England national football team

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England
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Nickname(s) The Three Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Gareth Southgate
Captain Harry Kane
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Wayne Rooney (53)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Steady2.svg (23 June 2022) [1]
Highest3 (August–September 2012, September–October 2021 [1] )
Lowest27 (February 1996 [1] )
First international
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 0–0 England  Flag of England.svg
(Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872)
(The first ever international football match)
Biggest win
Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg  Ireland 0–13 England  Flag of England.svg
(Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 7–1 England  Flag of England.svg
(Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954)
World Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1950 )
Best resultChampions (1966)
UEFA European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1968 )
Best resultRunners-up (2020)
UEFA Nations League
Appearances1 (first in 2019 )
Best resultThird place (2019)

The England national football team has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football's governing body FIFA. [2] [3] England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations: the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League.

England is the joint oldest national team in football. It played in the world's first international football match in 1872, against Scotland. England's home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and its training headquarters is St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. The team's manager is Gareth Southgate.

England is one of eight nations to have won the World Cup. [4] England has qualified for the World Cup 16 times. It won the 1966 World Cup Final, a tournament it also hosted, and finished fourth in both 1990 and 2018. England has never won the European Championship, with its best performance to date being runners-up in 2020. As a constituent country of the United Kingdom, England is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and so does not compete at the Olympic Games. England is currently the only team to have won the World Cup at senior level, but not their major continental title, and the only non-sovereign entity to have won the World Cup.

History

Early years

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The England team before 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. [5] 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. [6] Over the next 40 years, England played exclusively with the other three Home Nations—Scotland, Wales and Ireland—in the British Home Championship.

At first, England had no permanent home stadium. They joined FIFA in 1906 and played their first games against countries other than the Home Nations on a tour of Central Europe in 1908. [7] Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923 and became their home ground. [7] The relationship between England and FIFA became strained, and this resulted in their departure from FIFA in 1928, before they rejoined in 1946. [8] 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. [9]

Their first defeat on home soil to a foreign team was a 2–0 loss to Ireland, on 21 September 1949 at Goodison Park. [10] A 6–3 loss in 1953 to Hungary, was their second defeat by a foreign team at Wembley. [11] In the return match in Budapest, Hungary won 7–1. This stands as England's largest ever defeat. After the game, a bewildered Syd Owen said, "it was like playing men from outer space". [12] In the 1954 FIFA World Cup, England reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and lost 4–2 to reigning champions Uruguay. [13]

Walter Winterbottom and Alf Ramsey

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 The Queen presents the 1966 World Cup to England Captain, Bobby Moore. (7936243534).jpg
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 full-time manager in 1946, the team was still picked by a committee until Alf Ramsey took over in 1963. [14] [15] 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 scored a hat-trick. [16] In UEFA Euro 1968, the team reached the semi-finals for the first time, being eliminated by Yugoslavia. [17]

England qualified automatically 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. [18] They then failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, leading to Ramsey's dismissal by the FA. [19]

Don Revie, Ron Greenwood and Bobby Robson

Following Ramsey's dismissal, Joe Mercer took immediate temporary charge of England for a seven-match spell until Don Revie was appointed as new permanent manager in 1974. [20] Under Revie, the team underperformed and failed to qualify for either UEFA Euro 1976 or the 1978 FIFA World Cup. [21] Revie resigned in 1977 and was replaced by Ron Greenwood, under whom performances improved. The team qualified for UEFA Euro 1980 without losing any of their games, but exited in the group stage of the final tournament. [22] They also qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain; however, despite not losing a game, they were eliminated at the second group stage. [23] [24]

Bobby Robson managed England from 1982 to 1990. [25] Although the team failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1984, they reached the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, losing 2–1 to Argentina in a game made famous by two highly contrasting goals scored by Maradona - the first being blatantly knocked in by his hand, prompting his "Hand of God" remark, the second being an outstandingly skilful individual goal, involving high speed dribbling past several opponents. [26] [27] England striker Gary Lineker finished as the tournament's top scorer with six goals. [28]

