England v Germany 1901

Action from England v Germany , White Hart Lane, 21st September 1901:

 'Hot work at the German goal' reads the caption- England players, hands on hips...
 A clearance from England goalkeper Wilf Waller, born in South Africa and the first overseas player in the Football League . He had played for Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park (Scotland)- at the time of this match he was with Southampton. 

Until England's summer tour of Austria-Hungary in 1908, none of their matches against overseas opposition were designated 'full' internationals, and were usually undertaken by amateur XIs. Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a German national team, there were five unofficial international matches between different German and English selection teams, all of which were won easily by the English.  The pictures above show England's 12-0 victory over Germany at White Hart Lane on 21st September 1901. RE Foster- better known as a cricketer, scored 6 goals.On 25th September 1901 a completely different England XI (the  line up  included the legendary Steve Bloomer) won 10-0 at Hyde Road (Manchester City's ground).