England penalty shootout record: How many have the Three Lions won?
There’s a realistic chance tonight that when England meet Germany, it could come down to the dreaded penalty shootout that so many fans fear.
Naturally, England have big worries when it comes to penalty shootouts.
A crushing loss in 1990 in the World Cup semi-final was followed by an equally crushing defeat by the same opponents in Euro 96. That year, it was meant to come home, until Andreas Moller and his German mates had other ideas.
However, the notion that we never win one was somewhat banished in the 2018 World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s men saw off Colombia that day, with Eric Dier scoring the decisive effort.
But the fear remains for England when it comes to penalties. It’s just something that, as English football fans, we can’t get away from.
How many penalty shootouts have England won?
Major tournaments have yielded nine attempts at penalty glory for the Three Lions. Of those nine, we’ve only three, or a third, if you will.
Prior to the win against Colombia, England’s only other success from 12 yards came in Euro 96 against Spain. That year, David Seaman proved to be the hero.
In fact, you have to count the UEFA Nations League to even give England three wins in shootouts. Their 2019 win over Switzerland in their third-place playoff adding to the total.
England’s overall penalty shootout record
All in, England have faced seven teams in shootouts. Germany and Portugal are on their twice. England lost all four of those.
Argentina cruelly sent England packing in 1998, while Italy sent us packing in 2012 as Andrea Pirlo’s cheeky chip compounded our misery.
There’s been plenty of stories of redemption over the years with England and tonight might be another one. Shades of Stuart Pearce in 96 or David Beckham in 2002 spring to mind.
But, ultimately, most England fans would gladly take flukey 1-0 win against the Germans this evening!
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