England national football team

The England men's national football team represents England in men's 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] Also known as The Three Lions, 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 one of eight nations to have won the World Cup.[4]

England
Nickname(s)The Three Lions
AssociationThe Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachGareth Southgate
CaptainHarry Kane
Most capsPeter Shilton (125)
Top scorerWayne Rooney (53)
Home stadiumWembley Stadium
FIFA codeENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest3 (August 2012[1])
Lowest27 (February 1996[1])
First international
 Scotland 0–0 England 
(Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872)
Biggest win
 England 13–0 Ireland 
(Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 7–1 England 
(Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954)
World Cup
Appearances15 (first in 1950)
Best resultChampions (1966)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1968)
Best resultThird place (1968, 1996)
Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultThird place (2019)
Medal record
Men's football
FIFA World Cup
1966 EnglandTeam
UEFA European Championship
1968 ItalyTeam
1996 EnglandTeam
UEFA Nations League
2019 PortugalTeam

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 has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 15 times. It won the 1966 World Cup, when it also hosted the finals, and finished fourth in both 1990 and 2018. England has never won the UEFA European Championship, with its best performances being third-place finishes in 1968 and 1996, the latter as hosts. England, as a constituent country of the United Kingdom, is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and so doesn’t compete at the Olympic Games.

History

Early years

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. 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.[5] 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. 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.[6]

Their first defeat on home soil to a foreign team was a 2–0 loss to 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 stands as England's largest ever defeat. After the game, a bewildered Syd Owen said, "it was like playing men from outer space".[7] In the 1954 FIFA World Cup, England reached the quarter-finals for the first time, and lost 4–2 to reigning champions Uruguay.

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

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. 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. In UEFA Euro 1968, the team reached the semi-finals for the first time, being eliminated by Yugoslavia.

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. They then failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, leading to Ramsey's dismissal by the F.A.

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. Under Revie, the team underperformed and failed to qualify for either UEFA Euro 1976 or the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Revie resigned in 1977 and was replaced by Ron Greenwood, under whom performances improved and the team managed to qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain (the first time competitive tournament qualification achieved since 1962); however, despite not losing a game, they were eliminated at the second group stage.

Bobby Robson managed England from 1982 to 1990. 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. England striker Gary Lineker finished as the tournament's top scorer with six goals.

England went on to lose every match at UEFA Euro 1988. 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.[8] 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,[9] the team were welcomed home as heroes and thousands of people lined the streets for an open-top bus parade.

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. 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 amid much newspaper criticism of his tactics.

Between 1994 and 1996, Terry Venables managed 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. England striker Alan Shearer was the tournament's top scorer with five goals. Venables resigned following investigations into his personal financial activities.[10]

Venables' successor, Glenn Hoddle, similarly left the job for non-footballing reasons after coaching the team in 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, Howard Wilkinson took over as caretaker manager for two matches. Kevin Keegan was then appointed as 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

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] England managed to finish top of their group, but exited the Championships in the quarter-finals via a penalty shoot-out, against Italy.[14] 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.[15] England qualified unbeaten for UEFA Euro 2016,[16] but were ultimately eliminated in the Round of 16, losing 2–1 to Iceland.[17] Hodgson resigned as manager June 2016,[18] and just under a month later was replaced by Sam Allardyce.[19] 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.[20] 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.

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,[21] before being given the position on a permanent basis.[22] Under Southgate, England qualified comfortably for the 2018 FIFA World Cup[23] and came second in their group at the tournament.[24][25] They defeated Colombia on penalties in the first knock-out round,[26][27] and then beat Sweden 2–0 in the quarter-final to reach only their third World Cup semi-final.[28] In the semi-final, they were beaten 2–1 in extra time by Croatia[29][30] and then were beaten by Belgium for a second time, 2–0, in the third place match.[31] 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.[32][33]

Team image

Colours

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.[34]

