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England may hit century of goals against US



Doha, State of Qatar

If England are able to score three goals against USA today, they will join countries that have scored 100 goals in World Cup history.

Only six countries are on the exclusive list of teams that have scored 100 goals or more in the World Cup history.

Spain are the latest entrants after their 7-0 defeat of Costa Rica. Their World Cup goal is now 102.

The others in the list are Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy  and France.

Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday take their haul to 228. Brazil are  the only ones to have never competed in a World Cup play-off and the only country to have won it on four different continents: Europe (1958 Sweden), South America (1962 Chile), North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 United States), and Asia (2002 Korea/Japan)


The Brazilians are ranked next to Germany who have scored 230 goals at the World Cup.

Next to Brazil are Aregentina with 138 goals. They are South America’s second most successful country, having won the World Cup twice, in 1978 and 1986.

Argentina have played in 17 of the 22 FIFA World Cups. Losing three finals in 1930, 1990, and 2014. They are the third most prolific goal-scorer in World Cup history.

The others are Italy (127) and France (124). Ahead of Qatar 2022, a total of over 2,500 goals have been scored in the 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup  final

Nigeria with six World Cup appearances have scored 23 goals.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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