England went on to lose every match at UEFA Euro 1988. [29] They next achieved their second best result in the 1990 FIFA World Cup by finishing fourth – losing again to West Germany after a closely contested semi-final finishing 1–1 after extra time, then 3–4 in England's first penalty shoot-out. [30] Despite losing to Italy in the third place play-off, the members of the England team were given bronze medals identical to the Italians'. Due to the team's good performance at the tournament against general expectations, and the emotional nature of the narrow defeat to West Germany, [31] the team were welcomed home as heroes and thousands of people lined the streets for an open-top bus parade. [32]

Graham Taylor, Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan

The 1990s saw four England managers follow Robson, each in the role for a relatively brief period. Graham Taylor was Robson's immediate successor. [33] England failed to win any matches at UEFA Euro 1992, drawing with tournament winners Denmark and later with France, before being eliminated by host nation Sweden. The team then failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup after losing a controversial game against the Netherlands in Rotterdam, which resulted in Taylor's resignation. Taylor faced much newspaper criticism during his tenure for his tactics and team selections. [34]

Between 1994 and 1996, Terry Venables took charge of the team. At UEFA Euro 1996, held in England, they equalled their best performance at a European Championship, reaching the semi-finals as they did in 1968, before exiting via another penalty shoot-out loss to Germany. [35] England striker Alan Shearer was the tournament's top scorer with five goals. [36] At Euro 96, the song "Three Lions" by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds became the definitive anthem for fans on the terraces. [37] Venables announced before the tournament that he would resign at the end of it, following investigations into his personal financial activities and ahead of upcoming court cases. Due to the controversy around him, the FA stressed that he was the coach, not the manager, of the team. [38] [39]

Venables' successor, Glenn Hoddle, took the team to 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). [40] In February 1999, Hoddle was sacked by the FA due to controversial comments he had made about disabled people to a newspaper. [41] Howard Wilkinson took over as caretaker manager for two matches. Kevin Keegan was then appointed as the new permanent manager and took England to UEFA Euro 2000, but the team exited in the group stage and he unexpectedly resigned shortly afterwards.

Sven-Göran Eriksson, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello

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The England team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Peter Taylor was appointed as caretaker manager for one match, before Sven-Göran Eriksson took charge between 2001 and 2006, and was the team's first non-English manager. He guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. England lost only five competitive matches during his entire tenure, and rose to number four in the world ranking under his guidance. Eriksson's contract was extended by the FA by two years, to include UEFA Euro 2008, but was terminated by them after the 2006 World Cup.

Steve McClaren was then appointed as manager, but after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 he was sacked on 22 November 2007 after 18 matches in charge. The following month, he was replaced by a second foreign manager, Italian Fabio Capello, whose previous experience included successful spells 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. [42] They progressed to the next round, however, 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. [43]

Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate

Following Capello's departure, Stuart Pearce was appointed as caretaker manager for one match, after which in May 2012, Roy Hodgson was announced as the new manager, just six weeks before UEFA Euro 2012. [44] England managed to finish top of their group, but exited the Championships in the quarter-finals via a penalty shoot-out, against Italy. [45] 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. [46] England qualified unbeaten for UEFA Euro 2016, [47] but were ultimately eliminated in the Round of 16, losing 2–1 to Iceland. [48] Hodgson resigned as manager June 2016, [49] and just under a month later was replaced by Sam Allardyce. [50] However, after only 67 days in charge, Allardyce resigned from his managerial post by mutual agreement, after an alleged breach of FA rules, making him the shortest serving permanent England manager. [51] Allardyce's sole match as England manager was a 1–0 victory over Slovakia, however this also makes him the only permanent England manager ever to leave with a 100% win rate.

