With such great talent at their disposal and a great footballing culture, it is quite a surprise that they have only the one World Cup in to their credit. They have made it a habit of going out in the knockout stages of major completions and normally penalties are their chosen mode of exit. England has an abysmal track record when it comes to penalty kicks. We take a look at some of the greatest footballers that have come out of England. Sir Stanley Mathews was one of the best footballers that England has ever produced.
The move will be seen as a threat to the BBC's Match of the Day programmes - although host Gary Lineker has moved quickly to play down fears.
And the Mail report that Sky bosses are seriously considering making three-minute highlights from all matches available online soon after the games finish.
The move is seen as the first real challenge to the BBC's dominance of top-flight football highlights on a weekend which they show on their flagship Match of the Day shows. Sky have long held the rights to show highlights, but have never made them available to non-paying customers.
They have only provided the most basic of clips on social media channels, while showing longer highlights to Sky Sports subscribers and those signed up to News UK publications.
But now they are assessing the feasibility of putting together individual three-minute packages for each weekend game, showing the best of the action and goals, and publishing them on the YouTube digital platform.
Crucially, though, these clips would only be of match action and would not contain any analysis from experts. And the report suggests the BBC will not be overly concerned by the move - because Match of the Day shows extended highlights and in-depth views from the panel of experts.
The programme has been staple diet for football fans in the UK for decades, and is the flagship of the Beeb's offering in the sport. There is a belief that the target of audience of steamed highlights is different from those who choose to watch the MOTD shows on a Saturday and Sunday evening.
Responding to details of the story, Lineker tweeted: "No threat at all.