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England’s Greatest Away Games

England inflicted Spain’s first home competitive defeat in 15 years last night with a 3-2 victory. This was undoubtedly one of the best results England have had away from home but where does it rank in our all-time best away games? Let’s take a look at the contenders…

Brazil 0-2 England – 10 June 1984 – Maracana

In what was probably John Barnes’ best ever showing for England, Bobby Robson’s men shocked Brazil with a stunning 2-0 victory. Winger Barnes opened the scoring just before halftime before Portsmouth forward Mark Hateley added another in the second half.

Spain 2-4 England – 18 February 1987 – Bernabeu

If ever there was a one-man show in football then this was it. Striker Gary Lineker scored all 4 goals for England in a famous 4-2 victory. While this was a bigger margin of victory than last night’s triumph, Spain wasn’t quite the force back then that they are now.

Italy 0-0 England – 11 October 1997 – Stadio Olimpico

While it might be strange to include a 0-0 in this list, this game was a lot more than just a draw. England had failed to qualify for the previous World Cup and needed a point away to one of the best teams in the world to qualify for the next one. In Paul Ince’s finest hour, complete with Terry Butcher-esque headband, England held on and got the draw they needed.

Scotland 0-2 England – 13 November 1999 – Hampden Park

After slightly struggling in qualifying for Euro 2000, England needed a playoff to qualify and was drawn against the Auld Enemy. Paul Scholes scored twice in a hostile Hampden Park to put England in the driving seat.

Germany 1-5 England – 1 September 2001 – Olympic Stadium

This one is going to be tough to beat, isn’t it? A Michael Owen hat-trick inspired the side to a historic victory against England’s greatest rivals. Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey (yes even Heskey scored) also netted to give England an emphatic victory. An unbelievable, unforgettable night.

Croatia 1-4 England – 10 September 2008 – Maksimir Stadium

Fabio Capello helped banish the awful Steve McLaren induced memories of playing Croatia just a year previously with an astonishing 4-1 win. A Theo Walcott (or should that be THREEO Walcott, okay I’ll stop) hat trick and a Wayne Rooney goal helped secure a 4-1 win.

Germany 2-3 England – 26 March 2016 – Olympiastadion

England came from 2-0 down to defeat the World Champions in their own backyard with second-half goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and a last-minute Eric Dier winner. Although only a friendly, a great performance gave us all massive hope for Euro 2016 which went perfect…. oh no wait we lost to Iceland.

Spain 2-3 England – 15 October 2018 – Estadio Benito Villamarin

Even though he led England to the semi-finals of a World Cup, this was probably Gareth Southgate’s biggest win to date. With the youngest side named in over 50 years, England raced to a 3-0 lead with goals from Raheem Sterling (finally) and Marcus Rashford. England was breathtaking on the counter and played without fear and achieved a remarkable victory.


  1. Germany 1-5 England
  2. Brazil 0-2 England
  3. Spain 2-3 England
  4. Croatia 1-4 England
  5. Italy 0-0 England
  6. Germany 2-3 England
  7. Scotland 0-2 England
  8. Spain 2-4 England


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