After 60 years of European Championships and 60 years of waiting for fans to take it home, The three lions they could deliver the trophy as promised as they prepare for a thrilling encounter with Denmark’s surprise tournament package. It took England 25 years to reach this stage of the Euro since they last did in 1996. It was a fruitless night for the English against Germany in front of 75,000 home fans at London’s Wembley Stadium as the match was cut short. to the wire.
England got their revenge on the Germans in this year’s round of 16 tie, but there is still a difficult road ahead. As Gareth Southgate prepares his flamboyant English team to reach their first ever European final, we at FootTheBall, look back at your 1996 team that failed to live up to expectations and where the players are now –
The second most capped goalkeeper in the history of the Three Lions and an Arsenal legend who played more than 400 games for the north London club, David Seaman is undoubtedly an English legend.
He became the hero in the quarter-finals against Spain by beating England on penalties, but failed to repeat the heroic ones in the semi-final. Germany scored all their shots from the spot and advanced to the final when England was eliminated in their own backyard. Seaman had a 23-year career filled with accolades and accomplishments before finally hanging up his boots in 2004.
After his retirement from soccer, Seaman participated in various television and reality shows and continued his screen presence. He joined the Wembley club of the Combined Countries League in 2013.
A natural midfielder, Platt had to settle for a right-back position in the semi-final against Germany after missing group stage matches. He had a good individual game in the semi-final and defended well against the powerful German attack.
The midfielder spent most of his years playing for Arsenal and Aston Villa along with a season at Juventus. Platt scored his penalty in the semi-final, which was also his last game for the national team. He is England’s highest scoring midfielder with 27 goals.
After retiring as a player, Platt instantly began his coaching career with Sampdoria. After going through various clubs as a coach, including Pune City FC in India, he joined Italian club Palermo as a consultant in 2018.
GARETH DOOR SOUTH
The current England coach and a revered figure among English fans for leading the team to a World Cup semi-final in 2018 and at Euro 2020 was not the most beloved on that fateful night against Germany. Scores were tied after extra time and after five designated penalties each, the penalty shoot-out turned into sudden death. Southgate missed his penalty and Andreas Moller converted his shot, knocking England out in the semi-final.
A historic moment for Gareth Southgate tonight as he becomes the first man to reach 50 matches with @England as a player and as a coach.
Congratulations boss 👏 pic.twitter.com/cGlYvevEAV
– England (@England) March 25, 2021
In the semi-final against Denmark, Southgate has a chance to correct his earlier mistake and lead England to their first Euro Cup final.
Southgate retired in 2006 and became the manager of Middlesbrough before coaching the England Under-21 team and eventually the senior team.
An Arsenal and England legend who captained the Three Lions at Euro 1996, he was one of the best center-backs of his time. He led Arsenal of his life to many trophies and the club applauded him by unveiling a statue of Adams in front of the Emirates Stadium. He is revered by Arsenal fans to date and considered one of their greatest players of all time.
The legendary center-back retired as a professional footballer in 2002 after playing more than 500 games for Arsenal. Adams became a soccer coach after his retirement and led teams such as Wycombe, Portsmouth, and Grenada.
He also runs a rehabilitation center called the Sporting Chance Clinic for athletes suffering from drinking, drug and gambling addictions.
Pearce, one of the most iconic English defenders of his time, played 78 games for the national team and was part of the 1996 Euro Cup team that earned recognition from home fans despite defeat in the semi-finals.
He started the game in the preferred left-back position and defended well throughout the game. He is an English legend who spent most of his career in Nottingham Forest and made over 400 appearances earning legend status there as well. Pearce retired from professional soccer in 2001.
Pearce too, like many of his teammates, opted for a management career after retirement and started with Nottingham Forest as interim manager. He then led Manchester City and England U21 as well. He is currently the coach of the West Ham United first team.
