England... they'll always let you down right? You get your hopes, dig out your shirt, plonk a flag on your car and tell yourself it'll be OK and then what happens? We all know the story, glorious failure and tears aplenty. Well, in most cases that is exactly how it goes. Our hopes, dreams and anything else we had invested in blown apart within 90 minutes. When you add extra time and the possibility of penalties to that scenario the pain is rather similar to that of being squashed with the Acme Anvil, nice huh? Having said that, it's not always the case and through those years of pain and misery there have been some moments of magic and unadulterated, unbridled joy. So sit back, put your feet up and let's reminisce with tales of the times and parts of history where England really stood up and delivered the goods. England 1 v Columbia 1 (England win 4-3 on penalties) - 2018 World Cup That's right, England won a penalty shoot-out. It was glorious. From Eric Dier's winning penalty, to Jordan Pickford's wonder save in the dying seconds this game was all about drama. When Yerry Mina popped up in added time to equalise you could be forgiven for thinking that it was happening all over again, so close, yet so far. 30 minutes of nerve jangling tension later, the heat got turned up another notch as extra time ended and we were to be subjected to the agony of another penalty contest. Cue Eric and Jordan, the English heroes, a night I'll never forget. England 2 v Scotland 0 - Euro 1996 The oldest rivalry in international football, a tournament on home soil, and a real sense of expectation all added to the tension on the 15th June 1996. When Alan Shearer nodded England ahead from a very young looking Gary Neville's cross early in the second half it looked like plain sailing for the Three Lions, but when have things ever been that easy...? What followed was pure drama, and the reason why we call it the beautiful game, this game had everything. A missed Scotland penalty, an iconic goal celebration which was preceded by a piece of sublime skill. After Gazza's magic, it was most definitely coming home! Germany 1 v 5 England - 2001 Do you remember that night in Munich back in 2001 ? It was only six minutes in as Carsten Jancker poked the ball past David Seaman to give Germany the lead it was a case of same old, same old for England...or so we thought. What happened in the next 84 minutes will go down in history as the greatest England victory since 1966. A Michael Owen Hat-trick, a thunderous half volley from Gerrard and the icing on the cake from 'Big' Emile Heskey. Still to this day I don't know if it was bigger shock to the Germans or the English. England 4 v 1 Holland - Euro 1996 With only a draw required to qualify from the group England went well and truly beyond as they pulverised the Dutch with their very own version of the SAS. Shearer and Sheringham with two goals each sent England to a quarter final tie with Spain in style, one of the great Wembley performances, Euro 96 fever was well and truly alive. England 2 v 2 Greece - 2001 2-1 down, seconds left, the rest is history. For 89 minutes this game served as a gentle reminder as to why when England are playing, and the stakes are high it is advisable not get your hopes too high. In the grand scheme of things a 2-2 draw at home to Greece is not something to crow about, however, on this occasion the hysteria that followed a trademark David Beckham free kick in the final moments of the game will go down in England folklore and be talked of for generations. England 3 v 2 Cameroon - 1990 World Cup A truly memorable encounter from one of the best world cup tournaments in recent memory, well from an England perspective anyway. From a 38 year old Roger Milla rolling back the years, to the tale of 3 penalties England escaped and were rewarded with a Semi Final date against West Germany. On reflection, Cameroon were unlucky to come out with nothing to show for their efforts, but for a rash tackle in the 82nd minute which gave Lineker the chance to level the tie from the spot history could have been quite different. England 4 v 2 Croatia - Euro 2004 Another do or die come from behind win and an introduction on the grand stage for a teenage Wayne Rooney. A game that was settled in the end via a 79th minute Frank Lampard Strike really was one to remember, but it all started in relatively familiar fashion. When Niko kovac reacted 1st to a loose ball inside the England penalty area on six minutes England were staring down the barrel once more, two goals and an assist from a teenage sensation handed the points and the spot in the Quarter Finals as group runners up. Argentina 0 v 1 England - 2002 World Cup Beckham's redemption. Four years after his famous kick out on Diego Simeone which cost England dear in France during the 1998 World Cup Becks tucked away a penalty on the stroke of half time after Owen was upended in the box by a long haired Mauricio Pochettino. A win which went some way to healing the scars of defeats to this bitter rival at both the 86 and 98 World Cup's. Your favourite England matches? What's your favourite England match and why? Let us know in the comments below and share your memories of the games we've highlighted and tell us your reaction.