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The England line-up before the last match of group G against Belgium, 28 June 2018

Gareth Southgate, then the coach of the England under-21 team, was put in temporary charge of the national team until November 2016, [52] before being given the position on a permanent basis. [53] Under Southgate, England qualified comfortably for the 2018 FIFA World Cup [54] and came second in their group at the tournament. [55] [56] They defeated Colombia on penalties in the first knock-out round, [57] [58] and then beat Sweden 2–0 in the quarter-final to reach only their third World Cup semi-final. [59] In the semi-final, they were beaten 2–1 in extra time by Croatia [60] [61] and then were beaten by Belgium for a second time, 2–0, in the third place match. [62] England striker Harry Kane finished the tournament as top scorer with six goals.

On 14 November 2019, England played their 1000th International match, defeating Montenegro 7–0 at Wembley in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match. [63] [64]

At UEFA Euro 2020 England were drawn in Group D along with Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic. England finished with seven points from their three group games, winning 1–0 against Croatia and the Czechs, and drawing 0–0 with Scotland. In the knockout stages England defeated Germany, Ukraine and Denmark to advance to the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966—and the nation's first European Championship final—where they lost out to Italy in a penalty shootout at Wembley on 11 July 2021. [65] [66] In the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League England were drawn in Group A3 with Germany, Italy and Hungary . England failed to win any of their first four games in the competition, with their first three results being 1-0 defeat away to Hungary, [67] a 1-1 away draw with Germany, [68] and a 0-0 draw with Italy at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton. [69] On 14 June 2022, in their fourth game of competition (also played in Wolverhampton), England were convincingly beaten 4-0 by Hungary, their heaviest home defeat since Scotland won 5-1 at Wembley in 1928. [70] [71] This defeat led to media and fans questioning manager and player credentials ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. [72]

Team image

Kits and crest

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriod
St. Blaize and Hope Brothers [73] [74] 1949–1954
Umbro [75] 1954–1961
Bukta 1959–1965
Umbro1965–1974
Admiral 1974–1984
Umbro1984–2013
Nike 2013–present

Kit deals

Kit supplierPeriodContract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value
Nike 2013–present2012-09-03Spring 2013 – July 2018 (5 years) [76] Total £125m [77]
(£25m per year)
2016-12-13August 2018 – 2030 (12 years)Total £400m [78]
(£33.3m per year)

Crest

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. [79] In 1872, English players wore white jerseys emblazoned with the three lions crest of the Football Association. [80] The lions, often blue, have had minor changes to colour and appearance. [81] 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. [80] [82] 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. [83]

Colours

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England shirt for the 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 1996 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 16 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 to 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. [84]

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The kit worn by England away to Kosovo on 17 November 2019

Home stadium

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Wembley Stadium during a friendly match between England and Germany

For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country. They initially used cricket grounds before later moving on to football club 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 against Germany.

This stadium was demolished during the period of 2002–2003, and work began to completely rebuild it. During this time, England played at venues across the country, though by the time of the 2006 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.

Their first match in the new Wembley Stadium was in March 2007 when they drew with Brazil. The stadium is now owned by the Football Association, via its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited.

Rivalries

England has three main rivalries with other footballing nations.

Their rivalry with Germany is considered to be mainly an English phenomenon—in the run-up to any competition match between the two teams, many UK newspapers will print articles detailing results of previous encounters, such as those in 1966 and 1990. Football fans in England often consider Germany to be their main sporting rivals and care more about this rivalry than those with other nations. Most German fans consider the Netherlands or Italy to be their traditional footballing rivals, and as such, usually the rivalry is not taken quite as seriously there as it is in England. [85]

Their rivalry with Scotland is one of the fiercest international rivalries that exists. [86] [87] It is the oldest international fixture in the world, first played in 1872 at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow. The history of the British Isles has led to much rivalry between the nations in many forms, and the social and cultural effects of centuries of antagonism and conflict between the two has contributed to the intense nature of the sporting contests. Scottish nationalism has also been a factor in the Scots' desire to defeat England above all other rivals, with Scottish sports journalists traditionally referring to the English as the "Auld Enemy". [88] The footballing rivalry has diminished somewhat since the late 1970s, particularly since the annual fixture stopped in 1989. For England, games against Germany and Argentina are now considered to be more important than the historic rivalry with Scotland. [89]

