The euro debuts

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New Year's Day is the dawn of a new era in Europe, as 11 nations adopt a single currency, the euro. Now the official currency of 19 members of the European Union, as well as the nations of Kosovo and Montenegro, the euro's introduction had a profound effect on the global economy and was a watershed moment in the continent’s history.

Beginning in the 1970s, European leaders had discussed creating a single currency. The plan became official with 1992 Maastricht Treaty, which formed the European Union and paved the way for the creation of a single European currency. The new currency's name was unveiled in 1995. On December 31, 1998 11 countries "locked in" their exchange rates relative to each other and to the euro. At midnight, their currencies officially ceased to exist. For the next three years, the "legacy currencies" remained legal tender, but electronic transfers and other non-physical monetary transactions began to use euros. Greece would join the Eurozone between this initial introduction and the currency's debut in physical form.

Mints throughout Europe printed 7.4 billion notes and struck 38.2 billion coins to ensure enough euros would be available by 1/1/2002. Banks issued "starter packs" containing small amounts of euros starting in December 2001 to familiarize people with the new money. Finally, a year later, the euro formally entered the world as legal tender. The first official purchase took place on the far-flung French island of Réunion, where euros were used to purchase a pound of lychees. Over the next two months, participating nations officially had two currencies in order to give people time to adjust. Businesses advertised prices both in euros and in legacy currencies, and some were accused of using the switch as an excuse to raise prices. Overall, however, the process of creating a new currency for a population of over 300 million people went remarkably smoothly.

The euro has long been a source of controversy. Conservatives in the United Kingdom opposed the idea of a European currency, and both the UK and Denmark negotiated opt-outs despite their membership in the EU. The eurozone's greatest test came during the European sovereign debt crisis, which began in 2009, as many central banks dealing in euros were unable to pay their debts and were bailed out by other eurozone nations or EU institutions. Despite continued concerns, seven EU nations have met the criteria and acceded to the euro since 2002, and the nations of Kosovo and Montenegro have also adopted it as their official currency.

Pros and Cons of the Euro

On January 1, 1999, the European Union introduced its new currency, the euro. The euro was created to promote growth, stability, and economic integration in Europe. Originally, the euro was an overarching currency used for exchange between countries within the union. People within each nation continued to use their own currencies.

Within three years, however, the euro was established as an everyday currency and replaced the domestic currencies of many member states. The euro is still not universally adopted by all the EU members as the main currency. However, many of the holdouts peg their currencies to it in some way.

Given the enormous influence of the euro currency on the global economy, it is useful to look closely at its advantages and disadvantages. The euro, which is controlled by the European Central Bank (ECB), was launched with great fanfare and anticipation. However, the euro's considerable flaws became more apparent when it was tested by a series of challenges early in the 21st century.

Key Takeaways

  • The euro was created on January 1, 1999, and it was designed to support economic integration in Europe.
  • The advantages of the euro include promoting trade, encouraging investment, and mutual support.
  • On the downside, the euro was blamed for overly rigid monetary policy and accused of a possible bias in favor of Germany.

Promoting Trade

The main benefits of the euro are related to increased trade. Travel was made easier by removing the need for exchanging money. More importantly, the currency risks were eliminated from European trade. With the euro, European businesses can easily lock in the best prices from suppliers in other eurozone countries. That makes prices transparent and increases the competition between firms in countries using the euro. Labor and goods can flow more easily across borders to where they are needed, making the whole union work more efficiently.

Encouraging Investment

The euro also supports cross-border investments within the eurozone. Investors in countries using foreign currencies face significant foreign exchange risk, which can lead to an inefficient allocation of capital. Although stocks also have exchange rate risks, the impact on bonds is far greater because of their lower volatility. The prices of most debt instruments are so stable that exchange rates influence returns far more than interest rates or credit quality. As a result, foreign currency bonds have a poor risk-return profile for most investors.

Before the euro, successful companies in countries with weak currencies still had to pay high interest rates. On the other hand, less efficient firms in nations with stable currencies enjoyed relatively low interest rates. The primary risk in lending across borders was the currency risk, instead of default risk. With the euro, investors in low interest rate countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, were able to lend money to firms in other eurozone countries without currency risk.

Mutual Support

In theory, the euro should help countries that adopt it to support each other during a crisis. The currencies of countries with larger economies tend to be more stable because they can spread risk more effectively. For example, even a prosperous small Caribbean country can be devastated by a hurricane. On the other hand, the U.S. state of Florida can turn to the rest of the United States to help rebuild after a hurricane. As a result, the U.S. dollar is one of the most stable currencies in the world.

The coronavirus crisis tested mutual support within the eurozone in 2020. Initially, there was not enough collective action. Even worse, many nations closed their borders to each other. However, the European Central Bank consistently bought up enough debt in afflicted countries, especially Italy, to keep interest rates relatively low. More importantly, France and Germany supported a recovery fund worth over 500 billion euros.

Rigid Monetary Policy

By far, the largest drawback of the euro is a single monetary policy that often does not fit local economic conditions. It is common for parts of the EU to be prospering, with high growth and low unemployment. In contrast, others suffer from prolonged economic downturns and high unemployment.

The classic Keynesian solutions for these problems are entirely different. The high growth country ought to have high interest rates to prevent inflation, overheating, and an eventual economic crash. The low growth country should lower interest rates to stimulate borrowing. In theory, countries with high unemployment do not need to worry much about inflation because of the availability of the unemployed to produce more goods. Unfortunately, interest rates cannot be simultaneously raised in the high growth country and lowered in the low growth country when they have a single currency like the euro.

In fact, the euro caused precisely the opposite of standard economic policy to be implemented during the European sovereign debt crisis. As growth slowed and unemployment increased in countries like Italy and Greece, investors feared for their solvency, driving up interest rates. Typically, there would be no solvency fears for governments under a fiat money regime because the national government could order the central bank to print more money.

However, the European Central Bank's independence meant printing money was not an option for eurozone governments. Higher interest rates increased unemployment and even caused deflation and negative economic growth in some countries. It would be fair to say that the euro contributed to an economic depression in Greece.

Possible Bias in Favor of Germany

The first stage of the euro was the European exchange rate mechanism (ERM), under which prospective future members of the eurozone fixed their exchange rates to the German mark. Germany has the largest economy in the eurozone and had a history of sound monetary policy since World War II. However, pegging exchange rates to the German mark may have created a bias in favor of Germany.

The idea that the euro favors Germany is politically controversial, but there is some support for it.

In the 1990s, Germany pursued a looser monetary policy to deal with the burdens of reunification. As a result, the strong U.K. economy of that era experienced excessive inflation. The U.K. was first forced to raise interest rates and eventually pushed out of the ERM on Black Wednesday in 1992.

The German economy was relatively prosperous by 2012, and European monetary policy was far too tight for weaker economies. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain all faced high debt, high interest rates, and high unemployment. This time, monetary policy was too tight rather than too loose. The only constant was that the euro continued to work in favor of Germany.

Historical overview of the development of the CEFR

The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference.

It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency.

This section provides a brief historical overview of the development of the CEFR.

The CEFR is used in Europe but also in other continents. Available in 40 languages, it is the second most translated document of the Council of Europe – after the Convention of Human Rights.

The CEFR: a non-prescriptive document

As a common framework of reference, the CEFR was primarily intended as a tool for reflection, communication and empowerment. The CEFR does not tell practitioners what to do, or how to do it. It is a tool for reflection for all professionals in the field of foreign/second languages with a view to promoting quality, coherence and transparency through a common meta-language and common scales of language proficiency.

The strength of the descriptive scheme is based on long years of experience working on the specification of learning objectives for specific languages the strength of the scales of language proficiency lies in the fact that they result from long research, including rigorous empirical examination, and the fact that they are directly rooted in the parameters and categories represented in the descriptive scheme of the CEFR.

The CEFR does not represent a revolution but is part of an evolution of practice

As a leader in a new era in language teaching, the CEFR is a valuable and innovative tool, which is neither normative nor dogmatic. The CEFR is not a method but offers thoughts about various methodological options. It is important not to confuse the rigor of the grids describing the CEFR levels, with the spirit of the CEFR itself, which is both open and dynamic.

