45 days to go
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England have played 45 FIFA World Cup™ matches and are fifth in the all-time standings for results with 20 wins and 13 draws.

The nation's finest hour undoubtedly came in 1966 when the Three Lions won the competition on home soil. Victories over France and Mexico, coupled with a draw in their opener against Uruguay, ensured a safe passage through to the knockout stages.

Geoff Hurst scored the only goal of the game to see off ten-man Argentina in the quarter-finals before Eusebio and Portugal awaited England in the last four. Bobby Charlton's brace proved the difference to pave the way for a final showdown against Germany FR that saw Hurst score a controversial hat-trick at Wembley.