England was already playing in front of an expectant nation at EURO ’96, but this was the game that turned that anticipation into delirium. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Context

Both teams needed only a draw to progress to the last eight having picked up four points from their opening two Group A games. Hosts England had drawn 1-1 with Switzerland before a 2-0 victory against rivals Scotland, while the Dutch followed stalemate with Craig Brown’s side with a 2-0 defeat of the Swiss.

Euro 2021: Euro Classic Match of England against the Netherlands
Euro 2021: Euro Classic Match of England against the Netherlands

Key players

Alan Shearer: The then Blackburn striker had drawn a blank in 12 internationals before his effort against Switzerland and finished as tournament top scorer with five goals in all. Joined boyhood club Newcastle United for a world-record fee later that summer.

Teddy Sheringham: The crafty Spurs striker forged a lethal partnership with Shearer that became known as ‘The SAS’. Never did the pair dovetail better than in this game.

Paul Gascoigne: Thought of by many in England as a once-in-a-generation player, ‘Gazza’ was a true maverick. A larger-than-life character on and off the field, one of the defining moments of a brilliant if the chequered career was his goal and celebration against Scotland a few days before this game.

What happened?

In a nutshell, England put in their best performance for years. Terry Venables’ side was riding the crest of a wave with their home fans growing in the excitement by the game – even more so than after this. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Euro 2021: Euro Classic Match of England against the Netherlands
Euro 2021: Euro Classic Match of England against the Netherlands

Shearer’s first-half penalty put England in front, but it was a devastating 12-minute spell in the second half which is still remembered so fondly even today. Sheringham headed in the hosts’ second, contributed a delightful lay-off to Shearer for the third and finished on the rebound for the fourth. Patrick Kluivert’s late consolation sent the Dutch through as group runners-up.

Elsewhere that evening

Ally McCoist scored the only goal as Scotland beat Switzerland to give themselves a chance of going through from the second spot in Group A. They missed out on goals scored, though, following Kluivert’s effort against England.

Aftermath

England beat Spain on penalties in the last eight but lost to eventual winners Germany on spot-kicks in the semi-finals, just as they had done at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands had also exited after a shoot-out following a goalless draw against France in the quarter-finals.

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