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Euro 2020: England vs Germany Preview and Prediction

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England will welcome record European champions Germany on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in the round of 16 stage of Euro 2020. 

England reached the knock-out stage after topping the group D, overcoming the challenges of Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland. On the other hand, Germany qualified in the round of 16 stage by surpassing the obstacles of Portugal and Hungary in the group of death. 

It will be the first encounter between these two sides on a big stage since the controversial round of 16 game of World Cup 2010, where Germany smashed the Three Lions by 4-1. The biggest controversy was the disallowed goal of Frank Lampard when the game was 1-1.

England vs Germany Preview:

England will be looking to take revenge for the 2010 embarrassment. The advantage will be with Gareth Southgate’s side as they will get the home support. 

However, this could be a disadvantage for the Three Lions as well, Southgate’s defensive approach might frustrate the spectators and they will urge their team to play more expensive and entertaining football. This could allow Joachim Low’s side to attack the spaces. 

England haven’t been able to lift a major trophy since their world cup triumph in 1966. The Three Lions have not been able to win the European Championship. Their best performance was in 1996 where they finished third. 

England have a pretty easy route to the final if they can manage to overcome the German challenge. And most importantly they will get the home advantages for these games. 

On the other hand, despite a decent performance against France in the opening game of the Euro 2020, Germany lost the match by an own goal. However, they beat Portugal in the following game by 4-2 and showed their qualities. 

Despite not being counted among the favourites, Germany has a great squad and the Germans have always been a consistent performer in the big tournaments apart from the World Cup 2018. So, England must be aware of Die Mannschaft’s threats and their team game. 

The concerns for Joachim Low will be the lack of athleticism of Matt Hummels which caused trouble against Hungary. And another one is the lack of a dynamic central defensive midfielder. So, the German boss should use Leon Goretzka in midfield alongside Toni Kroos rather than Ilkay Gundogan. 

England form (all competitions): W-W-W-W-D-W

Germany form (all competitions): L-D-W-L-W-D

Team News:

The good news for England is that Harry Maguire has returned to the starting eleven in the previous game and is expected to start yet again against Germany. Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount had to self isolate after coming in close contact with Billy Gilmore who tested positive for Coronavirus. Thankfully both tested negative but expected to remain sidelined for this encounter. 

There was talk about if Southgate will decide to go with back three for this game or not. However, it will be interesting to see if Bukayo Saka starts in this game after producing a great performance in the last group game. 

On the other hand, Lucas Klostermann will be sidelined due to injury for Die Mannschaft and Jonas Hoffman is expected to remain on the bench after recovering from a knee injury. Goretzka could get the nod ahead of Gundogan after scoring a late equaliser against Hungary. 

England’s potential starting lineup(4-2-3-1):

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Foden, Grealish, Sterling; Kane

Germany possible starting lineup(3-4-2-1):

Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Kroos, Goretzka, Gosens; Havertz, Muller; Gnabry

England 2-1 Germany 

The home support will be a big advantage for the Three Lions and this could be the perfect time to play against a struggling Germany. 

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