The England men’s national football team, and informally known as the Three Lions, has represented England in men’s international football since the first international match in 1872. It is controlled by The Football Association (FA), the governing body for football in England, which is affiliated with UEFA and comes under the global jurisdiction of world football’s governing body FIFA. England competes in the three major international tournaments contested by European nations; the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Nations League. England is one of eight nations to have won the World Cup.
England is the joint oldest national team in football. It played in the world’s first international football match in 1872, against Scotland. England’s home ground is Wembley Stadium, London, and its training headquarters is St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent. The team’s manager is Gareth Southgate.
England has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 15 times. It won the 1966 World Cup, when it also hosted the finals, and finished fourth in both 1990 and 2018. England has never won the UEFA European Championship, with its best performances being third-place finishes in 1968 and 1996, the latter as hosts. As a constituent country of the United Kingdom, England is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and so does not compete at the Olympic Games.
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