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England Football Quotes: Words from the 'Wise'

Quotes from Footballing managers, players, pundits and otherwise from 1966 and thereafter.

Fozzy Bear Jimmy Hill Beaker Jon Motson
Two of TV's finest, and couple of Muppets.
World Cup 1966 Quotes

"And here comes Hurst he's got... some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now!"
BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme

"The ball was in."
Heinrich Lubke, then President of Germany

"It didn't cross the line."
Chris O'Hearn, ITN Archive Commercial Director

World Cup 2010 Quotes

"England should literally put Algeria to bed"
Andy Townsend

World Cup 2006 Quotes

"The big man's back in town!"
5ft 10ins Wayne Rooney announcing himself as he arrived back in Germany, following a positive scan on his injured foot.

"Wrighty, are you a fan of S&M?"
Gary Lineker asks panellist Ian Wright for his thoughts about Serbia & Montenegro.

"We played a really good game."
Sweden boss Lars Lagerback after his team failed to defeat Trinidad & Tobago.

"You can't play crap for five games and still expect to go through. But for £120,000 a week, they should be able to take ******* penalties."
Watford president Sir Elton John sums up the mood in England, speaking about England's exit to Portugal.

"I hope England are on the first plane back from Deutchsland. I'm from the People's Republic of Mancunia. I'll have to leave if they win it. The country will be full of cockneys going on about it for years."
Primal Scream bass player Mani.

World Cup Quotes

"The good news for Nigeria is that they're two-nil down very early in the game."
Kevin Keagan

"Good morning, Bobby."
Sir Bobby Robson to Bryan Robson
"You're Bobby, I'm Bryan!"
Bryan Robson to Sir Bobby Robson

"Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match."
Ian Wright

"You've got to believe that you're going to win, and I believe we'll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we're knocked out."
Peter Shilton

Other Footballing Quotes

"That's a wise substitution by Terry Venables: three fresh men, three fresh legs."
Jimmy Hill

"If England are going to win this match, they're going to have to score a goal."
Jimmy Hill

"Don't sit on the fence Terry. What chance do you think Germany has of getting through?
Jimmy Hill
"I think it's 50-50."
Terry Venables

"There's no in between - you're either good or bad. We were in between."
Gary Lineker

"My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7."
David Beckham

"Germany are a very difficult team to play...they had 11 internationals out there today."
Steve Lomas

"England have the best fans in the world and Scotland's fans are second-to-none."
Kevin Keegan

"Playing with wingers is more effective against European sides like Brazil than English sides like Wales"
Ron Greenwood

"England were beaten in the sense that they lost."
Dickie Davis

"Two questions - why were England so poor, and if they were poor, why?"
Ian Payne

"How will Sir Stanley Matthews be remembered? As a living legend."
England supporter

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