Historically, England are slow out of the blocks at the European Championships. Indeed they have never won their first match at the summer tournament.
Sportsmail goes through the nine failed attempts from the Three Lions ahead of their opening match against Croatia this Sunday at Wembley…
England have never won an opening group match at any European Championships in nine tries
The statistic will be a concern to Gareth Southgate whose England side face Croatia on Sunday
1968 LOST 1-0 TO YUGOSLAVIA
Sir Alf Ramsey’s world champions went straight into the final four but lost their first Euros match to Yugoslavia.
Alan Mullery became the first England man to be sent off as tempers boiled over.
1980 DREW 1-1 WITH BELGIUM
After failing to qualify for two tournaments, England made it to the 1980 Euros in Italy and drew their first game against Belgium in Turin, thanks to Ray Wilkins’ exquisite early goal.
But following a loss to Italy and a win over Spain, they were knocked out in the group stage.
Ray Willkins (above) scored but England failed to beat Belgium at the start of Euro 1980
1988 LOST 1-0 TO IRELAND
A terrible campaign for Bobby Robson’s men began with a loss to Ireland in Stuttgart, courtesy of a Ray Houghton header, before crushing defeats by Holland and the Soviet Union saw them finish bottom of the group.
1992 DREW 0-0 WITH DENMARK
Graham Taylor’s men kicked off Euro ’92 with a goalless draw against eventual winners Denmark.
They crashed out in the group stage again after a draw with France and a loss to Sweden.
England and Denmrk shared a 0-0 draw at Euro 1992 in Sweden while John Jensen hit the post
1996 DREW 1-1 WITH SWITZERLAND
Host status did not help a jot in 1996 when England began with a draw against Switzerland at Wembley.
Alan Shearer opened the scoring but Kubi Turkyilmaz equalised with a penalty on 83 minutes.
Proper heartbreak came in the semi-finals when Gareth Southgate missed his shootout penalty against Germany.
2000 LOST 3-2 TO PORTUGAL
Another group-stage exit after a first-match loss to Portugal, despite going 2-0 up in 18 minutes through Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman.
A 1-0 victory over Germany followed but England were dumped out after a shock 3-2 loss to Romania.
England were beaten by Portugal in Euro 2000 as the Three Lions exited at the group stages
2004 LOST 2-1 TO FRANCE
Two stoppage-time goals from Zinedine Zidane saw France overturn Frank Lampard’s early goal.
England won the next two to qualify, but were knocked out on penalties by Portugal after goalkeeper Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell, then took his gloves off to score the winner.
2012 DREW 1-1 WITH FRANCE
Steve McClaren, the ‘wally with a brolly’, failed to guide England to Euro 2008 but they were back to opening-day disappointment in 2012, with a 1-1 draw against France in Donetsk.
England have failed to beat France twice on day one at the Euros – the latest coming in 2012
Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri scored the goals. Knockout agony followed on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Italy.
2016 DREW 1-1 WITH RUSSIA
More late misery as Russia scored a 92nd-minute equaliser via Vasili Berezutski after Eric Dier’s opener from a free-kick.
England qualified for the last 16, where Iceland lay in wait to humiliate them.
A late Russia equaliser denied England victory on the opening day of Euro 2016