Posted on Jul 12, 2021 27
On July 11, 2021, the teams of England and Italy will meet in the final of the European Football Championship. Although England is the ancestor of modern soccer, the athletes of this country have never won the European championships or even reached the finals. At the World Championships in England only one victory it happened in 1966. At the home championship the British defeated the West Germany in the decisive match.
The first official match of the England national soccer team took place on Nov. 30, 1872. In Glasgow at the stadium Hamilton Crescent, soccer ancestors met with the Scottish team. To the dismay of the audience scores in that meeting was not, the match ended with a score of 0:0. Later, these teams often met each other, the matches were quite productive. With the same score 0-0 rivals played only 98 years later.
In his first match the British played in the caps. Since 1886, there was a tradition - to give such caps to players of the team after every match. Later on the visors even began to put the date of the game. Often about the players of the English national team say that he has so-and-so caps. Meaning, of course, the number of games for the national team.
The biggest victory in its history, the English won February 18, 1882. On this day, they met with the Irish team in Belfast. The score of the match 13:0. The most productive player in the England team in that match was Oliver Wathon of the club Aston Villa. After he blows the ball, five times in the net, Irish.
April 17, 1937, England players for the first time entered the field with numbers on their shirts. This was the match of the British Home Championship, in which the British met with their archrivals - the Scots.
The British Home Championship has an interesting history. This is the oldest international soccer tournament, which was held for 100 years - from 1884 to 1984. Participants in the championship were teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The tournament counted only the number of points scored, not the goals scored or conceded. In 1956, all four teams had the same number of points, so they were all winners.
For a long time, the British ignored the World Cup, making their debut in this tournament only in 1950. And the debut was a failure. In the group stage, England lost two out of three matches. Especially offensive was the defeat at the hands of the United States. The Americans were not among the tournament’s favorites, but Joe Gaetjens, a student of Columbia University, scored the only goal of the game.
Stanley Matthews is a true English soccer legend. His first match for his country he played in 1934, when the young athlete was only 19 years old. And for the last time he left the field in an England shirt on May 15, 1957 at 42 years and 102 days. None of the English players failed to surpass this achievement, although over 60 years had passed since that event.
On October 9, 1977, the England team met with the Dutch at the legendary Wembley Stadium. To the surprise of the audience, Englishman Stan Bowles came out to the game wearing different cleats. On his left foot he wore a Gola boot and on his right foot an Adidas boot. He was awarded £600 for this unusual advert, 200 from Gola and 400 from Adidas.
Wayne Rooney, who played for England for 15 years from 2003 to 2018, scored the most goals for the national team. During that time, he played 120 games, in which he hit the opponents’ goals 53 times. He scored his first goal on October 6, 2003 against Macedonia. The young striker was not even 18 years old. Rooney - the only English footballer who scored over 50 goals, speaking for the English team.
Tommy Laughton played for the team 23 games and scored 22 goals in them. He is, of course, far behind Wayne Rooney in the number of goals, but is the owner of another unique achievement. May 25, 1947, in the match against Portugal, Laughton scored in 17 seconds after the start of the game.
Next to Wembley Stadium in 2007, was installed 6-foot statue of Bobby Moore - England captain at the world championships in 1966. It was the only winning world championship for the English. Bobby Moore played 108 games for the national team and was recognized as one of the best players in the country's history. Moore died February 24, 1993 at 51 from cancer.