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England is a world class qualifier. Incredible statistics of the “three lions”

Date: June 19, 2024 Time: 14:33:48

England is a world class qualifier. Incredible statistics of the “three lions”

Nikita Paglazov June 19, 2023, 16:00 Moscow time

And it doesn’t work with trophies!

The England team confidently passes the qualifying phase for Euro 2024. Gareth Southgate’s team defeated the main rival Italy (2:1), and also defeated Ukraine (2:0) and Malta (4:0). . Ahead: a home game with North Macedonia. It is unlikely that anyone will seriously bet that the British will concede in the next game. In general, they can be called world champions in qualifying matches! This status was taken from Spain by the founders of soccer: the Red Fury did not lose in the qualifiers for the World Cup – 1998-2018.

During the last six qualifying stages (excluding Euro 2024), the British lost only once. In qualifying for Euro 2012, England won five wins and three draws, for the 2014 World Cup – six wins and four draws. Then ten wins in the Euro 2016 squad and eight wins with two draws before the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The British invariably finished first, securing entry into the final tournament well before the end. The only loss in qualifications since 2010 occurred in qualifying for Euro 2020:

England lost away from home to the Czech Republic (1:2), leading during the match. To be fair, the Czechs showed great football in qualifying and in the final they entered the top eight. In the 2022 World Cup qualifying round, England were again unbeaten, with eight wins and two draws.

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Agreed, passing the grade without a problem is a cool skill. It keeps the nerves of the fans and gives confidence to the players. But how has the England team performed in the last six major tournaments?

At Euro 2012, the British with Roy Hodgson left the group, but in the 1/4 final they lost to the future silver medalists – Italy (0: 0, 2: 4 on penalties). The curse of sorrows intervened. Two years later, England failed at the World Cup in Brazil, finishing last in a group with Costa Rica, Uruguay and Italy.

Euro 2016 in France is a new fiasco. The British left the group in which they played a draw with Russia, but lost to Iceland in the 1/8 final (1:2). An incredible success for a tiny country and a similar disgrace for one of football’s greatest nations.

In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England came third

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

Finally, the first relative success came to England in the World Cup in Russia. Having received a fairly easy group (Belgium, Tunisia and Panama), breaking the psychological barrier of a penalty in the playoffs with Colombia, the British reached the semifinals. In Luzhniki, England lost to Croatia after extra time, and in the match for third place, to Belgium, losing handily (0-2). However, the top 4 in the context of previous results is a great achievement.

In 2021, England came close to the trophy. At the European Championship, which can be called the home of the “three lions” (which is held in different cities of Europe, but England played almost all matches at Wembley), the team reached the final. And he even took the lead in the second minute of the match, when Luke Shaw scored. But the penalty kick curse was included in the case. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th minute. He reached an 11-meter run, which was completed by young Englishmen: Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. As a result, the trophy eluded England in an offensive final at their native Wembley.

England after home Euro 2020

Photo: GES-Sportfoto/Getty Images

At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the British entered the status of one of the shadow favorites. Yes, a year ago they reached the final of the Eurocup, but the reputation of losers still haunted the team. As a result, the Southgate team performed well: it left the group with the USA, Iran and Wales from first place, defeated Senegal in the 1/8 final (3:0). But in the quarterfinals, in a bitter fight, they lost to France (1:2). The decisive moment of the match – Penalty by Harry Kane. In the 84th minute, the British striker was able to equalize, but he sent the ball over the goal. Is anyone surprised that England were knocked out of the tournament on penalties?

There is no doubt that the British will easily qualify for Euro 2024. There are already three victories in three games. The main task is to try to take the trophy. At club level, English clubs dominate Europe. Manchester City and West Ham won two of their three European competitions last season. Now the “trophy virus” must be collected by the national team.

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Puck Henry
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