After some of the most disappointing performances in the last few years, England sure will have a point to prove in South Africa. Here’s a closer look that the country’s profile and their chances at FIFA 2010.
England’s national football team is controlled by the Football Association, Wembley in London being their home ground. England is currently ranked 8th in the latest FIFA rankings ahead of the World Cup
Speaking of the past record, England is one of the only seven nations who have lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy. After defeating West Germany 4-2 in the extra time at the finals, England won its first FIFA World Cup in 1966 at their home soil. However, the performance has been average after that, the best being reaching the semifinals in 1990 where they lost to West Germany.
At the FIFA world Cup 2010, England has been placed in the Group C alongside USA, Algeria and Slovenia. They kick start their tournament at Rutsenburg against USA on June 12th after which they play Algeria and Slovenia on 18th and 23rd June respectively.
Having missed out on a place at the UEFA EURO 2008, England bounced back strongly to book its berth at the FIFA 2010 with as many as 9 wins out of their ten group matches. Their only defeat came against Ukraine but till then, their place was sealed.
Dubbed English football’s ‘golden generation’, this could well be the last chance for many of the most successful players the game has ever seen. With an able coach in Fabio Capello, Wayne Rooney and co. would sure be looking to silence its critics. The team has many star players in its ranks. Leading from the front would be their skipper and Manchester United’s star forward Rooney. With other legendary players like the midfield duo Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch, England sure is a team not to be undermined.