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6 times England crashed out of a major tournament through a penalty shootout

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Against Germany, 1996 UEFA European championships

Soccer - Euro 1996 - Final - Germany vs Czech Republic
Soccer - Euro 1996 - Final - Germany vs the Czech Republic

The 1996 Euros were hosted by England. The hosts started out brilliantly winning 2 out 3 matches and thus topped a tricky group consisting of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Scotland. Alan Shearer, the legendary Newcastle striker was the star man for England in euro 1996 as he ended the tournament as the top scorer.

England reached their first European championships semifinal by defeating Spain in the quarterfinals. Their opponents in the semi-finals were none other than arch-rivals Germany. England started the game with all guns blazing as Shearer scored in just the 3rd minute to give England the lead. But their lead was shortlived as Stefan Kuntz of Germany got one back soon.

Beyond that point, no goals were scored and the game went on to the penalty shootout.

England and Germany both scored their first 5 penalties. Germany did pass the first sudden death and England relied on the current manager of three lions – Gareth Southgate to keep their hopes alive. But some things are never meant to be as the current England manager missed it and England crashed out of the euros.