains

George Hardwick – 1946–1948

The former Middlesbrough and Oldham defender became England’s first official captain following the conclusion of the Second World War. He won 13 England caps and went on to manage to the Netherlands.

Billy Wright – 1948–1959

Wright, the legendary Wolves centre-back, was captain for 90 of his 105 caps and skippered his country at three World Cup finals.

Ronnie Clayton – 1959–1960 

Johnny Haynes – 1960–1962 

Jimmy Armfield – 1962–1964 

Bobby Moore – 1964–1973

One of England’s finest ever players, West Ham icon Moore captained his country to World Cup glory in 1966. He wore the armband in 90 of his 108 caps with legendary England boss Alf Ramsey describing him as: “My captain, my leader, my right-hand man. Without him England would never have won the World Cup.”

Emlyn Hughes – 1974 

Alan Ball – 1975 

The 1966 World Cup winner only captained England on six occasions but didn’t lose any and claimed a 2–0 win over reigning World champions West Germany in March 1975 and a 5–1 victory against Scotland a few months later.

Gerry Francis – 1975–1976 

Kevin Keegan – 1976–1982

Bryan Robson – 1982–1991

Nicknamed Captain Marvel, the Manchester United great is regarded as one of England’s best ever players. An injury forced him to miss England’s infamous defeat to Argentina at the 1986 World Cup which saw Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal.

Man United legend and England God Bryan Robson

Gary Lineker – 1990–1992 

Stuart Pearce – 1992–1993 

David Platt – 1993–1995

Tony Adams – 1995–1996 

Arsenal icon Adams was skipper in England’s penalty defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 1996 Euros. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, current England boss Gareth Southgate missed the only spot-kick in the shoot-out to end the Three Lions’ dream of glory on home soil.

Alan Shearer – 1996–2000 

David Beckham – 2000–2006 

Beckham will forever be remembered for his stoppage time 30-yard free-kick against Greece which secured England’s place at the 2002 World Cup. While he was one of England’s best captains in modern times, his ‘Golden Generation’ failed to ever truly succeed on the international stage.

David Beckham was one of England’s best captains in modern times
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John Terry – 2006–2010 

Rio Ferdinand – 2010–2011 

Steven Gerrard – 2012–2014

Wayne Rooney – 2014–2017

After bursting onto the international scene as a teenager in 2003, Rooney went on to become England’s all-time record goal scorer in 2015. He has won the England’s Player of the Year on four occasions, more than anyone else since the award began.

Harry Kane – 2018–Present 

Kane captained England to their best World Cup performance since 1966 last summer when the Three Lions reached the semi-finals in Russia. The Tottenham star was the tournament’s top scorer and will be looking to lead his country to glory over the next few years.

Harry Kane assumed the role of England captain after Wayne Rooney

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