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Five of the top heartbreak moments for England over the years

| 02.07.2015

It hasn’t been easy supporting England over the years, with so much heartache and agony. This was the case again, as the England ladies bowed out at the World Cup semi-final stage after a cruel own goal from defender Laura Bassett, who had been a rock for the Lionesses all tournament.

As a result, Coral take a look back at five of the top heartbreak moments for England over the years at major tournaments, with the current team 12/1 to win Euro 2016. View the video footage, and see which ones you remember.

Paul Gascoigne Golden Goal miss v Germany Euro ’96
All ‘Gazza’ had to do was time his run better and he would have slid the ball into an empty net to send England through to the final. After a great touch across goal from Alan Shearer, it looked as though the net might bulge, though to the disappointment of thousands of England fans in the stadium, it came to nothing.

Gareth Southgate missed penalty v Germany Euro ’96
Arguably the best England squad since the 1966 World Cup, Kevin Keegan’s Three Lions were desperately unlucky against Germany to be eliminated in front of a home crowd. After five fantastic penalties, up stepped Southgate only to see his scuffed sudden-death spot-kick saved. There is a general consensus that England would have gone on to win the tournament if they had progressed.

David Beckham sending-off v Argentina World Cup 1998
When England needed calm heads, Manchester United’s Beckham lashed out irrationally and literally, when floored against Argentina, he kicked Diego Simeone in retaliation, who theatrically fell to the ground. The result being Beckham was sent off and England went on to agonisingly lose on penalties.

Wayne Rooney sending-off v Portugal World Cup 2006
The moment which angered virtually every England fan; Rooney’s dismissal against Portugal may only have been a yellow card had his Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo not got involved and goaded him into pushing him, then proceeding to throw himself to the floor.

Rooney initially was maybe only going to get warned, or even a booking for a relatively harmless tackle, where he managed to keep hold of and retain possession. Portugal players rallied around the referee and Ronaldo seized his chance to stir the situation.

To cap it off, he winked to the Portugal bench once Rooney had been sent off. Mission accomplished, as England were then eliminated after losing a penalty shoot-out. To add insult to injury Ronaldo scored the winning spot-kick.

Frank Lampard disallowed goal v Germany World Cup 2010
Did it cross the line, or didn’t it? Well, it did. England were trailing 2-1 against Die Mannschaft at this point and had Lampard’s goal been given, the game may have been a different story. The Three Lions went on to lose 4-1 and were eliminated at the last 16 stage of the competition.

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Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.