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What’s the furthest England has ever got in the Euros?

Gareth Southgate reacts to missing his penalty against Germany
Gareth Southgate won’t want a repeat of the heartache he suffered at Euro 96 (Picture: Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images)

England’s quest for European glory is about to begin – but how have the Three Lions fared in previous tournaments?

Gareth Southgate’s side head into this year’s competition as one of the favourites but face tough competition from the likes of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and 2016 winners Portugal.

With England’s 26-man squad now confirmed and their first game against Croatia on June 13 fast approaching the waiting is over and it’s time to see if football really is coming home.

This will be Southgate’s second major tournament at the England helm having previously taken the team to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

England know they can make history by winning their first ever European Championship but what’s their previous record like in the tournament?

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What’s the furthest England has ever got in the Euros?

England has competed in nine European Championships since the tournament first began in 1960.

England’s best performances at the finals were a third-place finish in Italy in 1968 – but only four teams competed in the finals tournament that year.

In 1996, England reached the semi-final when they hosted Euro 1996 but lost to Germany on penalties – Southgate missed his spot-kick.

The Three Lions reached the quarter-finals on two other occasions, losing to host nation Portugal in 2004 and to Italy in 2012, both in penalty shoot-outs.

Under Roy Hodgson, they suffered a humiliating defeat in the round of 16 by Iceland.

On the other four occasions (1980, 1988, 1992 and 2000), they did not progress beyond the group stages.

England players sit on the pitch after defeat to Iceland
England suffered an embarrassing early exit at the hands of Iceland in 2016 (Picture: Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

2016: Round of 16
2012: Quarter-final
2004: Quarter-final
2000: Group Stage
1996: Semi-finals
1992: Group Stage
1988: Group Stage
1980: Group Stage
1968: Third-place play-off

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