How the Three Lions have fared against their Euro 2016 rivals

Thursday 10 Dec 2015
The top seeds

Roy Hodgson will be one of 24 international managers waiting with anticipation on who his team will meet at Euro 2016 ahead of Saturday's draw in Paris.

Thanks to their 100 per cent record in qualifying for the Finals, England are one of the top seeds and will be in pot one when the ceremony begins.

Euro 2016 Finals draw

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As such, they cannot be drawn against any of the other four teams in pot one, or hosts France - who have already been placed in position one in Group A meaning they will play in the opening game of the tournament on Friday 10 June 2016.

However, England could line up against any of the other 18 countries who will be heading to the main event next summer - including potentially one of Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Only one team from each of the pots [listed below] can be drawn in each group. For a full guide to the draw process, click here

In the Three Lions' 143-year history they have faced all the other nations competing in France on at least two occasions. Russia (since the break-up of USSR in 1991) and Iceland are the sides they have met only twice, while England have met the Welsh a whopping 101 times.

Of the five other top seeds, Portugal are the only team England have not played since Hodgson took charge in 2012. The last meeting with the Portuguese was at the 2006 World Cup, when the Three Lions were eliminated on penalties.

The Henri Delauney trophy

The Henri Delaunay trophy

For England's most recent games, in November, they travelled to Spain to take on the current European Championship holders, Spain, but went down 2-0 in Alicante. They returned to London four days later where they played the French on an emotional night at Wembley and won 2-0.

But how have England's fared against all the sides aiming to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy at the Stade de France on Sunday 10 July next summer?  

Here we take a brief look at the other 23 countries at Euro 2016 and their records against the Three Lions.

SEEDED TEAMS / POT ONE (along with England)

France (already placed in position one in Group A as hosts - cannot draw teams in Pot One)
Last meeting: England 2-0 France (Alli, Rooney), FR, 17 November 2015, Wembley Stadium
Record: P30 W17 D5 L8 F69 A36

Last meeting: England 1-0 Belgium (Welbeck), FR, 2 June 2012, Wembley Stadium
Record: P21 W15 D5 L1 F70 A25

Ross Barkley in action versus Germany

Ross Barkley in action against Germany in 2013


Record: Last meeting: England 0-1 Germany, FR, 13 November 2013, Wembley Stadium
P29 W12 D5 L12 F48 A39 (includes West Germany)

Last meeting: Portugal 0-0 England (AET, Portugal won 3-1 on penalties), WCF, 1 July 2006, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Record: P22 W9 D10 L3 F45 A25

Spain (holders)
Last meeting: Spain 2-0 England, FR, 13 November 2015, Jose Rico Perez Stadium, Alicante
Record: P24 W12 D3 L9 F39 A26


Last meeting: Austria 0-1 England (Crouch), WCQ, 16 November 2007, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Record: P18 W10 D4 L4 F58 A27

Last meeting: England 5-1 Croatia (Lampard 2, Gerrard 2, Rooney) WCQ, 9 September 2009, Wembley Stadium
Record: P7 W4 D1 L 2 F18 A10

Andros Townsend's shot hits the Italy net in March 2015


Last meeting: Italy 1-1 England (Townsend), FR, 31 March 2015, Juventus Stadium, Turin
Record: P26 W8 D8 L10 F32 A30

Last meeting: Russia 2-1 England (Rooney), ECQ, 17 October 2007, Luzhniki Stadion, Moscow
Record: P2 W1 D0 L1 F4 A2

Last meeting: England 2-0 Switzerland (Kane, Rooney), ECQ, 8 September 2015, Wembley Stadium
Record: P24 W16 D5 L3 F56 A19

Last meeting: Ukraine 0-0 England, WCQ, 10 September 2013, Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Record: P7 W4 D2 L1 F9 A3


Czech Republic
Last meeting: England 2-2 Czech Republic (Brown, J Cole), FR, 20 August 2008, Wembley Stadium
Record: P15 W9 D4 L2 F33 A17 (includes Czechoslovakia)

Last meeting: England 2-1 Hungary (Gerrard 2), FR, 11 August 2010, Wembley Stadium
Record: P22 W15 D2 L5 F56 A30

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates the third of his four gaols against England in Solna

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit four against England in 2012


Last meeting: England 2-0 Poland (Rooney, Gerrard), WCQ, 15 October 2013, Wembley Stadium
Record: P19 W11 D7 L1 F30 A11

Last meeting: England 2-3 Romania (Shearer, Owen), ECF, 20 June 2000, Stade du Pays de Charleroi
Record: P11 W2 D6 L3 F10 A10

Last meeting: England 4-0 Slovakia (Heskey, Rooney 2, Lampard), FR, 28 March 2009, Wembley Stadium
Record: P3 W3 D0 L0 F8 A2

Last meeting: Sweden 4-2 Spain (Welbeck, Caulker), FR, 14 November 2012, Friends Arena, Stockholm
Record: P24 W8 D9 L7 F38 A32


Last meeting: England (Owen, Fowler) 2-0 Albania, FR, 5 September 2001, St James' Park, Newcastle
Record: P4 W4 D0 L0 F12 A1

Last meeting: England 6-1 Iceland (Rooney 2, Vassell 2, Lampard, Bridge), FR, 4 June 2004, City of Manchester Stadium
Record: P2 W1 D1 L0 F7 A2

Northern Ireland
Last meeting: Northern Ireland 1-0 England, WCQ, 7 September 2005, Windsor Park, Belfast
Record: P98 W75 D16 L7 F323 A81

England drew 0-0 with Ireland in Dublin in June

Republic of Ireland

Last meeting: Republic of Ireland 0-0 England, FR, 7 June 2015, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Record: P16 W5 D8 L2 F20 A14

Last meeting: Turkey 0-0 England, ECQ, 11 October 2003, Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul
Record: P10 W8 D2 L0 F3 A10

Last meeting: England 1-0 Wales (Young), ECQ, 6 September 2011, Wembley Stadium
Record: P101 W66 D21 L14 F245 A90

How to watch England at Euro 2016

England fans’ best chance of being at matches at France 2016 is by becoming an England Supporters Travel Club member, and applying for tickets through The FA.

For full FAQs detailing how you can get to watch the Three Lions next summer, click here.

England's next home game is against Holland at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 29 March 2016. Tickets are available to buy online, visit

By FA Staff