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How many times have England won the European Championship?

Have England ever won the Euros before? Sports Mole take a look at the Three Lions' record at the tournament and how far they have gone in previous years.

Euro 2024 will represent the 11th time that England have competed at the European Championship since the tournament was first held in France back in 1960.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has selected his 33-man provisional squad, which must be cut down to a maximum of 26 players before June 7, ahead of this summer's eagerly-anticipated continental event in Germany.

England will prepare for the tournament with warm-up matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland, facing the former at St James' Park on June 3, four days before playing against the latter at Wembley Stadium.

Southgate will then lead his team out for their first Euro 2024 Group C fixture against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on June 16, before facing Denmark and Slovenia on June 20 and June 25 respectively.

The Three Lions are regarded as one of the favourites to come out on top this summer, but have they ever won the Euros before?

Here, Sports Mole take a look at England's record at the Euros and how far they have gone in previous tournaments.


Euro 1968 - Third place

Legendary England manager Sir Alf Ramsey pictured in 1970© Reuters

Two years after winning the 1996 World Cup, the Three Lions qualified for their first-ever Euros in 1968, which consisted of only four teams and was won by hosts Italy. Managed by Sir Alf Ramsey, England lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in the semi-finals before beating the Soviet Union by a 2-0 scoreline in the third-place playoff.


Euro 1980 - Group Stage

England failed to qualify for two consecutive tournaments in the 1970s before making it to Euro 1980. The Three Lions were one of eight nations split into two groups of four and after drawing 1-1 with Belgium, losing 1-0 to hosts Italy and beating Spain 2-1, they could only finish third in Group 2 and failed to advance to the final four.


Euro 1988 - Group Stage

England's John Barnes in action with USSR's Sergei Aleinikov on June 18, 1988© Reuters

Bobby Robson's England endured a tournament to forget at Euro 1988 as they lost all three group-stage matches against Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the Soviet Union, conceding seven goals in total, to finish rock bottom of Group 2.


Euro 1992 - Group Stage

Graham Taylor was unsuccessful in his attempts to turn England's fortunes around at Euro 1992 as they were consigned to another group-stage exit. After playing out goalless stalemates with France and eventual winners Denmark in their opening two fixtures, the Three Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat against host nation Sweden and subsequently finished bottom of Group 1.


Euro 1996 - Semi-finals

Paul Gascoigne celebrates with Teddy Sheringham after scoring for England against Scotland at Euro 96© Reuters

Terry Venables was only in charge of England for two years, but he inherited a talented crop that reached the semi-finals of Euro 1996 held on home soil, which was expanded from eight teams to 16.

England topped Group A after following up a 1-1 draw with Switzerland with iconic victories over Scotland and the Netherlands. Paul Gascoigne scored a memorable goal in a 2-0 win over Scotland, while Alan Shearer netted two of his four group-stage goals in a 4-1 win over the Netherlands.

The Three Lions then edged past Spain on penalties in the quarter-finals, but they were beaten in a semi-final shootout to Germany, with a certain Gareth Southgate missing the decisive spot kick to hand Die Mannschaft a 6-5 shootout victory following a 1-1 draw in normal time.


Euro 2000 - Group Stage

England would gain revenge over Germany with a 1-0 win in the group stage of Euro 2000, but that was sandwiched by 3-2 defeats against Portugal and Romania and prevented the Three Lions from advancing to the knockout rounds during Kevin Keegan's brief stint in charge.


Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals

England impressed during the group stage of Euro 2004 and scored seven goals across two victories over Switzerland and Croatia. The Three Lions qualified for the knockout rounds, but they were ultimately denied top spot by France, as Zinedine Zidane scored twice in stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win in their group-stage opener.

Managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, England would test their mettle against host nation Portugal in the quarter-finals. Frank Lampard scored late in extra time to level the score at 2-2 and take the tie to penalties, but both David Beckham and Darius Vassell missed from 12 yards as the Three Lions lost 6-5 in the shootout.


Euro 2012 - Quarter-finals

England players look dejected after losing a penalty shootout to Italy at Euro 2012© Reuters

After failing to qualify for Euro 2008, England returned to Europe's biggest continental stage four years later and finished top of their group, after following up a 1-1 draw with France by beating Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine. Penalties were once more England's undoing, though, as they lost 4-2 in a shootout to Italy in the quarter-finals following a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes.


Euro 2016 - Quarter-finals

England's Joe Hart, Dele Alli and Gary Cahill look dejected at the end of the game on June 27, 2016© Reuters

Roy Hodgson was hoping to go at least one better with his England side at Euro 2016 - expanded from 16 teams to 24 - and they were on course to achieve that after scraping through the group stage with one win and two draws from fixtures with Russia, Wales and Slovenia.

England were then handed a favourable last-16 tie with surprise package Iceland. However, they suffered arguably their worst humiliation since their 1950 World Cup defeat by USA as they were beaten 2-1 by the Scandinavian minnows, with all three goals scored in the opening 18 minutes - Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute penalty followed by strikes from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.


Euro 2020 - Runners-up

England's Bukayo Saka looks dejected after missing a penalty against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on July 11, 2021© Reuters

The closest that England have ever come to Euros glory was in 2020 (or rather 2021 as the tournament was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic) when they progressed all the way to the final at Wembley Stadium.

Southgate's side topped their group ahead of Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland before securing a famous 2-0 victory over Germany in the last 16 and a thumping 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals.

England then required extra time to edge past Denmark 2-1 in the semi-finals and reach their first showpiece of a major tournament since 1966. Facing Italy in the final, England made the perfect start as Luke Shaw gave them a second-minute lead. However, Leonardo Bonucci restored parity for the Azzurri, who battled their way to penalties and eventually triumphed 3-2 in the shootout to break England's hearts at the home of football.


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