Their rivalry with Argentina is highly competitive. Games between the two teams, even those that are only friendly matches, are often marked by notable and sometimes controversial incidents such as in 1986. [90] [91] The rivalry is unusual in that it is an intercontinental one; typically such footballing rivalries exist between countries that are close to one another, for example France–Italy or Argentina–Brazil. England is regarded in Argentina as one of the major rivals of the national football team, matched only by Brazil and Uruguay. The rivalry is, to a lesser extent reciprocal in England, locally described as a grudge match although matches against Germany carry a greater significance in popular perception. The rivalry emerged across several games during the latter half of the 20th century, even though as of 2008 the teams have played each other on only 14 occasions in full internationals. The rivalry was intensified, particularly in Argentina, by non-footballing events, especially the 1982 Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom. [92]

Media coverage

All England matches are broadcast with full commentary on talkSPORT and 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 were broadcast live on ITV Sport (often with the exception of STV, the ITV franchisee 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. [93] In 2018, Sky Sports broadcast the England Nations League and in-season friendlies, until 2021 and ITV Sport broadcast the European Qualifiers for Euro-World Cups and pre-tournament friendlies (after the Nations League group matches end), until 2022. [94] In April 2022, Channel 4 won the rights for England matches until June 2024, including 2022-23 UEFA Nations League matches, UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying games, and friendlies. 2022 FIFA World Cup rights remain with the BBC and ITV. [95]

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win  Draw  Loss  Fixture

2021

29 June UEFA Euro 2020 R16 England  Flag of England.svg2–0Flag of Germany.svg  Germany London, England
17:00 BST
  • Sterling Soccerball shade.svg75'
  • Kane Soccerball shade.svg86'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 41,973
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
3 July UEFA Euro 2020 QF Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svg0–4Flag of England.svg  England Rome, Italy
21:00 CEST Report
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 11,880
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
7 July UEFA Euro 2020 SF England  Flag of England.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark London, England
20:00 BST
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 64,950
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg0–4Flag of England.svg  England Budapest, Hungary
20:45 CEST Report
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 58,260
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  Flag of England.svg4–0Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra London, England
19:45 BST
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 67,171
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
8 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–1Flag of England.svg  England Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST
Report
Stadium: PGE Narodowy
Attendance: 56,212
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Andorra  Flag of Andorra.svg0–5Flag of England.svg  England Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 CEST Report Stadium: Estadi Nacional
Attendance: 2,285
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  Flag of England.svg1–1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary London, England
19:45 BST
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 69,380
Referee: Alejandro Hernández (Spain)
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  Flag of England.svg5–0Flag of Albania.svg  Albania London, England
19:45 GMT
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 80,366
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
15 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svg0–10Flag of England.svg  England Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 CET Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle
Attendance: 2,775
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)

2022

26 March 2022 (2022-03-26) Friendly England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland London, England
17:30
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 78,881
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) Friendly England  Flag of England.svg3–0Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast London, England
19:45
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 73,405
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
4 June 2022 (2022-06-04) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg1–0Flag of England.svg  England Budapest, Hungary
18:00 Report Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 26,935
Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal)
7 June 2022 (2022-06-07) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–1Flag of England.svg  England Munich, Germany
20:45
Report
Stadium: Allianz Arena
Attendance: 66,289
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A England  Flag of England.svg0–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Wolverhampton, England
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1) Report Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 1,782
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A England  Flag of England.svg0–4Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Wolverhampton, England
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1) Report
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 28,839
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A Italy  Flag of Italy.svgvFlag of England.svg  England Milan, Italy
20:45 Report Stadium: San Siro
26 September 2022 (2022-09-26) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of Germany.svg  Germany London, England
20:45 (19:45 UTC+1) Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
21 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of Iran.svg  Iran Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 AST (UTC+3)Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
25 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of the United States.svg  United States Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
29 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svgvFlag of England.svg  England Al Rayyan, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3)Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Coaching staff