At first sight the CEFR may seem unwieldy. Indeed, the text is long, detailed and complex because it addresses issues as a whole, and reading it from beginning to end is not the best way to become fully familiar with it. The user needs to use what is relevant in relation to a particular profile of actors (learners or teachers), context and needs. It is vitally important to work actively and constructively with it in order to make the best use of it .

1960’s: Language learning for communication initiatives

According to Article 2 of the European Cultural Convention, member States of the Council of Europe commit themselves to facilitating communication among citizens through the promotion of each other’s languages.

Accordingly, the language projects set up since 1960 all focused on language learning for communication, promoting a learner centred, actional and positive approach. The purpose was to ensure that all citizens would have the opportunity to learn other languages (in addition to their first language), that their specific communicative needs would be taken into account and that methodologies would be based on real communication tasks. In order to promote learner autonomy based on self-confidence and motivation, the approach needed to be positive, valuing all that learners could do in a foreign or second language, even at modest levels.

1970’s: Specifications for language learning objectives

In the years 1970/80, among the most important projects, ‘Threshold Level’ specifications were developed first for English soon followed by French, and later for nearly 30 languages: these language-specific documents specify objectives for language learning with a view to attaining independent communication in the target language. Objectives for communication at a higher level (Vantage) and two lower levels (Breakthrough and Waystage) were then also developed for English.

The Threshold Level’s definitional approach reflects the view that linguistic performance depends on more than linguistic knowledge. This view became fully explicit in the next phase of the Council of Europe’s work on the specification of language learning objectives, focusing on scope and levels. Concerning the scope, five dimensions of communicative ability were identified: linguistic, sociolinguistic, discourse, socio-cultural, and social competence. As for the levels, work at this stage points forward to one of the central innovative features of the CEFR, the scaled description of L2 proficiency.

1990’s: A descriptive scheme and scaled descriptions of L2 proficiency

By the 1990's it was time to develop a comprehensive framework for language learning, teaching and assessment in general.

The idea of developing a CEFR was launched in 1991 during a major Council of Europe symposium organised in Rüschlikon in co-operation with Swiss authorities. A working party was set up in 1992, which worked closely with a research group in Switzerland (thanks to the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation). The aim of this research group was to develop and scale descriptors of language proficiency. Four members of the working party were chosen to be the authors of the CEFR.


1870–1900 Edit

England's first international representative matches were arranged by the influential sports administrator Charles Alcock, under the auspices of the Football Association. The first five friendly matches, which all took place at The Oval, London, were played against Scotland between 1870 and 1872. However, these are not considered full internationals by FIFA because the Scotland teams were composed entirely of London-based Scottish players. [1]

England v Scotland 1870 - 1872
Match Date Venue Score Winner
England v Scotland (1870) 5 March 1870 The Oval, London 1–1 Draw
19 November 1870 The Oval, London 1–0
England v Scotland (1871) 25 February 1871 The Oval, London 1–1 Draw
17 November 1871 The Oval, London 2–1
England v Scotland (1872) 24 February 1872 The Oval, London 1–0

England's first FIFA-recognised international football match was a 0–0 draw against Scotland at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow, on 30 November 1872. [2] Scotland was represented by players from Glasgow's Queen's Park club. The first England team in this match was:

The following year, England beat Scotland 4–2 at the Kennington Oval, but in 1878, a resurgent Scotland thrashed England 7–2 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. [3] This stood as a record for either side in the fixture for 77 years, until England beat Scotland 7–2 at Wembley during the 1955 Home Championship.

1900–1939 Edit

Over the next 40 years, most of England's fixtures were against Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the Home Championship. This was partly due to the dominance of the United Kingdom in international football, and the problems of arranging continental internationals before the advent of air travel. England faced their first continental opposition in a tour of Central Europe in 1908, beating Austria, Hungary and Bohemia. England's first defeat outside the British Isles was a 4–3 loss to Spain in Madrid in May 1929.

Although the FA had joined FIFA in 1906, the relationship with the British associations was fraught. In 1928, the British nations withdrew from FIFA, in a dispute over payments to amateur players. This meant that England did not enter the first three World Cups. However, they did defeat the 1934 World Cup winners Italy 3–2, in a match dubbed the "Battle of Highbury", in November 1934.

On 1 December 1937, Stanley Matthews scored a hat-trick in England's 5–4 victory over Czechoslovakia. The England team also included Vic Woodley, Wilf Copping, Stan Cullis, Len Goulden, Willie Hall, John Morton and Bert Sproston.

In May 1938, England toured Europe. The first match was against Germany in Berlin. Adolf Hitler wanted the game to be a showcase for Nazi propaganda. While the England players were getting changed, a Football Association official went into their dressing-room, and told them that they had to make the Nazi salute during the playing of the German national anthem. Stanley Matthews later recalled:

The dressing room erupted. There was bedlam. All the England players were livid and totally opposed to this, myself included. Everyone was shouting at once. Eddie Hapgood, normally a respectful and devoted captain, wagged his finger at the official and told him what he could do with the Nazi salute, which involved putting it where the sun doesn't shine.

The FA official left, but returned saying he had a direct order from British Ambassador Sir Neville Henderson that the players must make the salute, because the political situation between Britain and Germany was now so sensitive it needed "only a spark to set Europe alight". Reluctantly the England team raised their right arms, [4] except for Stan Cullis who refused, and was subsequently dropped from the squad. [5]

The game was watched by 110,000 people as well as senior Nazis, including Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels. England won the game 6–3. The game included a goal scored by Goulden that Matthews described as "the greatest goal I ever saw in football". According to Matthews:

Len met the ball on the run without surrendering any pace, his left leg cocked back like the trigger of a gun, snapped forward and he met the ball full face on the volley. To use modern parlance, his shot was like an Exocet missile. The German goalkeeper may well have seen it coming, but he could do absolutely nothing about it. From 25 yards, the ball screamed into the roof of the net with such power, that the netting was ripped from two of the pegs, by which it was tied to the crossbar.

On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Three days later, Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany. The government immediately imposed a ban on the assembly of crowds resulting in the end of all league football matches apart from some unofficial wartime internationals played between 11 November 1939 and 5 May 1945, for which the largest crowd was 133,000 on 24 April 1944 and again on 14 April 1945 in matches at Hampden Park. [6]

1950 and 1954 World Cups Edit

Between 27 May 1945 and 19 May 1946, England played seven unofficial victory internationals, an unofficial international match against Scotland on 24 August 1946 (2–2), and unofficial internationals against Switzerland and Switzerland 'B'. [6] [7] The FA rejoined FIFA in 1946, the same year they appointed the first dedicated team manager, Walter Winterbottom (although the team was picked by a committee). In 1948, England gained two notable victories, 4–0 against the reigning world champions Italy in Turin, and 10–0 against Portugal in Lisbon, after which the players involved famously became known as the "lions of Lisbon". [8]

England then lost against non-British opposition at home for the first time when they were defeated 2–0 by Ireland in 1949 at Goodison Park, Liverpool. England's World Cup debut came in 1950 however, they suffered an infamous 1–0 defeat by the United States, and failed to get beyond the first group stage after also losing against Spain in their final game. [9]

England's tactical inferiority was highlighted on 25 November 1953, when Hungary came to Wembley. Fielding legendary players such as Ferenc Puskás, József Bozsik, Sándor Kocsis, Zoltán Czibor and Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungary outclassed England 6–3 – this was England's first home loss to continental opposition. In the return match in Budapest, Hungary won 7–1, which still stands as the worst defeat in England's history. Ivor Broadis scored England's goal. After the game, the bewildered England centre-half Syd Owen said, "It was like playing people from outer space." [10]

In the 1954 World Cup, two goals by Broadis saw him become the first England player to score two goals in a game at the World Cup finals. In the same match, Nat Lofthouse also scored twice in a 4–4 draw against Belgium. England reached the quarter-finals for the first time, but were eliminated 4–2 by Uruguay. Only twice have England progressed beyond the World Cup quarter-finals away from home. [10]

Munich disaster and the 1958 World Cup Edit

On 15 May 1957, Stanley Matthews made his last appearance for England, in a 4–1 defeat by Denmark in Copenhagen. He was 42 years and 104 days old and remains the oldest player to represent his country. [11]

Hopes of success at the 1958 World Cup finals were hit by the Munich air disaster in February that year, which claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players. Three of the players who died were established England internationals. They were full-back Roger Byrne, who had never missed an England game since making his debut for the country in 1954, centre-forward Tommy Taylor, who had scored 16 goals in just 19 appearances for his country, and wing-half Duncan Edwards, who was then widely regarded as the finest player in English football at that time. Also killed was David Pegg, who had just made his debut for England and was tipped as the successor in the national team to Tom Finney, who retired from international action later in 1958. Winger Johnny Berry, who had been capped four times for England, survived the crash but was injured to such an extent that he never played football again.