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

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.[35] In 1872, English players wore white jerseys emblazoned with the three lions crest of the Football Association.[36] The lions, often blue, have had minor changes to colour and appearance.[37] 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.[36][38] 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.[39]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period
St. Blaize and Hope Brothers[40][41]1949–1954
Umbro[42]1954–1961
Bukta1959–1965
Umbro1965–1974
Admiral1974–1984
Umbro1984–2013
Nike2013–present

Kit deals

Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value
Nike 2013–present 2012-09-03 Spring 2013 – July 2018 (5 years)[43] Total £125m[44]
(£25m per year)
2016-12-13 August 2018 – 2030 (12 years) Total £400m[45]
(£33.3m per year)

Home stadium

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.

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.

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.

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.[46] 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.[47]

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   Fixtures

2020

5 September UEFA Nations League Group A2 Iceland  0–1  England Reykjavík, Iceland
19:45 BST Report
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Attendance: 0
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)
8 September UEFA Nations League Group A2 Denmark  0–0  England Copenhagen, Denmark
19:45 BST (UTC+02:00) Report Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
8 October Friendly England  3–0  Wales London, England
20:00 BST (UTC+01:00)
  • Calvert-Lewin  26'
  • Coady  53'
  • Ings  63'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
11 October UEFA Nations League Group A2 England  2–1  Belgium London, England
17:00 BST (UTC+01:00)
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
14 October UEFA Nations League Group A2 England  0–1  Denmark London, England
19:45 BST (UTC+01:00) Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
12 November Friendly England  3–0  Republic of Ireland London, England
19:45 GMT
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
15 November UEFA Nations League Group A2 Belgium  2–0  England Leuven, Belgium
19:45 GMT
Report Stadium: Den Dreef Stadium
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
18 November UEFA Nations League Group A2 England  4–0  Iceland London, England
19:45 GMT
  • Rice  20'
  • Mount  24'
  • Foden  80', 84'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)

2021

25 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  5–0  San Marino London, England
19:45 BST
  • Ward-Prowse  14'
  • Calvert-Lewin  21', 53'
  • Sterling  31'
  • Watkins  83'
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)
28 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Albania  0–2  England Tirana, Albania
18:00 CEST Report
  • Kane  38'
  • Mount  63'
Stadium: Arena Kombëtare
Attendance: 0
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
31 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  2–1  Poland London, England
19:45 BST
Report
  • Moder  58'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
2 June Friendly England  v  Austria Middlesbrough, England
20:00 BST Stadium: Riverside Stadium
6 June Friendly England  v  Romania Middlesbrough, England
17:00 BST Stadium: Riverside Stadium
13 June UEFA Euro 2020 Group D England  v  Croatia London, England
14:00 BST Stadium: Wembley Stadium
18 June UEFA Euro 2020 Group D England  v  Scotland London, England
20:00 BST Stadium: Wembley Stadium
22 June UEFA Euro 2020 Group D Czech Republic  v  England London, England
20:00 BST Stadium: Wembley Stadium
2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Hungary  v  England Budapest, Hungary
20:45 CEST Stadium: Puskás Aréna
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  v  Andorra TBC, England
19:45 BST Stadium: TBC
8 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Poland  v  England Chorzów, or Warsaw, Poland
20:45 CEST Stadium: PGE Narodowy or Silesian Stadium
9 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Andorra  v  England Andorra la Vella, Andorra
20:45 CEST Stadium: Estadi Nacional
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  v  Hungary TBC, England
19:45 BST Stadium: TBC
12 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification England  v  Albania TBC, England
19:45 GMT Stadium: TBC
15 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification San Marino  v  England Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 CET Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle

° On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that UEFA Euro 2020 would be postponed by twelve months with proposed new dates 11 June to 11 July 2021.[48]

Coaching staff

As of 25 May 2021
Position Name
Manager Gareth Southgate
Assistant Manager Steve Holland
Goalkeeping Coach Martyn Margetson
Coach Chris Powell[49]
Coach Graeme Jones[50]
First-Team Doctor Mark Williams [51]
Fitness Coach Bryce Cavanagh[52]
Physiotherapist Steve Kemp[53]

