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In focus ... England

Published: Monday 19 December 2011, 11.14CET
After missing out on a place at UEFA EURO 2008, England will be hoping to make amends in Poland and Ukraine having eased to first place in their qualifiying section this time round.
In focus ... England
Ashley Young will hope to make an impact with England at the finals ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 19 December 2011, 11.14CET

In focus ... England

After missing out on a place at UEFA EURO 2008, England will be hoping to make amends in Poland and Ukraine having eased to first place in their qualifiying section this time round.

Best EURO performance: third 1968, semi-finals 1996
Coach: Fabio Capello
Leading scorer: all-time – Bobby Charlton (49); current – Michael Owen (40)
Most appearances: all-time – Peter Shilton (125); current – David Beckham (115)
Association formed: 1863
Nickname: Three Lions

England enter UEFA EURO 2012 having missed out on the last European finals under Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello's predecessor. England finished third behind Croatia and Russia in their UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying group, and they will also want to improve on their first major tournament showing, under Capello himself at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. England won just once in South Africa before exiting with their heaviest World Cup defeat, 4-1 against Germany in the last 16. Qualification for this tournament went smoothly, however, Capello's men topping their group with an unbeaten record.

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Group G: winners
Leading scorer: Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young (3)
Ever-presents: Joe Hart, Ashley Cole (8)

England comfortably booked their place in Poland and Ukraine, finishing six points clear at the top of Group G. Ever-present goalkeeper Joe Hart kept five clean sheets, while at the other end the goalscoring duties were shared around as England finished with four players level on three strikes.

England reached a milestone against Montenegro in their final qualifying fixture. The match in Podgorica, which finished 2-2 and secured England's qualification, was considered the 900th match in their history. They had previously played 897 completed internationals, plus two that were abandoned.

England's game against Wales at the Millennium Stadium was the 100th time that the two nations had met. England recorded their 65th victory against their neighbours, adding the 66th in the return fixture at Wembley in September. Ashley Cole, now capped 93 times, surpassed Gary Neville's record of 85 outfield appearances without a goal during the campaign.

"Our goal was to qualify first in the group; we have qualified and we'll play the EURO so we are happy," said manager Capello after the closing draw against second-placed Montenegro.

EURO pedigree
England have not taken part in this tournament since 2004 thanks to their failure in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. Home and away losses to Slaven Bilić's Croatia and a defeat by Russia in Moscow proved costly as Steve McClaren's men finished third behind their conquerors.

England's overall UEFA European Championship record is a tale of disappointment. Their 2008 setback was the fifth time they had failed to reach the finals, and they have had just two semi-final places (1968, 1996) from the seven final tournaments for which they have qualified.

To underline the point, England head to Poland and Ukraine as the only European winners of the World Cup who have not yet lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup. Italy (1968), Germany (1972, 1980, 1996), France (1984, 2000) and current holders Spain (1964, 2008) have all done so, but England have yet to reach the final of the competition.

UEFA EURO 2012 Group D fixtures
Monday 11 June: France v England, 18.00CET, Donetsk
Friday 15 June: Sweden v England, 20.45CET, Kyiv
Tuesday 19 June: England v Ukraine, 20.45CET, Donetsk

Team EURO records
Matches played

Overall: P113 W63 D31 L19 F221 A83
Final tournament: P23 W7 D7 L9 F31 A28
Qualifying: P90 W56 D24 L10 F190 A55

Click here for extensive list of records

Last updated 19/12/11

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