England national football team

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England
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Three Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Gareth Southgate
Captain Wayne Rooney
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Wayne Rooney (53)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 13 Decrease 1 (24 November 2016)
Highest 3 (August 2012)
Lowest 27 (February 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 10 Steady (2 December 2016)
Highest 1 (1872–1876
1892–1911
1966–1970
1987–1988)
Lowest 16 (19 June 2014)
First international
 Scotland 0–0 England 
(Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872)
Biggest win
 England 13–0 Ireland 
(Belfast, Ireland; 31 July 1882)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 7–1 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954)
World Cup
Appearances 14 (first in 1950)
Best result Champions, 1966
European Championship
Appearances 9 (first in 1968)
Best result Third place, 1968 & 1996

The England national football team represents England in international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.[1][2]

England are one of the two oldest national teams in football; alongside Scotland, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872. England's home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and the current caretaker manager is Gareth Southgate. Although part of the United Kingdom, England has always had a representative side that plays in major professional tournaments, though not in the Olympic Games, as the IOC has always recognised United Kingdom representative sides.

England contest the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship, which alternate biennially. In contesting for the World Cup seventeen times over the past sixty four years, England won the 1966 World Cup, when they hosted the finals, and achieved a semi final appearance in 1990. England have never won the UEFA European Football Championship – after fifteen attempts over fifty-six years – their best performances were semi final appearances at the 1968 and 1996 Championships, the latter of which they hosted.

History[edit]

The England team before playing a match against Scotland at Richmond in 1893.

The England national football team is the joint-oldest in the world; it was formed at the same time as Scotland. A representative match between England and Scotland was played on 5 March 1870, having been organised by the Football Association. A return fixture was organised by representatives of Scottish football teams on 30 November 1872.

This match, played at Hamilton Crescent in Scotland, is viewed as the first official international football match, because the two teams were independently selected and operated, rather than being the work of a single football association.[3] Over the next forty years, England played exclusively with the other three Home Nations—Scotland, Wales and Ireland—in the British Home Championship.

To begin with, England had no permanent home stadium. They joined FIFA in 1906 and played their first ever games against countries other than the Home Nations on a tour of Central Europe in 1908. Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923 and became their home ground. The relationship between England and FIFA became strained, and this resulted in their departure from FIFA in 1928, before they rejoined in 1946. As a result, they did not compete in a World Cup until 1950, in which they were beaten in a 1–0 defeat by the United States, failing to get past the first round in one of the most embarrassing defeats in the team's history.[4]

Their first ever defeat on home soil to a foreign team was a 0–2 loss to the Republic of Ireland, on 21 September 1949 at Goodison Park. A 6–3 loss in 1953 to Hungary, was their second defeat by a foreign team at Wembley. In the return match in Budapest, Hungary won 7–1. This still stands as England's worst ever defeat. After the game, a bewildered Syd Owen said, "it was like playing men from outer space".[5] In the 1954 FIFA World Cup, England reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and lost 4–2 to reigning champions Uruguay.

Queen Elizabeth II presenting England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet trophy following England's 4–2 victory over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final

Although Walter Winterbottom was appointed as England's first ever full-time manager in 1946, the team was still picked by a committee until Alf Ramsey took over in 1963. The 1966 FIFA World Cup was hosted in England and Ramsey guided England to victory with a 4–2 win against West Germany after extra time in the final, during which Geoff Hurst famously scored a hat-trick. In UEFA Euro 1968, the team reached the semi-finals for the first time, being eliminated by Yugoslavia.

England qualified for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico as reigning champions, and reached the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by West Germany. England had been 2–0 up, but were eventually beaten 3–2 after extra time. They failed in qualification for the 1974, leading to Ramsey's dismissal, and 1978 FIFA World Cups. Under Ron Greenwood, they managed to qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain (the first time competitively since 1962); despite not losing a game, they were eliminated in the second group stage.