Forward Bobby Charlton, who was injured in the crash, recovered sufficiently to make his England debut in April that year and begin one of the great England international careers, which eventually yielded 106 caps, 49 goals and a World Cup winner's medal. He was named in the squad which travelled to Sweden for the World Cup finals, but did not kick a ball as England exited in the group stages after a play-off defeat against the Soviet Union, after the two had finished level in second spot in their group. England's inside forward Johnny Haynes remarked after elimination in 1958, "Everyone in England thinks we have a God given right to win the World Cup." Joe Mears as chief selector became the scapegoat. [9]

England's early elimination highlighted how far the national team had fallen behind the rest of the world during the 1950s. However, by the end of the decade, emerging talents such as the prolific goalscorer Jimmy Greaves suggested that sufficiently talented players were available, provided the tactical side of the game could bring the best out of them.

World Champions Edit

By the 1960s, English tactics and training had started to improve, and England turned in a respectable performance in the 1962 World Cup in Chile, losing in the quarter-finals to the eventual winners, Brazil. By now, more young players were making their mark, including the elegant young defender Bobby Moore. Indeed, the squad taken by England to Chile was the youngest, on average, ever taken to a major tournament, [ citation needed ] with no player over the age of 29, the oldest being the 28-year-old Maurice Norman. After Winterbottom retired in 1962, England's former captain Alf Ramsey was appointed and crucially won the right to choose the squad and team himself, taking that role away from the selection committee. Ramsey boldly predicted that England would win the next World Cup, which England were hosting.

Ramsey's prediction came true, [9] and the 1966 World Cup on home soil was England's finest moment. Ramsey's England team were nicknamed the "Wingless Wonders", a phrase coined by the press after Ramsey devised a new 4-3-3 system that relied on hard-running midfield players rather than natural wingers. An unremarkable group phase saw them win two and draw one of their games, with a 30-yard strike by Bobby Charlton at Wembley against Mexico proving a highlight. An injury to the centre-forward Jimmy Greaves in the final group match against France prompted Ramsey into a rethink for the quarter-final against Argentina, and the inexperienced replacement Geoff Hurst responded by scoring the only goal of the game. Charlton then hit both goals in a 2–1 semi-final win over Portugal to take England into the final, where they met West Germany.

By now, Greaves was fit again, but Ramsey kept faith with Hurst, despite calls from the media for the main goalscorer to return. [12] England won the final 4–2 after extra time, with three goals from Hurst and one from Martin Peters. Hurst's second goal became the most controversial in England football history, with West Germany's players protesting that the ball did not fully cross the goal-line after bouncing down from the crossbar. In 1995, researchers from Oxford University announced the results of computer video analysis of the television footage, which gave new angles of view: they concluded that the shot had not crossed the line. [ citation needed ] Moore became the first and, to date, only England captain to lift the World Cup.

The game prompted a memorable piece of commentary from the BBC's Kenneth Wolstenholme when describing the run and shot from Hurst which led to his third goal at the end of extra time: "Some of the crowd

At the 1968 European Championships, England reached the semi-finals before losing to Yugoslavia 1–0, with a goal in the 87th minute. Alan Mullery became the first player to be sent off while playing for England.

In Mexico, for the 1970 World Cup, many observers [ who? ] considered that England had a stronger squad than in 1966. The world-class nucleus of Bobby Charlton, Moore and Gordon Banks was still intact Hurst, Peters and Alan Ball had further enhanced their reputations, and Mullery, Terry Cooper, Colin Bell and Allan Clarke had been added to the squad.

England's preparations in Colombia were disrupted when Bobby Moore was arrested in the Bogotá Bracelet incident, before he was given a conditional release. Despite the intense tropical heat and humidity, England progressed with some ease to the quarter-finals, despite a 1–0 defeat by the favourites Brazil in the group stage, which was notable for a stunning save from by Banks from Pelé and one of Moore's finest performances in an England shirt.

In the quarter-finals, at the Estadio Nou Camp in León, England again faced West Germany. However, Banks was ruled out with food-poisoning, and his late replacement, was the talented but internationally inexperienced Peter Bonetti, had not played a competitive match for over a month. England coasted into a 2–0 lead just after half-time with goals from Mullery and Peters, but the Germans fought back to 2–2 through Franz Beckenbauer and Uwe Seeler. Hurst had a goal disallowed, [13] and with eleven minutes remaining in extra time, Gerd Müller scored the winner. Some blame was attached to Bonetti, as well as Ramsey for his decision to replace Bobby Charlton in the second half, but ultimately the culpability for defeat was shared by the whole team. [ citation needed ] Charlton broke Billy Wright's record for England caps in this game but told Ramsey on the flight home from Mexico that he no longer wished to be considered. [ citation needed ] Ramsay said, "We must now look ahead to the next World Cup in Munich where our chances of winning I would say are very good indeed." [9]

West German and Polish defeats 1972–1974 Edit

England failed to reach the final stages of the 1972 European Championships after again losing to West Germany. The two-legged quarter-final resulted in a 3–1 win for the Germans at Wembley and a goalless draw in Berlin. Geoff Hurst made his final England appearance in the first of these games.

Attention then turned to qualification for the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. England had not needed to qualify since 1962, due to the automatic qualification given to them as hosts in 1966 and holders in 1970. After a win and a draw against Wales, England faced Poland, the reigning Olympic champions. The Poles had lost their first match in Cardiff, but England went a goal down from a free-kick after a defensive error by Bobby Moore and the goalkeeper, Peter Shilton. This was compounded two minutes into the second half when Moore allowed Włodzimierz Lubański to dispossess him and make it 2–0. With less than a quarter of an hour to go, Alan Ball became the second player to be sent off while playing for England, which ruled him out of the return match.

England required a victory at Wembley against the Poles to qualify. England created chance after chance but failed to score, largely due to the performance of the Polish goalkeeper, Jan Tomaszewski. Twelve minutes into the second half, Norman Hunter, in the team for Moore, lost the ball to Grzegorz Lato, who squared it for Jan Domarski to shoot under Shilton's body. Although Allan Clarke equalised from a penalty six minutes later and England continued to create chances, the score remained 1–1 and England were eliminated in the qualifiers for the first time in World Cup campaign. Poland went on to finish third in the World Cup the following summer. After this failure, Alf Ramsey was sacked in the spring of 1974, after eleven years at the helm.

Revie years, 1974–1976 Edit

After a brief period where Joe Mercer was caretaker manager of the side, the FA appointed Don Revie as Ramsey's permanent successor. England failed to qualify from the group stages of the 1976 European Championships, despite an opening 3–0 win at home over the eventual champions, Czechoslovakia, and a 5–0 win over Cyprus in which Malcolm Macdonald scored all five goals, a post-war record.

