England progressed into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League with a brilliant comeback victory over Croatia at Wembley.
Harry Kane was in the right place at the right time to net a late winner for Gareth Southgate’s side in one of England’s best results in recent years.
This is a second successive international tournament semi-final for this England side and it seems like the future is bright for the nation with several talented youngsters rising to the first team.
England have had some brilliant results in the 21st century, with some memorable World Cup and European Championships moments since 2001.
Here’s a list of England’s best results in this century!
Germany 1-5 England
In September 2001, England sent shockwaves throughout the world with a sensational victory over Germany. The match was a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup and striker Michael Owen scored a brilliant hat-trick to hand Germany only their second home qualifier defeat in their history.
England 2-2 Greece
England secured qualification for the 2002 World Cup with a dramatic late David Beckham free kick. Old Trafford was sent wild as Beckham curled in one of England’s most memorable goals in the 93rd minute to earn a precious point.
Denmark 0-3 England
England thumped Denmark to reach the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. The Three Lions were considered as one of the favourites to lift the trophy and they sent a stern warning to their rivals with this convincing win. Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Rio Ferdinand scored the goals on a famous night for England.
Turkey 0-0 England
England secured qualification for the 2004 European Championships with a hard-fought draw in Istanbul. David Beckham missed a penalty in the first half but the point meant England finished at the top of the qualifying group.
Croatia 2-4 England
Wayne Rooney was at his sparkling best as England defeated Croatia in the Euro 2004 group stages. Rooney netted a brace whilst Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard also got their names on the scoresheet. The win secured England’s progression into the knockout stages where they would face hosts Portugal.
England 1-0 Ecuador
David Beckham’s second-half strike ensured England progressed to the quarters of the 2006 World Cup. His curling free-kick was too good for the goalkeeper and England could and should have scored more. Not a vintage performance, but a very important win.
Croatia 1-4 England
This 2010 World Cup qualifier in 2008 was all about one man – Theo Walcott. The 19-year-old netted a superb hat-trick to hand Croatia their first qualifier defeat in 36 competitive matches.
England 5-1 Croatia
England qualified for the 2010 World Cup with two games left to play by hammering Croatia at Wembley. Fabio Capello’s side only needed a draw to qualify for the tournament but reached the world cup in style, with Gerrard and Lampard scoring two each.
Montenegro 2-2 England
England survived a scare against Montenegro to qualify for the 2012 European Championships as group winners. Wayne Rooney was sent off but England battled to hold on for the point. England were two up but Rooney’s second-half red card motivated the hosts, who pushed hard for a winner.
England 2-1 Wales
England came out on top against rivals Wales in the Euro 2016 group stages. Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead and they were dreaming of a historic win, but Jamie Vardy levelled before Daniel Sturridge netted a stoppage-time winner.
Colombia 1-1 England (3-4 pens)
England won on penalties! Yes, you heard that right. This was England’s first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out victory as they sealed progression to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals. Jordan Pickford was the hero as he saved Carlos Bacca’s penalty, with Eric Dier stroking in to send England through.
Sweden 0-2 England
England reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli. Jordan Pickford was in inspired form to help England keep a clean sheet and this win had England fans firmly believing that it might just be ‘coming home’.
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