In 2001, Sven-Göran Eriksson became the first foreign national (he is Swedish) to become the manager of England. They qualified for the Football World Cup 2002 (held in Japan and South Korea) in a tense finale on the 6th October 2001, with the final goal which gave them the much-needed draw against Greece coming from David Beckham in the dying seconds of the game. This result ensured automatic qualification above Germany on goal difference. In the World Cup itself, England reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual tournament winners Brazil 2-1. So far, the highlight of Eriksson's time in charge of England is a 5-1 victory over rivals Germany, during the World Cup 2002 qualification campaign. England came from behind, with goals from Emile Heskey, Steven Gerrard and a Michael Owen hattrick.
The first national manager, Walter Winterbottom, died in February 2002.
England is a member of UEFA.
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2 England managers
4 See also
|Player||When||No. of Games||No. of Goals|
|Manager||Years in charge|
|Sir Walter Winterbottom||1946-1962|
|Sir Alf Ramsey||1963-1974|
|Howard Wilkinson (caretaker)||1999|
|Peter Taylor (caretaker)||2000|
|Sven-Göran Eriksson||2001 - present|