The team under Bobby Robson fared better as England reached the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, losing 2–1 to Argentina in a game made famous by two goals by Maradona for very contrasting reasons, before losing every match in UEFA Euro 1988. They next went on to achieve their second best result in the 1990 FIFA World Cup by finishing fourth – losing again to West Germany in an semi-final finishing 1–1 after extra time, then 3–4 in England's first penalty shoot-out.

Despite losing to Italy in the third place play-off, the members of the England team were given bronze medals identical to the Italians’. The England team of 1990 were welcomed home as heroes and thousands of people lined the streets, for a spectacular open-top bus parade. However, the team did not win any matches in UEFA Euro 1992, drawing with tournament winners Denmark, and later with France, before being eliminated by host nation Sweden.

The 1990s saw four England managers, each in the role for a relatively brief period. Graham Taylor was Robson's successor, but resigned after England failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At UEFA Euro 1996, held in England, Terry Venables led England, equalling their best performance at a European Championship, reaching the semi-finals as they did in 1968.

He resigned following investigations into his financial activities.[6] His successor, Glenn Hoddle, similarly left the job for non-footballing reasons after just one international tournament – the 1998 FIFA World Cup — in which England were eliminated in the second round again by Argentina and again on penalties (after a 2–2 draw). Following Hoddle's departure, Kevin Keegan took England to UEFA Euro 2000, but performances were disappointing and he resigned shortly afterwards.

The England team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Sven-Göran Eriksson took charge of the team between 2001 and 2006, and was the first non–English manager of England. Despite controversial press coverage of his personal life, Eriksson was consistently popular with the majority of fans.[citation needed] He guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He lost only five competitive matches during his tenure, and England rose to a No.4 world ranking under his guidance. His contract was extended by the Football Association by two years, to include UEFA Euro 2008. However, it was terminated by them at the 2006 FIFA World Cup's conclusion.

Steve McClaren was then appointed as head coach, and was sacked unanimously by The Football Association on 22 November 2007, after failing to get the team to Euro 2008. The following month, he was replaced by a second foreign manager, Italian Fabio Capello, whose experience included stints at Juventus and Real Madrid.

England won all but one of their qualifying games for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but at the tournament itself, England drew their opening two games; this led to questions about the team's spirit, tactics and ability to handle pressure.[7] They progressed to the next round, where they were beaten 4–1 by Germany, their heaviest defeat in a World Cup finals tournament match.

In February 2012, Capello resigned from his role as England manager, following a disagreement with the FA over their request to remove John Terry from team captaincy after accusations of racial abuse concerning the player.[8] Following this, there was media speculation that Harry Redknapp would take the job. However, on 1 May 2012, Roy Hodgson was announced as the new manager, just six weeks before UEFA Euro 2012.[9] England managed to finish top of their group, winning two and drawing one of their fixtures, but exited the Championships in the quarter-finals via a penalty shoot-out, this time to Italy.[10]

In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, England were eliminated at the group stage for the first time since the 1958 World Cup, and the first time at a major tournament since Euro 2000.[11] England's points total of one from three matches was its worst ever in the World Cup, obtaining one point from drawing against Costa Rica in their last match.[12] England qualified for UEFA Euro 2016, with 10 wins from 10 qualifying matches,[13] but were ultimately eliminated in the Round of 16, losing 2–1 to Iceland, for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.[14] Hodgson resigned as manager immediately,[15] and just under a month later was replaced by Sam Allardyce.[16] After only 67 days Allardyce resigned from his managerial post by mutual agreement, after alleged breach of rules of the FA, making him the shortest serving permanent England manager.[17]

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

All England matches are broadcast with full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live. From the 2008–09 season until the 2017–18 season, England's home and away qualifiers, and friendlies both home and away are broadcast live on ITV (often with the exception of STV, the ITV affiliate in central and northern Scotland). England's away qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup were shown on Setanta Sports until that company's collapse. As a result of Setanta Sports's demise, England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on 10 October 2009 was shown in the United Kingdom on a pay-per-view basis via the internet only. This one-off event was the first time an England game had been screened in such a way. The number of subscribers, paying between £4.99 and £11.99 each, was estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000 and the total number of viewers at around 500,000.[18]

Colours[edit]

England shirt during 1966 World Cup final.

