When Peter Shilton set England record against Denmark

Sunday 02 Feb 2014
Peter Shilton celebrates setting the England caps record

Peter Shilton reached 109 caps, overhauling Bobby Moore’s 16-year-old record, as England played Denmark in a match in June 1989 to mark the Danish FA’s centenary. 

This end-of-season friendly international attracted just 18,000 to Copenhagen’s Idraetspark and they saw the visitors make a claim for a penalty inside two minutes after Kent Nielsen’s challenge on Gary Lineker. It was rejected by the Dutch referee. 

Denmark looked a useful side early on, with the Laudrup brothers Michael and Brian in good form, but England remained solid in defence. 

Peter Shilton

Born: Leicester, 18 September 194
Clubs: Leicester, Stoke, Nottm Forest, Southampton, Derby, Plymouth, Wimbledon, Bolton, Coventry, West Ham, Leyton Orient
International: England Under-21, Seniors
Senior debut: v East Germany, 25.11.70
Last cap: v Italy, 07.07.90
Caps: 125


Lineker scored his 29th England goal on 26 minutes from a simple chance cleverly created by Neil Webb.

Shilton had a quiet match after receiving a presentation from The FA to acknowledge his achievement but he might have done better with the Danes’ equalising goal, Lars Elstrup placing a shot between him and his near post nine minutes into the second half. 

Then the match lost some of its appeal with so many substitutions being made. 

By a final whistle that everyone seemed to be looking forward to, Bobby Robson had introduced David Seaman, Steve McMahon, Steve Bull and Chris Waddle. 

‘Shilts’ went on to amass 125 caps, retiring from England duty after the Italy World Cup in 1990 when he was 40 years old. His record still stands.

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By David Barber FA Historian