The Rest of Europe
Union des Associations Européennes de Football
- England played two games against a 'Rest of Europe' Select XI once in 1938 and again 1953. Both were to celebrate FA anniversaries. The first it's 75th and the second it's 90th.
In 2001, FIFA, arbiters of everything and answerable to no-one, took the remarkable steps of cleansing the international footballing world of undesirable inconsistencies. Football eugenics, as it were. Only matches against other 'recognised' FIFA affiliated countries could be counted as full internationals and this rationale was retrospectively applied to all international matches ever. The two matches against the Rest of Europe and one against the Rest of the World were scrubbed from history and remain officially unofficial. So as not to delete any personal records of players they confusingly allowed caps and goals to stand.
The Football Association doesn't agree with any of this and continue to classify the three games as official. So do we.
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