On This Day - 1990 - England's World Cup dream ends in tears

England manager Bobby Robson offers encouragement to Peter Shilton and Gary Lineker before the penalty shoot out 1990

England's World Cup dream was thwarted by West Germany on penalties at Italia 90.

England's Paul Gascoigne is consoled by Chris Waddle after losing to Germany in a penalty shoot out 1990England's Paul Gascoigne is consoled by Chris Waddle after losing to Germany in a penalty shoot out 1990

Italia 90 is looked on pretty fondly by England fans of a certain generation. It was the closest the side came to World Cup triumph since they won the World Cup in 1966.

Familiar foes would deny them a place in the World Cup final in 1990, as Sir Bobby Robson's side agonisingly missed out to eventual winners West Germany in Turin.

Germany's Andreas Brehme scores the opening goal from a free kick which takes a deflection off England's Paul Parker 1990Germany's Andreas Brehme scores the opening goal from a free kick which takes a deflection off England's Paul Parker 1990

England made heavy work in the knock-out stages of the competition, having needed extra time to progress against both Belgium and Cameroon.

West Germany took the lead on the hour mark in fortuitous circumstances as Andreas Brehme's free-kick took a wicked deflection off Paul Parker to loop over Peter Shilton into the net. 

However, 10 minutes from time, Gary Lineker capitalised on some confusion in the West German defence following a long ball from Parker - with Lineker's left-footed strike finding the bottom corner to bring England on level terms.

It would force extra time, which saw Paul Gascoigne reduced to tears as he picked up a booking that would see him miss the final if England reached it, before Chris Waddle's strike hit the inside of the post and came back out. Agony.

Their opponents would also strike the woodwork in the second half of extra time - while Jurgen Klinsmann missed two great chances and David Platt had a goal disallowed. 

Then it came down to penalties - with each side scoring their first three. Stuart Pearce stepped up for England only for his penalty to be saved. Olaf Thon ensured West Germany went in front before Waddle skied his effort, putting England into the third/fourth place play-off against Italy.

Germany's Bodo Illgner celebrates after England's Chris Waddle skies his penalty in the shoot out 1990Germany's Bodo Illgner celebrates after England's Chris Waddle skies his penalty in the shoot out 1990

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