England's World Cup Record

Mexico 1986

Qualifying

England were drawn in Qualifying Group 3 along with Northern Ireland, Romania, Finland and Turkey.
The top 2 places in the group qualified for the Finals.

Qualifying Matches

DateVenueMatchResult
27 May 1984PoriFinland v N.Ireland1-0
12 Sep 1984BelfastN.Ireland v Romania3-2
17 Oct 1984LondonEngland v Finland5-0
31 Oct 1984AntalyaTurkey v Finland1-2
14 Nov 1984BelfastN.Ireland v Finland2-1
14 Nov 1984IstanbulTurkey v England0-8
27 Feb 1985BelfastN.Ireland v England0-1
03 Apr 1985CraiovaRomania v Turkey3-0
01 May 1985BelfastN.Ireland v Turkey2-0
01 May 1985BucharestRomania v England0-0
22 May 1985HelsinkiFinland v England1-1
06 Jun 1985HelsinkiFinland v Romania1-1
28 Aug 1985TimisoaraRomania v Finland2-0
11 Sep 1985IzmirTurkey v N.Ireland0-0
11 Sep 1985LondonEngland v Romania1-1
25 Sep 1985TampereFinland v Turkey1-0
16 Oct 1985BucharestRomania v N.Ireland0-1
16 Oct 1985LondonEngland v Turkey5-0
13 Nov 1985LondonEngland v N.Ireland0-0
13 Nov 1985IzmirTurkey v Romania1-3

Standings

Group 3PlyWDLFAPts
England844021212
Northern Ireland84228310
Romania83321279
Finland83237128
Turkey80172241

England qualified by winning the group.

Final Tournament

England were drawn in Group F, along with Poland, Portugal and Morocco.
The top 2 places in the group qualified for the next phase.
The best 4 third-placed teams from the First Round groups would also qualify.

First Round Matches - Group F

DateVenueMatchResultAttReferee
02 Jun 1986MonterreyMorocco v Poland0-015,000Martinez (URU)
03 Jun 1986MonterreyPortugal v England1-010,000Roth (GER)
06 Jun 1986MonterreyEngland v Morocco0-020,200Gonzalez (PAR)
07 Jun 1986MonterreyPoland v Portugal1-018,000Bennacuer (TUN)
11 Jun 1986GuadalajaraMorocco v Portugal3-145,000Snoddy (NIR)
11 Jun 1986MonterreyEngland v Poland3-014,000Dayna (SUI)

Standings

Group FPlyWDLFAPts
Morocco3120314
England3111313
Poland3111133
Portugal3102242

England finished in second place and qualified for the next phase of the tournament.

Second Round Matches

Second Round matches were played on a knock-out basis, the winner of each match qualified for the Quarter Finals.

DateVenueMatchResultAttReferee
15 Jun 1986Mexico CityMexico v Bulgaria2-0113,000Arppi Filho (BRA)
15 Jun 1986LeonUSSR v Belgium3-432,300Fredriksson (SWE)
16 Jun 1986PueblaArgentina v Uruguay1-030,000Agnolin (ITA)
16 Jun 1986GuadalajaraBrazil v Poland4-050,000Roth (GER)
17 Jun 1986Mexico CityFrance v Italy2-070,000Sposito (ARG)
17 Jun 1986MonterreyWest Germany v Morocco1-015,000Petrovic (YUG)
18 Jun 1986Mexico CityEngland v Paraguay3-098,800al-Sharif (SYR)
18 Jun 1986QueretaroSpain v Denmark5-145,000Keizer (HOL)

England qualified for the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Finals Matches

Quarter Finals matches were played on a knock-out basis, the winner of each match qualified for the Semi Finals.

DateVenueMatchResultAttReferee
21 Jun 1986GuadalajaraBrazil v France1-1*60,000Igna (ROM)
21 Jun 1986MonterreyMexico v West Germany0-0**50,000Palacios (COL)
22 Jun 1986PueblaSpain v Belgium1-1***50,000Kirschen (DDR)
22 Jun 1986Mexico CityArgentina v England2-1114,600Bennacuer (TUN)

England lost and were elimated from the competition.
*France won 4-3 on penalties.
**West Germany won 4-1 on penalties.
***Belgium won 5-4 on penalties.