Horrifying England stat proves Three Lions are biggest bottlers

England are second favourites to win Euro 2020, but there is one stat that Gareth Southgate and his side will want to forget going into the tournament.

The Three Lions have taken the lead in each of their past five tournament knockout games, but have won only once in the process.

The only victory when England have scored first came against Sweden at the 2018 World Cup, where goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli helped England to a 2-0 win in Russia.

It’s a situation that England fans are far too used to being in as the long wait for another major trophy continues.

Since 2000, England have won only 13 times out of a possible 26 when they’ve scored first in a match at a major competition, with research done by The Guardian.

The Three Lions were knocked out by Iceland at the last Euros in 2016, again scoring first through a Wayne Rooney penalty in the first five minutes.

However, it’s not just knockout games that England can be remembered for losing despite initially going in front.

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Other notable games include Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, both France and Portugal at the 2004 Euros, USA at the 2010 World Cup and Russia at Euro 2016.

It’s an awful record that has attached itself to the nation so far during the 21st century and is certainly something Southgate has got to address going into the Euros.

The England boss has always been a believer in phycological factors at major tournaments and will look to ensure his team capitalise when taking the lead in both the group stages and the knockouts (when they get there).

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