As of 25 May 2021
PositionName
Manager Flag of England.svg Gareth Southgate
Assistant Manager Flag of England.svg Steve Holland
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Martyn Margetson
Coach Flag of England.svg Chris Powell [97]
Coach Flag of England.svg Paul Nevin [98]
First-Team Doctor Flag of England.svg Mark Williams [99]
Fitness Coach Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bryce Cavanagh [100]
Physiotherapist Flag of England.svg Steve Kemp [101]

Players

Current squad

The following players were named to the squad for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches against Hungary, Germany and Italy between 4 and 14 June 2022. [102] [103]

Caps and goals are correct as of 14 June 2022 after the match against Hungary. [104] [105]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Aaron Ramsdale (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 24)30 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
131 GK Nick Pope (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 (age 30)80 Flag of England.svg Newcastle United
221 GK Jordan Pickford (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 28)450 Flag of England.svg Everton

22 DF Kyle Walker (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 32)680 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
32 DF Reece James (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 22)130 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
52 DF John Stones (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 28)583 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
62 DF Marc Guéhi (2000-07-13) 13 July 2000 (age 21)30 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace
122 DF Kieran Trippier (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 31)371 Flag of England.svg Newcastle United
142 DF Harry Maguire (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 29)467 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
162 DF Conor Coady (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 29)101 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 DF Fikayo Tomori (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 24)30 Flag of Italy.svg Milan
2 DF James Justin (1998-02-23) 23 February 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of England.svg Leicester City

43 MF Kalvin Phillips (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 26)230 Flag of England.svg Leeds United
83 MF Conor Gallagher (2000-02-06) 6 February 2000 (age 22)40 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace
103 MF Jude Bellingham (2003-06-29) 29 June 2003 (age 18)150 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund
173 MF James Ward-Prowse (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 27)112 Flag of England.svg Southampton
183 MF Declan Rice (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 23)322 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
193 MF Mason Mount (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 (age 23)314 Flag of England.svg Chelsea

74 FW Jarrod Bowen (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 25)40 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
94 FW Harry Kane (captain) (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 28)7350 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
114 FW Bukayo Saka (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 20)184 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
154 FW Jack Grealish (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 26)231 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
204 FW Raheem Sterling (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 27)7719 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
214 FW Phil Foden (2000-05-28) 28 May 2000 (age 22)162 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
234 FW Tammy Abraham (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 24)113 Flag of Italy.svg Roma

    Recent call-ups

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

    Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
    GK Fraser Forster (1988-03-17) 17 March 1988 (age 34)60 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    GK Sam Johnstone (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 29)30 Flag of England.svg West Bromwich Albion v. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland , 26 March 2022 WD
    GK Dean Henderson (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 25)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester United UEFA Euro 2020 INJ

    DF Trent Alexander-Arnold (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 23)171 Flag of England.svg Liverpool v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 7 June 2022 WD
    DF Benjamin White (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 24)40 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 4 June 2022 INJ
    DF Luke Shaw (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 26)212 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    DF Tyrone Mings (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 29)172 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    DF Tyrick Mitchell (1999-09-01) 1 September 1999 (age 22)20 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    DF Kyle Walker-Peters (1997-04-13) 13 April 1997 (age 25)20 Flag of England.svg Southampton v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    DF Ben Chilwell (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 (age 25)171 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 15 November 2021

    MF Jordan Henderson (vice-captain) (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 32)692 Flag of England.svg Liverpool v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    MF Emile Smith Rowe (2000-07-28) 28 July 2000 (age 21)31 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    MF Jesse Lingard (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 29)326 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 12 October 2021

    FW Ollie Watkins (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 (age 26)72 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 29 March 2022
    FW Marcus Rashford (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 24)4612 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania , 12 November 2021 WD
    FW Jadon Sancho (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 22)233 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 12 October 2021
    FW Patrick Bamford (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of England.svg Leeds United v. Flag of Poland.svg  Poland , 8 September 2021
    FW Dominic Calvert-Lewin (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 (age 25)114 Flag of England.svg Everton v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 2 September 2021 INJ

