According to many English pundits and their media, they are the inventor of this beautiful game. Plenty of arguments are there about this but one thing is certain, along with Scotland they are the oldest professional football-playing nation in history.
In 1872, England and Scotland faced each other for the first time and the result was a 0-0 draw. Since then, English are the regular side of world football. They have the most popular and competitive football league in the world. Nowadays, England possesses a great young & exciting squad. However, the English media created extra hype and formulate pressure on the team. Another World Cup is moving toward. Let’s take a look at the squad and other insights.
England Team Information:
- Association: The Football Association (FA)
- Captain: Harry Kane
- Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (53 goals)
- Most Capped Player: Peter Shilton (125 matches)
- FIFA code: Eng
- Nickname: The Three Lions
- Current FIFA ranking: 5
- Best FIFA ranking: 3
- Lowest FIFA ranking: 27
England Team Coach and Players:
Coach: Gareth Southgate
- Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford, Pope, Aaron Ramsdale.
- Defenders: Harry Maguire, John Stones, Tyron Mings, Ben White, Arnold, Reece James, Walker, Coady, Guehi, Tripier, Tomori, Justin.
- Midfielder: Declan Rice, Kalvin Philips, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, James Ward-Prowse, Conor Gallagher, Jude Bellingham.
- Attacker: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen.
Though England is the oldest football-playing nation, their 1st encounter with the world cup came in 1950. In total, they took part in 16 World Cups. England won the sole trophy of the biggest event in 1966 when they organised this mega competition. After that, the story is of despair, sorrow and failure. Every time, English media made them lions and they left the event empty-handed. In 2018, Gareth Southgate guided an exciting squad and the English fans chanted “the World Cup is Coming Home” nonetheless they reached the last four. However, they have a talented team and anything is possible.
England took part in 10 European Championships. The three lions failed to win any of them. Their best achievement in the continental contest is being Runners-up in the latest event in Euro 2020 which was held in 2021. The final was in Wembley Stadium and the English were very much enthusiastic about winning the trophy. Nevertheless, Italy broke their heart and won the tournament.
England took part in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. They reached the semifinal but failed to progress from there. However, they won the third place deciding match.
Group B opponents:
England FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures:
- November 21: Eng vs Iran, Time: 7.00 pm
- November 26: Eng vs USA, Time: 1.00 am
- November 30: Eng vs Wales, Time: 1.00 am