Sky Sports looks at six previous occasions when England have bowed out in the quarter-finals
Last Updated: June 25, 2012 12:05am
England bowed out of Euro 2012 with a penalty shoot-out defeat by Italy in the quarter-finals.
Sky Sports looks at six previous occasions when England suffered the agony of exiting a major tournament at the last-eight stage.
World Cup - England 2 West Germany 3 in Leon
West Germany gained revenge for their 1966 final defeat as England let slip a two-goal lead in the heat of Mexico.
Alan Mullery and Martin Peters put England in command but Peter Bonetti, deputising for food-poisoning victim Gordon Banks, made the error which handed Germany a lifeline via Franz Beckenbauer's low drive.
Alf Ramsey then took off the influential Bobby Charlton before Germany forced the game into extra-time through Uwe Seeler's header. Geoff Hurst had a goal ruled out before Gerd Muller ended England's grip on the trophy with the winner.
European Championship - England 1 West Germany 3 at Wembley
West Germany were inspired by midfielder Gunter Netzer as they gained their first ever win in England in the first leg of the quarter-final.
A deflected shot from Uli Hoeness gave Germany a half-time lead before Francis Lee levelled with 14 minutes remaining.
But it was only a temporary reprieve as Bobby Moore conceded a penalty converted by Netzer even though Banks turned the ball onto a post.
Muller snatched the third and left England with too big a mountain to climb in the second leg in Berlin which finished goalless.
World Cup - Argentina 2 England 1 in Mexico City
This game will always be remembered for two contrasting moments involving Diego Maradona as England bowed out in controversial fashion.
Maradona broke the deadlock by scoring his 'Hand Of God' goal early in the second half when he punched the ball past Peter Shilton, an incident not spotted by Tunisian referee Ali Bennaceur.
But then he showed his brilliance by evading five England players on a run from near the halfway line before doubling Argentina's lead.
Gary Lineker reduced the deficit, and finished as the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, but Argentina went on to lift the trophy.
World Cup - Brazil 2 England 1 in Shizuoka
England failed to capitalise on going ahead through Michael Owen and the sending off of Ronaldinho with half an hour remaining as they bowed out in the stifling heat courtesy of a David Seaman blunder.
Owen cashed in on Lucio's mistake to break the deadlock early in the first half. But missed tackles by David Beckham and Paul Scholes proved costly as Ronaldinho teed up the equaliser for Rivaldo on the stroke of half-time.
Seaman was deceived by a 40-yard free-kick from Ronaldinho five minutes into the second half when there had appeared little danger.
Ronaldinho was harshly sent off after 58 minutes for a foul on Danny Mills but England never looked like rescuing the tie.
European Championship - Portugal 2 England 2 (Portugal win 6-5 on penalties) in Lisbon
Beckham and substitute Darius Vassell both missed from the spot as England went out of a fourth tournament on penalties.
Owen's clinical finish opened the scoring, as he became the first England player to score in four successive tournaments, but the in-form Wayne Rooney suffered a foot injury midway through the first half and had to be substituted.
Helder Postiga equalised but Sol Campbell thought he had won the tie in the dying seconds of normal time only for his effort from a Beckham free-kick to be disallowed.
Rui Costa and then Frank Lampard both scored in extra-time before the shoot-out drama which was concluded with the decisive penalty from Portuguese keeper Ricardo.
World Cup - Portugal 0 England 0 (Portugal win 3-1 on penalties)
Rooney was sent off but England's 10 men battled on for an hour to force a shoot-out only to suffer the same despair against Portugal as in Euro 2004 in the final match of the Sven-Goran Eriksson era.
Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher all failed from the spot as England bowed out at the last-eight stage for the third successive tournament.
Beckham, who quit as captain the following day, limped off with an ankle injury just after half-time and then Rooney was red-carded after a stamp at Ricardo Carvalho.
England defied the heat to hold out but only their best player, Owen Hargreaves, was successful when it came to penalties.