    INJ Withdrew due to injury
    PRE Preliminary squad / standby
    RET Retired from the national team
    SUS Serving suspension
    WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

    Individual records

    Player records

    Most caps

    As of 14 June 2022. [106]
    Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is England's most capped player with 125 appearances. Shilton.png
    Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is England's most capped player with 125 appearances.
    RankPlayerCapsGoalsPositionCareer
    1 Peter Shilton 1250GK1970–1990
    2 Wayne Rooney 12053FW2003–2018
    3 David Beckham 11517MF1996–2009
    4 Steven Gerrard 11421MF2000–2014
    5 Bobby Moore 1082DF1962–1973
    6 Ashley Cole 1070DF2001–2014
    7 Bobby Charlton 10649MF1958–1970
    Frank Lampard 10629MF1999–2014
    9 Billy Wright 1053DF1946–1959
    10 Bryan Robson 9026MF1980–1991

    Most goals

    As of 14 June 2022.
    Wayne Rooney is England's top scorer with 53 goals. Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 vs Italy.jpg
    Wayne Rooney is England's top scorer with 53 goals.
    RankPlayerGoalsCapsAverageCareer
    1 Wayne Rooney (list)531200.442003–2018
    2 Harry Kane (list)50730.682015–present
    3 Bobby Charlton (list)491060.461958–1970
    4 Gary Lineker 48800.601984–1992
    5 Jimmy Greaves 44570.771959–1967
    6 Michael Owen 40890.451998–2008
    7 Nat Lofthouse 30330.911950–1958
    Alan Shearer 30630.481992–2000
    Tom Finney 30760.391946–1958
    10 Vivian Woodward 29231.261903–1911
    Frank Lampard 291060.271999–2014

    Most clean sheets

    As of 7 June 2022. [107]
    RankPlayerClean sheetsCapsAverageCareer
    1 Peter Shilton 661250.531970–1990
    2 Joe Hart 43750.572008–2017
    3 David Seaman 40750.531988–2002
    4 Gordon Banks 35730.481963–1972
    5 Ray Clemence 27610.441972–1983
    6 Chris Woods 26430.601985–1993
    7 Paul Robinson 24410.592003–2007
    8= Jordan Pickford 21450.472017–present
    8= David James 21530.401997–2010
    10 Nigel Martyn 13230.571992–2002

    Manager records

    Most manager appearances
    Walter Winterbottom: 139
    Highest win ratio (minimum 25 games in charge)
    Fabio Capello: 66.7%
    Youngest to take job
    Walter Winterbottom: 33 years old
    Oldest to take job
    Roy Hodgson: 61 years, 9 months and 3 days

    Team records

    Biggest win [note 1]
    13–0 vs. Ireland , 18 February 1882
    Biggest defeat
    1–7 vs. Hungary , 23 May 1954
    Longest unbeaten run
    22 games from 18 November 2020 to 29 March 2022 [108]
    Longest winless run
    7 games from 11 May 1958 to 4 October 1958 [109]
    Most consecutive wins
    10 games from 6 June 1908 to 1 June 1909 [110]
    Matches without conceding a goal
    7 games from 2 June 2021 to 3 July 2021 [111]

    Competitive record

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

    FIFA World Cup

    2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: Croatia vs England. 2018 World Cup Semifinal - England v Croatia.jpg
    2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: Croatia vs England.
    Line-ups of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: England (white) vs Croatia. CRO-ENG 2018-07-11.svg
    Line-ups of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: England (white) vs Croatia.

    England first appeared at the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and have subsequently qualified for a total of 16 FIFA World Cup finals tournaments, tied for sixth best by number of appearances. They are also tied for sixth by number of wins, alongside 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 West 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 West Germany in the semi-final. They also finished in fourth place in 2018, after losing 2–0 to Belgium in the third place play-off and 2–1 to Croatia in the semi-final after extra time. The team also reached the quarter-final stage in 1954, 1962, 1970, 1986, 2002 and 2006.

