Match No. 558 - Wednesday, 18th November 1981, 7:45pm

  •  
    • 1
    • Ferenc Mészáros  
    • 2
    • Győző Martos  
    • 3
    • László Bálint  
    • 4
    • József Tóth (c) 
    • 5
    • Sándor Müller  
    • 6
    • Imre Garaba  
    • 7
    • László Fazekas  
    •  HT
    • 8
    • Károly Csapó  
    •  79'
    • 9
    • András Törőcsik  
    • 10
    • László Kiss  
    • 11
    • Sándor Sallai  
    • 15
    • Attila Kerekes  
    •  HT
    • 12
    • Gábor Szántó  
    •  79'

Notes

  • QualificationEngland qualify for the 1982 World Cup. In a very straightforward group against middling opposition, England contrived to almost fail to qualify for the third World Cup in a row. They got off to a good start by beating Norway 4-0 at Wembley but then managed to lose 2-1 away to Romania, Switzerland and Norway. The only away match they managed to win was ironically, against the best team – Hungary. Add to that a 0-0 draw against Romania at home and it all boiled down to the last fixture – a home game against already qualified Hungary. Paul Mariner scored the only goal after 14 minutes. England were going to their first World Cup in twelve years. Just.
  • Player MilestoneTony Morley's 1st Cap

Sources

  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • Official Match Programme
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • www.magyarfutball.hu

Managers

Referee

  •  Georges Konrath

Attendance

  • 92,000

Half Time Score

  • England 1 - 0 Hungary

ELO Rankings

  •  England - 11th   3
  •  Hungary - 20th

World Cup 1982 Q (Group 4)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Hungary
    • 10
    • 5
    • 2
    • 2
    • 4
    • 8
    • England
    • 9
    • 5
    • 3
    • 1
    • 4
    • 8
    • Romania
    • 8
    • 0
    • 2
    • 4
    • 2
    • 8
    • Switzerland
    • 7
    • -3
    • 3
    • 3
    • 2
    • 8
    • Norway
    • 6
    • -7
    • 4
    • 2
    • 2
    • 8
    • Final Standings.