43 Lions – Meet the England internationals from West Ham United
On St. George’s Day, we present to you the 43 Lions who have represented England in the books of West Ham United …
The Hammers’ first senior international to England was George Webb, a Poplar-born center forward who joined West Ham United in 1905 at the age of 17, scoring in his first-team debut against Leyton four years later.
Fast and strong, Webb had played seven times for the England amateur national team before making his full debut for his country in March 1911, scoring a 3-0 victory over Wales in the home championship at The Ground. Den of Millwall. He kept his place in a 1-1 draw with Scotland at Goodison Park in Everton which secured the home league title.
After a 12-year hiatus, the club’s all-time record goalscorer Vic Watson became West Ham’s second England international in 1923. Despite 326 goals in Claret and Blue, Watson made just five appearances for his country, scoring four goals.
It was followed in the same decade by Jack Tresadern, Billy Moore, Ted Hufton, Bill Brown, Jimmy Ruffell, Stan Earle and Jim Barrett.
Len Goulden and Jackie Morton were both capped before WWII, but it would be 22 years before Ken Brown won his one and only cap in a 2-1 home Championship win over Northern Ireland at Wembley in November 1959.
Three years later, Brown’s center partner Bobby Moore made the first of 108 appearances for his country, in a 4-0 victory in the FIFA World Cup warm-up in Peru in May. 1962. Moore, of course, would continue to play. not only become West Ham’s most capped international, but also his country’s captain at FIFA World
Cup glory in 1966.
He will also play for England at the 1962 and 1970 World Cups
and the 1968 UEFA European Championship final.
In 57 of those 108 matches, Moore shared the pitch with fellow Football Academy graduate and World Cup winner Martin Peters, and in 44 he lined up.
alongside 1966 treble hero Geoff Hurst.
The only other hammer to be crowned in the 1960s was prolific striker Johnny Byrne, who was previously picked while still a Third Division player with Crystal Palace.
Four members of the 1980 FA Cup winning team – Frank Lampard Senior, Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire and Alvin Martin – have been selected
between 1972-86, with Brooking playing in the 1982 World Cup final in Spain and Martin competing in the 1986 tournament in Mexico.
Strikers Paul Goddard and Tony Cottee were both capped during the 1980s, but there was a nine-year gap between 1988 and 1997 when no West Ham
player appeared for England.
The famous Football Academy production line then developed a succession of English players – Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. All four were on the 2006 Three Lions World Cup squad.
Harry Redknapp’s successful team also provided Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce, and Trevor Sinclair.
In the 2000s and West Ham players continued to receive calls, with Paul Konchesky, Kieron Dyer, David James, Dean Ashton, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing all capped at the club.
Matthew Upson made 14 appearances, including two in the 2010 World Cup final, where he lined up alongside Irons teammate Robert Green.
Carlton Cole, Scott Parker, Aaron Cresswell and Manchester City lender Joe Hart brought the total to 41 before Declan Rice became West Ham’s newest England international when he made his debut against the Czech Republic in March 2019.
And, of course, on loan from Manchester United, Jesse Lingard became our 43rd England international when he made the last three qualifiers for the 2022 Three Lions FIFA World Cup.