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England entered the 2018 World Cup with some top talent in the final third and the belief that this team can make a run under Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16 with wins in their first two matches, including a blowout of Panama, then fell to Belgium, securing a matchup with Colombia in the next round.

England got all it could handle in the round of 16 but managed to top Colombia in penalty kicks. Its quarterfinal match proved much easier, as a 2-0 win sent England to the semifinals for just the third time in history. But that was as far as England could go, as a Croatia goal in extra time sent the English team to the third-place match against Belgium, which they would also lose.

Here's what you should know about England at the World Cup.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: 15
Best finish: Champions in 1966
Last World Cup: Group stage in 2014


Monday, June 18: England 2, Tunisia 1    
Sunday, June 24: England 6, Panama 1 
Thursday, June 28: Belgium 1, England 0

Tuesday, July 3: England 1, Colombia 1 (England wins 4-3 in PKs) in round of 16
Saturday, July 7: England 2, Sweden 0 in quarterfinals
Wednesday, July 11: Croatia 2, England 1 (in extra time) in semifinals
Saturday, July 14: Belgium 2, England 0 in third-place match


England enters the cup with Harry Kane (9) as its biggest star. Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Best Player

Harry Kane. The Tottenham man bursted onto the scene in 2014-15 with 31 goals, and it was no fluke. He had 28 the following year, then 35 and finished this past season with 41 goals in 48 appearances. He's already got 12 goals for the national team and has turned into a clinical, brilliant forward who is as good in the air as he is with his feet. 

Player to watch

Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City man hasn't been at his best with the national team, but he already has 37 caps. He scored 23 goals this past season for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola has him flying high with confidence. If he can gel well with Kane and work some combinations with him to find some attempts in space, England will be in good shape.

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