Tag: England

Video of the Day: Netherlands vs England, October 1993

There’s no way of sugar-coating this. Regardless of the media’s sunny viewpoint towards them following their win on Saturday against Germany, England will take to the field to play Netherlands at Wembley with an appalling historical record against the Dutch team. England have only beaten the Netherlands five times in their entire history, and only two of these wins have come since 1969. Indeed, should they fail to win this evening’s match it will be more than twenty years since they last managed a win against the Netherlands, with that win being, of course, the four-one trouncing at Wembley...

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England & The Twin Devils of Hope & Expectation

In the midst of the hysteria surrounding England’s performance in Berlin last night, here’s a surprising yet salient statistic. If England were to win the 2016 European Championships, they would have to win four straight matches after having got through the group stages of the competition. Since the end of the 2006 World Cup finals, England have won three matches in the finals of a major competition, including the group stages. That alone gives us some idea of the scale of the task awaiting Roy Hodgson were he to somehow to negotiate all that rests before him this summer....

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Friendly International: Germany vs England – Live!

Good evening, everybody! I’m going to assume that – unless you actually support one of the dozen or so lower division teams that actually had a match scheduled for this weekend and didn’t have it subsequently called off or abandoned because of a monsoon – you’ve missed your football fix today and that you’re now settling down in front of your television/radio/internet device with a view to entertaining yourself by trying, with the assistance of ITV’s commentary and a substantial amount of ale, to convince yourself that this evening’s friendly match between England and Germany means so much as...

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Video of the Day: England vs West Germany, June 1985

When England take to the pitch to play Germany in Berlin this evening, there will doubtless be many who will attach a significance to this match that goes way beyond it being a mere international friendly being played at an extremely inconvenient time of the year. The matches between these two nations that have had a great significance have assumed this importance because of a broader context. England and (West) Germany have met in a World Cup final, a World Cup semi-final and a World Cup quarter-final. They’ve played in World Cup qualifiers and a European Championship semi-final. Those...

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Video of the Day: Wales vs England – April 1970

There’s no Premier League football for a couple of weeks on account of a break for international friendlies, so this week we’re going to have a look back at some historical matches featuring teams that will be playing the group stages of this summer’s European Championships in France, kicking off with this selection of ITV coverage from the 1970 British Home Championships. England, of course, were still the reigning world champions at this time, but without a need to qualify for the finals of this tournament they’d been without any competitive football apart from this tournament since the 1968...

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