ENGLAND (Commonwealth Union) – Football is not a sport in England but a religion. There are weekends dedicated to this game and for the fans this is just not enough. The Brits will bleed for their country team and that is the most loyal thing we’ve seen in the football world.
Going back in history, we see that the English national football team has represented England in the international arena of football since the beginning in 1872. This was the year that the first international matches played and also the inauguration of international football matches.
So, yes, football has been in England for a while. The team is overseen by the Football Association (FA), who is the known and approved governing body for football in England. They are also affiliated with the UEFA and will also come under the jurisdiction of world’s football governing body FIFA.
England takes part as a competitor in three major international tournaments. All three of these are contested by European nations; the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, the UEFA Nations League.
England also holds the joint name for the oldest national football team with Scotland. These were the first two teams to play their first international match. It was played at England’s home ground which is Wembley Stadium, the training headquarters is St. George’s Park and the first ever team manager was Gareth Southgate.
There are 8 nations that have won the World Cup and England is one of them. Apart from winning, they have also qualified 16 times. England not only hosted the 1966 world cup but also won it. England however has not won the European championship. As England is not a part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) they do not take part in the Olympic games in Football. As of right now England happens to be the only team to have won the world cup at a senior level.
Originally England did not have a permanent home stadium. As they joined FIFA in 1908, they only played abroad games. In 1923 however Wembley stadium came about and England started hosting matches with other countries that were a part of the football federation internationally.
There came a point when the relationship between England and FIFA became strained which somewhat ended in England leaving FIFA in 1928 but of course they rejoined in 1946. However, because of this leaving and coming back situation England did not take part in the world cup till 1950.