England’s World Cup woes
FORTUNE has not been kind to England in the World Cup.
In Italia ‘90, the Three Lions made it through to the semi-finals to play West Germany. However, penalty misses from Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle condemned England to defeat.
David Beckham (pictured below, right) was the villain of the 1998 tournament, in France, when he was sent off in the second round match against Argentina. England lost on penalties.
Four years later, in 2002, the famous white shirts were tricked by Brazilian Ronaldinho, whose 42-yard free kick flew over keeper David Seaman to defeat England in the quarter-finals.
However, it was penalties again in 2006 which forced the undoing of the side when England – reduced to 10-men after Wayne Rooney (pictured below left) was sent off – lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.
Everyone is hoping that this year, the team can recreate their one and only victory, gained on home turf in 1966. A hat-trick from Geoff Hurst saw the home nation win the World Cup final 4-2 against West