    England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974, 1978 and 1994. The team's earliest exit in the finals tournament was its elimination in the first round in 1950, 1958 and, most recently, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This was after being defeated in both their opening two matches for the first time, against 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 stage. This came after drawing with the United States and Algeria, and defeating Slovenia 1–0 in the group stage.

    FIFA World Cup recordQualification recordManager(s)
    YearRoundPosPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
    Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Not a FIFA memberNot a FIFA memberNone
    Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg 1934
    Flag of France (1794-1815).svg 1938
    Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1950 Group stage8th310222 Squad 3300143 Winterbottom
    Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Quarter-finals7th311188 Squad 3300114
    Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Group stage11th403145 Squad 4310155
    Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Quarter-finals8th411256 Squad 4310162
    Flag of England.svg 1966 Champions 1st6510113 Squad Qualified as hosts Ramsey
    Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Quarter-finals8th420244 Squad Qualified as defending championsRamsey
    Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify412134
    Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 6501154 Revie
    Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Second group stage6th532061 Squad 8413138 Greenwood
    Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Quarter-finals8th521273 Squad 8440212 Robson
    Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Fourth place4th733186 Squad 6330100
    Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify10532269 Taylor
    Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 Round of 169th421174 Squad 8611152 Hoddle
    Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Quarter-finals6th522163 Squad 8521166 Keegan, Wilkinson, Eriksson [112]
    Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Quarter-finals7th532062 Squad 10811175Eriksson
    Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Round of 1613th412135 Squad 10901346 Capello
    Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Group stage26th301224 Squad 10640314 Hodgson
    Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Fourth place4th7313128 Squad 10820183 Allardyce, Southgate [113]
    Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 Qualifed10820393Southgate
    Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
    Total1 title16/2269292119916312284271131470
     Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place
    *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

    **Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.***England played all of their 2002 matches in Japan.

    Correct as of 15 November 2021

    UEFA European Championship

    England's greatest achievements at the UEFA European Championship have been to finish in third place in 1968 and 1996, and to reach the final in the '2020' championship in 2021. England hosted Euro 96, and have qualified for ten UEFA European Championship finals tournaments, tied for fourth best by number of appearances. The team has also reached the quarter-final on two further 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 failed to qualify for the finals in 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 2008.

    UEFA European Championship recordQualifying recordManager(s)
    YearRoundPosPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
    Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
    Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Did not qualify201136 Winterbottom, Ramsey [114]
    Flag of Italy.svg 1968 Third place3rd210121 Squad 8611186Ramsey
    Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 Did not qualify [115] 8521166Ramsey
    Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 Did not qualify6321113 Revie
    Flag of Italy.svg 1980 Group stage6th311133 Squad 8710225 Greenwood
    Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1984 Did not qualify8521233 Robson
    Flag of Germany.svg 1988 Group stage7th300327 Squad 6510191
    Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 Group stage7th302112 Squad 633073 Taylor
    Flag of England.svg 1996 Third place3rd523083 Squad Qualified as hosts Venables
    Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Group stage11th310256 Squad 10442165 Hoddle, Keegan [116]
    Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Quarter-finals5th4211106 Squad 8620145 Eriksson
    Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Did not qualify12723247 McClaren
    Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Quarter-finals5th422053 Squad 8530175 Capello, Hodgson [117]
    Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2016 Round of 1612th412144 Squad 101000313Hodgson
    Flag of Europe.svg 2020 [118] Runners-up 2nd7520112 Squad 8701376 Southgate
    Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
    TotalRunners-up10/1638151310513710873241124864
     Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place
    *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

    **Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.***Third place includes all tournaments where England reached the semi-finals following Euro 1980 as the third place play-offs were scrapped from the following editions of the tournament. [119]

    UEFA Nations League

    UEFA Nations League recordManager(s)
    Season**DivisionGroupPldWD*LGFGAP/RRank
    Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 A 4 622278Equals-sign-blue.gif3rd Southgate
    Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 A 2 631274Equals-sign-blue.gif9thSouthgate
    Flag of none.svg 2022–23 A 3 To be determined
    Total1253414123rd
     Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place
    *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

