Teams that Beat England in Football

Name the national teams that have defeated England in either the World Cup or European championships.
Some of these countries no longer exist!
Quiz by SoccerPunk
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Last updated: July 14, 2021
First submittedJune 29, 2016
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Tournament
Stage
Score
Team
2020 Euro
Finals
1-1 (PK)
Italy
2018 World Cup
Semis
2-1
Croatia
Group stage
1-0
Belgium
3rd place
2-0
Belgium
2016 Euro
Round of 16
2-1
Iceland
2014 World Cup
Group stage
2-1
Italy
Group stage
2-1
Uruguay
2012 Euro
Quarters
0-0 (PK)
Italy
2010 World Cup
Round of 16
4-1
Germany
2006 World Cup
Quarters
0-0 (PK)
Portugal
2004 Euro
Group stage
2-1
France
Quarters
2-2 (PK)
Portugal
2002 World Cup
Quarters
2-1
Brazil
2000 Euro
Group stage
3-2
Portugal
Group stage
3-2
Romania
1998 World Cup
Group stage
2-1
Romania
Round of 16
2-2 (PK)
Argentina
1996 Euro
Semis
1-1 (PK)
Germany
1992 Euro
Group stage
2-1
Sweden
1990 World Cup
Semis
1-1 (PK)
West Germany
3rd Place
2-1
Italy
1988 Euro
Group stage
1-0
Ireland
Group stage
3-1
Netherlands
Group stage
3-1
Soviet Union
1986 World Cup
Group stage
1-0
Portugal
Quarters
2-1
Argentina
1980 Euro
Group stage
1-0
Italy
1970 World Cup
Group stage
1-0
Brazil
Quarters
3-2
West Germany
1968 Euro
Semis
1-0
Yugoslavia
1966 World Cup
Undefeated! 🏆
1962 World Cup
Group stage
2-1
Hungary
Quarters
3-1
Brazil
1954 World Cup
Quarters
4-2
Uruguay
1950 World Cup
Group stage
1-0
United States
Group stage
1-0
Spain
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Level 48
Jul 1, 2016
That was fairly easy. Just type in practcally any country, and we lost to them!
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Level 50
Dec 26, 2020
I guess you can say the same about most of the countries that regularly compete in these tournaments.
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Level 75
Jul 1, 2016
if case you want to include 3rd place finals, Italy beat England in 1990
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Level ∞
Jul 2, 2016
Added that too. Thanks!
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Level 23
Jul 1, 2016
Proud to see Iceland beating England. I was cheering for them BEFORE they did well (before they played Portugal) ^-^
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Level 64
Jul 2, 2016
Football for the title and soccer for the username?
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Level 27
Jul 4, 2016
So ashamed for England because Iceland is not as good as England (because it hasn't got many people) and the goalkeeper was stumbling
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Level 66
Jul 29, 2020
Good quiz, as you have the 3rd place games, theres also the 2018 3rd place loss to Belgium
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Level ∞
Jul 14, 2021
Added, thanks.
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2021
More people guessed Iceland than Ireland (as of July 2021). That`s weird.
+10
Level 67
Jul 15, 2021
I would think that a fair proportion of those that answered Iceland remembered it rather than guessed it as it was quite recent
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Level 68
Jul 19, 2021
Agree - although the Irish still sing songs about beating the English in '88, so they won't have forgotten!!
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Level 36
Jul 20, 2021
I still find it strange that Iceland winning was considered to be a great shock. Sure, it was a surprise, but if you had ignored all of the talk about population and money, and only focused on the respective form of the teams, it wouldn't have come as such a shock.

Iceland had qualified for the tournament and then made the knock-out rounds, so they were clearly a very good side. England had done the same, but had already shown that they were less than the sum of their parts. They also had a goalkeeper who had previously blundered against Wales.

It was hardly the 1950 match against the USA.

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Level 62
Jun 4, 2022
Of course it was a massive shock. England's entire team were good Premier League players, and Iceland had many players who didn't even play football as their main job. Let alone Iceland having 1/30th the population of just London
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Level 58
May 20, 2022
May be partially due to people entering the correct uefa designation, Republic of Ireland, and having that marked incorrect? (I'm not bitter)
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Level 77
Jul 14, 2021
Iceland, that's hilarious. We're hopeless at soccer.
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Level 61
Jul 19, 2021
Englishman who calls football soccer? You're an embarrassment to the world...
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Level 76
Jul 14, 2021
Too soon!
+2
Level 67
Jul 15, 2021
Typical Yanks, sticking the knife in! :D

I'd forgotten that they beat us - once - a million years ago. Was our entire team drunk or something?

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Level 76
Jul 15, 2021
I suspect the English will be talking about 1966 in soccer, and 2003 in rugby for many years to come.
+1
Level 67
Jul 15, 2021
Next year we will win the World Cup. Get ready to bring it back from Rome to home, Italy!
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Level 74
Jul 19, 2021
Italy won the European Championship, not the World Cup. The current WC holder is France.
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Level 77
Jul 19, 2021
Much of the hate against English fans in the last weeks was overdone... but why is it that I've never heard an English fan congratulate the overall deserved winner of the Euro, Italy, while here we already have one who proclaims the next World Cup win?
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Level 36
Jul 20, 2021
Because you probably haven't been looking very hard.

Congratulations to Italy: best team in the world.

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Level 22
Jul 20, 2021
England wont even reach eight finals and you are talking about winning the WC lol
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Level 77
Jul 22, 2021
IamTheSam: fair enough, although it kind of reinforces my point if one has to look hard.
+2
Level 67
Jul 15, 2021
And cricket in 2019 just to wind up you Kiwis
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Level 67
Jul 15, 2021
Maybe add the standard guidance "Some of these countries don't exist anymore", as appears on many other quizzes (particularly those regarding international sporting events) when it's applicable to some of the responses?
+4
Level 62
Jul 19, 2021
Maybe too soon? considering the circumstances
+1
Level 55
Jul 19, 2021
That's kind of the point. They recently got beat, so they have to update it.
+1
Level 67
Jul 19, 2021
Fun quiz thanks
+1
Level 82
Jul 19, 2021
The UEFA quiz the other day, now this one today - are you trying to make me cry, Quizmaster!
+1
Level 75
Jul 19, 2021
whats all this then
+1
Level 57
Jul 20, 2021
God we suck lmao
+2
Level 60
Jul 21, 2021
It's not coming home :)
+1
Level 71
Jul 25, 2021
Croatia, yeah...we win that