A 2–1 defeat in the return in Czechoslovakia and a 0–0 draw at home against Portugal cost England, as they fell a point short of qualification. Revie's methods were criticised – insisting on increasing players' appearance fees when no player had expressed dissatisfaction, calling up oversized squads, dropping or ignoring in-form players, the use of dossiers on the opposition and his attempts to cultivate a "club" atmosphere with the players – and his position was continually undermined by the chairman of the English FA, Harold Thompson, who Ted Croker commented seemed bent on "humiliating" Revie. [14]

Revie selected a squad to take part in a mini-tournament in South America in the summer of 1977, but initially did not accompany the players, saying he was going to scout the opposition England were still due to face in the qualifiers for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Instead, he was putting the final seal on a lucrative deal to take charge of the national side of the United Arab Emirates. After his resignation, he was banned from working in English football for a decade, and although he overturned the ban on appeal, his reputation was ruined and he never worked in English football again.

Brian Clough applied for the vacant manager's post, but the FA rejected him and instead gave the role to Ron Greenwood, who had been brought out of retirement to act as caretaker manager after Revie's exit. Greenwood was unable to rescue England's World Cup campaign, the damage already having been done in a 2–0 defeat by Italy in the Stadio Olimpico, Rome in November 1976. Although England won the return against Italy 2–0 and finished level on points with the Italians, they missed out on qualification on goal difference.

1982 World Cup Edit

Greenwood took England to their first major tournament in a decade when they qualified for the expanded European Championship finals in Italy in 1980. During the qualification campaign, England also played a friendly against Czechoslovakia in which Viv Anderson became the first black player to win an England cap. England were unspectacular at the finals, and did not progress beyond their group, which was topped by Belgium. The team were attracting an ever-growing hooligan element in their support, especially at matches abroad, and Italian police were forced to deploy tear gas in the match against Belgium.

Bryan Robson, Kenny Sansom, Terry Butcher and Glenn Hoddle were already fully fledged internationals as England turned their attention to qualifying for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. England struggled to find consistency in a campaign that saw them lose away to Norway, Switzerland and Romania, and Greenwood was set to resign after one disappointing result before being persuaded to stay on by his players during the flight home. Eventually England benefitted from other results and qualified with a 1–0 win over Hungary at Wembley in the final game.

At the finals, England won all three of their group games, and Robson scored just 27 seconds into the opening match against France. England were eliminated when they finished second in a tough second-round pool that included Spain and West Germany, despite remaining unbeaten in five matches. Greenwood announced his immediate retirement. This was also another tournament marred by violence, a problem which would continue through the rest of the decade when England went overseas.

Robson revival, 1982–1990 Edit

Although at the time he was widely derided by the press, Bobby Robson is now looked upon [ by whom? ] as one of England's more successful managers. He started badly on a public relations front by not telling captain Kevin Keegan that he would not be calling him into his first squad. Keegan heard the news via the media, aired his disgust and retired from the international game.

On the pitch, Robson's England failed to make the final stages of the 1984 European Championships, their hopes of qualification effectively ended in the autumn of 1983 when they lost 1–0 to Denmark at Wembley. Robson resisted calls to quit and the Football Association kept faith in him. At the time, the England team was in a period of transition, with the experienced Mick Mills, Phil Neal, Paul Mariner, Trevor Brooking and Trevor Francis coming to the end of their international careers. However, an impressive set of younger players, including striker Gary Lineker, winger Trevor Steven and midfielder Chris Waddle, comfortably sealed qualification for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. A month before the tournament started, the team went to train in high altitude conditions in Colorado Springs, followed by a spell in Los Angeles, where they beat the tournament hosts 3–0 in a friendly at the Memorial Coliseum.

In the intense 35 °C heat and humidity of Monterrey, England began the World Cup badly, losing to Portugal, and then drawing with Morocco in a game which saw Ray Wilkins become the first England player to be sent off at a World Cup finals. They also lost their captain Bryan Robson to a dislocated shoulder, which ended his participation in the tournament. Under pressure to qualify, England rescued their campaign with a win over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Lineker.

In the second round, England defeated Paraguay 3–0 in the high altitude of Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, with Lineker scoring twice more, but were to fall short in controversial circumstances against the eventual winners Argentina in the quarter finals, after two memorable goals from Diego Maradona – the infamous "Hand of God" goal, where Maradona punched the ball past Peter Shilton into the net, and then a 50-yard dribble past five England players. Lineker pulled a goal back, but England were unable to find an equaliser and went out 2–1. Lineker was the first England player to win the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six goals.

England suffered a setback two years later at the 1988 European Championships in West Germany. They qualified comfortably for the tournament, but then lost all three of their group games at the finals. These defeats included a 1–0 defeat in Stuttgart by the Republic of Ireland, playing in the finals for the first time and managed by Jack Charlton, a member of England's 1966 World Cup team. The tournament also marked the final England appearances of Glenn Hoddle and Kenny Sansom after lengthy careers in the England side.

England's performance sparked public and media criticism of Robson, who offered his resignation, but it was rejected and he stayed in charge as England looked to qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Qualification was sealed without conceding a single goal in the qualifying stages. The tournament was to be Robson's last tournament in charge, as he had decided that he would not extend his contract, and would instead be returning to club football with PSV Eindhoven. It turned out to be England's best World Cup since 1966 after a slow start in the group stage, where they played all their group stage matches in Cagliari on the island of Sardinia at the British government's request, [ citation needed ] England managed narrow wins after extra-time over Belgium in Bologna and Cameroon in Naples. They were beaten in Turin on penalties by West Germany in the semi-finals after a 1–1 draw, with Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle failing from the spot. [15]

England lost the third place play-off 2–1 to Italy in Bari, and so finished fourth. However, several factors in their World Cup run initiated the rehabilitation of football into British society in the 1990s following the Heysel disaster of 1985: the team's good performance, the relative lack of violence, winning the Fair Play Award, and the emergence of Paul Gascoigne, who famously cried after being booked against West Germany, which would have ruled him out of the final had England won.

Another star who emerged was David Platt, a midfielder who went as back-up to Bryan Robson, and came back with three goals and an international reputation. Shilton retired from international football after the World Cup with 125 caps, a national record.

Graham Taylor: "Best we forget" Edit

Robson's successor, Graham Taylor, failed to build on the team that fared well in 1990, instead discarding older players like Robson and Waddle. While England qualified for the 1992 European Championships in Sweden, they crashed out in the group stage with no wins and only a single goal.

Taylor was widely criticised for taking off Lineker in what turned out to be the striker's final England appearance, when England needed a goal and Lineker himself needed to score just one more goal to equal Bobby Charlton's record of 49 for the national team. Taylor was vilified by the press, leading The Sun to begin their infamous 'turnip' campaign. England also hit another low under Taylor's reign when they lost 2–0 to the United States in Boston during a summer tournament in 1993.

England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the United States after suffering away defeats to Norway in Oslo and the Netherlands in Rotterdam. In the latter game, the Dutch defender Ronald Koeman escaped being sent off after fouling Platt to prevent Platt scoring a goal that would have put England in the lead. Taylor's irate reaction was broadcast to millions as part of the documentary An Impossible Job. Koeman scored shortly afterwards, and Dennis Bergkamp added another as England lost 2–0. In their last qualifying match, England infamously went 1–0 down to San Marino when the minnows scored the fastest World Cup goal after just eight seconds. Although England recovered to win 7–1, the Netherlands also won their final qualifying game to join Norway in qualification and eliminate England.

Taylor resigned the following week. His reign is regarded as one of the bleakest in England's history: in the FA's official history of the England team, the chapter on Taylor's tenure is entitled "Best we forget". [16] A huge list of candidates were touted to replace him, including Steve Coppell, Dave Bassett, Gerry Francis and John Lyall. On 28 January 1994, however, Terry Venables, who had left Tottenham Hotspur in acrimonious circumstances the previous year, was appointed.

Venables: Euro 1996: Football comes home Edit

Venables oversaw a much improved performance at the 1996 European Championships. As the hosts, England qualified automatically, leaving Venables only friendly matches in which to test out potential new players after the World Cup qualifying disaster. In a tournament that marked the 30th anniversary of the 1966 World Cup victory, Venables deployed emerging younger stars such as Steve McManaman, Darren Anderton and Gary Neville alongside established players from previous campaigns, including Gascoigne, Platt, Stuart Pearce and Tony Adams, who featured in his first tournament since the debacle of 1988.

