On This Day in 1996: England kick off summer football carnival with draw against Switzerland

EURO 96..England vs Switzerland...8/6/96...Wembley

England drew 1-1 with Switzerland during the opening game of Euro 96 at Wembley, in what was one of the more memorable international tournaments.

EURO 96..England vs Switzerland...8/6/96...Wembley

Euro 96 is fondly remembered by all those who were around or old enough to remember that summer and still talked about 20 years on.

England kicked off their campaign against Switzerland at Wembley. It was not exactly the quickest of starts for the host nation against Switzerland.

Alan Shearer had given England a first-half lead after firing home following Paul Ince's clever through ball to give the Three Lions what looked to be the perfect start.

Alan Shearer celebrates goal v Switzerland Euro 96

Shearer starting up front was something of a talking point given the goal drought he was enduring at international level - which spanned all the way back to September 1994. He would go on to finish the tournament with the Golden Boot as top scorer with five goals in as many games.


1996 (June 8) England 1-Switzerland 1 (European... by sp1873

But Terry Venables' side was pegged back in the closing stages and Stuart Pearce was adjudged to have handled inside the area. The Swiss took the opportunity to equalise via Kübilay Türkyilmaz from the spot. 

A disappointing draw it may have been for England, but they went on to create many memories during a great summer on their run to the semi-finals in what was one of the more exciting England sides in living memory. 

Switzerland awarded penalty v England Euro 96

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