Eng­land’s World Cup woes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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

Ger­many.

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