Peter Shilton & Gordon Banks

Leicester City’s Most Capped England Internationals

Following the signing of England international Ryan Bertrand, profiles five Leicester City players to have worn the Three Lions shirt on numerous occasions over the years.
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New recruit Bertrand has won 19 senior international caps since his England debut in 2012, scoring once, previously appearing for five youth age groups from Under-17s through to Under-21s.

A total of 22 players have taken to the field for England during their time with the Foxes at various points in history. Here’s a look at the five with the most caps while at the Club…

Gordon Banks (1963-67)

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Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks

An iconic image of the Leicester City goalkeeper lifting the Jules Rimet trophy after the final at Wembley.

The legendary Gordon Banks joined Leicester City from Chesterfield in 1959 and made 356 appearances for the Club over the next eight years, including two FA Cup Finals and two League Cup Finals – winning the latter in 1964.

Undoubtedly one of the nation’s greatest goalkeepers of all time, Banks soon established himself as England’s no.1 choice between the sticks after making his senior bow on 6 April, 1963, against Scotland at Wembley.

Of his 73 international caps, 37 came during his time at Filbert Street, including every game of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The shot-stopper did not concede a single goal in the group stages as England saw off Mexico and France (both 2-0) after a goalless draw with Uruguay.

The clean sheet record continued in the last eight, as Argentina were beaten 1-0, before Portugal finally managed to score past Banks late on in the semi-final – the first goal he had conceded in 721 minutes.

Nevertheless, England were through to the final and beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time at Wembley, making Banks the only Leicester City player to win the World Cup while at the Club.

Jamie Vardy (2015-18)

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Jamie Vardy & Ryan Bertrand
Jamie Vardy & Ryan Bertrand

Vardy lined up alongside Ryan Bertrand in the starting XI for England's friendly with Germany in March 2017.

Next on the list is a current Foxes player who received all 26 of his caps while at Leicester, Jamie Vardy.

First called up to the national squad by Roy Hodgson in 2015, City’s No.9 was handed his debut as a substitute during a friendly with Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 7 June, 2015. His first start came later that year, in a 6-0 win over San Marino during qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016.

One of Vardy’s most memorable appearances in an England shirt was the 3-2 win against Germany in March 2016, which also included his maiden international goal. A clever flick sent Nathaniel Clyne’s cross into the net, equalising for the visitors and helping to secure a famous win.

The forward also scored at Wembley three days later, against Holland, before being called up to the squad for UEFA EURO 2016. Again, he would make an impact from the bench during his first international tournament, scoring the equaliser against Wales as England came from behind to win the group match 2-1.

Vardy was then involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting England’s final group fixture versus Belgium during a run to the semi-finals. The Foxes striker has seven international goals to his name.

Peter Shilton (1970-74)

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Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton

Record England appearance holder Shilton pictured during his international bow against East Germany in 1970, which came while at Leicester City.

The second goalkeeper on the list, Peter Shilton, was a natural replacement for Gordon Banks for both club and country.

His eight years with the Foxes included over 300 games, an FA Cup Final, promotion back to the First Division and even one goal.

Shilton also won 20 England caps as a Leicester City player, starting with his debut, handed out by World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, for a 3-1 win over East Germany in November 1970.

Now established as Leicester’s No.1, he kept his first international clean sheet in his second appearance, against Wales at Wembley, ahead of his first competitive England fixture, a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in qualifying for the 1972 UEFA European Championships.

The summer of 1973 was a particularly impressive one from Shilton as he kept three shutouts against all the home nations. He went on to make a record 125 appearances for his country before international retirement in 1990, including featuring in three World Cups.

Harry Maguire (2017-19)

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Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire celebrates scoring against Sweden in England's 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Final.

Another player to receive 20 caps while with Leicester City, Harry Maguire’s debut came in October 2017, four months after his arrival at King Power Stadium.

The former Hull City centre-back helped England to a clean sheet in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying win away in Lithuania, before being named in the 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia.

Maguire assisted Harry Kane’s goal in the opening group game against Tunisia, a 2-1 win, helping England to progress out of the group stages, becoming the first Leicester player since Banks to represent England at a World Cup.

Then came the defender’s maiden international goal - and also the first for England by a Foxes player at a World Cup - scored in the quarter-final triumph over Sweden, heading in Ashley Young’s cross as Gareth Southgate’s side recorded another shutout and 2-0 success before being knocked out in the semi-final by Croatia.

Now at Manchester United, Maguire continues to play regularly for his country, featuring in England’s run to the final of UEFA EURO 2020 this summer, being named in the Team of the Tournament.

Ben Chilwell (2018-19)

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Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell

Chilwell featured in England's UEFA Nations League victory over Spain.

Coming through the youth ranks at Leicester City, Ben Chilwell also followed a similar path to arrive in the senior setup with England, appearing for the Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s before his international debut in September 2018.

Alongside Demarai Gray, Chilwell was called up to face Switzerland in a friendly, coming off the bench for Danny Rose in a 1-0 victory at Leicester's King Power Stadium. With the game played on Filbert Way, the left-back became the first player since 1997 to make his England bow at his club’s home ground.

The defender’s first start came in October, during a goalless draw with Croatia in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League, one of 11 England appearances he made during his time at Leicester.

Chilwell, now of Chelsea, continues to be involved in the England setup, named in the squad for this summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 tournament.

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