With England’s do or die moment having passed off successfully (at least until the next one on Sunday), we look back at other occasions where our boys have pulled a vital victory (or draw) out of the bag and given us all reason to believe…
1. England vs. Poland 1986: England had lost 1-0 to Portugal and then played out a goalless draw against Morocco, which saw Ray Wilkins get his marching orders and Bryan Robson dislocate his dodgy shoulder. In a must-win game against Poland, England stepped up to the plate with three Lineker goals in the first half. Nice.
2. England 1-0 Egypt 1990: It was the third and (potentially) final game in the tournament and England faced the prospect of crashing out in the group stages. The heat was on. A win is what was needed to ensure qualification for the knock-out rounds. And that is exactly what defender Mark Wright served up, his headed goal being the difference between the sides.
3. England 4-1 Holland 1996: It’s Euro 96, England are on home turf. A place in the quarter finals is the prize. Nobody, not even the most ardent England fans expected what was about to happen: a 4-1 victory, England’s biggest win over Holland in almost half a century. Liquid football indeed.
4. England 3-2 Cameroon 1990: With a first World Cup semi-final in 24 years at stake , a goal down and just eight minutes on the clock, England’s dreams of glory hung by a thread. But then Gary Lineker scored a penalty to take the game into extra-time. A second penalty in the 105th minute settled it. Just.
5. England 2-2 Greece 2001: Deep into in injury time at Old Trafford, many thought that it was all over for England as the team trailed Greece 2-1. Then, in the 94th minute, David Beckham stepped up for a free-kick. It was do or die. This was his moment. We all know the rest: a spectacular score, a spectacular draw, and England were on their way to Japan. Danielle Clark