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The England national football team is one of the oldest National football associations in the world. It has represented England in international football since the first international match in 1872.

Despite being one of the oldest football associations in the world, England has had limited success in world football. It has won the World cup once in 1966, coincidently on British soil.

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England Football is the home of England’s National Football Teams and Grassroots Football. It now has England’s Men senior team and the English women’s national team, who recently adopted an equal pay initiative.

You can follow all the latest football news regarding the English National team at WTX Sport and you can also use the English FA’s page for insights into the training camps.

The Wembley hero issued a message of a reassurance to the embattled Lionesses (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Sir Geoff Hurst says the Lionesses ‘will get over’ the hurt of their World Cup loss sooner than they think.

The 81-year-old – whose hat-trick heroics propelled the Three Lions to glory in 1966 – sent a message of support to Sarina Wiegman’s squad.

It comes after the England legend hit out at Prince William for not making the journey Down Under to support the team.

Sir Geoff told Metro: ‘I’ve been there and know how disappointing it feels.

‘On a personal level they will get over the loss. They are professionals and have bad times in sport – as we all do. You win stuff, you lose stuff.

‘They will be bitterly disappointed – we’re bitterly disappointed as supporters as well – but what the Lionesses have achieved is just amazing.

‘It’s not easy to win a World Cup, we won ours 57 years ago and England is still waiting for another.’

Sir Geoff watched the tournament unfold from his home in Cheltenham with his wife Judith, and excitedly texted with his granddaughter Amy during games.

Alessia Russo and Ella Toone with the England squad following the agonising defeat (Picture: Getty)

Nobby Stiles, Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters celebrate England’s 1966 World Cup win(Picture: John Varley/Shutterstock)

He added: ‘In the past, I’ve met female journalists who were once barred from playing football. It’s hard to imagine now with what we’ve seen in the last few years.

‘They don’t have the trophy, but the Lionesses are still winners to me.

‘The legacy they’ve left from the Euros and now the World Cup is making a huge difference. 

‘It will also change their lives. They’ll be 80 in a supermarket and someone will come up and go “oh you’re Millie Bright, you were captain in the 2023 World Cup.”  

‘People don’t forget.’

Sir Geoff spoke with Metro from a girls training session at Youngs FC, a club which has bolstered its ranks with an under-17s team thanks to National Lottery funding.

The Wembley hero met with players and coaches to find out more about the impact of dedicated support at the grassroots level.

Sir Geoff added: ‘The National Lottery has invested £50 million into the sport over the last decade.

Sir Geoff Hurst says the Lionesses are still victorious in his eyes (Picture: Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)

‘They were magnificent’World Cup winner Geoff Hurst told #BBCBreakfast the Lionesses should return with pride from their Australian adventure after finishing as World Cup runners up— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) August 21, 2023

‘It takes funds and time to run a football club. Youngs FC have an under 17s team now, and that’s coming in thanks to new money. 

‘It’s been really interesting talking with the coaches here and hearing what they are doing differently.

‘In the past, an issue in football at a grassroots level has been parents standing on the line shouting and screaming. 

‘Here, they have a parent committee to officially deal with any issues. It’s a major step forward to make sure people can simply enjoy football and have fun.

‘There are 200 new clubs since the Euros, who knows how many will come after this tournament.’

Sir Geoff added: ‘And as a team, the Lionesses have plenty more chance at success.

‘It’s a young and exciting squad, they’ve done us proud and will continue to do so.’

Sir Geoff spoke to Metro alongside the National Lottery.

The National Lottery’s Women’s Euro Legacy New Team Grant now means £1million has been made available to set up new girls’ clubs or teams since the Euros win last summer. 

So far, £200k has been issued to set up 170 new clubs / teams across the country.

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