England's traditional home colours are white shirts, navy blue shorts and white or black socks. The team has periodically worn an all-white kit.

Although England's first away kits were blue, England's traditional away colours are red shirts, white shorts and red socks. In 1996, England's away kit was changed to grey shirts, shorts and socks. This kit was only worn three times, including against Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96 but the deviation from the traditional red was unpopular with supporters and the England away kit remained red until 2011, when a navy blue away kit was introduced. The away kit is also sometimes worn during home matches, when a new edition has been released to promote it.

England have occasionally had a third kit. At the 1970 World Cup England wore a third kit with pale blue shirts, shorts and socks against Czechoslovakia. They had a kit similar to Brazil's, with yellow shirts, yellow socks and blue shorts which they wore in the summer of 1973. For the World Cup in 1986 England had a third kit of pale blue, imitating that worn in Mexico sixteen years before and England retained pale blue third kits until 1992, but they were rarely used.

Umbro first agreed to manufacture the kit in 1954 and since then has supplied most of the kits, the exceptions being from 1959–1965 with Bukta and 1974–1984 with Admiral. Nike purchased Umbro in 2008 and took over as kit supplier in 2013 following their sale of the Umbro brand.[19]

Kit evolution[edit]

WC 1950 WC 1954 WC 1958 WC 1962
Away
Home
Away
Away
Home
Home 2
Away
vs Chile and
Spain
vs United States All the matches All the matches vs Argentina vs Hungary vs Bulgaria
WC 1966 Euro 1968 WC 1970
Home
Home 2
Away
Home
Home
Third
Away
vs Uruguay, Mexico,
France and Portugal
vs Argentina vs West Germany vs Yugoslavia and
USSR
vs Romania
and Brazil
vs Czechoslovakia vs West Germany
Euro 1980 WC 1982 WC 1986 Euro 1988 WC 1990 Euro 1992
Home
Home
Away
Home
Home 2
Home
Home
Home
All the matches vs Czechoslovakia,
Kuwait and Spain
vs West Germany
and France
vs all except
Argentina
vs Argentina All the matches All the matches All the matches
Euro 1996 WC 1998 Euro 2000 WC 2002
Home
Away
Home
Home 2
Away
Home
Away
Home
Away
vs all except
Germany
vs Germany vs Tunisia
and Romania
vs Argentina vs Colombia vs Romania
and Portugal
vs Germany vs Sweden,
Denmark and Brazil
vs Argentina
and Nigeria
Euro 2004 WC 2006 WC 2010 Euro 2012 WC 2014
Home
Away
Home
Away
Home
Away
Home
Away
Home
vs all except
Croatia
vs Croatia vs all except
Sweden
vs Sweden vs United States and
Algeria
vs Slovenia and
Germany
vs all except
Sweden
vs Sweden All the matches
Euro 2016
Home
Away
vs all except
Slovakia
vs Slovakia

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Manufacturer Period
England Umbro 1954–1961
England Bukta 1959–1965
England Umbro 1965–1974
England Admiral 1974–1984
England Umbro 1984–2013
United States Nike 2013–

[edit]

The motif of the England national football team has three lions passant guardant, the emblem of King Richard I, who reigned from 1189 to 1199.[20] The lions, often blue, have had minor changes to colour and appearance.[21] Initially topped by a crown, this was removed in 1949 when the FA was given an official coat of arms by the College of Arms; this introduced ten Tudor roses, one for each of the regional branches of the FA.[22][23] Since 2003, England top their logo with a star to recognise their World Cup win in 1966; this was first embroidered onto the left sleeve of the home kit, and a year later was moved to its current position, first on the away shirt.[24]

Home stadium[edit]

Wembley Stadium during a friendly match between England and Germany

For the first fifty years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country. They initially used cricket grounds before later moving on to football clubs' stadiums. The original Empire Stadium was built in Wembley, London, for the British Empire Exhibition.

