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England's ITV Tournament Curse Continued With 0-0 Draw Against Scotland

Josh Lawless

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England's ITV Tournament Curse Continued With 0-0 Draw Against Scotland

England's dire 0-0 draw with Scotland continued a wretched record at tournaments when games have been shown on ITV.

The Three Lions got off the mark at Wembley with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday live on BBC but were especially poor in Friday's stalemate.

There were a whole host of reasons cited for why England were so underwhelming but for Twitter user Lewis Matthews, it was simply down to the broadcasters who had the rights for the fixture.

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That's right, as Lewis points out, England do indeed have a bit of an 'ITV curse'. Since the 1998 World Cup, England have won just four games out of 24 when matches have been on the British free-to-air channel.

In a spell spanning several managers, they've lost eight and drawn 12 - and you have to go back to Euro 2012 for England's last ITV win in 90 matches.

Jude Bellingham was just eight years of age at the time as Roy Hodgson's side beat Ukraine 1-0 courtesy of a Wayne Rooney strike in the final group stage fixture.

On BBC, the UK's other premier TV channel, England tend to perform much better. They've won 15 out of 22 matches, drawing three and losing four.

England's final Euro 2020 group stage game sees them take on Czech Republic live on ITV, who revealed 20 million tuned in to watch the Scotland clash.

Both teams are level on four points from their first two games but Jaroslav Šilhavý's side are leading Group D on goal difference.

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, England, ITV, Scotland

Josh Lawless
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