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England’s previous semi-final appearance in major tournaments

England will face Denmark on Wednesday, aiming to reach the first major tournament final since 1966.

This is the fifth time the Three Lions have entered the semi-finals of a major tournament. This does not include the 1968 European Championship, where only four teams entered the finals.

Here, PA news agencies look at how England has succeeded in the last four encounters.

England 2 Portugal 1–1966 World Cup Semifinals (Wembley, London)

England played against the Portuguese side, including Eusebio, in 1966 (PA)

Portugal boasts a 100% record, and amulet forward Eusebio rushed into the clash with seven goals. However, it was Host England who won Wembley thanks to Bobby Charlton’s brace, which attacked in the 30th and 80th minutes. Portugal regained the goal from the penalty spot and Eusebio sent Gordon Banks the wrong way, which inevitably re-entered the scoresheet, but the Iberian country couldn’t find an equalizer. As they say, the rest is history.

West Germany 1 England 1 (West Germany won 4-3 with a pen) – 1990 World Cup Semifinals (Stadio delle Alpi, Torino)

Bobby Robson’s men suffered a penalty shootout exit in England’s biggest match since winning a trophy against the same opponent 24 years ago. The match ended 1-1 at the end of overtime, with Andreas Brehme’s 60-minute shot looping backpeded by Peter Shilton, followed by Gary Lineker’s second-half leveler. In the shootout, all the first six takers scored with their efforts. However, Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed both sides of Olaf Thon’s successful efforts as England. For the first time in a major tournament, but not at the end, I fell with a spot kick.

Germany 1 England 1 (Germany gets a 6-5 penalty) – 1996 European Championship Semifinals (Wembley, London)

Gareth Southgate missed a penalty as England crashed from Euro 1996
Gareth Southgate missed a penalty as England crashed from Euro 1996 (Neil Munns / PA)

A familiar result with a familiar opponent as England was short again. Alan Shearer began to fly the tournament host when he headed to the opener just three minutes later, but Stefan Kuntz quickly slipped the equalizer home. Neither side was able to find a winner during regulation or extended warfare. In other words, a penalty shootout was needed. After all 10 players scored, Gareth Southgate saw his efforts saved and German captain Andreas MΓΆller hit a decisive spot kick on the roof of the net on his side. Was sent to the final.

Croatia 2-1 England – 2018 World Cup Semifinals (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow)

England remained disappointed after going to Croatia for an additional time in 2018
England remained disappointed after going to Croatia after overtime in 2018 (Adam Davy / PA)

It was England’s first major semifinal for 22 years when their journey reached another painful conclusion with the defeat of overtime to Croatia. The Southgate side got off to an ideal start just five minutes later with a 20-yard free kick by Kieran Trippier, but Ivan Perisic entered the extra time with a 68-minute equalizer. England disagreed with expectations for the tournament, but Croatia’s experience was shining when Mario Mandzukic’s winners faced France in the final.



England’s previous semi-final appearance in major tournaments

SourceEngland’s previous semi-final appearance in major tournaments

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