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Curse of ITV: When did England last win on ITV in a World Cup or Euros?

FOLLOWING England at a major tournament is always a roller coaster.

But watching them on ITV seems to be a millstone the broadcaster could seem to get off host Mark Pougatch's neck after the draw against Scotland.


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But they DID shake the curse off with a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic in the final group game of Euro 2020.

England have won just FIVE of the 23 matches ITV have shown since the France 98 World Cup.

However, there are reasons to be cautious ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark on the channel.

The men in white shirts have also never managed to clinch more than one win on the channel during a major tournament since France 98.

The broadcaster's curse includes some shocking results too, including the 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016 and 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup.

They also aired the semi-final against Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, as well as the third-place game against Belgium in the same tournament.

In a break with tradition though, ITV did show England's first EVER penalty shootout win at a World Cup that summer, when they beat Colombia on spot kicks.

Here is how ITV stack up during that time period against rivals BBC:

ITV

  • Played 24
  • Won 5
  • Lost 8

BBC

  • Played 22
  • Won 15
  • Lost 4



Needless to say, ITV still raked in the most viewers they could have hoped for for England's 0-0 draw with Scotland, boasting 20 million sets of eyeballs for the group stage clash.

That equates to 30 per cent of the entire UK poulation.

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