Bolton’s Kevin Davies made his England debut at the age of 33 last night in the European Championship game against Montenegro. Davies replaced Tottenham’s Peter Crouch as a second half substitute.
Fulham’s Jim Taylor also made his debut aged 33 against Argentina in 1951. Taylor was a centre half who played for London teams Fulham and QPR. He was picked for the 1950 World Cup squad in Brazil, but didn’t appear in any of England’s three games. The tournament is known for England’s infamous 0-1 defeat to USA.
The oldest England debutant since the war was Leslie Compton – brother of cricketer Denis – who made won his first cap aged 38 against Wales in 1950. Both Leslie and Denis played for Arsenal in football and Middlesex in cricket. He made 253 league appearances for the Gunners between 1930 and 1952. Brother Denis made 54 appearances for Arsenal, but won 78 test caps for England. Compton was a member of the 1950 FA Cup winning team.