England played their first match at the stadium in 1924 against Scotland and for the next 27 years Wembley was used as a venue for matches against Scotland only. The stadium later became known simply as Wembley Stadium and it became England's permanent home stadium during the 1950s. In October 2000, the stadium closed its doors, ending with a defeat.

This stadium was demolished during the period of 2002–2003, and work began to completely rebuild it. During this time, England played at a number of different venues across the country, though by the time of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, this had largely settled down to having Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium as the primary venue, with Newcastle United's St. James' Park used on occasions when Old Trafford was unavailable.

They returned to the new Wembley Stadium in March 2007. The stadium is now owned by the Football Association, via its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited.

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 30th November 2016
Manager England Gareth Southgate
Assistant Manager England Sammy Lee
First Team Coach England Steve Holland
Goalkeeping Coach Wales Martyn Margetson
First-Team Doctor England Ian Beasley
Fitness Coach England Chris Neville
Masseur England Mark Sertori
Physiotherapist England Gary Lewin

Players[edit]

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England international footballers (alphabetical)

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland on 11 November 2016 and Friendly Match against Spain on 15 November 2016.

Caps and goals updated as of 15 November 2016 after the match against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Joe Hart (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 29) 68 0 Italy Torino
13 1GK Tom Heaton (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 30) 2 0 England Burnley
23 1GK Jordan Pickford (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 England Sunderland

2 2DF Nathaniel Clyne (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 25) 14 0 England Liverpool
3 2DF Danny Rose (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 26) 12 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
5 2DF Gary Cahill (third-captain) (1985-12-19) 19 December 1985 (age 30) 52 4 England Chelsea
6 2DF John Stones (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 22) 15 0 England Manchester City
12 2DF Kyle Walker (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 26) 23 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
16 2DF Phil Jagielka (1982-08-17) 17 August 1982 (age 34) 40 3 England Everton
18 2DF Michael Keane (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 23) 0 0 England Burnley
21 2DF Ryan Bertrand (1989-08-05) 5 August 1989 (age 27) 10 0 England Southampton
22 2DF Aaron Cresswell (1989-12-15) 15 December 1989 (age 26) 1 0 England West Ham United

4 3MF Eric Dier (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 22) 15 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
7 3MF Raheem Sterling (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 21) 29 2 England Manchester City
8 3MF Jordan Henderson (Vice-captain) (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 26) 32 0 England Liverpool
10 3MF Jesse Lingard (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 23) 3 0 England Manchester United
11 3MF Adam Lallana (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 28) 29 3 England Liverpool
14 3MF Theo Walcott (1989-03-16) 16 March 1989 (age 27) 47 8 England Arsenal
17 3MF Andros Townsend (1991-07-16) 16 July 1991 (age 25) 13 3 England Crystal Palace
19 3MF Jack Wilshere (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 34 2 England Bournemouth

9 4FW Jamie Vardy (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 29) 14 5 England Leicester City
15 4FW Daniel Sturridge (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 27) 25 8 England Liverpool
20 4FW Marcus Rashford (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 19) 6 1 England Manchester United

Recent call ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Fraser Forster (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 28) 6 0 England Southampton v.  Scotland, 11 November 2016
GK Alex McCarthy (1989-12-03) 3 December 1989 (age 27) 0 0 England Southampton v.  Slovakia, 4 September 2016
GK Jack Butland (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 23) 4 0 England Stoke City v.  Netherlands, 29 March 2016

