England take note: Five teams that qualified for the Euros with a 100% record

Roy Hodgson’s team are closing on a perfect Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but they would be wise to note how that worked out in the past.

Games against Estonia and Lithuania are all that stand between England and a perfect record in Euro 2016 qualifying but the Three Lion will not be the first team to go through the process with a perfect record.

A total of five national sides have already achieved this feat and while it has proven to be a sign of things to come for some, for others it’s proved anything but.

With that in mind, it’s worth looking at the five 100% teams from tournaments gone by and what that equated to at the finals – how will England fare? 

1. France 1992

How they qualified

Les Bleus claimed a perfect eight wins out of eight from a group that featured Czechoslovakia, Spain, Iceland and Albania with Jean Pierre Papin bagging nine goals in qualifying and Eric Cantona also chipping in with a couple.

How they fared

Draws against England and hosts Sweden set up a winner-takes-all clash with Denmark that France, in hindsight, only needed a draw from. But despite Papin cancelling out Brian Laudrup’s early goal a 78th minute winner from Lars Elstrup sent them packing. 

2. Czech Republic 2000

How they qualified

Four years after reaching the final, a Czech team boasting Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Karel Poborsky, Pavel Nedved and Jan Koller blew away a group containing Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Estonia and Faroe Islands.

The Czechs won 10 games, scored 26 goals and conceded just five.

How they fared

Disastrously. Draw alongside World Cup holders France and hosts Holland, a narrow 1-0 loss to the Oranje in the curtain raiser set the tone.

Though they fared better in the next game against France, with Poborksy briefly levelling, a Youri Djorkaeff goal on 60 minutes sealed a 2-1 win for Les Bleus. A final 2-0 win over Denmark was meaningless and they exited early.

3. France 2004

How they qualified

Eager to exorcise the ghost of the 2002 World Cup, France steamrolled a group containing Slovenia, Israel, Cyprus and Malta scoring 29 goals and conceding just two.

Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and David Trezeguet all shone, scoring six goals each with Les Bleus billed as favourites for the tournament in Portugal.

How they fared 

Rarely convinced. Fortunate to beat England in their opener, a shaky draw with Croatia followed before another unimpressive win over Switzerland. Eventually eliminated by Greece in the quarter-finals.

4. Germany 2012

How they qualified

Germany cruised through a group containing Turkey, Belgium, Austria, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, picking up 10 wins and scoring 34 goals with just seven conceded along the way.

How they fared

Billed as favourites, Die Mannschaft cruised through the “Group of Death” with wins over Portugal, Holland and Denmark and were similarly impressive against Greece in the quarter-finals with a 4-2 win.

But old foes Italy put pay to their chances in the semis with a Mario Balotelli-inspired 2-1 victory. 

5. Spain 2012

How they qualified

Forced to qualify despite their status as holders, Spain made short work of group opponents Czech Republic, Scotland, Lithuania and Liechtenstein, scoring 26 goals and conceding just six.

How they fared

Despite a shaky opening draw with Italy, wins over Ireland and Croatia saw them top the group with a classy 2-0 victory over France sending them through to the semis. Portugal were then dispatched on penalties before La Roja routed Italy in a 4-0 win.

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