Enriched with history and tradition, England is a great destination for a student tour. Your class can visit the home of the great bard, gawk at prehistoric Stonehenge, and tour world class museums and universities. The English love their country and that pride also resonates on the pitch. While England seems to never quite get over the hump in the World Cup, there's always the sense that this could be their year. Here is a quick look at England's history and their soccer team.
England: The Heartbreakers
FIFA Ranking: #10
Population: 53 million
Capital and Largest City: London
National Dish: The Sunday Roast is the national dish of England, and consists of roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and yorkshire pudding. English cuisine tends to be simple with an emphasis of using the abundance of quality produce grown in the English countryside.
Historic Sites: Better question: What historic sites can you bear skipping? One of the top attractions in England is Stonehenge, considered to be one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Other great sites include Big Ben, Oxford, the Tower of London, and Windsor Castle.
Why it's good for student travel: Your students will be fascinated by England's history and tradition. London is home to some excellent sites of interest including fantastic art galleries, museums, and theaters. Stratford is birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the perfect location for pupils and teachers wanting to discover more about the literary legend. Wherever your travels take you in England, your students will make memories sure to last a lifetime.
Did you know: Windsor Castle is the oldest and biggest royal residence that is still in use.
Team Nickname: The Three Lions. England's nickname refers to the country's rich history, going back to Richard the Lionheart, the King of England from 1189 to 1199. The three lions that appear on the national team's crest also appear on the Royal Arms of England.
Best Player: Wayne Rooney is the best player on this England team and one of the best scorers in the country's rich soccer history. Others to watch are team captain Steven Gerrard and youngster Daniel Sturridge.
2010 Finish: Loss to Germany in the round of 16
Current Results: L vs Italy (1-2)
Next Up: Uruguay (6/19). Costa Rica (6/24)
Image: ESPN/ Cristiano Siqueira