The first ever international football matches were organised by CW Alcock between England and Scotland at the Oval. There were five matches played between 1870-72 with England winning three with the other two finishing as draws. For nearly fourty years, England only played Scotland, Wales and Ireland due to problems of arranging games abroad. Their first football outside of the UK was in a tour of Central Europe as they recorded victories over Austria, Hungary and Bohemia in 1908. However, due to the British nations withdrawing from FIFA in 1928, England did not compete in the first three World Cups in 1930, 1934 and 1938. Instead, they just competed in friendlies until the Second World War intervened.
In 1946 after the Second World War, Walter Winterbottom was appointed as the first dedicated team manager. England entered the 1950 World Cup but failed to get past the group stage. The tournament is remembered for England’s infamous 1-0 defeat to the USA. A year before the next World Cup, England’s inferiorities were shown as they lost 6-3 at home to a world class Hungary side. They did manage to get the quarter finals of the 1954 World Cup but lost 4-2 to Uruguay. The 1958 tournament was overshadowed by the Munich Air crash which claimed the lifes of several of England’s best players including Duncan Edwards. They exited the tournament in the first round after losing a play off match against the USSR following the two teams positioned equal in the group stage. However, fortunes were slowly rising with a number of young players, including Jimmy Greaves, coming through. Once again, England exited the World Cup at the quarter final stage against eventual winners Brazil. Walter Winterbottom eventually retired after the tournament and former captain Alf Ramsey took charge ahead of the World Cup being held in England.
Ramsey led the country into their own hosted 1966 World Cup with high expectations. After a fairly unremarkable group stage, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton were the stand out players in the knock out stages as England progressed to the final against West Germany. Despite calls for Jimmy Greaves to start ahead of Hurst in the final, Ramsey chose to stick with Hurst and he rewarded him with a stunning hat-trick after extra time which prompted the famous commentary line: “They think it’s all over……..it is now.” before Bobby Moore lifted the trophy for the one and only time in England’s history to date.
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