DF Chris Smalling (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 27) 29 1 England Manchester United v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2016
DF Kieran Gibbs (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 27) 10 0 England Arsenal v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2016
DF Glen Johnson (1984-08-23) 23 August 1984 (age 32) 54 1 England Stoke City v.  Malta, 8 October 2016
DF Luke Shaw (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 21) 6 0 England Manchester United v.  Slovakia, 4 September 2016

MF Wayne Rooney (Captain) (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 31) 119 53 England Manchester United v.  Spain, 15 November 2016
MF Danny Drinkwater (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 26) 3 0 England Leicester City v.  Scotland, 11 November 2016
MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 23) 24 5 England Arsenal v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2016
MF Dele Alli (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 20) 15 2 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2016
MF Michail Antonio (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 26) 0 0 England West Ham United v.  Slovenia, 11 October 2016
MF Ross Barkley (1993-12-05) 5 December 1993 (age 23) 22 2 England Everton UEFA Euro 2016 squad
MF James Milner RET (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 30) 61 1 England Liverpool UEFA Euro 2016 squad
MF Fabian Delph (1989-11-21) 21 November 1989 (age 27) 9 0 England Manchester City v.  Turkey, 22 May 2016

FW Harry Kane (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 23) 17 5 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Spain, 15 November 2016
FW Danny Welbeck (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 26) 34 14 England Arsenal v.  Netherlands, 29 March 2016

Notes:

  • RET Retired from the national team

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Updated 11 November 2016.

Players in bold are still active at club level.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is the most capped player in the history of England with 125 caps

Players with an equal number of caps are ranked in chronological order of reaching the milestone.

# Name Career Caps Goals Position
1 Peter Shilton 1970–1990 125 0 GK
2 Wayne Rooney 2003–0000 119 53 FW
3 David Beckham 1996–2009 115 17 MF
4 Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 114 21 MF
5 Bobby Moore 1962–1973 108 2 DF
6 Ashley Cole 2001–2014 107 0 DF
7 Bobby Charlton 1958–1970 106 49 MF
Frank Lampard 1999–2014 106 29 MF
9 Billy Wright 1946–1959 105 3 DF
10 Bryan Robson 1980–1991 90 26 MF
11 Michael Owen 1998–2008 89 40 FW
12 Kenny Sansom 1979–1988 86 1 DF
13 Gary Neville 1995–2007 85 0 DF
14 Ray Wilkins 1976–1986 84 3 MF
15 Rio Ferdinand 1997–2011 81 3 DF
16 Gary Lineker 1984–1992 80 48 FW
17 John Barnes 1983–1995 79 11 MF
18 Stuart Pearce 1987–1999 78 5 DF
John Terry 2003–2012 78 6 DF
20 Terry Butcher 1980–1990 77 3 DF

Top goalscorers[edit]

Goalscorers with an equal number of goals are ranked with the highest to lowest goals per game ratio.

Wayne Rooney is the top goalscorer in the history of England, with 53 goals.

Updated 11 November 2016.

Players in bold are still active at club level.

# Name Career Goals Caps Position Average
1 Wayne Rooney (list) 2003–0000 53 119 FW 0.4454
2 Bobby Charlton (list) 1958–1970 49 106 MF 0.4622
3 Gary Lineker 1984–1992 48 80 FW 0.6000
4 Jimmy Greaves 1959–1967 44 57 FW 0.7719
5 Michael Owen 1998–2008 40 89 FW 0.4494
6 Nat Lofthouse 1950–1958 30 33 FW 0.9090
Alan Shearer 1992–2000 30 63 FW 0.4762
Tom Finney 1946–1958 30 76 FW 0.3947
9 Vivian Woodward 1903–1911 29 23 FW 1.2609
Frank Lampard 1999–2014 29 106 MF 0.2735
11 Steve Bloomer 1895–1907 28 23 FW 1.2174
12 David Platt 1989–1996 27 62 MF 0.4355
13 Bryan Robson 1981–1989 26 90 MF 0.2889
14 Geoff Hurst 1965–1972 24 49 FW 0.4898
15 Stan Mortensen 1947–1953 23 25 FW 0.9200
16 Tommy Lawton 1938–1948 22 23 FW 0.9565
Peter Crouch 2005–2010 22 42 FW 0.5238
18 Mick Channon 1972–1977 21 46 FW 0.4565
Kevin Keegan 1972–1982 21 63 FW 0.3333
Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 21 114 MF 0.1842