England played all their matches at Wembley, and qualified from the first round as group winners. They recorded famous victories over Scotland – 2–0 featuring a crucial David Seaman penalty save and a brilliant Gascoigne goal – and against the Netherlands by 4–1, before winning a penalty shoot-out for the first time in the quarter-finals against Spain. However, England then lost a semi-final on penalties to Germany again after drawing 1–1, with Gareth Southgate missing a decisive penalty in sudden-death when his penalty being saved Andreas Köpke. Alan Shearer, who had taken over from Lineker as England's core centre-forward, was the tournament's top scorer with five goals.

Due to tension between himself and the FA over the extension of his contract after the tournament, Venables announced in January 1996 that he would step down after the European Championships The Times & The Sunday Times, although it became widely and inaccurately reported that Venables was told by the FA he would not be employed further. This was because of ongoing worries about his business interests. [ citation needed ]

Hoddle: 1996–1999: Unfulfilled promise Edit

On 2 May 1996, Glenn Hoddle was named as the new England manager, eight years after his final international appearance, and one year after his last game at club level. Hoddle selected Shearer as his captain, replacing Adams, and also brought a number of emerging talents into the squad, including the Manchester United midfield trio of Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham, and the central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell.

Hoddle oversaw England's qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France with a 0–0 draw against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. In the summer of 1997, his side were successful in the Tournoi de France, a friendly tournament held before the World Cup, against Brazil and Italy and the competition hosts.

After this promising build-up, however, Hoddle came under fire for omitting fans' favourites Paul Gascoigne and Matt Le Tissier from the squad for the finals, bringing their international careers to an end. England were eventually knocked out of the World Cup on penalties, this time in the last 16 to Argentina in a classic match played in the intense heat of Saint-Étienne. England had led in the first half after a wonder goal from the 18-year-old striker Michael Owen, who had first been capped four months earlier, but were forced to hold in for a 2–2 draw after Beckham was sent off for an altercation with Diego Simeone.

Hoddle revealed only after his team had been knocked out "my innermost thought, which was that England would win the World Cup". [9] Beckham was scapegoated for the defeat, and recalled later that he took so much abuse that "I've got a little book in which I've written down the names of those people who upset me the most. I don't want to name them because I want it to be a surprise when I get them back." [9]

Hoddle's approach attracted criticism over his religious convictions and insistence on employing a faith healer as part of the set-up. [ citation needed ] Things became worse when his side's results deteriorated after the World Cup, as England suffered a poor start to the Euro 2000 qualifying tournament, and there was reported discontent between Hoddle and several senior players, most notably Shearer. Hoddle was dismissed on 2 February 1999, two days after an interview with The Sunday Times in which he spoke about his belief in reincarnation and claimed that disabled people were paying for sins in a previous life. [ citation needed ]

Keegan: 1999–2000: "A little bit short." Edit

Under considerable media and public pressure, the FA appointed England's former captain Kevin Keegan as Hoddle's successor. Keegan's team struggled to qualify for the 2000 European Championships, winning a play-off against Scotland 2–1 on aggregate but losing the second leg at Wembley. At the finals in Belgium and the Netherlands, a lacklustre England failed to get beyond the group stage, losing to both Portugal and Romania after leading in each game. Shearer had announced before the tournament of his intention to retire from international football after the finals.

On 7 October 2000, shortly after losing the opening World Cup qualifier to Germany in the last game at Wembley before its redevelopment, Keegan resigned, citing that he was "a little bit short for what is required of this job". [17] The defeat against Germany was also Tony Adams's last game for England, after a career stretching back to 1987.

The FA's chief executive of the time, Adam Crozier, reluctantly accepted Keegan's resignation in the Wembley tunnel's lavatory, and before leaving the stadium, he telephoned the agent of Sven-Göran Eriksson to talk about the vacancy. [ citation needed ] While a deal was set up, Howard Wilkinson was hastily appointed as the stand-in manager for a qualifier with Finland, which England could only draw 0–0. A month later, it was confirmed that Eriksson would be Keegan's permanent successor, but would not take up the job until June 2001 because of his commitment to Lazio.

The former England under-21 manager Peter Taylor was appointed as the caretaker manager for a friendly against Italy, and it was widely expected that he would act as temporary manager until Eriksson formally took charge, despite his own commitment to Leicester City. The matter was rendered moot when Eriksson resigned from Lazio at the start of 2001, allowing him to take over before England's next fixture.

Eriksson, 2001–2006: Three quarter-finals Edit

As a Swedish national, Eriksson became the first foreign coach to be appointed as England's manager, a decision that attracted controversy. [ citation needed ] However, he immediately turned around the team's campaign to qualify for the 2002 World Cup with a 5–1 victory over Germany in Munich, where England came from behind with goals from Emile Heskey, Steven Gerrard and a Michael Owen hat-trick. England ensured qualification after a tense final game against Greece, with David Beckham scoring from a free-kick in the last seconds to make the score 2–2 and put England top of their group on goal difference.

The month before the finals, Eriksson declared, "I think we will win it". [9] In the finals in South Korea and Japan, England beat Argentina 1–0 in the group stage, David Beckham scoring the only goal with a penalty, and reached the quarter-finals, where they met Brazil. England went in front when Owen took advantage of a Brazilian defensive mistake, but an equaliser from Rivaldo and a free-kick by Ronaldinho saw Brazil turn the game round to win 2–1. England could not create any more good chances, despite Ronaldinho later being sent off, and were eliminated. However, they had reached the last eight of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and even in defeat they had lost to the team who went on to win the competition without losing or drawing a game in the finals.

For the 2004 European Championships, England came top of their qualification group, with the teenage striker Wayne Rooney installed as a new star in their attack. His emergence was tempered by the loss of defender Rio Ferdinand, who was given an eight-month ban in December 2003 after missing a drugs test, ruling him out of the finals.

In England's opening match against France, Frank Lampard scored a first-half goal and despite a missed penalty from Beckham, they still led until the final minutes, when Zinedine Zidane scored two quick goals to win the game for France 2–1. England progressed with Rooney scoring twice in games against both Switzerland and Croatia. In the quarter-finals, Owen scored early against the hosts Portugal, but England's challenge was affected by the loss of Rooney to a broken bone in his foot. Sol Campbell scored a goal that was disallowed and England eventually lost in a penalty shoot-out after a 2–2 draw, with Beckham and Darius Vassell missing their penalties.

2005 saw Eriksson receive heavy criticism from fans for his defensive strategies, alleged lack of passion, lack of communication with the players from the bench and a perceived inability to change tactics when necessary in a game. [ citation needed ] A 4–1 loss to Denmark in a friendly, was followed by a humiliating 1–0 defeat by Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier, David Healy scoring the goal in the 73rd minute.

An unconvincing 1–0 victory over Austria followed, in which Beckham became the first England player to be sent off twice in internationals. However, despite further criticism, the result allowed England to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals with one match to spare, and they travelled to Germany as group winners, following an improved performance and 2–1 victory against Poland in their last qualifier.

In January 2006, following revelations made in the News of the World, the FA decided to come to an agreement with Eriksson over his future, and shortly afterwards it was announced that Eriksson was to stand down after the World Cup finals. Several possible successors were linked with the job after a series of interviews that was widely criticised for its length, the Portugal national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was allegedly offered the job. [ citation needed ] In April, however, Scolari declined, in the belief that accepting the offer before a World Cup would conflict with his managerial duties for Portugal. [18] The FA also visited New York to hold talks with Bruce Arena, but on 4 May it was announced that Steve McClaren would succeed Eriksson after the World Cup.

England's 2006 World Cup campaign began with a 1–0 against Paraguay in the Waldstadion in Frankfurt, after an early own-goal by Carlos Gamarra from Beckham's free-kick. Late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard then secured England's place in the last 16 with a 2–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg. Returning from injury after again breaking a bone in his foot, Rooney started England's final group match against Sweden in Cologne, but his strike partner Owen was stretchered off with a cruciate ligament injury after less than two minutes. A wonder strike from Joe Cole gave England the half-time lead, but Sweden equalised through Marcus Allbäck before Gerrard gave England the lead again in the 86th minute. England, however, were denied a first win over Sweden since 1968 when Henrik Larsson levelled again in the 90th minute.

