A slipcased limited edition of Graham Betts’s comprehensive reference guide of every player to have played for the England football team – signed by World Cup winner George Cohen (who celebrated his 82nd birthday on October 22 2021) who wrote the foreword. Just 66 copies have been signed and numbered. The book ties in with the 150th anniversary of the FA in 2022 and the forthcoming World Cup tournament in Qatar this November and December.
It has been some ten years since the first edition of England Players’ Records was published, during which time more than 100 players have been capped for the national side on at least one occasion. During that same time frame, no fewer than five players have joined the exalted ranks of centurions by winning their one hundredth cap. Only two managed to accomplish the feat in the first hundred years of the England national team (Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton), and only two players joined them before the century was out (Bobby Moore and the all-time record holder, Peter Shilton). In a five-year spell between 2009 and 2014, they were joined by David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Wayne also passed Bobby Charlton’s tally of England goals but his record-breaking feats ended with his retirement in August 2017. In among the centurions are those whose England careers were significantly shorter eg. Martin Kelly came on for the final two minutes of a friendly against Norway in 2012, thus wresting the previously held record of eight minutes from Peter Ward and Jim Barrett. In addition to the newly capped players, extensive research over the last decade (that continues today) has added further information and confirmed once and for all the identities of some of the previously obscure England players. The new edition also includes players’ statistics from the successful European Championship Qualifiers last year.