Competitive record[edit]

For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page

FIFA World Cup[edit]

England first appeared at the 1950 FIFA World Cup and have appeared in 14 FIFA World Cup Finals tournaments, tied for sixth best by number of appearances. They are also tied for sixth by number of wins, alongside France and Spain. The national team is one of eight national teams to have won at least one FIFA World Cup title. The England team won their first and only World Cup title in 1966. The tournament was played on home soil and England defeated Germany 4–2 in the final. In 1990, England finished in fourth place, losing 2–1 to host nation Italy in the third place play-off, after losing on penalties to champions Germany in the semi-final. The team has also reached the quarter-final on two recent occasions in 2002 and 2006. Previously, they reached this stage in 1954, 1962, 1970 and 1986.

England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 1994. The team's earliest exit in the competition itself was its elimination in the first round in 1950, 1958 and most recently in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after being defeated in both their opening two matches for the first time, versus Italy and Uruguay in Group D. In 1950, four teams remained after the first round, in 1958 eight teams remained and in 2014 sixteen teams remained. In 2010, England suffered its most resounding World Cup defeat (4–1 to Germany) in the Round of 16, after drawing with the United States and Algeria and defeating Slovenia 1–0 in the group stage.

     Winners       Runners-up       Third place        Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Group Stage 8th of 13 3 1 0 2 2 2 3 3 0 0 14 3 Winterbottom
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 7th of 16 3 1 1 1 8 8 3 3 0 0 11 4
Sweden 1958 Group Stage 11th of 16 4 0 3 1 4 5 4 3 1 0 15 5
Chile 1962 Quarter-finals 8th of 16 4 1 1 2 5 6 4 3 1 0 16 2
England 1966 Champions 1st of 16 6 5 1 0 11 3 Qualified as hosts Ramsey
Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals 8th of 16 4 2 0 2 4 4 Qualified as defending champions Ramsey
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 4
Argentina 1978 6 5 0 1 15 4 Revie
Spain 1982 Round 2 6th of 24 5 3 2 0 6 1 8 4 1 3 13 8 Greenwood
Mexico 1986 Quarter-finals 8th of 24 5 2 1 2 7 3 8 4 4 0 21 2 Robson
Italy 1990 Fourth Place 4th of 24 7 3 3(1*) 1 8 6 6 3 3 0 10 0
United States 1994 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 26 9 Taylor
France 1998 Round of 16 9th of 32 4 2 1* 1 7 4 8 6 1 1 15 2 Hoddle
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 6th of 32 5 2 2 1 6 3 8 5 2 1 16 6 Keegan, Wilkinson, Eriksson[25]
Germany 2006 7th of 32 5 3 2(1*) 0 6 2 10 8 1 1 17 5 Eriksson
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 13th of 32 4 1 2 1 3 5 10 9 0 1 34 6 Capello
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 26th of 32 3 0 1 2 2 4 10 6 4 0 31 4 Hodgson
Russia 2018 To Be Determined 4 3 1 0 6 0 Allardyce, Southgate[26]
Qatar 2022 TBD
Total 1 title 14/20 62 26 20 16 79 56 105 70 24 11 261 64
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.
****England played all of their 2002 matches in Japan.

UEFA European Championship[edit]

England have achieved moderate success [according to whom?] at the UEFA European Football Championship, having finished in third place in 1968 and reached the semi-final in 1996. England hosted Euro 96 and have qualified for nine UEFA European Championship Finals tournaments, tied for fourth best by number of appearances. The team has also reached the quarter-final on two recent occasions, in 2004 and 2012. The team's worst result in the competition was a first-round elimination in 1980, 1988, 1992 and 2000. The team did not enter in 1960, and they failed to qualify in 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984, and 2008.

