England's win over Ukraine voted third best match of last 25 years but it's still miles behind their greatest game
4th July 2021

SUNSPORT readers have voted England's Euro 2020 drubbing of Ukraine as their THIRD best match of the last 25 years.

But the 4-0 demolition job in Rome is still MILES off readers' favourite game.


Gareth Southgate produced yet another tactical masterclass as England booked their place in the semi-finals.

Harry Kane scored twice – with Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also finding the net – as the Three Lions recorded their biggest-ever margin of victory in a major tournament knockout game.

The 4-0 victory eclipsed 3-0 wins over Denmark and Paraguay at the 2002 and 1986 World Cups respectively.

The Roman battering was also the first time England have scored four goals in a knockout game since the 1966 World Cup final win over West Germany.

And even that match needed extra-time…

Despite the incredible win, SunSport readers have voted it as just the THIRD best England game since 1996.

Leading the way by some distance is England's 5-1 mauling of Germany in their 2002 World Cup qualifying clash in September 2001.

Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick to go with goals from Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey that famous night.

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And the Germany rampage topped our poll with a whopping 55.7 per cent of readers' votes.

England's 4-1 win over Holland in the Euro 96 group stage – thanks to two goals apiece from Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham – came in second with just 20.3 per cent.

And the Ukraine hammering ranks third with 17.9 per cent of the voting.

Saturday night's victory ranks above the 1-0 World Cup win over Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, with David Beckham's penalty and passionate celebration living long in fans' memories.

The penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup takes the fifth spot with just 1.8 per cent of readers' votes.

In sixth place, the thrilling 0-0 draw against Italy in 1997 to qualify for the 1998 World Cup picked up just 0.6 per cent of the voting.

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