The Football Association (FA), England’s football governing body, have given the national teams their goal for the next three years, with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions expected to win to win either the rescheduled Euro 2020 competition, World Cup 2022 in Qatar or Euro 2024 in Germany. For the women’s team, incoming manager Sarina Wiegman will be eyeing Euro 2022 or the 2023 World Cup.
“Nothing would unite the country more than celebrating a major tournament victory by a senior England team,” according to FA CEO Mark Bullingham. “We must create the best chance for this to happen, through world class support and a seamless player pathway.” England men’s team sits on the fourth spot of FIFA’s world ranking, while the women’s team currently at sixth.
“To achieve our ambition by 2024, we’ll strive to deliver the best possible international team operations, coaching and development environment at St. George’s Park,” Bullinghamadded. “Continue to work with our partners in the game to enhance a talent pathway that gives players the best development opportunities; and foster an inclusive and empowering culture among winning England teams.”
England are currently scheduled to play two World Cup qualifiers in March 2021 before Euro 2020 kicks off in June. They were seeded in the top pot and were drawn against Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in the qualifiers in March and could continue for 12 months if England need the play-offs to reach Qatar in 2022. Southgate led England to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In 2019, Southgate’s Three Lions celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they booked their place in Euro 2020, thrashingMontenegro 7-0 to top Group A. Captain Harry Kane moved to sixth in England’s list of leading scorers as a first-half hat-trick took his tally to 31, overhauling Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
With Euro 2020 postponed for a year, Gareth Southgate has plenty of time to assemble the best team in Europe. Over the years, England’s XI has always been the star studded squad as the Three Lions recruit powerhouse players and some of the most important names in European football. The most glorious 24-team tournament will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
Meanwhile, Dutch manager Wiegman was appointed as the women’s team, replacing Phil Neville in September 2021, having previously led the Netherlands to victory in the 2017 Euros and runners up in the 2019 World Cup final. The Lionesses reached back-to-back World Cup semis in 2015 and 2019 and will aim to win a first ever European Championship when they host the delayed tournament in 2022.