62 days to go: England’s chequered history

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 62 days to go!

In almost two months' time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.​

That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.​

62 is the number of games that England have contested at a FIFA World Cup™. The figure includes five matches against Germany alone, with the Three Lions emerging victorious only once, as they won 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 Final. This triumph made England one of only two teams, along with France, to become world champions on home turf.

When thinking of England 1966, many football fans are often reminded of 'Pickles' – the dog that became world famous for finding the stolen Jules Rimet Trophy before the tournament began. The 'Wembley goal' from the Final against West Germany also has a permanent place in the sport’s history books.

The Three Lions have taken part in 14 World Cups in total, including eight of the last nine tournaments.