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England - keep the faith
- England are out of Euro 2008!
- Me, Myself, and I
- The English national football team represents England in international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England. Although most national teams worldwide represent a sovereign state, the four Home Nations making up the United Kingdom are each represented separately in most international tournaments.
England won the FIFA World Cup in 1966, when they hosted the event, and reached the semi-final in 1990. They have reached the semi-final of the UEFA European Championship only twice. However, they are the least successful World Champion as they have only been in 2 top-four finishes- a wide margin from the other 6 champions (Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, and France have been to at least 4). England remains the most successful of the home nations, winning the British Home Championship 54 times before the competition was discontinued.
Traditionally, England's greatest rivals have been Scotland.
World Cup Qualifying Table
P W D L F A GD PTS
1 England 5 5 0 0 16 4 12 15
2 Croatia 5 3 1 1 10 4 6 10
3 Ukraine 4 2 1 1 5 3 2 7
4 Belarus 4 2 0 2 9 6 3 6
5 Kazakhstan 5 1 0 4 6 16 -10 3
6 Andorra 5 0 0 5 1 14 -13 0
John Terry kept England firmly on course for next summer's World Cup in South Africa as his priceless late winner sank Ukraine and made it five wins out of five in their qualifying group.
Ukraine had threatened to take a point their approach barely deserved when substitute Andriy Shevchenko struck with 16 minutes left to cancel out Peter Crouch's 29th-minute volley.
England's previously flawless record in Group Six was in serious danger until captain Terry bundled in from close range after 85 minutes, getting on the end of Steven Gerrard's header from David Beckham's free-kick.
Capello "very,very happy" after win
Terry's intervention came as huge relief to England coach Fabio Capello, who had watched in frustration as his side failed to build on their first-half advantage with a performance that was lacklustre for lengthy periods.
And the importance of Terry's goal was demonstrated at the final whistle, when Capello was moved to a rare show of fist-pumping emotion as England finally claimed three vital points.
Terry's winner ensured England took another giant stride towards next summer's showpiece, but lessons must be learned from a lack of urgency and invention that was almost punished by the predatory Shevchenko.
Ukraine, while unremarkable, proved more durable than Slovakia did in the 4-0 friendly victory on Saturday, and England never threatened to repeat that impressive showing.
It is sign of the growing belief under Capello, however, that England were able to pull out the victory after being stunned by Shevchenko's leveller.
Crouch scored in the first half with an acrobatic volley
Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were the pick of England's players against Slovakia - and they picked up where they left off to almost create an opener after six minutes.
The pair linked superbly on the edge of the area, and Rooney's spectacular bicycle kick landed just over the top with Ukraine keeper Andrii Piatov beaten.
Gerrard posted England's next threat with a trademark low free-kick from 20 yards that was again only inches off target.
England - and indeed Wembley - had become subdued after a lively start, but the mood was lifted when Crouch ended the stalemate after 29 minutes.
Terry headed Frank Lampard's corner into the six-yard box and Crouch completed the job with powerful volley that got a touch off Piatov's head but still went in.
Massive win for us - Terry
Ukraine's attacking ambition was strictly limited, but England were given an anxious moment when Anatoliy Tymoschuk's dipping volley was blocked in uncertain fashion by keeper David James.
Rooney was once more at the heart of most of England's good things, and he almost caught Piatov by surprise three minutes after the break with a speculative shot that flew just wide.
Capello and his Ukraine counterpart Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko both made changes near the hour, with Beckham replacing Aaron Lennon and Shevchenko coming on for Andriy Voronin.
Beckham had the opportunity to announce his arrival with a goal after 62 minutes when England were awarded a free-kick in his territory, but he was unable to test Piatov.
Rooney, meanwhile, was fortunate to escape punishment for a wild challenge on Oleksandr Aliiev, making contact with the ball but also following through to fell the Ukraine player.
For all England's supremacy, they had failed to press home their advantage with a second goal - and paid the penalty when Shevchenko struck with 16 minutes left.
Our patience paid off - Beckham
England failed to clear a free-kick, and when the ball rebounded off Glen Johnson, Shevchenko - a bit-part player for AC Milan this season - showed he had lost of none of the old instincts with a finish that flashed past James from 10 yards.
Capello's side had lost momentum, and he tried to inject renewed tempo into England by sending on Shaun Wright-Phillips for the tiring Crouch.
And, with time running out, captain Terry came t
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Nickname(s) The Three Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Steve McClaren
Asst coach Terry Venables Steve Round
Captain John Terry
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Bobby Charlton (49)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
FIFA ranking 9
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (Sept 2006/Dec 1997)
Lowest FIFA ranking 27 (Feb 1996)
Elo ranking 7
Highest Elo ranking 1 (1872-1876
Lowest Elo ranking 17 (192
Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872)
Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882)
Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954)
Appearances 12 (First in 1950)
Best result Winners, 1966
Appearances 7 (First in 196
Best result 1968: Third, 1996 Semi-finals
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