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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 May, 2004, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
England's track record
History is with England when they face their Euro 2004 group opponents - Croatia, France and Switzerland.

Group B in Portugal sees England line up against two familiar adversaries in the Swiss and French.

But it will be the first time they have faced the Croatians in an international tournament.

English fans can take comfort from previous meetings with their group rivals - they boast a winning record against all of them.


England boast an unbeaten record against the Croatians - although the sides have only met twice.

England beat Croatia 3-1 in 2003
Played: 2
Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 0
For: 3 Against: 1
Their first encounter was a goalless draw at Wembley in the build-up to England hosting Euro 96.

Both sides went on to be undone by the Germans in the tournament, Croatia losing out in the quarter-finals while England suffered a semi-final defeat on penalties.

The second England-Croatia meeting, at Ipswich's Portman Road ground in August 2003, proved a lively affair.

The home side prevailed 3-1 thanks to a David Beckham penalty, plus goals from Michael Owen and Frank Lampard.

But it was not all one-way traffic as David James was forced to make a series of saves in the first half.

Croatia did not net until the 78th minute through Ivica Mornar, and Lampard restored the two-goal lead.


England saw off France in a group match on their way to winning the World Cup on home soil in 1966. Roger Hunt bagged both goals in a 2-0 victory.

Basile Boli of France tackles England's Alan Shearer during a friendly in 1992
Played: 25
Won: 16 Drawn: 4 Lost: 5
For: 64 Against: 30

The French were also beaten in the group stages of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, when Bryan Robson's brace included a goal after just 27 seconds in a 3-1 victory.

At the time, Robson's goal was the fastest-ever in the tournament,

But there is one note of caution for fans of England - they have never beaten France in a European Championship match.

England lost 6-3 on aggregate in a two-legged fixture in 1962-3, and were held to a controversial 0-0 draw in their last major tournament meeting, at Euro 92 in Sweden.

The game ended goalless as both sides endured a miserable campaign, but will be remembered for French defender Basile Boli's headbutt on England's Stuart Pearce.

Boli escaped a sending off for his attack on Pearce, who had earlier crashed a free-kick against the underside of the bar.

In three recent friendlies between the sides, the record reads one win, one defeat and one draw each.

England triumphed 1-0 on the way to winning Le Tournoi in 1997, but lost out at home two years later when Nicolas Anelka grabbed a brace.

Their last meeting came at the Stade de France in 2000 where Michael Owen's volley secured a 1-1 draw.


The omens are good for England - they have only been beaten once by the Swiss in their last 15 meetings.

That defeat came when Ron Greenwood's side lost 2-1 in Basle in a group qualifier for the 1982 World Cup.

Alan Shearer celebrates his goal against Switzerland at Euro 96
Played: 18
Won: 11 Drawn: 4 Lost: 3
For: 42 Against: 15

The Swiss also held England to a surprise 1-1 draw in the opening match of Euro 96 at Wembley.

Alan Shearer, who was under pressure to perform at the tournament, opened the scoring for the host country.

But Switzerland earned a controversial penalty, when Stuart Pearce was adjudged to have handled in the box, and Kubilay Turkyilmaz converted from the spot.

The sides shared another 1-1 draw when they last played each other, in a warm-up match for the 1998 World Cup.

Glenn Hoddle's side fell behind to a Ramon Vega header at Berne's Wankdorf Stadium, before Paul Merson equalised with a rare goal for his country.

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