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12 Jul 2018

The curious case of England and World Cup knock-outs

England's dismal performances at the knock-outs

1966 saw England win their maiden and only FIFA World Cup.

52 years later, the possibility of England reaching a second final was on the cards, but it didn't happen.

A loss to Croatia in extra-time brought back familiar memories that have haunted the team since ages.

Here we look at England's performances at the knock-outs when they were ousted in the coveted tournament.

In context

England's dismal performances at the knock-outs
When eventual champions Brazil stunned England in 2002


When eventual champions Brazil stunned England in 2002

After an excellent group campaign that included a win over Argentina, the English team reached the quarters after brushing aside Denmark.

Michael Owen gave England the dream start and everyone started to believe, but Brazil turned it around.

Ronaldinho's spectacular free-kick caught goalie David Seaman flat-footed, as it went underside of the bar.

A mistake then saw Rivaldo score, as England's golden generation faltered.

World Cup 2006

Cristiano's wink; a red card for Rooney

England wanted to put aside the 2002 failure and have a go in 2006.

After topping the group stage and winning the round of 16, England looked promising.

Portugal were pitted against England, where Wayne Rooney received a red card after an hour for a stamp on William Carvalho.

The match ended 0-0 until extra-time.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's reign ended when they lost via penalties.

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1990 semi-final pain was a lot to bear

World Cup 1990

1990 semi-final pain was a lot to bear

The 1990 World Cup is remembered for many things which includes Bobby Robson parting ways with England.

His side had played superbly in the knock-outs before calamity struck.

England faced West Germany and the semi-final match ended 1-1, despite England being the better side.

England went on to lose the match in penalties as Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed their spot-kicks.

World Cup 1998

England unable to seek redemption

After having failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 1994, the 1998 edition was a chance for England to redeem themselves.

England were up against Argentina in the round of 16.

David Beckham received a red card for a challenge on Diego Simeone as the match ended 2-2.

The match headed to penalties where the South American giants prevailed 4-3.

It's not coming home.

World Cup 2018

It's not coming home.

England looked set to break the knock-outs jinx and enter their second final. But, once again, it did not happen.

England had a dream start against Croatia, when Trippier scored a screamer.

Until half-time they dominated the game, but led by Ivan Perisic, Croatia staged a comeback.

In the second half of extra-time, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner to knock England out.

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