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Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring in England's 2-0 victory against Scotland at EURO '96 ©Getty Images


Best result: semi-finals 1968, 1996
Coach: Roy Hodgson
Leading scorers: all-time – Bobby Charlton (49); current – Wayne Rooney (38)
Most appearances: all-time – Peter Shilton (125); current – Steven Gerrard (108)
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 they qualified unbeaten and as group winners for Brazil 2014.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P117 W65 D33 L19 F226 A86
Final tournament: P27 W9 D9 L9 F36 A31
Qualifying: P90 W56 D24 L10 F190 A55

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 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 15.23CET

Trophy cabinet

Club 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)