England is one of only 7 nations who have won the FIFA World Cup. They did so in the 1966 when the tournament was hosted by them. Sir Bobby Charlton was one of the English stars of that tournament.
Since then England have only managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup which was hosted in Italy. England have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in South Africa. The English National Football Team is the oldest Football team in the world and was formed in 1870.
England joined FIFA in 1906 but had a bumpy relationship with the governing body which resulted in them leaving in 1928. England did rejoin FIFA in 1946. The result of this was that England only competed in their first FIFA World Cup in 1950 in Brazil. England have rarely dropped off the list op top 10 FIFA rankings.
Rio Ferdinand is the current English National football team captain. Fabio Capello is the current coach of the team. He took over from Steve Mclaren in 2007. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is the most capped English player in history. He represented England 125 times between 1970 and 1990. Sir Bobby Charlton is the top scoring English footballer in history. He scored 49 goals in 106 games for his country between 1958 and 1970.
England are definitely not be underestimated. It’s most likely that England will make it into the final 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It will be the 13th time that England competes in the FIFA World Cup. England are 1 of 13 European teams that will feature in the tournament.
England are scheduled to play in the following group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- England vs United States of America – 12 June 2010 @ Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg – Kickoff at 16:00
- England vs Algeria – 18 June 2010 @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 20:30
- England vs Slovenia – 23 June 2010 @ Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff at 16:00