England National Game XI

England National Game XI – also known as England C and England Semi-Pro National Team – is a football team that represents England at semi-professional level. The team is made up of players from outside the Football League.

The team was formed in 1979 and the first manager was Howard Wilkinson. The present manager is Paul Fairclough who is also the Barnet manager.

The team played six matches in the 2006-07 season:

  • Holland (Home) 4-1 win, European Challenge Trophy
  • Northern Ireland (Away) 1-3 defeat, Friendly
  • Ireland (Neutral) 5-0 win, Four Nations Trophy
  • Scotland (Neutral) 3-0 win, Four Nations Trophy
  • Wales (Neutral) 3-0 win, Four Nations Trophy
  • Finland (Away) 1-0 win, Friendly

Top scorer was Mitchell Cole with six goals including a hat-trick in his debut against Ireland (5-0). 21 year old Cole was signed by non-league Stevenage Borough from Southend in 2007. He scored Stevenage’s first goal in the 2007 FA Trophy victory at new Wembley in may.

England won the inaugural European Challenge Trophy which was a group competition with four teams (England, Belgium, Holland and Italy) by winning all of their three matches.

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