Three Lions Wembley

Terry Venables' team marched on to a semi-final date with Germany thanks to the penalty heroics of two legends from Arsenal and Nottingham Forest

David Seaman may still be haunted by the events of June 21st 2002, move the calendar forward by one date and it's the England goalkeeper's heroics that are best remembered by fans watching inside Wembley and at home on television as the Three Lions defeated Spain at Euro '96.

It's hard to believe it now, but that quarter-final victory over La Roja some 19 years ago represents England's last win on penalties at a major tournament.

After a drab 0-0 encounter in which Spain arguably had the better chances – including a wrongly disallowed goal – England faced up to spot kicks.

Coming the days before La Roja celebrated back-to-back European Championship and World Cup success, Spain were seen as the ultimate underachievers in world football and duly endured a nightmare in the penalty shootout.

Alan Shearer got things off to a flyer with a fine penalty to give England the early advantage.

As a Real Madrid regular and dead-ball specialist future Bolton Wanderers man Fernando Hierro was supposed to lead by example.

But his penalty set the tone for what was to come for Spain, with the usually reliable defender crashing his spot-kick against the bar.

David Platt and Guillermo Amor both scored their penalties before Stuart Pearce stepped up for what would prove to be among the most iconic moments of the competition.

Having missed one of the decisive kicks for England in the 1990 World Cup semi-final, Pearce knew that the pressure was on against Spain.

But “Psycho” showed bags of character to not only lay the ghosts of Italia '90 to rest but also deliver a fine penalty low into the left-hand corner of the 'keepers goal.

The moment was capped off by Pearce's celebrations – a single primal scream to the Wembley faithful.

Normal service was resumed with spot-kicks from Alberto Belsue and Paul Gascoigne before Barcelona's Miguel Nadal stepped up for the decisive kick – score and the pressure was on the hosts but miss and England were through.

The uncle of future tennis great Rafael Nadal, the centre-back/midfielder aimed hard and low but could find no way past David Seaman.

His second notable spot-kick of the tournament, the save saw England advance to another semi-final while the Arsenal 'keeper was forever ensured of legendary status among England fans, regardless of what would happen some six years later.

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