2014 WORLD CUP FACTS: ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM

England had a tournament to forget. They lost two games and drew the third to finish bottom of a group that had surprise package Costa Rica and two former world champions, Uruguay and Italy.

It was not all doom and gloom for the Three Lions though as they had one of the youngest squad at the tournament.

Here are some more facts about the England national team at the World Cup

One point was England’s lowest-ever return in a World Cup group stage.

Costa Rica knocked out Italy, England, Greece and beat Uruguay, four sides placed in the top 12 positions of the Fifa Rankings (Uruguay – 7th, Italy – 9th, England – 10th, Greece – 12th).

This was the first time that three sides from the Concacaf region made it out of the group stages and into the last 16 (since the format began in 1986).

The 2014 World Cup saw a joint-high number of goals scored (171). England only managed two of those goals.

This was the first time that England have been eliminated from a World Cup at the group stage since 1958.

Luke Shaw was the youngest player to play at this World Cup finals, when he played for England v Costa Rica (18 years 348 days).

England’s Wayne Rooney recorded his first World Cup assist in his team’s opening game v Italy and his first goal in their game v Uruguay.

The England goalkeeper Joe Hart made only one save in two World Cup games.

Germany had 14 players aged 25 and under in their squad compared to just 10 for England. 

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