A London-born defensive midfielder, Ince was a tough and robust player who took nothing for granted. He joined Manchester United when he was 22 years old, but did not bow down even to the imposing figure of Sir Alex Ferguson, which ultimately led to his transfer to Inter Milan. He was one of England’s key players at Euro 1996 and helped them finish third in the tournament.
A leader in the field. An inspiration to many.
– England (@England) October 27, 2020
Ince later played for United’s rival Liverpool and later moved to Middlesbrough and then to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He ended his playing career in 2007 after nearly 770 professional appearances and moved on to management. Ince coached Blackburn in the Premier League for a short stint, in addition to a few short stints with lower-division clubs. Currently, he works as an expert and match analyst for BBC and BT Sport.
A highly skilled winger, from his youth Anderton was destined to do great things in soccer, but was never able to reach his true potential according to his supporters. He played a key role in the 1996 Euro Cup in England and nearly scored the golden goal in the semi-final, only to be rejected by the post.
He remained at Tottenham for 12 years, making nearly 350 appearances and scoring 34 goals during the period. Anderton retired in 2008 after spending two years with AFC Bournemouth.
Anderson was clear in his approach and never intended to take on a coaching role after retirement. Lives in the United States and contributes to the UK media in print and television.
A versatile midfielder who is often considered ahead of his time, Steve McManaman had his first success at Liverpool, spending nine years at the club before landing a signing for Real Madrid. He played 37 games for the national team and was part of the famous Euro 1996 team full of world football icons. McManaman was known for his speed, strength, and creativity, which allowed him to outmaneuver his opponents. He is widely regarded as one of the best dribblers of all time.
Steve McManaman ended his 15-year playing career in 2005 and began his film career as an associate producer on the iconic Goal series. He continued his charitable work with UEFA and FIFA and became an ambassador for many football events, including Euro 2020.
Gazza, as he is affectionately called by fans and teammates, was one of the most naturally talented players of his generation, certainly destined for greatness. His performance at Euro 1996, including the famous goal against Scotland in the group stage, earned him a place on the team of the tournament alongside teammates David Seaman, Steve McManaman and Alan Shearer.
#In this day 25 years ago: a moment of magic Gazza!
We will meet again on Friday 🏴🏴pic.twitter.com/VOcvr4Q5Vc
– England (@England) June 15, 2021
The iconic attacking midfielder was known for his brilliant goal scoring ability and pinpoint precision in preparing for his teammates. As well as being an ideal playmaker, Gascoigne was also a skilled free-throw shooter capable of changing games on his own and breaking defensive deadlocks.
His post-retirement life has been the complete opposite of his highly celebrated playing career and the gamer has been battling alcoholism. He is attending a rehabilitation program to combat his drinking problem and reports suggest that he has finally recovered.
Edward Sheringham, known as Teddy Sheringham, was a leading figure in the English attack capable of discouraging defenders with his strength and positioning. In addition to being a distinguished forward known for his spikes, Sheringham was also capable of grooming his teammates and was widely regarded as a creative player.
He was not at his best during Euro 1996, but he was a key member of the team and earned a move to Manchester United the following year and was part of the famous team that won the 1999 treble.
Sheringham made more than 800 official appearances in a career that spanned nearly 25 years. He retired in 2008, aged 42 at the time, and tried his hand at his poker hobby and participated in various competitions. He started his coaching career in 2015 and last coached ATK in the Indian Super League in 2018.
The top scorer in the English Premier League with 260 goals, Alan Shearer is one of the most legendary English strikers of all time who spent most of his playing career at Newcastle United.
He was one of the best players on the 1996 squad and won the 1996 Euro Cup Golden Boot with five goals in the tournament. In addition to Newcastle, Shearer also played for Blackburn Rovers and Southampton and made more than 100 appearances there as well. Alan Shearer became the first member of the Premier League Hall of Fame.
He retired in 2006 as a Newcastle United player and returned in 2009 as interim manager for eight games. He became an expert on the famous BBC Match of the Day program and runs his own charity for disabled children.