England National Football Team History
England national football team has the oldest national team in the world, along with Scotland. The two nations contested the first recognized international match in 1872, which finished in a scoreless draw. Other important milestones in the early years of the England soccer team were joining FIFA in 1906 and the opening of historic Wembley Stadium in 1923. Wembley has been their home ground ever since.
The Three Lions were not a participant at the first World Cup in 1930 as they left FIFA in 1928 and didn’t rejoin until 1946. That meant 1950 was the first ever England World Cup appearance. Brazil 1950 was a big disappointment for England as they won just one of their three matches and suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to the USA.
Four years later, the Three Lions made it out of the first round for the first time, losing 4-2 to Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Alf Ramsey was appointed as manager in 1963 and the most successful period in team history followed.
England hosted the World Cup for the first time in 1966 and were able to play all of their home matches at Wembley. The Three Lions drew their first match but didn’t concede a single goal in the group stage, advancing as group winners.
Led by legends Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, and Bobby Charlton – the Three Lions won all three of their knockout stage matches to win their first and only World Cup title. England beat West Germany 4-2 in an eventful final that went into extra time.
In 1968, England competed at the European Championships for the first time. They qualified for the semifinal round and managed to snag third place. World Cup winner Ramsey was fired after making the quarterfinals at World Cup 1970 and failing to qualify four years later.
The Three Lions had a tough time qualifying and getting out of the group stage in major tournaments for the next decade. That was until Bobby Robson was appointed and England were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup by Diego Maradona and Argentina. Maradona scored the iconic “Hand of God” and “Goal of the Century” goals in that famous match. Striker Gary Lineker also won the golden boot despite England’s elimination.
England national football team exceeded expectations at the 1990 World Cup, Robson’s last in charge, as they made the semifinals. They were eliminated by West Germany in penalties after a grueling 1-1 draw. Graham Taylor was appointed as Robson’s successor after the tournament but he found little success. England failed to win a single game at Euro 92 and failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, which led to Taylor’s resignation.
Terry Venables succeeded Taylor and led England to their then-best performance at a European Championship in 1996. Like in 1968, England were eliminated on penalties by Germany in the semifinals but striker Alan Shearer won the Golden Boot.
Sven-Goran Eriksson became the first foreign manager in national team history when he was appointed in 2001. He guided England to three consecutive quarter finals in major tournaments but was ultimately replaced after Portugal defeated England in the 2006 World Cup.
At the 2014 World Cup, England exited in the group stage for the first time since 1958 and were eliminated by Iceland in the round of 16 of the 2016 Euros. Since Gareth Southgate took over in 2016, England made the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and were runners up at Euro 2020.
Striker Harry Kane, who is almost certain to finish his career as England’s top scorer, won the Golden Boot at Russia 2018. At Euro 2020, England national football team heartbreakingly lost in penalties to Italy but came in second place for the first time in their history.
- Wayne Rooney – Goals: 53
- Bobby Charlton – Goals: 49
- Harry Kane – Goals: 49
- Gary Lineker – Goals: 48
- Jimmy Greaves –Goals: 44
England Soccer Leagues & Clubs:
The English Premier League is the most popular soccer league in the world by viewership. It’s also the most popular league for England soccer betting. It’s a 20-team league whose season runs from August to May. The EPL follows a double-round robin format and the team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned champion. The bottom three teams in the standings are relegated to the EFL Championship at the end of the season.
The second-tier England soccer league is called the EFL Championship. The EFL Championship has 24 teams and also follows a double-round robin format. There are plenty of betting opportunities, as each team plays a whopping 46 matches. At the end of the EPL season, the top two teams are promoted to the Premier League. Teams in third to sixth place contest a playoff to determine the last promoted team. Meanwhile, the bottom three teams are relegated to the third-tier EFL League One.
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England Cups & Tournaments
All professional England soccer teams and amateur teams down to the ninth tier compete in the knockout-style FA Cup tournament. In 2022-23, a whopping 732 clubs are involved in at least the qualifying stage. Betting on heavy underdogs is common in this tournament but only one team below the fourth tier has ever reached the quarterfinals.
Punters should also note that only one team below the second tier has ever made the final. Premier League and EFL Championship clubs don’t enter the tournament until the third round. Interestingly, matches can end in draws until the round of 16. Matches that finish in draws before the round of 16 are replayed one week later and if that match also ends in a draw, extra time and potential penalties are played.
England Soccer Betting Information
England soccer betting is primarily done on the Premier League. As the most followed league in the world, stats, trends, betting tips and more are not hard to find. Bettors should be aware of the Premier League’s “big six” teams.
These are the teams that are powers in the league and challenging for the top four or contending for the title year after year. The big six are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Recently, Manchester City have dominated the Premier League. As of 2022, they’ve won four of the last five EPL titles. Spread betting on the top teams is really popular, as they often put up monstrous goal differences throughout the season. For example, Man City’s goal difference in 2021-22 was +73, which corresponds to beating their opponents by an average of 1.93 goals per game. Liverpool weren’t far behind, at +68.
There is no one size fits all betting approach to the Premier League. A profitable strategy is highly dependent on the matchup. Sometimes it may make sense to bet the totals, other matchups may have an attractive moneyline or spread. Player props and live betting are other ways to get in on the action. Staying informed on trends, tactics and injuries is a good way to prepare for betting on the Premier League.
England’s national team certainly has its moments. They’ve been rather streaky over the last few years but have performed well in the last two major tournaments under Gareth Southgate. At the World Cup in 2018, England reached the semifinals before losing to Croatia in extra time. Then, England made their first-ever final at the European Championships in 2020. Despite having a home-field advantage, they lost in penalties to Italy.
Since then, things have not gone particularly well. Sure, they closed out World Cup qualifiers unbeaten but their performance in the Nations League was embarrassing. In 2024, Scotland will be playing in the Nations League A while England will be in Nations League B. England lost twice to Hungary as they finished 0-3-3 in their group and got relegated. So, leading up to the World Cup they don’t have a competitive win since November 2021.
Still, England are favored to win a group with Wales, USA and Iran at -300 odds. Their FIFA odds to advance to the knockout stage are -1600 as well. They opened up as the second-most likely team to win the World Cup but recent performances have changed that. The Three Lions are priced at +700 odds to take home the trophy, behind Brazil and France. Striker Harry Kane was the World Cup golden boot winner last time around and the England captain is in good form leading up to the tournament. However, Southgate may have a center back selection problem on his hands.
England soccer betting is likely to be dominated by the Premier League for years to come. The amount of money teams receive just from being in the league is enormous. That means even lower-tier teams have vast sums available to spend in the transfer market. It’s no wonder the Premier League is often touted as the best league in the world. There are a large number of betting markets available in the Premier League, which make it an attractive option.
The 2022 World Cup is a make-or-break tournament for England. They were a young team in 2018 but a lot of their stars are now in the prime of their careers. It’s unlikely Gareth Southgate will stay on as England boss unless they put in a great performance. England supporters are also getting impatient with the team, as they haven’t won a major tournament since 1966. The talent, like always, is there. Whether the results follow at Qatar 2022 is another question.