Soccer World Cup 2010

 

England : 2010 Soccer World Cup

England have qualified for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

12 Jun Royal Bafokeng

18 Jun Cape Town Stadium

23 Jun Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

England 1
v
United States 1

England
v
Algeria

Slovenia
v
England

England squad for the World Cup

Goalkeepers: David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Man City)

Defenders: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ledley King (Tottenham), John Terry (Chelsea), Matthew Upson (West Ham), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Man City), Michael Carrick (Man Utd), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Aston Villa), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Emile Heskey (Aston Villa), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

Virgin Atlantic is official carrier

After using British Airways to fly them around in the previous 3 World Cups, England chose Virgin Atlantic to fly them around South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Soccer World Cup record

2010

England are largely undefeated in the wars they have fought in South Africa, but will they manage to win where it counts (!) - in the Soccer World Cup?

2006

In the quarter-final match against Portugal, although England had been playing with 10 men for much of the game, after Rooney was red-carded, the score after extra time was 0-0; England then lost the match on a penalty shootout.

2002

In the group matches England drew 1-1 with Sweden, beat Argentina 1-0 and tied 0-0 with Nigeria. In the knock-out round they beat Denmark 3-0 before succumbing 1-2 to Brazil in the quarter-finals.

1998

In the group matches England beat Tunisia 2-0, lost 1-2 to Romania and beat Columbia 2-0. In the first knock-out round against Argentina the score after playing time was 2-2, before England lost 2-4 on penalties.

1994

England failed to advance to the from the preliminary competition, to the Soccer World Cup 1994 finals.

1990

England were eliminated on penalty kicks in the semi-finals, and lost the 3rd-place match.

1986

England were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

1982

England failed to advance to the semi-finals from the second round group.

1978

England failed to advance to the from the preliminary competition, to the Soccer World Cup 1978 finals.

1974

England failed to advance to the from the preliminary competition, to the Soccer World Cup 1974 finals.

1970

England were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

1966

Champions, led to victory by their captain Bobby Moore (Moore died of cancer in 1993). Geoff Hurst scores 3 goals in the final against Germany, including a controversial one scored in extra time that struck the underside of the bar and was ruled to have bounced over the line (or did it?). Gordon Banks' save against Brazil is often considered the greatest save ever.

1962

England were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

1958

England failed to advance from their first round group.

1954

England were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

1950

England failed to advance from their first round group.

1948

Soccer World Cup cancelled. England beat Nazi-Germany in World War II.

1942

Soccer World Cup cancelled. England beat Nazi-Germany in World War II.

1938

England did not enter the 1938 competition.

1934

England did not enter the 1934 competition.

1930

England did not enter the 1930 competition.

Colours

White/blue/white, 2nd colours are Red/white/red

England 2010 quotes

Ben Carrozza
Undated

"Don't mention that it's kind of sad England has only won it once, even though they created the game — it really bugs them."

Northwest Herald
2 July 2006

"Beckham left Manchester United in 2003 and has a four-year contract with Real Madrid that runs through the 2006-07 season. His play with England was criticized as lackluster before he scoring on a swerving free kick in last weekend's 1-0 second-round win over Ecuador. While he might be able to hold a position on England's national team through the 2008 European Championship, a fourth World Cup is remote – he will be 35 by the 2010 tournament." Report in Northwest Herald

 

Controversial chants

"Stand up if you won the war"

"Two world wars and one World Cup "

"Ten German bombers" song

There Were Ten German Bombers In The Air, There Were Ten German Bombers In The Air, There Were Ten German Bombers, Ten German Bombers, Ten German Bombers In The Air.

And The RAF From England Shot One Down. And The RAF From England Shot One Down. And The RAF From England, The RAF From England, The RAF From England Shot One Down."

With each repetition the RAF shoots down another German bomber. The song continues, counting down from ten bombers to zero.

The song is usually accompanied by horizontally outstreched arms and a gentle swaying motion, mimicing an aircraft in flight.

Ten German Bombers originally sung by British school children during World War II.

In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, warmed England fans that they would be arrested and jailed if they performed a Nazi salute, chanted Sieg Heil or goose stepped during the World Cup in Germany.

2010 Camp

Initially England were slated to stay in either Swaziland or Botswana, but they ended up choosing Rustenburg.

Swaziland

In May 2006 Reuben Mahlalela, soccer vice-president of the South African Football Association, challenged Swaziland to lure their former colony, England to camp in the country during the 2010 World Cup. Mahlalela said the English people love King Mswati III because the two countries share common kingship relations.

Botswana

In August 2006, it was reported that Botswana's top diplomat in Britain, Roy Blackbeard felt upbeat about the chances of the English national soccer side camping in Gaborone for the 2010 World Cup. Blackbeard was in Gaborone hosting a delegation from the English Football Association (FA), including Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne, Ray Clemence and Jane Bateman (who were on a mission to explore whether the English team can camp in Botswana ahead of the World Cup).

Nationwide Building Society

In August 2006 Nationwide Building Society agreed to sponsor the England team for 4 years to the end of the Soccer World Cup 2010.

The United Kingdom should be ONE country

"The United Kingdom should be one country when it comes to fielding teams for international competitions. But the sad fact is that the ludicrous position of the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in jealously and pig headedly insisting that each should retain a separate international team leads to our underachievement at major competitions." Graham Dines (14 July 2006)

References

Faking It: World Cup

23 August 2006

11 August 2006

14 July 2006

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