The England National Football Team is known as "The Three Lions." Despite being a member of the United Kingdom, England has always had a representative team that competes in major professional competitions, but not in Olympic Games, as the IOC has always recognized United Kingdom representative sides. The England National Football Team first entered an official international tournament when it took part in the 1930 European Nations' Cup (now known as the UEFA Euro Championship). It has since then gone on to win five more titles at this level. At the other end of the spectrum, England has never won a single match at a World Cup or any other global tournament.
England's national team has been called many things over the years - the best England has ever produced, the greatest team in history, and even the miracle squad. But there can be no argument about its status as one of world football's most successful teams. With 13 trophies to its name, including six European Championships, England is certainly one of the top three nations in terms of winning championships.
It was not always thus for England. They have enjoyed success in recent years, but until recently they could not claim to be among the top nations in football. That all changed in 1990 when England won its first ever World Cup title with superiority over both opponents. Since then, there has been nothing but triumph for Gareth Southgate's men.
The Rugby Football League manages England's national rugby league squad, known as the Three Lions. The Rugby Football League also manages the Great Britain national rugby league side, known as the Lions, which represents the whole British Isles. In addition to these two national teams, there are several other international sides that play by their own rules of rugby league, including Ireland, France, and Papua New Guinea.
The team was founded in 1873 when three amateur rugby clubs joined together: Old Harrovians, University of London, and Rosslyn Park. These three clubs only played against each other until 1895 when they began playing other professional teams. The original names of the teams were "Old Harrovians", "Harrovians", and "Rosslyn Park". In 1898, "Harrovians" was changed to "Hunslet" because of a conflict of interests with another club called "Harrovians". In 1907, "Rosslyn Park" was dropped because its owner, Mr. R. G. W. Ross, did not want to be associated with any sports team other than football (soccer) ones. So Hunslet just became known as "Hunslet RLFC."
The Lions: Great Britain's national rugby league side, often known as the Lions, represents the whole British Isles and is managed by the Rugby Football League. The name "Lion" was originally given to England because of their many victories over other countries. Today, "Lion" also means a great deal of strength and courage.
First played in 1883, English rugby union was widely considered to be one of the most sophisticated sports in use at that time. It was not until after the First World War that England began to dominate the sport, winning the Grand Slam eight times between 1920 and 1949. In 1951, England played Australia for the first time and lost 16-3 in the inaugural Test match. That same year, England left its home country to travel to South Africa where they would play four series over two years. The tours were successful, with England winning all four matches. In 1953, England played France at home for the first time; it was a one-sided affair, with England winning easily 54-3.
In 1957, England traveled to New Zealand where they have never been defeated. This world-famous rivalry has led to some incredible games between these two nations. The last time England lost to New Zealand was in 1973; since then, the All Blacks have won 13 out of 14 matches between them.