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1950 World Cup: United States 1-0 England
Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
29 June 1950
England’s second group game at their first World Cup shook the world when they were beaten by a part-time USA side in Belo Horizonte. The Americans had lost their previous seven matches with a combined score of 45-2, while England went into the tournament as 3-1 favourites to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. Stanley Matthews, rested for ‘tougher’ games, watched on as England failed to reply to Joe Gaetjens’ 38th-minute strike
1986 World Cup: England 0-0 Morocco
Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico
6 June 1986
After defeat to Portugal in the opening group game of Mexico ’86, Bobby Robson’s England needed victory over Morocco to ensure top spot in Group F. But all did not go to plan as Ray Wilkins became the first England player to be sent off at a World Cup before their captain, Bryan Robson, dislocated his shoulder. Neither Chris Waddle nor Gary Lineker was able to force an opening as Morocco progressed as group winners, with England second.
1988 European Championship: England 0-1 Republic of Ireland
Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, Germany
12 June 1988
England made a dismal start to their fateful Euro ’88 campaign with defeat against Jack Charlton’s Ireland, who were competing at their first major tournament. An early Ray Houghton strike was enough to blow England off course and Bobby Robson’s side would never recover, losing their remaining games against Holland and the Soviet Union to travel home early with a goal difference of -5.
1992 European Championship: Sweden 2-1 England
Rasundastadion, Solna, Sweden
17 June 1992
Graham Taylor’s first tournament as England manager ended miserably as England were beaten by the hosts Sweden in their final group match. Jan Eriksson and Tomas Brolin overturned David Platt’s opener – England’s only goal in the competition – as Taylor’s decision to take off Gary Lineker in what would be his final international appearance earned the nickname ‘Turnip Taylor’. England returned home without a win
2000 European Championship: England 2-3 Romania
Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Belgium
20 June 2000
England’s exit from Euro 2000 was confirmed by Ionel Ganea’s 89th-minute penalty as Romania came from behind to secure a surprise progression to the knockout stage from a group also containing Portugal and Germany. Alan Shearer marked his final England appearance with a 30th international goal in a defeat that paved the way for Kevin Keegan’s famous resignation in the Wembley lavatory.