England are in the knockout stages of the World Cup, which means the potential for more penalty drama is there.
The Three Lions are less than four games away from glory in Qatar, but it’s likely they’ll have to navigate at least one shootout to get there.
Gareth Southgate’s side have been involved in penalty shootouts at each of their last three knockout tournaments – the 2018 World Cup, 2019 Nations League and, of course, the Euro 2020 final.
England’s last 16 opponents, Senegal, have already won two shootouts this year alone.
The Teranga Lions won the African Cup of Nations and then the qualification for Qatar at the expense of Egypt.
England penalty record
1990 World Cup: West Germany 1-1 England AET (West Germany won 4-3 on penalties)
1998 World Cup: Argentina 2-2 England AET (Argentina won 4-3 on penalties)
2006 World Cup: England 0-0 Portugal AET (Portugal won 3-1 on penalties)
World Cup 2018: Colombia 1-1 England AET (England win 4-3 on penalties)
Euro 96: Spain 0-0 England AET (England won 4-2 on penalties)
Euro 2004: Portugal 2-2 England AET (Portugal won 6-5 on penalties)
Euro 2012: England 0-0 Italy AET (Italy won 4-2 on penalties)
Euro 2020: Italy 1-1 England AET (Italy won 3-2 on penalties)
Nations League 2019: Switzerland 0-0 England AET (England won 6-5 on penalties
What is England’s penalty record?
The England men’s national team have been involved in ten penalty shootouts at major tournaments and won just three!
This includes four in different World Cups, five in European Championships and one in the Nations League.
The Three Lions lost their first-ever shootout – against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-finals with Paul Gascoigne’s famous tears.
Six years later, England prevailed on penalties in front of their own fans to beat Spain at the Euros, only to lose again four days later to Germany in the semi-finals.
The loss kicked off a run of five successive shootout defeats for England, including against Argentina in 1998, Portugal in 2004 and 2006 and Italy in 2012.
Reading has been more enjoyable since Southgate took charge, having overseen a first-ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory in 2018 against Colombia.
England followed that up by beating Switzerland to clinch a bronze medal in the 2019 Nations League third place play-off.
But their latest shootout ended in defeat as the Three Lions fell short to Italy in the Euro final last summer.
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