The Three Lions: History of England national football team (part 3)

England qualified for Euro 2004 qualifiers. In the group stage, England lost 1-2 to France in the first match, but won two matches against Switzerland and Croatia to win the second position in Group B (after France). In the quarterfinals, England drew Portugal host 2-2 after 120 minutes of play, and lost 5-6 in a penalty shootout with a disaster penalty shot by David Beckham.

The team is in Group B of the 2006 World Cup with Sweden, Paraguay and Trinidad & Tobago. He beat Paraguay 1-0, beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 and drew Sweden 2-2, winning first place in the group. He overcame Ecuador 1-0 in the round of 16 before meeting Portugal again in the quarter-finals. In a match where Wayne Rooney received a red card, England drew Portugal 0-0 in 120 minutes and lost 1-3 on penalties.

The team did not perform well in qualifying for Euro 2008 and only ranked 3rd in the group table after Croatia and Russia, thereby losing the right to attend Euro 2008 held in Austria and Switzerland.

At the 2010 World Cup, England passed the group stage but lost with a score of 4-1 against Germany, the team’s worst defeat in a World Cup.

In February 2012, Fabio Capello resigned as head coach following a disagreement with the FA over the dismissal of captain John Terry after accusations of racism against the player. On May 1, 2012, Roy Hodgson was announced as a new coach, just 6 weeks before the start of Euro 2012. England went through the group stages but lost in a penalty shootout against Italy.

At the 2014 World Cup, England lost two consecutive matches against Italy and Uruguay with a score of 2-1. This was the first time England had lost their first two matches since the 1950 World Cup (then England lost to the United States and Spain). and the first time England were eliminated in the group stage since the 1958 World Cup.

At Euro 2016, England were in the same group with Russia, Wales and Slovakia, finishing the group stage, England ranked second with 5 points, 1 point behind Wales, reaching the round of 16 teams but ultimately losing to Iceland. After Euro 2016, coach Roy Hodgson decided to resign.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England competed successfully and reached the semi-finals after 28 years, where they lost to Croatia in extra time. Then in the third match, they lost to Belgium 0-2 and won the final fourth place.

In the UEFA Nations League 2018–19, England competed successfully and also reached the semi-finals for the first time, then won third place overall after their victory over Switzerland in the penalty shootout 11m after the two teams drew. No goal during 120 minutes of play.