Euro 2012

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FILE - In this June 22, 2012 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland. Germany won 4-2. Merkel is favored to win a fourth term in Germany's Sept. 24, 2017 election. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)

Portugal v Holland - UEFA EURO 2012 Group B

File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine

Portugal v Holland - UEFA EURO 2012 Group B

File photo of Bert Van Marwijk. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine

FILE - In this Sunday, June 24, 2012 file photo Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon clenches his fists after England's Wayne Rooney, on the ground, missed a chance during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. England striker Wayne Rooney announced his immediate retirement from international football on Wednesday Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

Another red card for Wayne Rooney as he is sent off against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

Another red card for Wayne Rooney as he is sent off against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

SERIE A 2017-18: Guide to promoted teams in Italy's top tier

FILE - In this, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, Italy's Gianpaolo Pazzini, during a press conference following a training session ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 soccer qualifier against Serbia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy. Pazzini who is now hired by Hellas Verona is preparing with his team for this weekend's opening of the Italian league season.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)

FILE - In this, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, Italy's Gianpaolo Pazzini, during a press conference following a training session ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 soccer qualifier against Serbia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy. Pazzini who is now hired by Hellas Verona is preparing with his team for this weekend's opening of the Italian league season.(AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi, File)

On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012

Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final

On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012

Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final

On this Day: Spain win Euro 2012

Spain retained the European Championship by beating Italy 4-0 in the final

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… and highly…

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Young fires in his penalty against Italy…

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Cole walks away after his spot kick is saved by Gianluigi Buffon

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… leaving him to reflect on another England quarter-final exit

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… which Gianluigi Buffon saves…

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… and Cole begins the long walk back to the halfway line

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

Ashley Cole slides in to deliver his fateful spot-kick against Italy…

Euro 2012: England lose to Italy

… which he hits firmly…

Looking back at a quarter-century of England's penalty kick shootout woes

It's a tale as old as time: England losing in a penalty shootout.

England bowed out of the 2017 Under-21 European Championships to Germany in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday, taking a 2-2 draw into penalty kicks before losing a 4-3 shootout. The win sends the Germans to the final. But this is not a new feeling for the English. This narrative has been played out before. In honor of England's continued failures from 12 yards away, here's a look back at some recent history from the senior team.

World Cup 1990: England vs. West Germany

It all started over 25 years ago when West Germany took down England in the semifinals. The two teams battled back and forth in the shootout, trading goals until the Germans finally pulled away. Stuart Pearce couldn't convert and Chris Waddle shot far over the crossbar to mark the end of the team's tournament run.

Euro 1996: England vs. Germany

Days after a shootout victory in the quarterfinals, England once again faced a pesky German team in a semifinal match. As the host country, England faced the pressure and expectations of a nation. A failed attempt by Gareth Southgate sent the squads into sudden death, where Andreas Molle would send the Germans onward once again.

World Cup 1998: England vs. Argentina

This classic, which featured an iconic red card for David Beckham, saw a promising opportunity for England to take a shootout. After drawing 2-2, the teams traded goals and a second-attempt save for each in the shootout. Argentina would take the penalties 4-3, though, and take the quarterfinal.

Euro 2004: England vs. Portugal

Six years later, another 2-2 draw sent England back to a quarterfinal shootout. Although Beckham missed the first shot, his squad scrambled back into the match and tied the score 5-5. That's when Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo stepped up and blasted the ball into the back of the net, sending the English on their way.

World Cup 2006: England vs. Portugal

Another year, another shootout, another quarterfinal. This time, a 0-0 draw that featured a Beckham injury sent England to penalties. Portugal missed two of its first three, but England failed to take an advantage, with both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard missing their opening attempts. The Portuguese took a lead, Jamie Carragher missed and Cristiano Ronaldo finished the 3-1 Portugal shootout victory.

Euro 2012: England vs. Italy

England looked to win the quarterfinal match in penalties after a goalless draw. Goals from Gerrard and Wayne Rooney put the team up 2-1, but everything quickly collapsed. The Italians would net three unanswered penalties and eliminate England in familiar fashion.

U-17 Euro 2017: England vs. Spain

The final of the Under-17 European Championship in May 2017 went to Spain by way of a devastating penalty shootout. The young England team, which was leading with just seconds to go, couldn't come through at the end of its 80-minute match.

U-21 Euro 2017: England vs. Germany

The most recent shootout disappointment goes to the Under-21 team, which fell to Germany on Tuesday. It was a feat in and of itself to make it to a shootout in the semifinal against a talented German side, but once again England's tournament ended in defeat.

To be fair to the English, the team did snag a shootout victory over Spain in the 1996 Euro quarterfinals. But that joy was squashed four days later against Germany.

This article will inevitably be updated after the 2018 World Cup.

FILE PHOTO: An arrival area is seen in Boryspil airport outside Kiev

FILE PHOTO: An arrival area is seen in Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, March 21, 2012. Borispol will be Ukraine's main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw.

Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city

Two women walk by the Euro 2012 football fanzone near the Palace of Culture in the center of Poland's capital Warsaw

FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

FILE - In this Saturday, June 16, 2012 file photo Russia's Andrei Arshavin, right, leaves the pitch as Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland. Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

A Curious Calm in Italy's Drama

ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

Czech Republic International Frantisek Rajtoral Confirmed Dead After Tragically Taking His Own Life

​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...

Czech Republic International Frantisek Rajtoral Confirmed Dead After Tragically Taking His Own Life

​Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31, ​via BBC Sport. Rajtoral played 24 times for his country and was apart of the team that reached the Euro 2012 quarter finals. The defender was plying his trade at Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice. The 31-year-old was reportedly found dead at home after Gaziantepspor alerted authorities to his absence on Sunday. Tributes have been...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie, left, and Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral attend a training session a day ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Russia and Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 20, 2012 file photo Czech Republic's Frantisek Rajtoral, left, and Milan Petrzela attend a training session a day before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Portugal in Wroclaw, Poland. Former Czech Republic defender Frantisek Rajtoral, who won the domestic league title four times before joining Turkish club Gaziantepspor, died on Sunday April 23, 2017. He was 31. The Czech football federation said in a statement that Rajtoral had “committed suicide in Turkey.” (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

A street in downtown Rome is almost deserted during the Euro 2012 final soccer match between Italy and Spain

A street in downtown Rome on July 1, 2012. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Russian TV Says ‘Nyet’ to FIFA’s World Cup Cash Demands

A Russian football fan watching on a giant screen the Group A match between Russia and Greece is seen through a flag, in the fan zone in Moscow, on June 16, 2012, during the Euro 2012 football championships. AFP PHOTO/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/GettyImages)

Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football

Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)

Striker Jermain Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football

VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut

​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...

VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut

​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...

VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut

​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...

VIDEO: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Admits He Listened to This Song 50 Times Before England Debut

​Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain listened to to the song 'Mavado - Settle Down' 50 times before his England debut against Norway in 2012. The 23-year-old was called up by former Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2012 warm-up game away to Norway, one that England narrowly won 1-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to earn his first cap for England, replacing goalscorer Ashley Young in the 72nd minute and going on to perform well in his short cameo. The secret behind his steady...

A bus passes 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A woman and children pass 'Euro 2012' a large scale image of a euro coin with no value by Danish artists group Superflex on the side of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which is currently closed for renovation work in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The image is due to be displayed there until March 31 as the third Waterloo Billboard Commission, and was originally made as a response to the Greek financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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