5 of the Most Memorable England Friendlies

James Budgen

Germany 2-3 England (26 March 2016)

After losing fourteen of their last twenty-one games to Germany, England fans weren’t very confident in their team's chances in this friendly, and after being 2-0 down at sixty minutes in Berlin, it looked as if it was going to be yet another defeat for the Three Lions.

Goals from the two strikers in Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy pulled England back to level terms with fifteen minutes to go, and England kept pushing for the winner late into the game.

In the dying embers of the game, England had a corner, which Jordan Henderson put perfectly onto Eric Dier’s head to seal the historic comeback for the away side, which at the time gave the country a lot of confidence for Euro 2012.

Sweden 4-2 England (14 November 2012)

This game is etched into the minds of not just English and Swedish fans, but all football fans as they witnessed one of the greatest individual performances of all time from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

England had a 2-1 lead with fifteen minutes to go, but Ibrahimovic refused to disappoint his home fans, firing in two goals in seven minutes to complete his hat-trick, which included a free-kick from thirty-five yards out, sending his home fans into raptures.

He sealed one of the greatest performances of all time, with one of the greatest goals to be scored in the history of the sport, as Joe Hart’s poor header sent the ball into the air, around thirty yards out from goal, outrageously, Ibrahimovic attempted an overhead kick, which went over the keeper and defenders and nestled into the back of the net to blow the minds of everyone watching the game.

England 3-2 Argentina (12 November 2005)

England and Argentina had met each other in the two previous World Cups which created an in-game rivalry between the countries, with both having a win over the other at the two tournaments with David Beckham playing the roles of hero and villain in these games following a controversial red card in 1998, as well as scoring the winner in 2002.

The match was played in Geneva, and it was the South American side that took the lead in the 35th minute through Hernan Crespo, but just three minutes later, a twenty-year-old Wayne Rooney levelled it up for his country.

Argentina retook their lead just after half-time through defender Walter Samuel, and as the game went on, it looked like it was going to be the winner, as the score kept the same with just five minutes to go

Goals in the 87th and 90th minute from Michael Owen completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in England’s history against one of the best teams in the world.

England 6-0 Jamaica (3 June 2006)

This game is not known for the massive victory at Old Trafford, or their only game against Jamaica, but for creating one of the most iconic celebrations of all time.

A Frank Lampard strike and Jermaine Taylor's own goal had given the Three Lions a two-goal lead, whilst Michael Owen added a fourth for England, but it was then Liverpool striker Peter Crouch who made all of the headlines.

Crouch scored a hat-trick in this game, and after his first goal to make the score 3-0 after just half an hour, he celebrated by doing the robot, making one of the most viral celebrations in football history.

England 2-1 Brazil (6 February 2013)

England were on an eight-match winless run against Brazil going into this game at Wembley in early 2013, with their last victory against the Seleção coming in 1990.

The game was played as the Football Associations 150 year anniversary celebrations, and the game started well for the home side as Wayne Rooney scored after twenty-six minutes, just minutes after Joe Hart saved a penalty from the legendary Ronaldinho.

Brazil levelled up the score just after half time through their striker Fred, and for a lot of the half, it was an end-to-end game, but England retook their lead on the hour mark, with a perfectly placed finish from outside of the box from Frank Lampard which secured England a very memorable victory.


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