In the second round, England beat Ecuador in the last 16 on 25 June in Stuttgart, courtesy of a free-kick from Beckham, who became the first England player to score in three World Cup tournaments. In the quarter-final against Portugal, Beckham was substituted early in the second half with an ankle injury, and then Rooney was sent off for pushing Cristiano Ronaldo and stamping on Ricardo Carvalho's groin [3], though Rooney later denied it was intentional. A 0–0 draw led to a penalty shoot-out that England lost 3–1, with Lampard, Gerrard and Jamie Carragher all having their attempts saved by the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo. The man of the match, Owen Hargreaves, [ citation needed ] was the only England player to score his kick.

The morning after England's exit, a tearful Beckham announced that he was stepping down as captain, although he stressed that he was keen to continue playing for England. In his last press conference before the flight home, Eriksson said he only wished to be remembered for being "honest", and a coach who "tried my best". [ citation needed ]

McClaren, 2006–2007: Qualifying heartache Edit

England's new manager Steve McClaren took over after the 2006 World Cup. He appointed Terry Venables as coach and John Terry as captain, and chose not to recall Beckham to the squad for almost a year. He also dropped Campbell and David James, leaving Gary and Phil Neville as the only players aged over 30 to be regularly involved in his first year in charge. [ citation needed ]

England started their 2008 European Championships qualifying campaign well, beating Andorra 5–0 and winning 1–0 win against Macedonia in Skopje. However, they then drew 0–0 at home with Macedonia and then suffered a 2–0 defeat away to Croatia where a miskick by goalkeeper Paul Robinson allowed a backpass by Gary Neville to roll into the net for the second goal. The pressure on McClaren increased as England drew 0–0 away to Israel after another lacklustre performance. They then struggled to break down Andorra away, eventually winning 3–0 but taking an hour to break the deadlock.

England played their first match at the new Wembley Stadium against Brazil on 1 June 2007, with Terry scoring in a 1–1 draw for which Beckham was recalled and which heralded Owen's return after his World Cup injury. In a qualifying game against Estonia five days later, Owen broke Lineker's record for the most goals for England in competitive internationals. After further wins over Israel, Russia and Estonia again, all by the score of 3–0, another victory against Russia would have guaranteed qualification, but despite England taking a first half lead through Rooney, Russia came back to win 2–1.

Russia's subsequent defeat to Israel gave England another opportunity - they now required a draw against Croatia, who had already qualified. With Owen, Rooney and Terry missing from the starting line-up, McClaren recalled players that were inexperienced and out of form, such as Micah Richards, Wayne Bridge, Joleon Lescott. Scott Carson was handed his competitive debut in goal, and his mistake gave Croatia a 1–0 lead that they doubled soon after. England improved in the second half, with Lampard converting a penalty and Crouch equalising, but Mladen Petrić's late winning goal for Croatia meant that England missed their first major tournament since the 1994 World Cup.

The sight of McClaren standing on the touchline in the rain during this match became an enduring image of his tenure, and he was labelled "The Wally with the Brolly" by the media. [19] McClaren refused to resign, but the next day, he and Venables were sacked by the FA. [ citation needed ]

Capello is appointed Edit

On 14 December 2007, Fabio Capello, the former manager of Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus, was named as the new manager of England. Like McClaren, he omitted Beckham for his first match, a 2–1 win in a friendly against Switzerland. England won all of their first eight matches in their 2010 World Cup qualifying group, to qualify with two games to spare for the first time. [20] Their results included two resounding victories over Croatia: 4–1 in Zagreb, when Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick, and 5–1 at Wembley.

Capello: Another World Cup failure Edit

England headed to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as favourites to comfortably progress through Group C, which included the United States, Algeria and Slovenia. The opening match against the United States started well with Gerrard scoring after just four minutes, but Clint Dempsey equalised with a speculative shot that was mishandled by Robert Green the game ended 1–1. England's second match against Algeria ended in a goalless draw that saw England being outplayed by an unfancied side, leading to the English press questioning Capello's tactics, as well as the team's spirit and ability to handle the pressure. [ citation needed ]

England rallied with a 1–0 victory against Slovenia thanks to a goal from Jermain Defoe. The United States's last-minute winner against Algeria, meant that England finished as runners-up in the group, leaving them to face the Group D winners Germany in the second round. An apparently valid England goal by Lampard was disallowed as the Uruguayan linesman ruled it had not crossed the line, and England lost 4–1, their worst defeat in a World Cup finals match.

Despite the World Cup failure, Fabio Capello remained as the England manager and dropped several established internationals for the first friendly of the new season, against Hungary, also stating that he was considering not choosing Beckham again. The match was poorly-attended and England put in another below-par performance, but won 2–1.

England were drawn in Group G of the 2012 European Championship qualifiers alongside Bulgaria, Switzerland, Wales and Montenegro. They introduced a new home kit for their first qualifier against Bulgaria, which they won 4–0, and four days later they defeated Switzerland 3–1 away. After a 0–0 home draw against Montenegro in October, the year ended with a home friendly against France, who had also struggled at the World Cup. England were outplayed as France took a deserved 2–1 victory, after which England's fans booed the players off the pitch. [ citation needed ]

At the start of 2011, Capello promised that he would make radical changes to the side, and Jack Wilshere, James Milner and Walcott impressed in a promising 2–1 win over Denmark. In their next European Championship qualifier, England put in a dominant display in a 2–0 victory against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, taking them to the top of the group on goal difference. They followed this with a hard-fought 1–1 draw in a friendly against Ghana at Wembley.

After a subdued performance against Switzerland at home in June resulted in a 2–2 draw, England did not return to action until September, having had a friendly against Netherlands called off because of rioting. Two more wins, 3–0 in Bulgaria and 1–0 at home to Wales, took them to the brink of qualification, which they sealed with a 2–2 draw in Montenegro. The qualification was marred by the sending off of Rooney, leaving him suspended him for the first game of the finals. This ban was later increased to three and then dropped to two following a subsequent appeal. [ citation needed ]

Hodgson, 2012–2016: More tournament humiliation Edit

In February 2012, the sports manufacturers Umbro revealed a new home kit, designed purely from red and white, with a modified version of the FA's crest also in red tones. [21] [22]

John Terry was stripped of the captaincy for the second time after he was charged for racism offences relating to an incident in a Premier League match with the Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand. [ citation needed ] Capello told Italian media that he did not agree with the FA's decision to strip Terry of the captaincy. [ citation needed ] This resulted in rumours that Capello had breached his contract by failing to back decisions made by the executive board. [ citation needed ] On 8 February, the FA confirmed that Capello had resigned from the manager's job with immediate effect. On the same day, the Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was cleared of charges for tax evasion, and he was immediately linked with the vacant role. [ citation needed ]

Capello's former assistant Stuart Pearce took charge for the rescheduled friendly against the Netherlands, which England lost 3–2, with Scott Parker taking the temporary role as captain. On 1 May 2012, the FA announced that Roy Hodgson would take over as manager of the team. Gerrard was promoted back to the captaincy when the provisional squad for the European Championships was announced.

England's first two games under Hodgson were 1–0 wins in friendly matches against Norway away and Belgium at home. Hodgson's first competitive match was the European Championship match against France in Kharkiv, a 1–1 draw. A dramatic 3–2 win over Sweden, also in Kharkiv, followed by a tense 1–0 victory over the co-hosts Ukraine, saw England top their group and face Italy in the quarter-finals. After a 0–0 draw after extra time, in which England were outplayed, with goalkeeper Joe Hart making numerous saves, England once again lost on penalties.

