How many times have England reached the World Cup quarter-finals? Terry Butcher reminisces

I remember being told it was like a bye because they were so ill-disciplined and out of shape we would get through easily. That was our official scouting report…Oops!

It was one of the most difficult games we had had – they were strong, athletic and ran and ran.

We were 2-1 down and almost out with 20 minutes to go and did not have any answer to them – they were just too strong for us. I was taken off at that point and remember saying to my room-mate Chris Woods on the bench: ‘That’s us on the plane home then’.

But Bobby Robson changed it to 4-4-2 and it got us second wind. Gary Lineker got the penalty to make it 2-2 and we went on to get another one in extra time.

I also saw first hand our most recent quarter-final win. I was there doing some radio work down on he touchline at Wembley for the Spain game in Euro 96. I remember Pearcey scoring from the penalties and David Seaman was amazing – I felt cleansed as a lot of the stigma dropped off from our shoot-out failure in 1990.

However, I have little recollection of 1966 when we beat Argentina 1-0 in the quarter-finals. I do remember the semis, though, against Portugal. I was allowed to get fish and chips on the way to my Aunties to celebrate.

1966 World Cup Quarter-final, Wembley

England 1 Argentina 0

1990 World Cup Quarter-final, Naples

Cameroon 2 England 3

1996 European Championship quarter-finals, Wembley

Spain 0 England 0 (England won 4-2 on pens)


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