On This Day – Ian Callaghan Returns to the England Team

7-9-1977: On this day in 1977 Liverpool’s Ian Callaghan returns to the England team after 11 years and 49 days – a record gap. England drew 0-0 at Wembley in a friendly against Switzerland. England manager Ron Greenwood fielded six Liverpool players (plus Kevin Keegan who had just left Liverpool for Hamburg) – Clemence, Neal, McDermott, Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Callaghan.

Callaghan’s previous England cap had been in the 1966 World Cup Finals (20-7-1966). England won against France 2-0. Roger Hunt had scored both England’s goals. Callaghan was replaced by Alan Ball in the next game.

Callaghan won a total of four England caps and hold the record for most Liverpool games, 856 between 1960 and 1978.



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