For the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, England began with an easy 5–0 win away against Moldova, before they 1–1 drew at home to Ukraine, trailing for much of the match before Lampard rescued a point with a late penalty. In October, England dispatched San Marino 5–0 at home, before drawing 1–1 away in Poland, in a match played a day late because of a waterlogged pitch. The year for England ended with a 4–2 friendly defeat by Sweden in Stockholm, the first match to be played at the new Friends Arena, when Zlatan Ibrahimović became the first player to score four times in a match against England. [23]

The year 2013 marked 150 years of the FA, and so a series a special friendly games were scheduled to play throughout the year. These were at home and away against Brazil (a 2–1 win and 2–2 draw), home to the Republic of Ireland (a 1–1 draw), and home to Scotland (a 3–2 win, which saw Ricky Lambert score on his England debut). The Republic of Ireland marked the introduction of another new home kit, with red being replaced by navy blue as the secondary colour. This was the first England kits produced by Nike, ending a long term association with Umbro. [ citation needed ]

England returned to World Cup qualifying action in March, with an 8–0 win in San Marino and a 1–1 draw away to Montenegro. September saw a win 4–0 at home to Moldova and a tame 0–0 draw in Kyiv against Ukraine. Following a 4–1 win at home to Montenegro in October, Hodgson's side secured qualification by beating Poland 2–0 at home. In November, however, England were given a reality check by Chile and Germany, with respective 2–0 and 1–0 defeats at Wembley.

England failed to qualify from the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil, suffering defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and drawing 0–0 against Costa Rica. Costa Rica's earlier victory over Italy had eliminated England before the final match. [24]

After a World Cup described by some in the media as a debacle, [25] [26] Gerrard and Lampard retired from international football and Rooney was installed as the new captain. England's first match following the tournament, a 1–0 friendly win over Norway, was the lowest attended international match in Wembley history. [ citation needed ]

England began their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign with a 2–0 victory over Switzerland in the St. Jakob-Park in Basle. They followed this with wins against San Marino (5–0), Estonia (1–0), Slovenia (3–1) and Lithuania (4–0), before beating Slovenia 3–2 in Ljubljana.

In September 2015, England beat San Marino 6–0 in Serravalle to become the first team to qualify for Euro 2016. [27] Against Switzerland, Rooney broke Bobby Charlton's England goalscoring record, and they ended their qualifying group with a 100% winning record, the first time they had achieved this in either World Cup or European Championship qualifying.

England were seeded the final tournament draw and were placed in Group B to face Russia, Wales and Slovakia. Their first match, in Marseille against Russia, finished in a 1–1 draw, as they failed to make their domination in the match pay Eric Dier had put England in front from a free-kick before they conceded a stoppage time equaliser. In their second match in Lens, against Wales, England fell behind just before half-time when Joe Hart was unable to prevent Gareth Bale scoring from a free-kick. Hodgson responded by bringing on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge at the start of the second half and the game turned in England's favour as both scored, with Sturridge netting the winner in stoppage time.

Hodgson rested six players for the final group match against Slovakia in Saint-Étienne, but against negative opponents the match ended in an goalless draw. Wales's 3–0 win over Russia meant England finished as runners-up in Group B and faced Iceland in Nice in the first knockout round. Hodgson restored the starting XI used for the first two group matches, with the exception of Sturridge starting instead of Adam Lallana. Rooney scored a penalty inside three minutes, but Ragnar Sigurðsson immediately equalised, and in the 18th minute, Kolbeinn Sigþórsson scored with the help of poor goalkeeping by Hart. Iceland defended resolutely as England struggled to recover, holding on for a famous 2–1 victory. England's players were booed off the pitch, and Hodgson announced his resignation straight after the match, with his assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville also leaving their positions.

Allardyce, 2016: Gone in 67 days Edit

A little under a month after the European Championship defeat, the FA appointed Sunderland's manager Sam Allardyce as the new manager of the national side. Allardyce chose to forego a friendly match to begin his reign, so his first match in charge was the first match of England's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in Slovakia. England laboured to a 1–0 win in Trnava, with Lallana scoring in stoppage time.

Shortly before the next round of qualifying matches, The Daily Telegraph broke a story of Allardyce appearing to meet a group of Asian businessmen, who were later revealed to be undercover journalists working for the newspaper. The meeting seemed to show Allardyce explaining how to "get around" breaking football transfer policies and apparently mocking Hodgson, the England players and the Duke of Cambridge. [ citation needed ] Allardyce apologised for his misconduct, but the FA sacked him on those grounds. His tenure of 67 days is the shortest for a permanent manager in England's history.

Southgate, 2016–: Revival and new young talent Edit

The same day, 27 September 2016, Gareth Southgate left his role as the manager of the England under-21 team and was put in temporary charge of the national team. [28] On 30 November, he was appointed as permanent England manager on a four-year contract. [29] Under Southgate, England finished first in their World Cup qualifying group with eight wins and two draws, scoring 18 goals and conceding just three. [30]

At the World Cup, England were drawn in a group with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. [31] [32] They began by beating Tunisia 2–1, with two goals from their captain Harry Kane, including a stoppage-time winner. [33] They then hammered Panama 6–1, England's largest win at a World Cup or European Championships, with two goals from John Stones, a hat-trick from Kane and one from Jesse Lingard. [34] [35] With qualification already guaranteed, England lost 1–0 to Belgium and finished second in the group. [36]

England played Colombia in the second round. They led 1–0 through a penalty from Kane before conceding a stoppage-time equaliser, and after extra-time won 4–3 on penalties, with Dier scoring the winning kick. It was England's first penalty shoot-out win at the World Cup. [37] [38] England beat Sweden 2–0 in the quarter-finals, with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. [39]

England played Croatia in the semi-finals on 11 July. [40] They lost 2–1 despite taking the lead through an early free-kick from Kieran Trippier and dominating the first half. A goal from Ivan Perišić in the 68th minute sent the match into extra-time, and Mario Mandžukić scored the winning goal to take Croatia to their first final. [41] [42] England played Belgium again in the third place play-off, and lost 2–0 to finish fourth. [43]

Today in history, January 4: Euro debuts on financial markets

Europe’s new currency, the euro, made a strong debut on the financial markets on this day in 1999.

National Australia Bank’s Jason Garrett in the wholesale trading room in Bourke Street after the launch of the euro. Source:News Limited

Highlights in history on this date:

1688: English mariner William Dampier anchors near Cape l𠆞veque on Western Australia’s northwest coast.

1797: Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Rivoli, Italy.

1923: Lenin dictates a postscript to his “Lenin’s Testament” in which he suggests Stalin is too rude to be secretary-general and should be replaced.

1930: Douglas Mawson discovers what became known as MacRobertson Land in Antarctica.

Sir Douglas Mawson in 1930. Picture: State Library of SA Searcy Collection Source:Supplied

1936: Billboard magazine in US prints first popular music chart.

1943: Australian Prime Minister John Curtin asks the ALP federal conference to allow conscription in World War II.

1948: Burma (Myanmar) becomes an independent republic.

1951: North Korean and Communist Chinese forces take Seoul, Korea.

1958: Sputnik I, world’s first artificial satellite launched in October 1957 by the Soviet Union, falls to earth.

1960: Death of Albert Camus, Algerian-born French existentialist writer, in a car accident.

1965: Death of T.S. Eliot, American-born poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner.

Poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot. Source:News Corp Australia

1982: Former Australian Liberal prime minister Sir William McMahon announces retirement from politics.

1990: Sir Henry Bolte, the 38th and longest-serving premier of Victoria (1955-1972), dies, aged 81.

1997: In Paris, a 99-year-old woman who refused to leave her unheated home is among the victims of a cold snap blamed for more than 225 deaths in Europe.

1999: Europe’s new currency, the euro, makes a strong debut on the financial markets.

2000: Alan Greenspan is nominated for a fourth term as chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

2002: The world’s oldest man, 112-year-old Antonio Todde, dies on the Italian island of Sardinia. He claimed the secret of his longevity was a daily glass of red wine.

Antonio Todde, an Italian shepherd listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man, on his 112th birthday. Source:News Corp Australia

2003: Islamic militants ambush a military convoy in northeast Algeria, killing 43 soldiers and wounding 19 others in the deadliest attack on Algerian troops in five years.

