England Penalty Shoot-outs

  • New Section added

  • We've added a new section to the website. Penalty shoot-outs.
    Immerse yourself in the glory (once) and the failure (seven) of England's Penalty Shoot-outs. Relive Chris Waddle's blaze over the bar in England's first World Cup PSO against West Germany in the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup to the Pirlo chip in the more recent failure of Euro 2012 against Italy. It's all there in er... glorious detail.

    England's Penalty Shoot-outs

  •   Posted: 25th July 2014 11:19pm

England slip to 20th in the World Rankings

  • The worst ranking for 18 years

  • Not entirely unpredicted, England have slipped to thier worst FIFA ranking since Euro 96. Dropping ten places to 20th, England are now sandwiched between Bosnia & Herzegovina in 19th and Ecuador in 21st.
    The last time England were ranked so low was just before Euro '96 when Terry Venables' side hadn't played a competitive match for two years.
    Germany reclaim top spot with Argentina and Netherlands the top three. Both Brazil and Spain slide to 7th and 8th respectively, with Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay leap-frogging them. Switzerland and France make up the rest of the top ten.
    Chile, Greece, Costa Rica, Croatia and Mexico are other teams now ranked higher than England.
  •   Posted: 17th July 2014 9:38am

England to face the Auld Enemy in Glasgow.

  • The FA have confirmed the first meeting in Scotland since 1999.

  • Following on from the 3-2 friendly win at Wembley in August 2013, England will play a return friendly at Celtic Park in November 2014. This will be the first game in Scotland since Paul Scholes' brace sent England on their way to Euro 2000 during a qualifying play-off.
    This will be the 6th match played at Celtic Park and the first for over 110 years. The fixture is the oldest rivalry in international football and will be the 112th time they have faced each other in official international matches.
    The current record for England is won: 46, drawn: 24, lost: 41, goasl scored: 195, goals conceded: 171.
    The match will be the last international fixture for England in 2014 and will come three days after England host Slovenia at Wembley in a Euro 2016 qualifying match.
  •   Posted: 14th July 2014 11:05am

England v Costa Rica Preview

  • World Cup 2014 Group D, Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

  • Fate does like to play its little ironies. England‘s tortured World Cup is due to end in the place it all started 64 years ago and possibly where it all started to go wrong, in the city of Belo Horizonte. Sure, England went on to win the World Cup 16 years later but that star-studded team which went down to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the United States in the 1950 World Cup, a team of imports and amateurs, was the kernel of the notion that whilst the English might be great at inventing sports (football, cricket, rugby etc.), the rest of the world soon becomes better at them.
    Costa Rica have already beaten Uruguay and Italy and are assured of qualification to the last 16. Maybe they‘ll play a weakened team? Maybe England, free of any pressure, and with a team looking to the future, might just show us a glimpse of what that future might be. Otherwise it‘s back to cricket and Wimbledon, those other bastions of English hope-cum-disappointment.
  •   Posted: 22nd June 2014 9:53am

England‘s (Im)possible Path

  • After two defeats can England still qualify?

  • Two games, two defeats. Both galling. The attacking style that brought so much praise against Italy was sadly lacking on Thursday as England went down to two Luis Suarez goals. What makes it even harder to swallow is that Uruguay had only two shots on target and Suarez was so knackered by the end he had to be carried off but he still managed to thump those two chances into the back of the net.

    So where do England go from here? Well, Belo Horizonte to be precise. A place that England has previous with: A shock 1-0 defeat by the part-timers of USA in the 1950 World Cup. Just what they need to be reminded about.

    They are not out of the World Cup yet. Although, anything other than a win for Italy v Costa Rica in Recife on Friday would make this paragraph redundant at this point. They would then require Italy to beat Uruguay whilst beating Costa Rica by a good scoreline themselves on Tuesday. Not an outrageous set of events and done before (q.v. the last group game v Poland at the 1986 World Cup).
    Yes we can always hope, and boy, do we but in all honesty England will probably be on a plane home on Tuesday evening.
  •   Posted: 19th June 2014 11:39pm