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were named in the final squad for UEFA Euro 2020 announced on the 1st June 2021.[54][55]
Caps and goals are correct as of 31 March 2021 after the match against Poland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jordan Pickford (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 30 0 Everton
13 1GK Dean Henderson (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 1 0 Manchester United
23 1GK Sam Johnstone (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 0 0 West Bromwich Albion

2 2DF Kyle Walker (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 55 0 Manchester City
3 2DF Luke Shaw (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 9 0 Manchester United
5 2DF John Stones (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 42 2 Manchester City
6 2DF Harry Maguire (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 32 3 Manchester United
12 2DF Kieran Trippier (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 26 1 Atlético Madrid
15 2DF Tyrone Mings (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 8 0 Aston Villa
16 2DF Conor Coady (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 4 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 2DF Ben Chilwell (1996-12-21) 21 December 1996 14 0 Chelsea
22 2DF Trent Alexander-Arnold (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 12 1 Liverpool
24 2DF Reece James (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 6 0 Chelsea

4 3MF Declan Rice (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 15 1 West Ham United
8 3MF Jordan Henderson (Vice-captain) (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 58 0 Liverpool
14 3MF Kalvin Phillips (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 7 0 Leeds United
19 3MF Mason Mount (1999-01-10) 10 January 1999 16 4 Chelsea
26 3MF Jude Bellingham (2003-06-29) 29 June 2003 2 0 Borussia Dortmund

7 4FW Jack Grealish (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 5 0 Aston Villa
9 4FW Harry Kane (Captain) (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 53 34 Tottenham Hotspur
10 4FW Raheem Sterling (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 61 14 Manchester City
11 4FW Marcus Rashford (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 40 11 Manchester United
17 4FW Jadon Sancho (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 18 3 Borussia Dortmund
18 4FW Dominic Calvert-Lewin (1997-03-16) 16 March 1997 7 4 Everton
20 4FW Phil Foden (2000-05-28) 28 May 2000 6 2 Manchester City
25 4FW Bukayo Saka (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 4 0 Arsenal

    Recent call-ups

    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 Aaron Ramsdale (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 0 0 Sheffield United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    GK Nick Pope (1992-04-19) 19 April 1992 7 0 Burnley v.  Poland, 31 March 2021 INJ

    DF Ben Godfrey (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 0 0 Everton UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    DF Ben White (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 0 0 Brighton & Hove Albion UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    DF Eric Dier (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 45 3 Tottenham Hotspur v.  Poland, 31 March 2021
    DF Michael Keane (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 12 1 Everton v.  Iceland, 18 November 2020
    DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 5 0 West Bromwich Albion v.  Iceland, 18 November 2020

    MF Jesse Lingard (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 27 4 Manchester United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    MF James Ward-Prowse (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 6 1 Southampton UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    MF Harry Winks (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 10 1 Tottenham Hotspur v.  Iceland, 18 November 2020

    FW Ollie Watkins (1995-12-30) 30 December 1995 1 1 Aston Villa UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
    FW Mason Greenwood (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 1 0 Manchester United UEFA Euro 2020 PRE INJ
    FW Tammy Abraham (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 6 1 Chelsea v.  Iceland, 18 November 2020
    FW Danny Ings (1992-07-23) 23 July 1992 3 1 Southampton v.  Denmark, 14 October 2020
    FW Harvey Barnes (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 1 0 Leicester City v.  Denmark, 14 October 2020 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.

    Player records

    Most capped players

    As of 31 March 2021.[56]
    Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is England's most capped player with 125 caps.