2004: Afghans approve a new constitution. The charter creates a presidential system the country’s US-backed interim leader Hamid Karzai says is critical to uniting the country.

2006: A suicide bomber kills 32 mourners and wounds dozens more at a funeral north of Baghdad for the nephew of a Shi’ite politician.

2008: Former WA premier Sir Charles Court is farewelled at a state funeral in Perth, almost two weeks after his death at the age of 96.

2009: A female suicide bomber strikes Shi’ite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing 38 people.

2010: The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, officially opens.

The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Picture: iStock Source:Supplied

2012: Michael Clarke hits an unbeaten 329 in Sydney – the highest individual Test score at the SCG and the fourth-best tally by an Australian batsman in Test history.

2014: Queenslander Noelene Bischoff and her 14-year-old daughter Yvana die in Bali from allergic reaction after eating fish with high levels of histamine.

2016: Saudi Arabia ends all air traffic and trade links with Iran.

2018: A suicide bomber attack near a group of security personnel investigating illegal drugs in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 20 and wounds another 27 policemen.

2019: A remote pastoral station in WA’s far north is investigated after hundreds of cattle allegedly died from being left without adequate water in scorching heat.

Happy Birthday, Rick Stein! Source:Supplied

Jacob Grimm, German author (1785-1863) Louis Braille, French inventor of reading system for the blind (1809-1852) Sir Isaac Pitman, shorthand inventor (1813-1897) Sir William Deane, former Australian governor-general (1931) Floyd Patterson, US world boxing champion (1934-2006) Dyan Cannon, US actor (1937) Doc Neeson, singer-songwriter of Australian band The Angels (1947-2014) Rick Stein, British chef (1947) Michael Stipe, US rock musician (1960) Julia Ormond, British actor (1965).

“Our civilisation is still in a middle stage, no longer wholly guided by instinct, not yet wholly guided by reason.” – Theodore Dreiser, American author (1871-1945).

Top five youngest players in the history of the UEFA Euro Championship

Jude Bellingham’s cameo for England against Croatia means he now holds a memorable record in the tournament.

England teenager Jude Bellingham scripted history when he replaced Harry Kane against Croatia during the UEFA Euro 2020 match. The 17-year-old came on as a substitute in the 82nd minute, making him the youngest player in UEFA Euro history.

Netherlands’ Jetro Willems held the record previously since 2012. However, Bellingham’s record could be short-lived as Poland’s Kacper Kozlowski can make the record his own, if he earns a cap against Slovakia on Monday. Kozlowski is 109 days younger than Bellingham and a single appearance would mean he will be the new record holder.

It is fascinating to see how many more youngsters are getting the opportunity to represent their nation at the highest level. Here, we take a peek back into history to know who are the five youngest players in UEFA Euro history:

5. Valeri Bojinov (Bulgaria) – 18 years, 136 days

Unfortunately, Vonlanthen’s record lasted only five days. A certain Bulgarian, Valeri Bojinov, came off the bench in his side’s 2-1 loss to Italy at Euro 2004 and rewrote history. Bojinov went on to become a journeyman in Europe and is still up and running at the age of 35.

After his debut at the Euros, the striker went on to represent top teams including Juventus, Sporting CP, Manchester City and Fiorentina. Currently, Bojinov plies his trade for Levski Sofia in the Bulgarian top division.

4. Enzo Scifo (Belgium) – 18 years, 115 days

Enzo Scifo is one of only three Belgian players to appear in four FIFA World Cups

Former Belgian international Enzo Scifo sits at the third place among the list of youngest players at the UEFA Euro Championship. Scifo is regarded as one of the greatest-ever in Belgian football history. He appeared for his country in a joint-record four FIFA World Cups.

The midfielder played for several renowned European outfits including Anderlecht, Inter Milan and AS Monaco. After hanging up his boots, Scifo undertook coaching stints, including one with the Belgium U-21 side in 2015.

3. Jetro Willems (Netherlands) – 18 years, 71 days

28 years after Enzo Scifo became the youngest player to appear at the European Championships, Dutch defender Jetro Willems recreated history. In the 2012 edition of the tournament, Willems was introduced by then manager Bert van Marwijk.

The full-back had recently clinched the U-17 European Championship with the Netherlands. He had grabbed the attention of many with his mature performances for PSV Eindhoven too. Willems went on to make more than 140 appearances for PSV over six years. He also represented Newcastle United in the 2019-20 Premier League season. Currently, the 27-year-old plays for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

2. Jude Bellingham (England) – 17 years, 345 days

Jude Bellingham has already earned five caps for England at such a young age

When the name Jude Bellingham did the rounds in the English media, it was certain that the boy had a genuine talent. His extraordinary displays for Birmingham City resulted in the club retiring his No. 22 shirt once he left for Borussia Dortmund.

Even at the Signal Iduna Park, Bellingham had a rocking start. Scoring on his debut for the club, he became their youngest goalscorer in history.

A solid 2020-21 domestic season earned him a call-up for The Three Lions. After making his debut appearance in the tournament, it remains to be seen whether the youngster can create more records at Euro 2020.

1. Kacper Kozlowski 17 years 236 days

Poland’s Kacper Kozlowski became the youngest player to ever appear in a game at the UEFA Euros. He came on as a substitute in the Polish second half of the nation’s game vs Spain in the second half.

He thus broke the record set by England’s Jude Bellingham, who is just 109 days older than him, just days before this match took place.

The teenage midfielder plays back in his homeland at Ekstraklasa club Pogon Szczecin. He made 20 appearances in the 20/21 season scoring one and assisting three.

The euro debuts - HISTORY

It is said the ancient world’s nobility would distinguish themselves from the hoi polloi by shading themselves from the sun. They would remain fair-skinned, while the common laborers tanned under the sun. That was the attitude the London aristocrat, traveler and philanthropist Jonas Honway brought with his umbrella, as he toted one above his head during the frequent London rainstorms. The device came from Italy, where it was used first by the Pope, and then by fashionable women who wanted an “ombrello” – a little shade. That, along with one other helpful modification, launched the spread of umbrellas everywhere.

On this day, May 4, in 1715, the Frenchman Jean Marius developed the first practical and chic — and most importantly folding — umbrella.

Mariu’s invention touched off a minor cultural revolution in Paris. No longer did the city’s fashionable crowd have to spend rainy days indoors. They strolled through the streets, to the delight of shopowners, with their “pocket umbrellas“ oblivious to the rain. Their more frequent interactions helped to cement Paris’ legacy as the fashion capitol of the world.

The Metal Ages

The period of the 3rd, the 2nd, and the 1st millennia bce was a time of drastic change in Europe. This has traditionally been defined as the Metal Ages, which may be further divided into stages, of approximate dates as shown: the Bronze Age (2300–700 bce ) and the Iron Age (700–1 bce ), which followed a less distinctly defined Copper Age (c. 3200–2300 bce ). At this time, societies in Europe began consciously to produce metals. Simultaneous with these technological innovations were changes in settlement organization, ritual life, and the interaction between the different societies in Europe. These developments and their remarkable reflections in the material culture make the period appear as a series of dramatic changes.

Local developments were long thought to have been caused by influences from the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and by migrations. Thus, it was suggested that the segmented faience beads from the rich early Bronze Age graves in Wessex were Mycenaean products or that development of bronze working in central Europe was due to the Aegean civilization’s need for new bronze supplies. New methods of absolute dating, including radiocarbon dating, revolutionized the understanding of this phase in prehistoric Europe. They showed that many supposedly interdependent developments had in fact developed independently and been separated by centuries. The Metal Ages of Europe thus must be understood as indigenous local inventions and as an independent cultural evolution. There were influences from, and contact with, the Middle East, and there were some migrations of people, especially from the Russian steppes but the Metal Ages in Europe were in general far more locally independent phenomena than had been recognized. They grew out of conditions created in the Neolithic Period and the Copper Age, followed their own trajectory in Europe, and resulted in a range of new expressions in material culture and in new social concerns.

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