FIFA Qualified Team: England
England has played at the World Cup Finals an impressive 15 times going back as far as the 1930s. They have won the World Cup on one occasion when they hosted the World Cup back in 1966. In that famous final they beat West Germany at Wembley with Geoff Hurst scoring the only World Cup hat trick to date. Unfortunately, since then they have never been able to go beyond the semi-finals. They did go very close at Russia 2018, losing what was and still is a very painful memory to the England fans in extra time to Croatia in the semi-final 2-1. With expectations higher than ever, last summer they went all the way to the final of Euro 2020 losing narrowly to Italy on penalties.
England’s most famous current player is Harry Kane who won the Golden Boot at Russia 2018 scoring 6 goals. Phil Foden has emerged as one of the best and exciting young midfielders in the world at the tender age of 22 with Man City and fans and players alike will be hopping to see him make a significant impact at Qatar 2022.
There’s always a very high expectation generated by the eccentric and dedicated English fans and the British media, the question is does all of the pressure built up help or hinder the players? I guess it’s a debate that will keep repeating itself, but never the less the talent that this new generation of English players is surely not up for debate, the main question will be, can they deliver under what is likely to be the most intense pressure and media limelight that these players have ever experienced?
Visiting the UK
When visiting the UK there is much more to see than just the big cities like London and Manchester. Whist these cities can certainly keep you entertains for many days or weeks you’d be missing out if you didn’t go off the beaten path.
For starters, the Lake District in Cumbria is filled with mountains, forests and lakes to explore surrounded by picturesque little villages. The most famous of these lakes is the stunning Windmere Lake. This is the deepest and largest lake in England.
If you find yourself at , then jump on their famous steamer for a leisurely trip. Also you should try your luck at paddle boarding if you up for a little bit of adventure.
If you can’t tear yourself too far away from London then go and have a day out at Brighton. Only an hour’s drive from London this pretty seaside town has been a popular retreat for Londoners since the mid 19th century. The seafront is also full of lovely Victorian Period homes which make for . Just be sure to have a walk along the famous pier or explore the traditional English Gardens. After all that walking around the town grab yourself a bite to eat and drink, then have a dance at one of the many lively nightclubs and bars in the area.
Dining in the UK
No respectable tourist can go to England without trying the national dish; Fish and Chips. There is nothing better than a Sunday drive
to a local village pub and sinking your teeth into a Full English Roast. The star of this dish is the Yorkshire pudding. There are also plenty of curry houses around every English town. Chicken Tikka Masala always goes down a treat.
England will be making an appearance this year in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup with the first game on November 21 against Iran. How far will England go? Let us know!