England set for Old Trafford return after perfect start to Euro qualifiers

The Three Lions’ next game on home soil will be at Old Trafford. Tickets went on general sale this morning for the Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia in June.

The England men’s team will return to the North West for the first time in more than seven years and will play at Old Trafford for the first time since 2007. 

On Thursday in Naples the Three Lions won in Italy for the first time since 1961- a night when Jimmy Armfield and Bobby Charlton turned out for Walter Winterbottom’s side. 

More than half a century later it was Declan Rice and Harry Kane who put the Azzurri to the sword.

It proved a historic night for the England skipper whose strike from the penalty spot meant he overtook Wayne Rooney to become the country’s leading goalscorer. 

On Sunday England coasted to victory against Ukraine in front of an almost full house at Wembley. First-half goals from Kane and Bukayo Saka sealed six points out of six – a perfect start for Gareth Southgate’s men.

The highlights of England 2-0 Ukraine

The England team will play in the North West for the first time since May 2016 when they beat Turkey in a in a warm-up game for the Euros at the Etihad. 

Kane gave Roy Hodgson’s side an early lead but his second-half penalty miss at 1-1 looked to prove costly until Jamie Vardy popped up with a late winner. 

England vs Turkey, 22 May 2016

We have to look even further back to when the Three Lions last lined up at Old Trafford.

In 2007 England managed by Steve McClaren lost 1-0 in a friendly against Spain. Andrés Iniesta scored the only goal of the game.

The match programme from England vs Spain in 2007 at Old Trafford

What’s happened to the starting 11 since then?

Goalkeeper Ben Foster made his England debut this night. The 39-year-old has been in the news again this week after signing for non league side Wrexham.

Ben Foster kept a clean sheet on his second debut for Wrexham

Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gary Neville all feature as regular pundits on our TV screens.

Phil Neville also lined up for England that day. He’s been the head coach of David Beckham’s club Inter Miami CF since the start of 2021. 

Michael Carrick and Jonathan Woodgate are both now at Middlesbrough. The latter was sacked as Boro boss in June 2020 but returned as a first team coach under Carrick who has guided the club from 21st to third since he took over at the end of October. 

Michael Carrick’s record as Middlesbrough boss

Kieron Dyer resigned from his role as Ipswich U23s boss a year ago. He’s now part of the coaching staff at National League Chesterfield with former Tractor Boys boss Paul Cook.

Frank Lampard is taking a break from management after he was sacked as Everton boss in January and Steven Gerrard is doing some more punditry. The former Aston Villa boss was part of Channel 4’s coverage of the first two qualifiers.

Steven Gerrard as part of Channel 4’s coverage after the Ukraine game

Alongside regular appearances as a pundit on BT Sport Peter Crouch has two successful podcasts. The Peter Crouch Podcast has been one of the most popular football podcasts in recent years and his newest venture, The Therapy Crouch which he hosts with wife Abby Clancy is also proving to be a hit. 

Joey Barton, current Bristol Rovers manager, came on as one of six substitutes to make his only ever appearance for the national team.

Joey Barton after coming on as a substitute

The Three Lions qualifying campaign will resume against Malta away from home on June 16 before they touchdown on English soil for the North Macedonia game in Manchester three days later.