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter  –  –  –  –  –  –
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 6 Winterbottom, Ramsey[27]
Italy 1968 Third place 3rd of 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 8 6 1 1 18 6 Ramsey
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify[28] 8 5 2 1 16 6 Ramsey
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 3 2 1 11 3 Revie
Italy 1980 Group Stage 6th of 8 3 1 1 1 3 3 8 7 1 0 22 5 Greenwood
France 1984 Did not qualify 8 5 2 1 23 3 Robson
West Germany 1988 Group Stage 7th of 8 3 0 0 3 2 7 6 5 1 0 19 1
Sweden 1992 Group Stage 7th of 8 3 0 2 1 1 2 6 3 3 0 7 3 Taylor
England 1996 Semi-Finals 3rd of 16 5 2 3 0 8 3 Qualified as hosts Venables
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group Stage 11th of 16 3 1 0 2 5 6 10 4 4 2 16 5 Hoddle, Keegan[29]
Portugal 2004 Quarter-finals 5th of 16 4 2 1 1 10 6 8 6 2 0 14 5 Eriksson
Austria Switzerland 2008 Did not qualify 12 7 2 3 24 7 McClaren
Poland Ukraine 2012 Quarter-finals 5th of 16 4 2 2 0 5 3 8 5 3 0 17 5 Capello, Hodgson[30]
France 2016 Round of 16 12th of 24 4 1 2 1 4 4 10 10 0 0 31 3 Hodgson
Europe 2020 To Be Determined TBD
Total Third place (x2) 9/15 31 10 11 10 40 35 96 62 24 10 208 58
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Brazil 1964 Taça de Nações Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 2 7
United States 1976 USA Bicentennial Cup Tournament Group stage 2nd 3 2 0 1 6 4
Scotland 1985 Rous Cup One match 2nd 1 0 0 1 0 1
Mexico 1985 Ciudad de México Cup Tournament Group stage 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
Mexico 1985 Azteca 2000 Tournament Group stage 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 1
England 1986 Rous Cup Winners, one match 1st 1 1 0 0 2 1
England Scotland 1987 Rous Cup Group stage 2nd 2 0 2 0 1 1
England Scotland 1988 Rous Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 1
England Scotland 1989 Rous Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 2 0
England 1991 England Challenge Cup Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 5 3
United States 1993 U.S. Cup Group stage 4th 3 0 1 2 2 5
England 1995 Umbro Cup Group stage 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 7
France 1997 Tournoi de France Winners, group stage 1st 3 2 0 1 3 1
Morocco 1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Group stage 2nd 2 1 1 0 1 0
England 2004 FA Summer Tournament Winners, group stage 1st 2 1 1 0 7 2
Total 6 titles 33 12 10 11 43 37
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Honours & Achievements[edit]

The England squad (red) which won the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany (white)

Major:

FIFA World Cup
Winners (1): 1966
Semi finalists (1): 1990
UEFA European Championship
Semi finalists (2): 1968, 1996

Regional:

Winners (54): (including 20 shared)
Winners (3): 1986, 1988, 1989

Minor:

Winners (1): 2004
Winners (1): 1997
Winners (1): 1991

Other:

Winners (2): 1990, 1998

Unofficial:

Matches as Champion: 88
Reigns as Champion: 21

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Written evidence submitted by Lord Triesman". Parliament.uk. May 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
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  26. ^ Sam Allardyce managed one qualifying match: Gareth Southgate is currently caretaker manager for the qualification.
  27. ^ England were defeated by France in a two-legged elimination round. Ramsey took over from Winterbottom between the two legs.
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  30. ^ Capello managed the qualification campaign. He resigned before the tournament and was replaced by Hodgson.

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