Factbox on England

May 19 (Reuters) - Factbox on England who are competing in Group C at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa:

Colours: White shirts, white shorts, white socks

Nickname: Three Lions

Previous World Cup appearances: 12: 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006

Best World Cup performance: Winners 1966

Coach: Fabio Capello

Most capped player: Peter Shilton 125

Top goalscorer: Bobby Charlton 49

Talking points:

England qualified for the finals with eight successive wins and finished with nine wins out of 10 games in European Group Six, but trouble has dogged the squad since the end of the qualifiers.

John Terry was deposed as captain following revelations that he had an extra-marital affair with the ex-partner of England and former Chelsea team mate Wayne Bridge, who has since made himself unavailable for national selection.

Injuries to David Beckham, who will miss the finals, and Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson and Aaron Lennon hampered coach Fabio Capello's preparations while the inconsistent form of Terry and his centre-back partner Rio Ferdinand has not helped.

Player to watch:

Wayne Rooney. The 24-year-old Manchester United striker, who struck 34 goals before a spate of injuries affected the end of his season, is England's key player. He expects to have fully recovered from a groin strain, and if he is on form and scoring goals, England could go far. If he is below par, they probably will not. (Editing by Robert Woodward; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)