England expects and football fans will be travelling in their thouands as they decend upon Russia for the 2018 World Cup this summer. England finished their qualifying campaign unbeaten after a fairly routine display which saw them top the group with a game to spare. The Three Lions won eight of their ten matches and finshed eight points ahead of both Slovakia and Scotland. Slovenia and Lithuania were further back, with Malta bottom of the group with one point.
England began qualifying in Lithuania in October 2017 in what proved to be Sam Allardyce's first and last game in charge of England. A late Adam Lallana winner got England off to the perfect start to record a narrow 1-0 win as Gareth Southgate took over the helm. Nine points from the next three matches followed againt Slovenia, Slovakia and Malta before a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park against Scotland ended their winning streak. England then went on to win four out their last five matches with their only blemish being a 0-0 stalemate in Slovenia.
In defeating Slovenia at Wembley in their penultimate Group F match, they sealed their spot at their sixth consecutive World Cup - matching their previous record set between 1950 and 1970. England will be looking to put their Euro 2016 nightmare behind them and rectify their mistakes which have often proved costly at major tournaments in the past. Buy your England World Cup football tickets now at Football Ticket Pad and book your place at Russia 2018.
England appear to be heading in a new direction under Gareth Southgate and will need to find a balance between youth and experience to replace the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. Harry Kane looks set to step up to the mantle with young stars like Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford looking to supply the flair.