    **Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

    Correct as of 18 November 2020 after the match against Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

    Minor tournaments

    YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
    Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1964 Taça de Nações Group stage3rd301227
    Flag of the United States (Pantone).svg 1976 USA Bicentennial Cup Tournament Group stage2nd320164
    Flag of Scotland.svg 1985 Rous Cup One match2nd100101
    Flag of Mexico.svg 1985 Ciudad de México Cup Tournament Group stage3rd200213
    Flag of Mexico.svg 1985 Azteca 2000 Tournament Group stage2nd210131
    Flag of England.svg 1986 Rous Cup Winners, one match1st110021
    Flag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg 1987 Rous Cup Group stage2nd202011
    Flag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg 1988 Rous Cup Winners, group stage1st211021
    Flag of England.svg Flag of Scotland.svg 1989 Rous Cup Winners, group stage1st211020
    Flag of England.svg 1991 England Challenge Cup Winners, group stage1st211053
    Flag of England.svg 1995 Umbro Cup Group stage2nd311167
    Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1997 Tournoi de France Winners, group stage1st320131
    Flag of Morocco.svg 1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Group stage2nd211010
    Flag of England.svg 2004 FA Summer Tournament Winners, group stage1st211072
    Total6 titles331210114337

    FIFA Rankings

    Last update was on 21 December 2020. Source: [120]

     Best Ranking   Worst Ranking   Best Mover   Worst Mover  

    England's FIFA world rankings
    RankYearGames
    Played
    WonLostDrawnBestWorst
    RankMoveRankMove
     420211915044Increase2.svg5Decrease2.svg 1
     4202085214Increase2.svg4Decrease2.svg
     42019107124Increase2.svg 15Decrease2.svg
    520181710345Increase2.svg 616Decrease2.svg 1
    1520171053212Increase2.svg 315Decrease2.svg 3
    132016148429Increase2.svg 113Decrease2.svg 2
    92015107218Increase2.svg 617Decrease2.svg 2
    1320141383210Increase2.svg 720Decrease2.svg 10
     132013126424Increase2.svg 717Decrease2.svg 6
    62012137423Increase2.svg 27Decrease2.svg 2
    5201196304Increase2.svg 28Decrease2.svg 4
    62010127326Increase2.svg 19Decrease2.svg 1
    92009117136Increase2.svg 29Decrease2.svg 2
    82008108118Increase2.svg 415Decrease2.svg 6
     122007126246Increase2.svg 312Decrease2.svg 4
    52006149414Increase2.svg 510Decrease2.svg 1
    92005118126Increase2.svg 211Decrease2.svg 4
    82004147436Increase2.svg 513Decrease2.svg 4
    82003118126Increase2.svg 210Decrease2.svg 2
    72002134726Increase2.svg 412Decrease2.svg 2
    102001107219Increase2.svg 617Decrease2.svg 2
    1720001134411Increase2.svg 217Decrease2.svg 3
    1219991044210Increase2.svg 214Decrease2.svg 2
    91998146535Increase2.svg 211Decrease2.svg 5
     41997118124Increase2.svg 614Decrease2.svg 2
     1219961284012Increase2.svg 1127Decrease2.svg 3
     211995925218Increase2.svg 422Decrease2.svg 4
     181994642012Increase2.svg 118Decrease2.svg 4
    111993114345Increase2.svg 611Decrease2.svg 6

    Honours

    Elizabeth II presents the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore, after winning the 1966 World Cup The Queen presents the 1966 World Cup to England Captain, Bobby Moore. (7936243534).jpg
    Elizabeth II presents the Jules Rimet Trophy to England captain Bobby Moore, after winning the 1966 World Cup

    Major

    Regional

    Other

    Exhibition tournaments

    Summary

    CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
    FIFA World Cup 1001
    UEFA European Championship 0123
    UEFA Nations League 0011
    Total1135

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