England is a nation that lives and breathes sports. Whether it is one of the most viewed spectator sports like football, cricket or rugby or one of the less viewed sports such as basketball or hockey, the passion and pride shown by players and fans alike is incredible.
Once a player puts on the jersey that represents England, fans of England will no longer be concerned whether that player wears the colours of the likes of Arsenal or Chelsea week in week out, as for now they now play for Queen and Country, and that player knows full well what England expects.
2012 is an exciting and busy year for all the England teams. The England football team are currently preparing for the European Championshups, while the cricket team are in the middle of a Test Series with Sri Lanka. Meanwhule the England Rugby team have recently appointed that Stuart Lancaster as their new manager following an impressive 6 Nations campaign.
England fans are very patriotic and for every game that is played the nations pride is at stake, whether it be an International Friendly or a major tournament. When the team goes out and underperforms they not only let themselves down but they will fear the wrath of millions of fans. Recently this has happened more frequently than not due to England's failure to even qualify for the Euro 2008 Championships and their extremely dissapointing showing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Â
We will look at all of Englandâ€™s major sporting events that will be occurring over the next few years, including the 2012 European Championships, and also the exciting qualification process for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and lets not forget all the international friendlies that are scheduled to take place during this period.
ThereÂ has been no question that is has been a turbulent time for the England national side of late, with players underperformingÂ and questions over the managers ability and the lack of grassroots funding. However, England have an unquestionable amount of talent within their squad and it is surely only a matter of time before they finaly click and start challenging for the major honours.
England are currently going through a fantastic period, especially in Test cricket where they have not only thumped the Aussies in the last Ashes series but last summer outplayed Sri Lanka and thrashed India. However, they were recently embarrassed by Pakistan and are currently fighting it out with Sri Lanka in a three match Test Series.
England now have three different captains for the three different forms of cricket. Andrew Strauss carries on as Test captain, whilst Alastair Cook takes over of the ODI side and Stuart Broad now skippers the Twenty20 team.
The sport can be confusing to some as it is split into two forms: Rugby Union and Rugby League. In Rugby Union England have recently come second in the RBS 6 Nations and as a result named Stuart Lancaster as their new manager. He will now look to build towards the future.OnÂ the other side of the Rugby coinÂ is Rugby League, with the hotly anticipatedÂ Four Nations tournament taking place in the Southern Hemisphere andÂ in theÂ distant future the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to wet your appetites.
Other England Betting Sports
There are of course a multitude of other sports in which proud Englishmen participate:
Golf - Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are currently sitting happily at the top of the Golf World Rankings after a number of excellent performances throughout the past year. We follow both players as they strive to win their first major, which is surely a case of sooner rather than later. Other English golfers making their mark in the game include Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.
Formula One - The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button can both call themselves World Champions having won the Drivers World Championship, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The new Formula One season ahs recently kicked-off and both drivers will be eager to get a win or two under their belts in the first few races.
Boxing - David Haye suffered a huge blow to both his ego and future in boxing after being outboxed by Wladimir Klitschko in their very one sided bout back in July. The Haymaker is currently assessing his options but lets hope he continues in the sport. Amir Khan has been in fantastic form since his shock first round knock-out to Breidis Prescott back in 2008. Khan has reached such heights that he made even fight the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather next year in a titanic showdown.