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

    Rank Name Caps Goals Position Career
    1 Peter Shilton 125 0 GK 1970–1990
    2 Wayne Rooney 120 53 FW 2003–2018
    3 David Beckham 115 17 MF 1996–2009
    4 Steven Gerrard 114 21 MF 2000–2014
    5 Bobby Moore 108 2 DF 1962–1973
    6 Ashley Cole 107 0 DF 2001–2014
    7 Bobby Charlton 106 49 MF 1958–1970
    Frank Lampard 29 MF 1999–2014
    9 Billy Wright 105 3 DF 1946–1959
    10 Bryan Robson 90 26 MF 1980–1991

    Top goalscorers

    As of 31 March 2021.[56]
    Wayne Rooney is England's top scorer with 53 goals.
    Rank Name Goals Caps Average Career
    1 Wayne Rooney (list) 53 120 0.44 2003–2018
    2 Bobby Charlton (list) 49 106 0.46 1958–1970
    3 Gary Lineker (list) 48 80 0.6 1984–1992
    4 Jimmy Greaves 44 57 0.77 1959–1967
    5 Michael Owen 40 89 0.45 1998–2008
    6 Harry Kane (list) 34 53 0.64 2015–present
    7 Nat Lofthouse 30 33 0.91 1950–1958
    Alan Shearer 63 0.48 1992–2000
    Tom Finney 76 0.39 1946–1958
    10 Vivian Woodward 29 23 1.26 1903–1911
    Frank Lampard 106 0.27 1999–2014

    Most clean sheets

    As of 31 March 2021.[57]
    Rank Name Clean sheets Caps Average Career
    1 Peter Shilton 66 125 0.53 1970–1990
    2 Joe Hart 43 75 0.57 2008–present
    3 David Seaman 40 75 0.53 1988–2002
    4 Gordon Banks 35 73 0.48 1963–1972
    5 Ray Clemence 27 61 0.44 1972–1983
    6 Chris Woods 26 43 0.6 1985–1993
    7 Paul Robinson 24 41 0.59 2003–2007
    8 David James 21 53 0.4 1997–2010
    9 Nigel Martyn 13 23 0.57 1992–2002
    Jordan Pickford 13 30 0.43 2017–present

    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.
    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 15 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 finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
    Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
    1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member None
    1934
    1938
    1950 Group stage 8th 3 1 0 2 2 2 Squad 3 3 0 0 14 3 Winterbottom
    1954 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 8 8 Squad 3 3 0 0 11 4
    1958 Group stage 11th 4 0 3 1 4 5 Squad 4 3 1 0 15 5
    1962 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 16 2
    1966 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 11 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Ramsey
    1970 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 4 4 Squad Qualified as defending champions Ramsey
    1974 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 3 4
    1978 6 5 0 1 15 4 Revie
    1982 Second group stage 6th 5 3 2 0 6 1 Squad 8 4 1 3 13 8 Greenwood
    1986 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 3 Squad 8 4 4 0 21 2 Robson
    1990 Fourth place 4th 7 3 3 1 8 6 Squad 6 3 3 0 10 0
    1994 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 26 9 Taylor
    1998 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 7 4 Squad 8 6 1 1 15 2 Hoddle
    2002 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 2 1 6 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 16 6 Keegan, Wilkinson, Eriksson[58]
    2006 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Squad 10 8 1 1 17 5 Eriksson
    2010 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 3 5 Squad 10 9 0 1 34 6 Capello
    2014 Group stage 26th 3 0 1 2 2 4 Squad 10 6 4 0 31 4 Hodgson
    2018 Fourth place 4th 7 3 1 3 12 8 Squad 10 8 2 0 18 3 Allardyce, Southgate[59]
    2022 To be determined To be determined
    2026
    Total 1 title 15/21 69 29 21 19 91 63 112 76 25 11 275 67
      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 14 July 2018 after the match against  Belgium

    UEFA European Championship

    England's greatest achievements at the UEFA European Championship have been to finish in third place, in 1968 and 1996. 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 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 failed to qualify for the finals in 1964, 1972, 1976, 1984 and 2008.

