Whilst referees have been allowed to "warn" players or "send them from the field" since the 19th century the use of red and yellow cards were not adopted until the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. Also, the reporting of cautions was not widespread in contemporary media nor in official match reports even up until the 1966 World Cup finals making it difficult to document. After the '66 England-Argentina quarter-final in which Argentine captain Antonio Rattin was dismissed and three other Argentines had been booked, Alf Ramsay asked FIFA and the referee to clarify if both Jack and Bobby Charlton had been cautioned as well. They had, but in the melee of the match it was very unclear. As a direct result of that match, the head of FIFA's refereeing committee, Ken Aston, eventually struck on the idea of using a "traffic light" system of cards with yellow representing a caution and red as an expulsion. We have been able to document 398 England Yellow Cards. But as detailed above, this list is not exhaustive.
Hover over the card for a description of the offence(s).