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England’s Semi-Final Record Ahead of Their Clash With the Netherlands

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England’s Semi-Final Record Ahead of Their Clash With the Netherlands

Before Gareth Southgate’s tenure as England manager started back in September 2016, many fans of the Three Lions weren’t optimistic about their sides’ future prospects, having seen England crash out of Euro 2016 in humiliating circumstances to Iceland at the Round of 16, following their disastrous Group Stage exit at the 2014 World Cup.

Many England fans used to cast eyes back to Euro 1996 for inspiration, as prior to the 2018 World Cup, that was the Three Lions’ last semi-final appearance, however, since then, there is renewed optimism as under Southgate, England have made it to three semi-finals in eight years.

Ahead of England’s Euro 2024 semi-final showdown with the Netherlands, we’ve taken a look at how the Three Lions have fared in previous World Cup and European Championship semi-final clashes.

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1966 World Cup: England 2-1 Portugal

1966 was a glittering year for English football, as the Three Lions sensationally won the World Cup on home soil via a 4-2 victory over West Germany where Sir Geoff Hurst scored a memorable hat-trick.

The semi-final of this competition saw England face a Portugal side that were brimming with confidence, as they’d won all three of their group stage matches against the might of Hungary, Brazil and Bulgaria, before eliminating North Korea 5-3.

However, England could rightly be confident in their own ability, having topped Group 1 containing Uruguay, France and Mexico, before edging a tight encounter with Argentina in the quarter-finals 1-0.

The Three Lions semi-final match-up with Portugal saw two of the most notable players in the sport go head-to-head in Sir Bobby Charlton and Eusébio. It was the former who scored a brace, while Eusébio scored one of his 9 goals at the 1966 tournament.

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1990 World Cup: West Germany 1-1 England (West Germany won 4-3 on Penalties)

England’s second-ever semi-final saw them face off against West Germany at Italia 1990 in Turin.

Andreas Brehme gave West Germany a 1-0 lead via a deflected strike on the hour mark before Gary Lineker equalised with just nine minutes to go in normal time to take the match to extra time.

Paul Gascoigne was shown a yellow card in the 99th-minute which would see him suspended for the final should England have made it there, prompting the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder to flood with tears.

However, the match went to penalties where the Three Lions would ultimately fall short, as following three perfect spot kicks from each side, Stuart Pierce saw his penalty saved by Bodo Illgner before Chris Waddle blazed his spot kick well over the crossbar.

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Euro 1996: Germany 1-1 England (Germany won 6-5 on Penalties)

Euro 1996 was another homecoming for England, as the Three Lions were the host nation.

Terry Venables’ side knew that a win in the semi-final would see them face the Czech Republic, however, their old foe lied in their way, Germany.

England took the lead after just three minutes through Alan Shearer, however, Stefan Kuntz bagged an equaliser just 13 minutes later - the game would go to extra time once again where Gascoigne would suffer more heartache, this time, narrowly sliding in and missing a golden opportunity to seal a victory via Golden Goal.

Typically, the Germans showed grit and resilience and emerged victorious on spot kicks as Gareth Southgate saw his penalty saved by Andreas Kopke in sudden-death before Andreas Moller slammed in the decisive penalty to make England fans think what could have been.

2018 World Cup: Croatia 2-1 England (after extra time)

It would take England 22-years to reach another semi-final, with Southgate ironically managing the Three Lions to it at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, following a disastrous period for the English national team under Roy Hodgson.

There was little expectation heading into this competition, however, the Three Lions secured themselves an easier path to the semi-final by finishing behind Belgium in Group G, but, ahead of Tunisia and Panama.

England managed to beat Colombia on penalties in the Round of 16 following a 1-1 draw, before earning a solid 2-0 victory over Sweden in the quarter-finals.

However, the semi-finals would once again be where the Three Lions competition would end, as they met Croatia’s Golden Generation of players that featured the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and more.

Southgate’s men took a fifth-minute lead via a memorable Kieran Trippier free kick, which was eventually cancelled out by a Perisic goal in the 68th-minute, before Mandzukic fired in a 109th-minute winner to break English hearts.

Euro 2020: England 2-1 Denmark (after extra time)

Euro 2020 was England’s last semi-final appearance and a successful one at that, as they narrowly scraped past Denmark at Wembley Stadium after extra time.

England reached their second-ever major final in dramatic fashion, as not only did they top Group D ahead of Croatia, the Czech Republic and Scotland, they also earned a rare win over Germany and thrashed the Ukraine 4-0 in the quarter-finals.

A resurgent Denmark side stood in the way of England making it to the final, making the game a tight contest from the off, as Mikkel Damsgaard scored a stunning free-kick in the 30th-minute before Simon Kjaer’s 39th-minute own goal levelled the scores. Harry Kane slotted home a rebound from his own penalty in the 104th-minute to send England to the final where they’d face Italy.

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