England face the burden of history in the semi-final against Sweden

England will look to improve on their record of semi-finals in major tournaments when they meet Sweden at Euro 2022 on Tuesday.

Here the PA news agency looks back at England’s history at this stage.

UK women

Alyssa Naeher, left, saves Steph Houghton’s penalty (Richard Sellers/PA)

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The Lionesses have left the last three major tournaments in the semifinals, the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and Euro 2017.

Their overall record has shown them winning two out of seven semi-finals and finishing runners-up at Euro 1984 and 2009.

Euro 1984

As a reminder of how far women’s football has come, the 1984 tournament was not accorded official status and was played 35 minutes each stretch with a size four ball. England won their semi-final first leg against Denmark 3-1 on aggregate and drew 1-1 with Sweden in the final before losing 4-3 on penalties.

Euro 1987

Three years later, Sweden were England’s conquerors again, 3-2 after extra time thanks to Gunilla Axen’s second goal of the game. There was no consolation in the third-place play-off, where Italy overcame Kerry Davis’ early penalty to win 2-1.

euros 1995

With the two-legged format restored, England faced a mountain to climb after losing their first leg 4-1 to Germany. The eventual champions completed a 6-2 aggregate win in both games despite early goals from Karen Farley.

EURO 2009

After 14 years, the Lionesses were back in the round of 16, defeating the Netherlands 2-1 when Jill Scott’s winner added to Kelly Smith’s opening goal in overtime. In the final, however, they were beaten by Germany 6-2.

World Cup 2015

Aya Miyama and Fara Williams traded penalties before Laura Bassett’s unfortunate late own goal sent Japan through to the final. Another Williams penalty secured third place in a 1-0 overtime win over Germany.

Euro 2017

Millie Bright’s own goal rounded off England’s EURO 2017 defeat (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Millie Bright’s late own goal capped a 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands, who, under the guidance of Sarina Wiegman, won the title on home soil – a more auspicious omen for this year’s England side.

World Cup 2019

Ellen White scored but another was disallowed and Steph Houghton missed a penalty as England were beaten 2–1 by eventual champions, the United States. They lost the third-place match 2-1 to Sweden, with Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson scoring before Fran Kirby responded.

England men

Sir Bobby Charlton, right, scores against Portugal (PA) in the 1966 World Cup semi-final

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For the men, their first appearance in the semifinals remains the most important on the road to the 1966 World Cup title.

It took until last year to reach another final, and like the women, their aggregate tally in the semifinals won two and lost five.

World Cup 1966

Sir Bobby Charlton’s brace defeated Portugal 2-1 and ensured an unforgettable final against West Germany, where Sir Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick secured a 4-2 victory in extra time.

Euro 1968

England lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in the semi-finals after a late goal by Dragan Dzajic before finishing third with the Soviet Union, another now-defunct powerhouse.

World Cup 1990

Gary Lineker equalized after Andy Brehme’s goal to force extra time and penalties against West Germany, but Bodo Illgner saved from Stuart Pearce before Chris Waddle shot wide.

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Gareth Southgate walks away after his penalty save against Germany (Neil Munns/PA)

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Even against a now united Germany, deja vu struck. Alan Shearer’s early goal was quickly equalized by Stefan Kuntz and after a perfect 10 penalties current coach Gareth Southgate’s feeble attempt was saved and Andreas Moller fired through Germany.

World Cup 2018

Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick against Croatia sent cries of ‘football coming home’ but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic had other ideas.

Nations League 2019

A lesser competition, but a well-known near miss. England lost 3-1 to the Netherlands before defeating Switzerland on penalties in the third-place play-off.

Euro 2020

Harry Kane scored a second try from the penalty spot in extra time in a 2-1 win over Denmark, but more penalty pain awaited England and Southgate in the final against Italy.

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