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England team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.15CET
England, the only European nation to have won the FIFA World Cup but not lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup, could have had more recent success had it not been for penalty shoot-outs.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.15CET

England team profile

England, the only European nation to have won the FIFA World Cup but not lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup, could have had more recent success had it not been for penalty shoot-outs.

Best result: semi-finals 1968, 1996
Coach: Roy Hodgson
Leading scorers: all-time – Bobby Charlton (49); current – Wayne Rooney (51)
Most appearances: all-time – Peter Shilton (125); current – Wayne Rooney (109)
Association formed: 1863
Nickname: Three Lions
Where they play: Wembley, London

England's recent record in major tournaments could have looked very different had it not been for penalty shoot-outs. Since losing on spot kicks to West Germany in the semi-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, they have been eliminated by that method from five further tournaments – three UEFA European Championships (1996, 2004 and 2012) and two World Cups (1998, 2006). It means the 1966 World Cup triumph on home soil remains their only final appearance, although Roy Hodgson's team, group stage fallers at the 2014 World Cup, should travel to France in confident mood having qualified for UEFA EURO 2016 with ten wins out of ten.

England: Top five qualifying goals

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P127 W75 D33 L19 F257 A89
Final tournament: P27 W9 D9 L9 F36 A31
Qualifying: P100 W66 D24 L10 F221 A58

England are alone among Europe's World Cup-winning nations in failing to capture the Henri Delaunay Cup. Indeed, they are yet to reach a UEFA European Championship final, having come closest in 1996, when they hosted the event, only to be denied by Germany in a semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat at Wembley. They also reached the last four – as world champions – in 1968, but otherwise the competition has brought few happy memories.

In the four eight-team final tournaments from 1980 to 1992, England were unable to reach the knockout phase, failing to qualify altogether for the 1984 edition in France. EURO '96 apart, they have also struggled to make an impression in the 16-team finals, going out at the group stage in 2000 and suffering elimination in qualifying for the 2008 tournament. On the other two occasions, in 2004 and 2012, respective quarter-finals with Portugal and Italy both ended in shoot-out disappointments.

Memorable EURO matches
21/06/04: Croatia 2-4 England, UEFA EURO 2004 group stage
Two Wayne Rooney goals helped England come from behind to book a quarter-final berth.

18/06/96: Netherlands 1-4 England, EURO '96 group stage
Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham both scored twice in a famous Wembley win.

11/11/87: Yugoslavia 1-4 England, 1988 UEFA European Championship qualifying
England struck four times in the opening 25 minutes in Belgrade to earn a decisive victory.

Did you know?
England have only ever won one knockout fixture at a EURO final tournament – ironically on penalties, against Spain after a 0-0 draw on home soil at Wembley in 1996.

*Last updated on 18/11/2015

Last updated: 20/11/15 14.06CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 23/11/2015 12:56 CET
3 September 2014 03 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
10/15/2015 19:08:58
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
09/08/2015 23:13:33
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
England5-0San Marino
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/08/2015 23:13:35
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
09/08/2015 23:13:36
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
10/15/2015 11:41:24
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
10/16/2015 06:34:16
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
10/06/2015 10:45:57
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:14:19
7 June 2015 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Republic of Ireland0-0England
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
11/19/2015 11:35:49
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
10/14/2015 19:23:19
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-6England
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
10/06/2015 17:23:13
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/09/2015 10:23:00
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
10/14/2015 16:29:15
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
11/23/2015 11:56:45
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:43:45
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/18/2015 15:31:56
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:36:31
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:33:47
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:00:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:03
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:04:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 18:28:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:04:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:30:48
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:12:36

General info

  • Founded : 1863
  • Stadium : Wembley Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    15/12/1982, England 9-0 Luxembourg, London
  • Biggest defeat:
    27/02/1963, France 5-2 England, Paris
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 33
    Wayne Rooney (ENG)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Wayne Rooney (ENG)