Euro 2016 - England team profile

England has a rich history in the European Championship, this will be their 9th participation at a final tournament. They will play the first game against Russia. The other teams they will face are: Slovakia and Wales.

Brief History at the Euros

England's first participation at a European Championship final tournament was in 1968(right after their successful World Cup victory), as they did not enter in 1960 and they did not qualify for the 1964 tournament.

At the Euro 1968 in the semi-finals they lost against Yugoslavia, at the end of the tournament they finished third placed after winning against the Soviet Union 2-0.

England vs Soviet Union

England vs Soviet Union (Source: TheSun)

For the next two editions(1972 and 1976) did not qualify. England did qualify for the Euro 1980 held in Italy, but they exited the competition after the group stage, after drawing Belgium 1-1 and losing to Italy 0-1 they have won the last game against Spain 2-1 but it wasn't enough.

England missed the Euro 1984, but after this, they have qualified for every European Championship until 2008. In 1988 and 1992 they exited the competition after some disappointing performances, in 1988 losing all three matches while in 1992 drawing two games and losing one.

In 1996 England hosted the competition and they reached the semi-finals, equalising their best performance. In the semi-finals they were eliminated by Germany, the game finished 1-1, and Germany won after penalties 6-5.

England vs Germany

England vs Germany (Source: GettyImages)

In 2000 England were eliminated early in the group stage in 2004 they passed the group stage but they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the hosts Portugal after penalties 6-5, after the game finished 2-2.

After being present at five consecutive Euro tournaments England didn't qualify for the Euro 2008 held in Austria and Switzerland.

At the Euro 2012 England was back, they passed the group stage but again they were eliminated in the quarter-finals and again on penalties this time by Italy 4-2 after the game finished 0-0.

England road to Euro 2016

England was part of group E along with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. They finished first place nine points ahead of second place Switzerland, being the only team to win all games in the qualification phase.

Thanks to their first-placed finishing they achieved automatic qualification. They finished with 30 points winning all ten games in their group.

The complete table:

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 England
10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30
2 Switzerland
10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21
3 Slovenia
10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16
4 Estonia
10 3 1 6 4 9 -5 10
5 Lithuania
10 3 1 6 7 18 -11 10
6 San Marino
10 0 1 9 1 36 -35 1

The results obtained by England:

Home Result Away
0 - 2 England
5 - 0 San Marino
0 - 1 England
3 - 1 Slovenia
4 - 0 Lithuania
2 - 3 England
San Marino
0 - 6 England
2 - 0 Switzerland
2 - 0 Estonia
0 - 3 England

England Euro 2016 squad and group

(Confirmed 23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

England is part of group B at the European Championship. They will face Russia, Slovakia and Wales.

Group B

England will play against Russia in the first round, the last times the two teams met were in the 2007 in the Euro 2008 qualifiers England won the first game 3-0 but then lost in Russia 2-1.

The second game will be against Wales. The most recent encounters between the two teams were in 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and England won both games 1-0 and 2-0.

Their third game will be with Slovakia, whom they met three times and they won all three games. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 in an international friendly and it finished 4-0 for England.

England All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name Career C
1 Peter Shilton 1970–1990 125
2 David Beckham 1996–2009 115
3 Steven Gerrard 2000–2014 114
4 Wayne Rooney 2003-pres. 110
5 Bobby Moore 1962–1973 108

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name Career G
1 Wayne Rooney 2003-pres. 52
2 Bobby Charlton 1958–1970 49
3 Gary Lineker 1984–1992 48
4 Jimmy Greaves 1959–1967 44
5 Micheal Owen 1998-2008 40

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Check out also:

Slovakia team profile
Russia team profile
Wales team profile