After the Euro 2021 final loss to Italy via penalty-kick shootout, you can’t blame England fans for feeling impending doom every time the Three Lions end up in a shootout in a major competition.
Including the latest defeat, England’s senior national team has 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, with even the most talented English players crumbling under the pressure of the 12-yard showdown.
Penalties have haunted England for generations at major tournaments throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, but they have managed to win a few, too.
Here’s a look at England’s penalty shootout record, as well as those who stepped up to hit them.
- What is England’s overall penalty shootout record?
- What is England’s penalty shootout record 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 penalty shootout record at the World Cup?
- World Cup 1990: West Germany 1-1 England AET (West Germany won 4-3 on penalties)
- World Cup 1998: 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?
|No. penalty shootouts||Won||Lost|
England has been in 10 penalty shootouts at major international tournaments (World Cup, European Championship and Nations League), losing seven and winning three.
As of the 2018 edition, the Three Lions have been involved in four shootouts at the World Cup. They won their first at a World Cup in 2018 when they defeated Colombia in the last-16 stage.
Prior to their spot-kick triumph over the Colombians, England had lost in 2006 against Portugal in the quarterfinals, in 1998 against Argentina in the last 16 and in 1990 against Germany in the semi-final.
*West Germany in 1990
In the European Championship, England have a near identical record, having lost four penalty shootouts and won just one. They lost to Italy in the quarter-final of Euro 2012 and Euro 2021, bowed out against Portugal in the quarterfinal of Euro 2004 and were beaten by Germany in the semi-final of Euro 96.
Their only penalty shootout victory at a European Championship came in the quarterfinal of Euro 96 against Spain.
They competed in a penalty shootout in the 2018-19 Nations League third-place play-off, beating Switzerland.
England have been in a total of five penalty shootouts at the European Championship, losing four and winning one.
The Three Lions beat Spain in the quarterfinal of Euro 96 before losing to Germany in the semifinal of the same tournament.
Since then, they lost to Portugal in the quarterfinal of Euro 2004 and then twice to Italy: in the quarter-final of Euro 2012 and the final of Euro 2021.
|Spain penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Hierro missed||Shearer scored|
|Amor scored||Platt scored|
|Belsue scored||Pearce scored|
|Nadal missed||Gascoigne scored|
|Germany penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Hassler scored||Shearer scored|
|Strunz scored||Platt scored|
|Reuter scored||Pearce scored|
|Ziege scored||Gascoigne scored|
|Kuntz scored||Sheringham scored|
|Moller scored||Southgate missed|
|Portugal penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Deco scored||Beckham missed|
|Simao scored||Owen scored|
|Rui Costa missed||Lampard scored|
|Ronaldo scored||Terry scored|
|Maniche scored||Hargreaves scored|
|Postiga scored||A. Cole scored|
|Ricardo scored||Vassel missed|
|England penalty takers||Italy penalty takers|
|Gerrard scored||Balotelli scored|
|Rooney scored||Montolivo missed|
|Young missed||Pirlo scored|
|A. Cole missed||Nocerino scored|
|Italy penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Berardi scored||Kane scored|
|Belotti saved||Maguire scored|
|Bonucci scored||Rashford missed|
|Bernardeschi scored||Sancho saved|
|Jorginho saved||Saka saved|
England have competed in four penalty shootouts at the World Cup: in 1990, 1998, 2006 and 2018.
Until their 2018 win over Colombia in Russia, England had lost all of its penalty shootouts at World Cups, having been beaten by West Germany in 1990, Argentina in 1998 and Portugal in 2006.
|West Germany penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Brehme scored||Lineker scored|
|Matthaus scored||Beardsley scored|
|Riedle scored||Platt scored|
|Thon scored||Pearce missed|
|Argentina penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Berti scored||Shearer scored|
|Crespo missed||Ince missed|
|Veron scored||Merson scored|
|Gallardo scored||Owen scored|
|Ayala scored||Batty missed|
|England penalty takers||Portugal penalty takers|
|Lampard missed||Simao scored|
|Hargreaves scored||Viana missed|
|Gerrard missed||Petit missed|
|Carragher missed||Postiga scored|
|Colombia penalty takers||England penalty takers|
|Falcao scored||Kane scored|
|J. Cuadrado scored||Rashford scored|
|Muriel scored||Henderson missed|
|Uribe missed||Trippier scored|
|Bacca missed||Dier scored|
England have competed in one penalty shootout at 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 missed||Dier scored|
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