ENGLAND 5 LUXEMBOURG 0 – World Cup Qualifier, Wembley Stadium, 30th March 1977

If ever there was a must win game, then this was it for England, but not only did they have to win it, they needed to smash little Luxembourg to pieces if they were to put any pressure on Italy in World Cup qualification. No more games had been played in Group 2 since the

ITALY 2 ENGLAND 0 – World Cup Qualifier – 17th November 1976, Olympic Stadium, Rome

10 years earlier, England were proudly proclaimed as champions of the World. Following this horrific afternoon in Rome, the Three Lions had never looked further away from winning the World Cup again. A comprehensive defeat to Italy meant that England would now need a minor miracle to make it to the finals in Argentina and

FINLAND 1 ENGLAND 4 – 1978 World Cup Qualifier – Olympic Stadium, Helsinki – 13/06/76

Whilst the top sides in Europe prepared for the semi-finals of the 1976 European Championship, England were setting out on the road to qualification for the next major tournament, the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. After five weeks of preparation in the Home Internationals and the US Bicentennial tournament, Don Revie’s team faced their most

ENGLAND 1 POLAND 1 World Cup Qualifier Wembley Stadium 17th October 1973

It’s a game that defines an era, the start of England’s decline as a world footballing power. Just six and a half years after winning the tournament, England failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since they had deigned FIFA the honour of actually competing for the trophy in 1950. In

POLAND 2 ENGLAND 0 1974 World Cup Qualifier Slaski Stadium, Chorzow 6th June 1973

Bobby Moore endured a horrific afternoon as England‘s World Cup hopes took a severe battering as Poland clinched a famous victory. The man who had lifted the Jules Rimet trophy on that glorious afternoon at Wembley 7 years earlier was culpable for both of Poland’s goals as England’s first tilt at the new FIFA World

ENGLAND 1 WALES 1 – 1974 World Cup Qualifier – Wembley Stadium – 24/01/73

Whilst the failure to qualify for the 1974 World Cup will be forever remembered for England’s disastrous results against Poland, this result in reality was the result that cost the Three Lions their place in the finals. Sir Alf Ramsey named an unchanged line up from the return fixture in Cardiff. Ray Clemence was retained

WALES 0 ENGLAND 1 – 1974 World Cup Qualifier – Ninian Park, Cardiff – 15th November 1972

Sir Alf Ramsey’s side started his make or break World Cup Qualifying campaign with the expected win over Wales in Cardiff. His rebuilding job continued with debuts for Liverpool pair, Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan. Peter Storey dropped into the right back position, with Norman Hunter taking on the midfield enforcing role. Sir Alf persisted