IT’S another year until the 2020 European Championship can finally kick off but thanks to ITV over the coming weeks we can relive one of the competition’s most competitively fought tournaments — in its entirety — as the broadcaster transports us back to those magical highs and all too familiar lows of the 1996 edition.
Hosted on these shores, Euro 96 was that memorable summer when, for a time, many England fans thought football really was finally coming home.
Led by manager Terry Venables, a Three Lions side featuring the likes of Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham began their campaign in a typically understated way.
However, England went on to lift a nation with three victories which took them to within 120 minutes of another final appearance on home soil — 30 years after their sole World Cup triumph over West Germany.
Relive David Seaman’s penalty save and Gazza’s remarkable goal against Scotland — as well his infamous dentist’s chair celebrations. That glorious Wembley night when England mastered the mighty Dutch and Stuart Pearce’s penalty of redemption against Spain before a tournament exit which brought not only misery for current England boss Gareth Southgate, but also a rather tasty contract with Pizza Hut.
England’s aforementioned slow start, a 1-1 draw with Switzerland, kicked off this nostalgia fest yesterday while today’s action features Spain, Germany, Portugal and defending champions Denmark [from 1pm].
In total all 31 games from the tournament will be shown in full on the ITV Hub, with England’s matches and the final also airing on ITV4. Euro 96 has come home once again.