England

England World Cup Squad

England are of course one of the biggest teams in world football with a great history in the game, the English Premier League is commonly thought of as the best league in the world and attracts huge audiences which translates into world popularity for the England footballers. England have won the World Cup on one occasion and that was famously on home soil back in 1966 but they have flattered to deceive since then, a semi-final in 1990 is their best run since and they will be hoping to put that right in South Africa.

England are Managed by the Italian Fabio Capello who has managed to get the team playing to a high level during qualification, hopes are high that he is the man to lead the Three Lions all the way in 2010. England cruised through qualification and will take tens of thousands of fans to South Africa for the first match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium as they look to get their tournament off to a winning start.

The last two World Cup have seen England get to the Quarter-Finals of the tournament only to have their hearts broken, in 2006 the side lost on penalties to Portugal and that is something they will be trying to improve on in South Africa. When England reach a major tournament then the whole country will get behind the team with flags flying from every window to thousands of people calling in sick to watch the games live on TV. No other country sees as much support from travelling fans than England and World Cup 2010 is expected to be similar with a huge number of patriotic fans heading to South Africa with high hopes.

England 23-Man World Cup Squad

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

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

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

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

World Cup 2010