The England national football team represents England in association football and is supervised by the Football Association, the governing body for football in England. England is the joint oldest national football team in the world, along with Scotland, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872. Although the majority national football teams represent a sovereign state, England is one of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, meaning that it is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that participates in all major professional tournaments, with the exception of the Olympic Games.
For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country. England initially used cricket grounds before later moving on to football clubs' stadiums. The original Empire Stadium was built in Wembley, located in Brent, London, and was constructed for the British Empire Exhibition. England played their first match at the stadium in 1924 against Scotland and for the next 27 years Wembley was used as a venue for matches against Scotland only. The stadium later became known simply as Wembley Stadium and it became England's permanent home stadium during the 1950s. This stadium was demolished in 2001 and work began to completely rebuild it. England returned to the new Wembley Stadium in 2007. The stadium is now owned by the Football Association via its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Limited.
England's traditional home colours are white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks. The team has periodically worn an all white kit. Umbro and Admiral have been the main designer of the England kits. Although England's first away kits were blue, England's traditional away colours are red shirts, white shorts and red socks. In 1996, England's away kit was changed to grey shirts, shorts and socks. This kit was only worn three times, including against Germany in the semi final of Euro 96 but the deviation from the traditional red was unpopular with supporters and the England away kit remained red until 2011, when a navy blue away kit was introduced. The away kit is also sometimes worn during home matches, when a new edition has been released in order to promote it.
Steve McClaren was appointed as head coach. His reign yielded little success, with England failing to qualify for Euro 2008. McClaren was sacked unanimously by The Football Association on 22 November 2007 after only 16 months in charge. This made him the shortest-lasting full time England manager since the inauguration of the post in 1946. He was replaced on 14 December 2007 by the former Real Madrid and AC Milan manager Fabio Capello. Capello took charge of his first game on 6 February 2008 against Switzerland, in which England won 2–1.
England won all but one of their qualifying games for the 2010 World Cup Under Capello. A 5–1 victory over Croatia at Wembley ensured the team qualified for the final tournament with two games to spare, a feat that had never been achieved before. At the 2010 World Cup itself England drew their opening two games leading to questions about the team's spirit, tactics and ability to handle. England team has periodically worn an all white kit. England played their first match at the stadium in 1924 against Scotland.
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