England - The Roaring Lions
Hello there and welcome to my story, England - The Roaring Lions.
Why England? They are my national team of course! Yes, we ain't the best are we? But nevertheless I'll always support them regardless if they win lose or draw. I decided to make this story it's the year of the World Cup and I wanted to see how I did in charge of England!
Who will I be playing as?
Current England Manager Roy (or Woy) Hodgson!
Who else but him? The current England manager has really started to progress the team, making a new brand of ENGLISH football which is not a mix of different countries football. I believe that with Hodgson at the helm, England can become World Champions.
England - A Background
I guess before you delve into my story, I should give you a bit of 'background history' on England. Don't worry, it won't keep you long due to little success for a nation with high expectations.
World Cup Success: 1966
Our ONLY World Cup success was the infamous 1966 final win against West Germany by 4 goals to 2. The England team included some all time greats such as Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst. Hurst holds the record for the only player ever to score a hat-trick in the World Cup Final.
West Germany took the lead as Helmut Halter hit a shot on target which Jackie Charlton and goalkeeper Gordon Banks failed to deal with the shot which went in making it 1–0 to West Germany.
However soon after, Wolfgang Overath conceded a free kick, which Moore took immediately, floating a cross into the West German area, where Geoff Hurst rose unchallenged and levelled the scores with a downward glancing header.
The teams were level at half-time, and after 77 minutes England won a corner. Alan Ball delivered the ball to Geoff Hurst whose deflected shot from the edge of the area found Martin Peters. He produced the final shot, beating the West German keeper from eight yards to make the score 2–1 to England.
Germany pressed for an equaliser in the closing moments, and in the 89th minute Jack Charlton conceded a free kick for climbing on Uwe Seeler as they both went up for a header. The kick was taken by Lothar Emmerich, who struck it into George Cohen in the wall; the rebound fell to Held, who shot across the face of goal and into the body of Karl-Heinz Schnellinger. The ball deflected across the England six-yard box, wrong-footing the England defence and allowing Wolfgang Weber to level the score at 2–2 and force the match into extra time.
England went on and scored a controversial goal as Hurst's shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and went past the line but West Germany protested it wasn't a goal, however the Swiss referee awarded the goal which left 400 million viewers debating if the goal should have stood.
Nevertheless England went on and scored the final goal of the match as Bobby Moore picked out the unmarked Geoff Hurst with a long pass, which Hurst carried forward while some spectators began streaming onto the field and Hurst scored moments later securing England their first ever World Cup Final victory.
You've finished reading already?! Wow. Well, I hope you enjoy this story! It's very fun to write and I hope you also have fun watching me progress throughout!