England 2022 World Cup squad: Roster, outlook, players to watch

Football nearly came home at Euro 2020. England’s men’s team were just a few missed shots away from lifting their first major international trophy in 55 years. Italy eventually prevailed and the Three Lions once again left Wembley Stadium in London empty-handed.

Although the end result was disappointing, Gareth Southgate’s side really came into their own in this tournament. The football wasn’t always stylish, but the team went 480 minutes without allowing a goal. Still, the heartbreak of the finale won’t be soon forgotten. This English team was so close to glory that they could taste it.

The crushing defeat is not new for this team either. The 2018 World Cup provided a strong dose in the semi-final against Croatia, when Mario Mandžukić’s 109th-minute winner sent England into the game for third place (a game they would ultimately lose).

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