Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will be hoping to improve their European Championship’s knockout record when they take on their old rivals Germany at Wembley on Tuesday in their Euro 2020 last-16 tie.
England have featured in the knockout stages of the competition five times but have only won once at this point in the tournament.
That was at Euro 96, on home turf at Wembley, when they scraped unconvincingly past Spain on penalties to set up that fateful semi-final against Tuesday’s opponents.
In more recent times, both sides have enjoyed impressive wins over each other, although England will still feel hard done by following Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal during the World Cup in 2010.
That 4-1 defeat will still linger for many England fans, but they did get their own back in an international friendly in 2016.
Despite being two goals down at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, and Eric Dier secured a famous win, but now they will want to send Germany home from the European Championships.
During this competition, Joachim Löw’s side can count themselves lucky upon qualifying for the last 16, after a topsy-turvy last game had them bottom of the group at one point during the final group matches.
Germany survived the ‘Group of Death’ after a late goal from Leon Goretzka denied Hungary a famous win at the Allianz Arena and a potential place in the last-16 of the competition.
For England, their final group game ended with a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic which saw them win Group D with seven points after not conceding a goal in their three games.
In terms of team news, England will monitor Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell ahead of the Wembley clash, with manager Southgate stating that they “need to assess the pairs psychological state, as well as their physical one.”
Apart from that, Southgate has plenty of options going forward, with captain Harry Kane and England’s tournament top scorer Raheem Sterling likely to start.
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The England boss could be inclined to play Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho on the right-hand side with the 21-year-old perfecting his craft in the German Bundesliga.
Luke Shaw and Kyle Walker could remain at full-back, while Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka will be keen to keep his place in the starting XI.
For the Germans, both Jonas Hofmann and Lukas Klostermann are unlikely to feature, while there will be a late decision to make over Thomas Muller, who did not feature against Hungary because of a knee injury.
The likely attacking trio of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz all have experience of playing against Premier League defences, and England’s back line will be hoping to keep them quiet for another 90 minutes.
The influence of 40,000 fans able to attend Wembley on Tuesday could prove to be an advantage for England, but the Germans are a team who thrive off pressure.
How to watch England vs Germany?
The game kicks off at 5pm at Wembley, with coverage available from 4:30pm on BBC One, with viewers also able to watch the game via BBC iPlayer.
Whoever wins the match will face either Ukraine or Sweden on Saturday at 8pm, with action coming from the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
England – 29/20
Draw – 23/10
Germany – 2/1
Raheem Sterling to score and England to win 2-1 – 20/1
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