THREE LIONS MATCH SCHEDULE
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Al Bayt Stadium
STARTS AT20:00 GMT+0100
Al Bayt Stadium
The England national football team, nicknamed The Three Lions, has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872, and will represent its home country once again in the Qatar World Cup 2022.
In December 2020, England were drawn in Group I of UEFA’s FIFA World Cup qualification cycle, together with Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino. During the qualification period, each team in the group played the other five teams twice – home and away – meaning England had to fulfil a total of 10 fixtures.
Beginning with their comprehensive victory against San Marino on March 25, the 3-game cycle in March was marked by a streak of wins for The Three Lions, seeing the team beat Albania 2-0 away, then overcome Poland 2-1 on home ground at Wembley. Three more qualifiers were played in September, with both Hungary and Andorra beaten 4-0 and Poland sealing a late 1-1 draw on home soil.
In October, England played two World Cup qualification matches, where they defeated Andorra again 5-0 on October 9, and drew 1-1 with Hungary at home on October 12.
They also registered a resounding 5-0 home victory to Albania in their penultimate qualifier.
Concluding their campaign in November with a game against San Marino that they won 10-0, they successfully breezed through their season and secured their World Cup qualification status.
In spite of a disappointing loss against Italy in the EURO 2020 final, The Three Lions’s road to the finals marks a clear improvement from their previous participation.
As the results of the qualifiers have shown, the current squad is full of promise, even with young players on the team whose talent can’t be compared as easily to the veterans of England and the other national teams in the league.
Gareth Southgate, 51, took over as England manager in 2016. He is a former football player who played as defender and midfielder during his career.
Before becoming the England national team manager, succeeding Sam Allardyce, he was manager of Middlesbrough from June 2006 until October 2009, and also managed the England under-21 team from 2013 to 2016.
He has recently signed a new contract which will see him overseeing the national team until December 2024.
In 2018, he led England to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, while under his tenure, they also finished third in the Uefa Nations League.
The defeat by Italy in the Euros final was England’s only loss in 2021. In total, England have won 44 of their 68 matches under Southgate, with 14 defeats and 10 draws.
In 2021, he was named Coach of the Year at BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year show, which is his second time winning this award, after having first won it in 2018.
Southgate has a lot of hope for 2022 bringing a trophy back to England, as he looks back on 2021 with pride, seeing all that the team has accomplished under his management.
The England national football team’s current captain is Harry Kane, 28, who also plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, Kane is known for his prolific goalscoring record and ability to link play.
Kane is one of the England team’s top scorers, having scored 48 in 67 games for England. He registered his best campaign statistically to date in the 2017–18 season, with 41 goals scored in 48 games across all competitions, and in the following season, he finished as a runner-up in the UEFA Champions League.
In February 2021, he became Tottenham’s second-highest all-time goalscorer in official competitions. He ended the 2020–21 season as the top goalscorer and top assist provider in the league.
Among England’s national team, their top scorers are:
Among England’s national team, players with the most assists are:
all with 5 assists each.
England have kept 11 clean sheets in 2021 – equalling the old record for most in a calendar year set in 1966 – with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford involved in eight of them.
In 2021, England played 7 games in the EURO 2020 and 10 World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
These resulted in 13 Wins, 3 Draws, and 1 Loss.
The nickname of the England national football team comes from the badge on the shorts worn by the players. As representatives of the Football Association, their gear features the same logo as the association, which was adopted in 1863. This crest dates back to the 12th century – King Henry II first used three lions on a red background to represent his marriage status.
England’s Three Lions kicked off their qualification campaign for World Cup 2022 in March 2021 with a 5-0 win, and sealed their place in Qatar with an even bigger win of 10-0 in November 2021.