    UEFA European Championship finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
    Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
    1960 Did not enter Did not enter
    1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 6 Winterbottom, Ramsey[60]
    1968 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 2 1 Squad 8 6 1 1 18 6 Ramsey
    1972 Did not qualify[61] 8 5 2 1 16 6 Ramsey
    1976 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 3 Revie
    1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad 8 7 1 0 22 5 Greenwood
    1984 Did not qualify 8 5 2 1 23 3 Robson
    1988 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad 6 5 1 0 19 1
    1992 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad 6 3 3 0 7 3 Taylor
    1996 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 3 0 8 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Venables
    2000 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 4 4 2 16 5 Hoddle, Keegan[62]
    2004 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 10 6 Squad 8 6 2 0 14 5 Eriksson
    2008 Did not qualify 12 7 2 3 24 7 McClaren
    2012 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 5 3 Squad 8 5 3 0 17 5 Capello, Hodgson[63]
    2016 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 10 10 0 0 31 3 Hodgson
    2020 Qualified 8 7 0 1 37 6 Southgate
    Total Third place (x2) 10/16 31 10 11 10 40 35 108 73 24 11 248 64
      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 where scrapped from the following editions of the tournament.[64]

    Correct as of 17 November 2019 after the match against  Kosovo

    UEFA Nations League

    UEFA Nations League record Manager(s)
    Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
    2018–19 A 4 6222783rd Southgate
    2020–21 A 2 6312749th Southgate
    2022–23 A TBA To be determined
    Total 12 5 3 4 14 12 3rd
      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  Iceland

    Minor tournaments

    Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
    1964 Taça de NaçõesGroup stage3rd301227
    1976 USA Bicentennial Cup TournamentGroup stage2nd320164
    1985 Rous CupOne match2nd100101
    1985 Ciudad de México Cup TournamentGroup stage3rd200213
    1985 Azteca 2000 TournamentGroup stage2nd210131
    1986 Rous CupWinners, one match1st110021
    1987 Rous CupGroup stage2nd202011
    1988 Rous CupWinners, group stage1st211021
    1989 Rous CupWinners, group stage1st211020
    1991 England Challenge CupWinners, group stage1st211053
    1993 U.S. CupGroup stage4th301225
    1995 Umbro CupGroup stage2nd311167
    1997 Tournoi de FranceWinners, group stage1st320131
    1998 King Hassan II International Cup TournamentGroup stage2nd211010
    2004 FA Summer TournamentWinners, group stage1st211072
    Total6 titles331210114337

    FIFA Rankings

    Last update was on 21 December 2020. Source:[65]

      Best Ranking    Worst Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Mover  

    England's FIFA world rankings
    Rank Year Games
    Played
    Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
    Rank Move Rank Move
    420208521 44
    4201910712 4 15
    52018171034 5 616 1
    15201710532 12 315 3
    13201614842 9 113 2
    9201510721 8 617 2
     13201413832 10 720 10
    13201312642 4 717 6
     6201213742 3 27 2
    520119630 4 28 4
    6201012732 6 19 1
    9200911713 6 29 2
    8200810811 8 415 6
    12200712624 6 312 4
    5200614941 4 510 1
    9200511812 6 211 4
    8200414743 6 513 4
    8200311812 6 210 2
    7200213472 6 412 2
    10200110721 9 617 2
    17200011344 11 217 3
    12199910442 10 214 2
    9199814653 5 211 5
    4199711812 4 614 2
       12199612840 12 1127 3
    2119959252 18 422 4
    1819946420 12 118 4
    11199311434 5 611 6

    Honours

    The England team (red) that won the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany

    Major:

    Regional:

    • British Home Championship
      • Winners (54): (including 20 shared)
    • Rous Cup:
      • Winners: 1986, 1988, 1989

    Other:

    • FIFA Fair Play Trophy:

    Exhibition Tournaments:

    • England Challenge Cup: 1991
    • Tournament of France: 1997
    • FA Summer Tournament: 2004
    CompetitionTotal
    World Cup 1001
    European Championship 0022
    Nations League 0011
    Total1034

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