Euro 2020: Old foes England and Germany set to write latest chapter in storied rivalry

The last meeting between these two teams in a major competition was at the 2010 World Cup, in which Germany defeated England 4-1.

The Germans going through their paces one final time before they take on England. Image Credit: Twitter/DFB

The latest chapter in one of international football’s great rivalries takes place on Tuesday. Old foes England and Germany renew hostilities at Wembley Stadium in the round-16 stage of Euro 2020. 25 years ago, current England manager Gareth Southgate’s saved spot kick helped Germany squeeze past England on penalties at EURO ’96. He will oversee at least 90 minutes of football which could either make or break the Three Lions’ summer.

The Three Lions won Group D to set up a last-16 tie against the runners-up of Group F – the so-called ‘group of death’ featuring France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary.

In a frantic finale to Group F, Germany were minutes from crashing out, but salvaged a 2-2 draw against Hungary to book themselves a knockout spot.

ENGLAND NEED FINESSE

England did not impress offensively during the group stage. Two goals from Raheem Sterling were all the team produced in the group stages. The three lions showed stiffness in their ability to move the ball and break the lines. Moreover, they lacked innovation and imagination when they were in possession of the ball. The midfielders did not manage to find Harry Kane, who failed to score in the group stage. England needs to improve their chance creation if they want to live up to their status as favourites.

However, Southgate will be happy about the defensive stability in their games. The back line performed well so far and showed that they can be one of the best defences in the competition.

A ROLLER COASTER GERMAN SIDE

Germany were minutes away from crashing out from their group. They managed to save a last-minute 2-2 draw against Hungary, booking themselves a knockout stage birth. In their opening match, they lost to France (0-1), only to show their best performance subsequently and overpower a helpless Portugal 4-2.

However, their fans were on the edge in their last game, as Hungary took the lead on two occasions. If it weren’t for Leon Goretzka’s late scrappy goal, Joachim Low would have seen his team suffering another shocking exit at his last tournament as the head coach.

HISTORY

Since 2013, England and Germany clashed four times. Die Mannschaft won twice, England once, and one draw. Overall, these two nations faced each other 32 times. England won 13 times, Germany 15 times and four games ended as a draw. The most famous battle between the two teams was, of course, the 1966 World Cup Final, which England prevailed with 4-2.

The last time that the two teams faced each other in a major competition was at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Germany defeated England 4-1, also in the Round of 16. However, the match is also remembered for Lampard’s 2-2 equalizer that wasn’t given as a goal by the referee.

Fasten your seatbelts because when these two nations meet, the drama that comes along with it is mouth-watering. We should be expecting a thriller of a game.

PREDICTED STARTING XI

England Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Henderson; Sterling, Kane, Grealish.

Germany Predicted XI (3-4-3): Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich Gundogan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Gnabry, Muller.




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