England vs Denmark: The Three Lions' dismal record in previous semi-finals

Funny to think England actually won their first semi-final in a major tournament.

But since that halcyon summer of 1966 their record reads played four, lost four (five if you count the Nations League, which we don’t — about the only thing we do disagree with Gareth Southgate on).

Here’s how England have fared in their semi-final matches at the World Cup and European Championship since 1966.

EURO 1968: Yugoslavia 1-0 England

Back then only the last four of the European Championship comprised a standalone tournament, with England qualifying for the finals in Italy by topping a four-team group completed by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before beating Spain 3-1 on aggregate in a two-legged quarter-final.

In Florence, Alf Ramsey’s world champions went down 1-0 to Yugoslavia, who went on to lose to Italy, who owed their place in the final to a coin toss when their semi with the Soviet Union ended goalless after extra-time.

WORLD CUP 1990: England 1-1 Germany (GERMANY WIN 4-3 ON PENALTIES)

Germany led through a deflected free-kick in Turin, Gary Lineker equalised, Chris Waddle hit the inside of the post and David Platt had a goal ruled out.

Paul Gascoigne was reduced to tears when a booking ruled him out of a potential final. Stuart Pearce and Waddle missed in the shoot-out, Bobby Robson slumped in the dug-out, his England reign over and suddenly Gazza wasn’t the only one crying. We were all at it.

England nevertheless returned to a heroes’ welcome, a bus parade through the streets of Luton (where else?) and the nation’s passion for the game was rekindled after the pain, suffering and angst of stadium disasters at Valley Parade, Heysel and Hillsborough.

EURO 1996: England 1-1 Germany (GERMANY WIN 6-5 ON PENALTIES)

Alan Shearer struck after just three minutes at Wembley to suggest this time it could be different but Stefan Kuntz fired the Germans level 13 minutes later.

Golden-goal extra-time saw Darren Anderton hit the post, then Gazza stretched but could not connect and off we went to penalties again. It was not as inevitable as it all seems now.

England had won a last-eight shoot-out with Spain at the weekend and this one went to sudden death before Southgate was denied by Andreas Kopke, and the strutting Andreas Moller reminded us this only ever ends one way.

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WORLD CUP 2018: Croatia 2-1 England (AET)

England had to wait another 22 years to taste extra-time semi-final agony again.

Kieran Trippier’s free-kick put the Three Lions ahead in Moscow and Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane had chances to make it 2-0.

But when Ivan Perisic levelled, Croatia were in the ascendency and maintained control in the extra period, where Mario Mandzukic broke English hearts. Southgate vowed to be better next time.

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