After Euro 2021’s final loss to Italy on penalties, England fans cannot be blamed for feeling awful every time the Three Lions end up on a penalty shoot-out in a major competition.
Including the latest loss, England’s senior team have only won 30 percent of PK shootouts in Euros, World Cups and Nations League. For some unknown reason, the Three Lions and spot kicks don’t seem to mix, even the most talented English players collapse under the pressure of the 12-yard showdown.
Penalties have haunted England for generations in major tournaments throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, but they have also managed to win a few.
Here’s a look at England’s penalty shootout record, as well as who came up to hit them.
England in the penalty shootout
- What is England’s overall penalty shootout record?
- What is England’s record on the penalty shoot-out at the European Championship?
- Euro 96: Spain 0-0 England AET (England won 4-2 on penalties)
- Euro 96: Germany 1-1 England AET (Germany won 6-5 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)
- What is England’s record for penalties in the World Cup?
- World Cup 1990: 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)
- World Cup 2006: England 0-0 Portugal AET (Portugal won 3-1 on penalties)
- World Cup 2018: Colombia 1-1 England AET (England won 4-3 on penalties)
- What is England’s penalty shootout record in the Nations League?
- Nations League 2019: Switzerland 0-0 England AET (England won 6-5 on penalties
What is England’s overall penalty shootout record?
|No. penalty shootouts||Livestock||Lost|
England have been to 10 penalty shootouts in major international tournaments (World Cup, European Championship and Nations League), losing seven and winning three.
As of the 2018 edition, the Three Lions have participated in four shootouts at the World Cup. They won their first at a World Cup in 2018 when they defeated Colombia in the knockout stage.
Before their penalty win over the Colombians, England had lost in 2006 to Portugal in the quarter-finals, in 1998 to Argentina in the round of 16 and in 1990 to Germany in the semi-final.
* West Germany in 1990
At the European Championships, England have a nearly identical record, having lost four penalties and won just one. They lost to Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and Euro 2021, retired to Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 and were defeated by Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96.
His only win in a European Championship penalty shootout was in the Euro 96 quarterfinals against Spain.
They competed in a play-off penalty shoot-out for third place in the 2018-19 Nations League, beating Switzerland.
England have been to a total of five penalties in the European Championship, losing four and winning one.
The Three Lions defeated Spain in the quarterfinals of Euro 96 before losing to Germany in the semifinal of the same tournament.
Since then, they have lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 and then twice to Italy: in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and the final of Euro 2021.
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Euro 96: Spain 0-0 England AET (England won 4-2 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Spain||England Penalty Takers|
|Iron was lost||Shearer scored|
|Love scored||Platt scored|
|Belsue scored||Pearce scored|
|Nadal got lost||Gascoigne scored|
Euro 96: Germany 1-1 England AET (Germany won 6-5 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Germany||England Penalty Takers|
|Hassler scored||Shearer scored|
|Strunz scored||Platt scored|
|Reuter scored||Pearce scored|
|Goat scored||Gascoigne scored|
|Kuntz scored||Sheringham scored|
|Moller scored||Southgate failed|
Euro 2004: Portugal 2-2 England AET (Portugal won 6-5 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Portugal||England Penalty Takers|
|Deco scored||Beckham got lost|
|Simao scored||Owen scored|
|Rui Costa got lost||Lampard scored|
|Ronaldo scored||Terry scored|
|Marked sleeves||Hargreaves scored|
|Postiga scored||A. Cole scored|
|Ricardo scored||Lost Vassel|
Euro 2012: England 0-0 Italy AET (Italy won 4-2 on penalties)
|England Penalty Takers||Penalty takers from Italy|
|Gerrard scored||Balotelli scored|
|Rooney scored||Montolivo was lost|
|Missed young man||Pirlo scored|
|A. Cole failed||Nocerino scored|
Euro 2021: Italy 1-1 England AET (Italy won 3-2 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Italy||England Penalty Takers|
|Berardi scored||Kane scored|
|Belotti saved||Maguire scored|
|Bonucci scored||Rashford was lost|
|Bernardeschi scored||Sancho saved|
|Jorginho saved||Saka saved|
What is England’s record for penalties in the World Cup?
England have competed in four penalty shootouts at the World Cup: in 1990, 1998, 2006 and 2018.
Until their 2018 victory over Colombia in Russia, England had lost all their penalty shootouts in World Cups, having been defeated by West Germany in 1990, Argentina in 1998 and Portugal in 2006.
World Cup 1990: West Germany 1-1 England AET (West Germany won 4-3 on penalties)
|West German Penalty Takers||England Penalty Takers|
|Brehme scored||Lineker scored|
|Matthaus scored||Beardsley scored|
|Riedle scored||Platt scored|
|Thon scored||Pearce got lost|
1998 World Cup: Argentina 2-2 England AET (Argentina won 4-3 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Argentina||England Penalty Takers|
|Berti scored||Shearer scored|
|Crespo got lost||Ince got lost|
|Veron scored||Merson scored|
|Gallardo scored||Owen scored|
|Ayala scored||Batty got lost|
World Cup 2006: England 0-0 Portugal AET (Portugal won 3-1 on penalties)
|England Penalty Takers||Penalty takers from Portugal|
|Lampard got lost||Simao scored|
|Hargreaves scored||Viana got lost|
|Gerrard failed||Petit missed|
|Carragher got lost||Postiga scored|
World Cup 2018: Colombia 1-1 England AET (England won 4-3 on penalties)
|Penalty takers from Colombia||England Penalty Takers|
|Falcao scored||Kane scored|
|J. Cuadrado scored||Rashford scored|
|Muriel scored||Henderson failed|
|Uribe got lost||Trippier scored|
|Bacca was lost||Dier scored|
What is England’s penalty shootout record in the Nations League?
England have competed in a penalty shootout in the Nations League, winning one against Switzerland.
|Swtizerland Penalty Takers||England Penalty Takers|
|Zuber scored||Maguire scored|
|Xhaka scored||Barkley scored|
|Akanji scored||Sancho scored|
|Mbabu scored||Sterling scored|
|Schar scored||Pickford scored|
|Drmic got lost||Dier scored|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.