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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 Harry Kane
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Wayne Rooney (53)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 3 (August 2012)
Lowest 27 (February 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 7 Steady (3 March 2019)
Highest 1 (1872–1876, 1892–1911,
1966–1970, 1987–1988)
Lowest 17 (11 June 1995)
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
Appearances 15 (first in 1950)
Best result Champions (1966)
European Championship
Appearances 10 (first in 1968)
Best result Runners-up (2020)
Nations League Finals
Appearances 1 (first in 2019)
Best result Third 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. 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.

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 performance to date being runner-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.

Team records

13–0 vs. Ireland, 18 February 1882
1–7 vs. Hungary, 23 May 1954

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

2018 World Cup Semifinal - England v Croatia
2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final: Croatia vs England.
CRO-ENG 2018-07-11
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
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member None
Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) 1934
French Fourth Republic 1938
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 Group stage 8th 3 1 0 2 2 2 Squad 3 3 0 0 14 3 Winterbottom
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 1 1 8 8 Squad 3 3 0 0 11 4
Sweden 1958 Group stage 11th 4 0 3 1 4 5 Squad 4 3 1 0 15 5
Chile 1962 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad 4 3 1 0 16 2
England 1966 Winners 1st 6 5 1 0 11 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Ramsey
Mexico 1970 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 4 4 Squad 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 Second group stage 6th 5 3 2 0 6 1 Squad 8 4 1 3 13 8 Greenwood
Mexico 1986 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 3 Squad 8 4 4 0 21 2 Robson
Italy 1990 Fourth place 4th 7 3 3 1 8 6 Squad 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 4 2 1 1 7 4 Squad 8 6 1 1 15 2 Hoddle
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 2 1 6 3 Squad 8 5 2 1 16 6 Keegan, Wilkinson, Eriksson
Germany 2006 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 2 0 6 2 Squad 10 8 1 1 17 5 Eriksson
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 13th 4 1 2 1 3 5 Squad 10 9 0 1 34 6 Capello
Brazil 2014 Group stage 26th 3 0 1 2 2 4 Squad 10 6 4 0 31 4 Hodgson
Russia 2018 Fourth place 4th 7 3 1 3 12 8 Squad 10 8 2 0 18 3 Allardyce, Southgate
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 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, 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 finals record Qualification record Manager(s)
Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Francoist Spain 1964 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 6 Winterbottom, Ramsey
Italy 1968 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 2 1 Squad 8 6 1 1 18 6 Ramsey
Belgium 1972 Did not qualify 8 5 2 1 16 6 Ramsey
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 11 3 Revie
Italy 1980 Group stage 6th 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad 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 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad 6 5 1 0 19 1
Sweden 1992 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad 6 3 3 0 7 3 Taylor
England 1996 Semi-finals 3rd 5 2 3 0 8 3 Squad Qualified as hosts Venables
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 4 4 2 16 5 Hoddle, Keegan
Portugal 2004 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 10 6 Squad 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 4 2 2 0 5 3 Squad 8 5 3 0 17 5 Capello, Hodgson
France 2016 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad 10 10 0 0 31 3 Hodgson
Europe 2020 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 2 0 11 2 Squad 8 7 0 1 37 6 Southgate
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 10/16 38 15 13 10 51 37 108 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 were scrapped from the following editions of the tournament.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record Manager(s)
Season** Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
Portugal 2018–19 A 4 6 2 2 2 7 8 Same position 3rd Southgate
Italy 2020–21 A 2 6 3 1 2 7 4 Same position 9th 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
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

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 21 December 2020. Source:

     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
     4 2020 8 5 2 1 4 Increase 4 Decrease
4 2019 10 7 1 2 4 Increase 1 5 Decrease
5 2018 17 10 3 4 5 Increase 6 16 Decrease 1
15 2017 10 5 3 2 12 Increase 3 15 Decrease 3
13 2016 14 8 4 2 9 Increase 1 13 Decrease 2
9 2015 10 7 2 1 8 Increase 6 17 Decrease 2
     13 2014 13 8 3 2 10 Increase 7 20 Decrease 10
13 2013 12 6 4 2 4 Increase 7 17 Decrease 6
6 2012 13 7 4 2 3 Increase 2 7 Decrease 2
5 2011 9 6 3 0 4 Increase 2 8 Decrease 4
6 2010 12 7 3 2 6 Increase 1 9 Decrease 1
9 2009 11 7 1 3 6 Increase 2 9 Decrease 2
8 2008 10 8 1 1 8 Increase 4 15 Decrease 6
12 2007 12 6 2 4 6 Increase 3 12 Decrease 4
5 2006 14 9 4 1 4 Increase 5 10 Decrease 1
9 2005 11 8 1 2 6 Increase 2 11 Decrease 4
8 2004 14 7 4 3 6 Increase 5 13 Decrease 4
8 2003 11 8 1 2 6 Increase 2 10 Decrease 2
7 2002 13 4 7 2 6 Increase 4 12 Decrease 2
10 2001 10 7 2 1 9 Increase 6 17 Decrease 2
17 2000 11 3 4 4 11 Increase 2 17 Decrease 3
12 1999 10 4 4 2 10 Increase 2 14 Decrease 2
9 1998 14 6 5 3 5 Increase 2 11 Decrease 5
4 1997 11 8 1 2 4 Increase 6 14 Decrease 2
     12 1996 12 8 4 0 12 Increase 11 27 Decrease 3
     21 1995 9 2 5 2 18 Increase 4 22 Decrease 4
18 1994 6 4 2 0 12 Increase 1 18 Decrease 4
11 1993 11 4 3 4 5 Increase 6 11 Decrease 6

Honours

ENG-FRG 1966-07-30
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

Summary:

Competition 1 2 3 Total
World Cup 1 0 0 1
European Championship 0 1 2 3
Nations League 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 3 5

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