England had appeared in back to back quarter-finals in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but that trend did not continue in 2010, as England fell to Germany in the Round of 16, losing 4-1. With redemption on their collective mind, the English will aim to advance past the Round of 16 this year -- returning to the quarter-finals and beyond.
England enters the spring ranked as the No. 12 team in the world by FIFA. Whether or not that translates directly to World Cup success remains to be seen, but it is clear that the English are once again legitimate threats to win the World Cup.
The England National Team have two friendly matches scheduled in the United States prior to headed to Brazil for the World Cup. American fans can watch England take on Ecuador on June 4, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The English will then take on Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on June 7, before making the trip to Brazil.
England National Team Facts World Cup appearances: 14 One-time World Cup champions (1966) Longest World Cup qualification streak: 6 (1950-1970) Top all-time goal scorer: Sir Bobby Charlton (49) Head coach: Roy Hodgson
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