Will England Reach The Euro 2012 Semi-Finals Tonight?


It was 16 years ago that England last reached a semi-final of a major competition when they drew with Spain 0-0 after extra time at Euro 2012 in England in the quarter-finals, but then went on to win the penalty shoot out 4-2, which of course was a huge surprise for England.

The England team before semi-final with Germany in 1996
Shearer, Gascoigne and Pearce in the starting line-up


England hardly ever win in a penalty shoot out, and true enough in the semi-finals that year, England drew 1-1 with Germany after extra time,  and lost the shoot-out 6-5. We should say that Alan Shearer scored both his penalties in the quarter finals and semi-finals in 1996.

The time before when England did well in a major Championship,  was at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when the great Bobby Robson took England to the semi-finals, after the side had beaten Cameroon 3-2 after extra time in the quarter finals.

That was thanks to two penalties from Gary Linekar.

But there again England lost to West Germany on penalties 4-3 in the semi-final, after drawing the game 1-1 after extra time, and Peter Beardsley scored his penalty for England.

So we have to go back to 1966 for England’s only win ever in a major Championship, when we hammered Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley, with Geoff Hurst getting his  famous hat-trick, and his West Ham team-mate Martin Peters scoring the second goal.

And with those famous last words from English commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, when Geoff Hurst scored his third goal just before the end of the game,  as he charged down the left wing with some England fans already on the field:

“They think it’s all over – it is now.”

I remember it well because my Dad and I knocked back the two vodkas we were about to down 30 minutes before that, when England had been winning 2-1, but Wolfgang Weber had the cheek to equalize for Germany after 89 minutes – yes it was a hand ball alright. 😀

What a shock that was,  but England came back bravely with two extra time goals from Geoff Hurst, who had squeezed Jimmy Greaves out of  the starting eleven during the tournament.

England will play Italy tonight in the quarter finals, and we must have a decent change of going through, although it looks like Roy Hodgson will be playing the defensive game he had England playing against Ukraine in their 1-0 win.

England are playing defensive against Italy?

It looks to be two teams fighting it out who are both much better on defense than they are in scoring goals.

We have no idea what will happen tonight, but we are hoping England can do it.

Of course then we will meet Germany in the semi-finals …… it’s good to hear that England are practicing penalties.

Let us know what you think.

Will England Beat Italy Tonight?

  • Yes (52%, 308 Votes)
  • No (38%, 221 Votes)
  • Not Sure (11%, 62 Votes)

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492 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    no disrespect to england, englishmen and english supporters, but hope not

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    C’Mon England!!

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I expect a bit if a boring match between two relativly defensive teams, but then again, i expected an explosion of footy yesterday…

    I hope England takes it 🙂

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Not bothered: a) it’s going to be a Spain – Germany final
    b) we’re not good to watch
    c) I’m stuck with going to a bleedin’ barbecue while the rest of the country can get to watch the game!
    GRRR!

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    hard game for england but it will only get harder so we must prove our quality and determination now !!! oh and er carrol to come on 70mins and score the winner 🙂

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  • Oldgit1

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    come on England do us proud, feel Roy will have a surprise inclusion in his team at kick-off. Get Carol to start, they dont like it up them. ENGL—AND

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    In my opinion Carroll has to play ahead of Welbeck he was fecking shocking last game and Carroll gets defenders scared plus hes immense in the air

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Indian Magpie @ # 1

    Just curious but why not?

    Would you rather a team that is playing equally poorly, and play in a league that is rife with corruption win through?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Who would have thought a simple question could bring the blog to halt?????

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    It will be 1-0 to Italy unless something happens to change the balance of the game such as a red card or a penalty.

    Hope i’m wrong but if i was a betting man (with any money left) thats the result id go for, maybe also with a double on Vettel to win in Valancia later too.

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Would prefer to see Theo or Chamberlin starting instead of Young but SSN is reporting that we are starting with same eleven as the Ukraine game so no start for Caroll either.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #12

    @Grafton,
    I’d be tempted to put money on Grosjean.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Milner to start then urrrggghhh. This kid has went backwards since joining Man City. For his own benefit as well as Johnson, they both need out of that club. English talent wasted in their reserves and at times no even making the bench. IMO, if Milner had of remained at A.Villa instead of chasing big money then i believe we would be seeing a much better player today. We seen how good he was at NUFC. Hopefully some club goes in to buy him. Same story for A.Johnson unfortunately. There is no way on this earth that Milner should start tonight, he has been awful but that’s just my opinion.

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  • Grafton83

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    Didnt he crash on the last street circuit in Monaco, he has been v.quick but for me no1 is catching that Red Bull even though I don’t really like Vettel I think he’ll lead from start to finish.

    Odds are 8-1 for Grosjean though, you’d make a tidy sum if you’re right.

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    somehow I think this is going to be a cracking match…on paper both teams play equally boring and defensive but after watching the tripe of last nights match france vs spain which was the worst of the tournament i think this is going to be a ripper 4-3 England ( hattrick from lescott on 3 corners)

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    sebastian grosjean dosnt he play tennis?

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  • naptoon

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    milner and young have both been terrible this tourny. johnson must be fuming. i think we will win tonight but id like roy at some point to show some attacking intent and set england up to impose ourselves on teams instead of parking the bus. we do have players who can do it at the highest level.

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Honestly so excited for next season go to magaluf in 2 weeks hope we hav signed some players b4 then

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #19

    naptoon

    When have any of our players ever done it at international level?

    I’m not so sure your last sentence is correct!

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    shearermania

    I think Spain are a very very good side. Unfortunately i can only see a Spain Germany final but i am hoping for a Portugal England final 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Indian @1 – your answer please, sir? We are still waiting for why you HOPE England don’t win. You’re not Sepp Blatters son-in-law are you?

