England's history of heart-breaking World Cup exits

Following England at World Cups has never been easy: all too often it ends in crushing heart-break...

1962, Vina Del Mar: England 1-3 Brazil
England’s were knocked out and the pattern was set. Gerry Hitchens equalised ­Garrincha’s early opener but Vava put Brazil back in front and ­Garrincha’s second killed it off.

1970, Leon: England 2-3 West Germany
Alan Mullery and Martin Peters netted but Alf Ramsey brought off Bobby Charlton to save him for the semi-final. Franz Beckenbauer was set free to beat Peter Bonetti from distance, before Uwe Seeler and Gerd Muller’s volley clinched it.

1986 Mexico City: England 1-2 Argentina
The ‘Hand of God’ will never be forgotten – but neither will Diego Maradona’s brilliant second. England looked dead and buried before Bobby Robson sent on John Barnes, who created Gary Lineker’s reply and sent over another the striker seemed certain to convert. It was as close as England got.

1990 Turin: England 1-1 West Germany 1 (W Germany win 4-3 on pens)
A night ending in bitter tears, and not just for Paul Gascoigne. Andreas Brehme’s shot deflected off Paul Parker but the full-back’s deep diagonal was collected by Lineker, who fired home. On to extra-time and, of course, ­penalties, with Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle beginning a long list.

1998 St Etienne: England 2-2 Argentina (Argentina win 4-3 on pens)
An amazing game but the same end. A penalty each set the tone, Alan Shearer replying to Gabriel ­Batistuta, before Michael Owen scored. Javier Zanetti equalised on half-time and David Beckham was sent off for flicking his leg at Diego Simeone. Penalties, again, with Paul Ince and David Batty missing.

2002 Shizuoka: England 1-2 Brazil
When Owen put England ahead, anything seemed possible. But Rivaldo equalised and David Seaman misjudged Ronaldinho’s speculative free-kick. Even a red card for Ronaldinho could not prevent Brazil hanging on easily.

2006 Gelsenkirchen: England 0-0 Portugal (Portugal win 4-1 on pens)
Eriksson’s reign ended in the now all-too-familiar exit. Rooney was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho and England could not create a winner. Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher missed from the spot.

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