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EURO 2020 Preview: England, Germany battle for last 16 supremacy

Two of the biggest teams at the Euro 2020, England and Germany go head-to-head in the last-16 stage of Euro 2020.
Both teams go into Tuesday evening’s clash with a contrast in group stage performances – Germany, managing to claim the second spot in the tournament’s group of death which comprised of the now-ousted trio, France, Portugal and Hungary, and England, progressing after comfortably finishing in the first place from Group D thanks to 1-0 wins over Croatia and the Czech Republic, and a draw with rivals, Scotland.

Should England manage to produce the goods in normal time, it would mark the first time that the Three Lions have won a European Championship knockout game over the course of 90 minutes, but Joachim Low and his last dance will be out to make England’s 300th Wembley outing a truly miserable one.

Die Mannschaft may not be the force they once were in Rio de Janeiro seven years ago, but their penchant for major tournaments is well-documented, as they have managed to advance to the semi-final stage of the Euros three times in succession since the outgoing Low took the reins in 2006.

ENGLAND’s THREE LIONS

With a run of 5 wins and a draw in their last six games across competitions, England goes into the game a stronger side than Germany who has won just one game so far in the Euros – a 4-2 win over Portugal in their second group game.

With no major injury concerns on Southgate’s mind, England would be looking to field Harry Maguire who made his comeback against the Czech Republic, alongside John Stones. With the duo of Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell still out due to self-isolation after coming into close contact with the COVID-positive Billy Gilmour. Saka could also be expected in England’s starting XI after impressing against the Czechs with Phil Foden making a return alongside Sterling and Harry Kane.

GERMANY’s DIE MANNSCHAFT

Goretzka who struck an 84th-minute equaliser for Germany against Hungary might put his name in the hat for selection for Loew’s side, replacing Ilkay Gundogan – who was booked in that game – for the last-16 clash.
While Chelsea man Antonio Rudiger who reportedly missed training over the weekend due to a cold might still be called upon to man the German backline alongside Hummels, Kimmich and Ginter, with Havertz, Mueller and  Gnabry leading the attack.

If this game would end in regulation time, or head into extra time like Monday’s games between Croatia and Spain, and Switzerland and France is only up to England who have shown they are compact at the back, or Germany whose strikers have shown they would take their chance if given.

But who would show the better tenacity?

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

10.11.17 – England 0-0 Germany (FRIENDLY)

22.03.17Germany 1-0 England (FRIENDLY)

26.03.16 – Germany 2-3 England (FRIENDLY)

19.11.13 – England 0-1 Germany (FRIENDLY)

27.06.10Germany 4-1 England (WORLD CUP)

FORM:

England: W-D-W-W-W
Germany: D-W-L-W-D

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