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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 – Wayne Rooney (51); 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: 03/12/15 12.42CET

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Match log

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The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/10/2019 01:08 CET
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Slovakia0-1England
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
06/15/2018 11:34:50
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England2-0Malta
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
06/15/2018 13:20:16
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Slovenia0-0England
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
06/15/2018 11:52:10
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England3-0Scotland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
06/15/2018 13:42:52
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England2-0Lithuania
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
06/15/2018 14:24:59
Scotland2-2England
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
07/13/2018 10:58:30
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Malta0-4England
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
06/15/2018 14:39:52
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England2-1Slovakia
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
05/25/2018 12:10:20
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
England1-0Slovenia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
06/22/2018 12:12:30
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group F)
Lithuania0-1England
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
06/14/2018 11:31:50
England1-2Spain
Referee: not available Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/05/2019 06:21:30
11 September 2018 11 Sep - First round
England1-0Switzerland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: King Power Stadium, Leicester (ENG)
09/12/2018 09:18:04
Croatia0-0England
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka, Rijeka (CRO)
09/07/2019 01:29:59
Spain2-3England
Referee: not available Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville (ESP)
09/05/2019 06:21:45
15 November 2018 15 Nov - First round
England3-0USA
Referee: not available Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
11/15/2018 21:50:28
England2-1Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
09/07/2019 01:29:59
6 June 2019 06 Jun - UEFA Nations League, Semi-finals
Netherlands3-1England
Netherlands win after extra time (aet)
Referee: not available Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
09/07/2019 01:29:29
9 June 2019 09 Jun - UEFA Nations League, Third place
Switzerland0-0England
England win 6-5 on penalties (5-6p)
Referee: not available Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimaraes (POR)
09/05/2019 06:15:15
14 October 2019 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaEngland
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)

General info

  • Founded : 1863
  • Stadium : Wembley Stadium
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

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: 37
    Wayne Rooney (ENG)
  • Top scorers: 20
    Wayne Rooney (ENG)