England On This Day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the national side's rollercoaster past, mixing in a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable Lions diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the first ever international match in 1872 to the Premier League era, England's faithful fans have witnessed decades of world domination and tragicomic failures, grudge matches, World Cup heroics, bizarre goals, fouls and metatarsals - all featured here. Timeless greats such as Bobby Charlton, Kevin Keegan and Paul Gascoigne, Steve Bloomer, David Beckham and Stanley Matthews all loom larger than life. Revisit May 12 1971, when England beat Malta 5-0 and Gordon Banks only got four touches - all backpasses! September 1 2001: Germany 1-5 England! Or July 12 1966, when the England team took a morale-boosting trip to the set of You Only Live Twice...
Rob Burnett and Joe Mewis were co-creators of the cult website www.onthisfootballday.com, and are also co-authors of England On This Day. Joe combines football journalism with marketing work, and wrote both Leeds United On This Day and Miscellany.Rob earns a crust writing about football, and is also the author of Formula One On This Day.
Joe Mewis first footballing memories are as an over-excited eight-year-old being put through the emotional mixer during Italia 90 in a way that only the England team can do. By 2006 he had just about got over England's penalty shoot-out loss to West Germany, so spent the summer in a campervan driving across Germany for the World Cup, only for it all to happen again. He is now a freelance football journalist. Rob Burnett grew up in the Falkland Islands, where, despite spending many of his early years nearly 8,000 miles from Wembley, he managed to keep up with all of England's penalty-related woe during the nineties thanks to the BBC World Service and even occasionally on television. He moved to the UK in 1999 and is now journalist working in London. This is Rob and Joe's second book.