    Cupid – You posted my exact thoughts on Ba, spot on. He is an unusual case with extenuating circumstances, and as such the club I think appreciates this, and that’s why we bought Cisse and are eyeing players like De Jong.

    Dead right about having to move Simmo on before tying up a new RB, although this is about balancing the books more than being loyal to Simmo. Having said that, if Simmo drags his heels, I think they may force him to go and still buy their RB. I just think they want to get his fee in BEFORE they buy.

    Ranger – how can we get shot of this tick? He’s like some sort of blood-sucking parasite. He will never fulfil his talent as his head is totally ruined from a very early age.

    Milner starts. Oh well. I always thought he was a decent player for us, but I don’t believe despite his travels that he has actually gone on to better things. In other words, he fulfilled hs potential with us and he’s no more an International player than Downing, also mediocre. But at least Milner has a better cross accuracy rate (and don’t throw stats at me, it’s a perception thing).

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    I actually dont rate England more than a collective team with good team players without the individual stars as other countries have….i rate england with the likes of Denmark, sweden, italy and Russia. like a good honest home cooked meal without the fancy and expensive ingredient

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #23

    @Shearer
    It’s Romain Grosjean… Get out more!

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Ben arfa…..sorry, youre right….
    but..motorsport its just as exciting to me as masturbating with my left hand…

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  • jakesome

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Indian
    That’s a bit of a stupid post don’t you think, given the location of Newcastle

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon1978

    I understand what you’re saying, but Roy clearly trusts Milner to work his socks off for the team, and stay disciplined. He’s a clever, hard working player, and I’m not sure you can say that about Walcott who is pretty much the only other choice for RW.

    I remember when Milner started playing CM at Villa, I genuinely thought he’d be a future England captain. When will these players learn that moving to a club like City or Chelsea very very rarely works out for young Englishmen.

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  • nufc786

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    anyone heard what happened between nasri and a journalist?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18566816

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon78 i hope the portogeezers beat spain…i hate the way spain play…its sooo boring…its like watching the gooners…
    xavi passes to iniesta who does a pivoette he passes to alonso who holds up the ball he passes to their 6th midfielder fabregas as they dont play with a striker who passes back to xavi and its goes on…..how many shots at goal didi they have against france 3? but dont get me started on france…(they were rubbish the whole tournament()

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    England are indeed a couple of points above ordinary. Having said that, there are a couple of stars who aren’t quite there due to the historic ‘underacheiver’ inferiority complex our press have hammered the national side with since 1970. If we got a good win and I mean a win with a good ball-on-the-ground performance, combined with a lack of media expectation, we may quietly build up enough confidence to keep going in a way that looks like we actually enjoy our job. And there’s nowt wrong with Parking the Bus. Do what you’re good at, it’s all part of the game.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30

    I can’t believe so many were tipping France to do well. With the egos in that dressing room, they were only ever going to go one way.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Jakesome @ # 25

    Until recently that comment summed up about 95% of Indians posts, just stupid.

    For a while he started to post with a bit more thought now I think he is just trying to be contentious.

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I can see the 3 Lions go all the way….with the worst team in history its bound to happen….

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    cant believe you are using the words Indian and stupid in the same sentence

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    ToonDownSouth

    Yes i understand Milner offers hard graft but at this level we also need someone like Walcott that can make things happen in an instant. He was on the pitch only a few minutes and he changed the game against Sweden. Milner does have flashes of brilliance but when he does get to the byline most of the time he can’t even beat the first man with a cross. I would say 2/10 attempts beats the first man. Like i said, if he had of stopped at Villa then we would be seeing a better play all together.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Shearermania @ # 33

    Ok, ok point taken.

    How about moronic??????????????? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Hey I’m scottish but enjoy watching England play, yes that’s right lol.. I watch epl like its an obsession and hate Scottish football so for me to watch a team full of players that you idolize in the epl and then hate them because there in another shirt is not right! I want the players I enjoy watching to do well, as it’s better for there clubs. Anyways my point is I have read into a lot of the past billion years of Italy v England games etc… And because of the role reversal in technical play it’s goinga be a strange encounter and an amazing one at that.. Going by the teams the way they play England can’t lose if they stuck to there game plan and it balances out everything Italy has. So for me England win 🙂

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #37

    nufc786

    Nasri is a talented player but he is also a grade A W..ker. He seem’s to think to much of himself. I don’t even know why Blanc picked HBA for France as he barely used him.

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  • shearermania

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #38

    He was first but where was the shouting ” FIRST ” at every single article Ed wrote you could always rely on Indian to be there with his trademark “First” but where is it now…is he an imposter the one who post under this pseudonym now or has the real Indian grown up? life has an awful lot of questions that are not easy to answer but i do miss his constant Shola bashing and his other crap…..He’s starting to sound like a normal likeable guy and im not sure i like that……..will the real Indian please stand up?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Throughout the recent history of this blog, Indian has nagered, confused, irritated and generally annoyed, mostly with his infamous bandwagon shola-bashing with the likes of the not-very-missed brutooon. He did recently temper his bizarre cross-contiental ramblings with a modicum of sense and inoffensive observation, but curiously I believe that with his post @1 he may very well have drawn himself into the same vortex as his erstwhile shola-hating blogmate.

    In other words Indian – unless you can conjure up an Oscar Wilde-type wriggle out of your inflammatory anti – English post, you may have finally (check out the idiom carefully) cooked your goose.

    ANSWER PLEASE, INDIAN MAGPIE!

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  • nufc786

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon1978
    too much ego for me dont you think??????
    i only hope hba has this burning drive to prove his worth by ripping up defences with newcastle this season…….

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