How the stage is set as Three Lions take on the Germans

The old foes England and Germany will face each other in the round of 16 stages of EURO 2020 on Tuesday evening at Wembley Stadium. This will be the 13th meeting between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium. Let’s see how it’ll go.

Gareth Southgate’s England has been the winner of Group D. They’ve beaten Croatia and the Czech Republic 1-0 and played a draw with Scotland. Despite being the winner of Group D, the team hasn’t performed the way it should be. Raheem Sterling is the only player who has scored for them till now. The captain Harry Kane hasn’t been able to make his mark yet. So it’ll be a great opportunity for him to lead the side in a most important match against the old foes in Germany.

England hasn’t been able to win their last 3 knockout matches against Germany in 1990, 1996 and 2010. Gareth Southgate is the one who missed the spot-kick in 1996 and he will be looking forward to this match more than anyone else. The campaign so far has been good for England but the hosts are capable of more and they will want to show that in this important match.

With the duo of Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell back into the team, England has a fully fit squad available to choose from. Bukayo Saka is likely to given chance ahead of Phil Foden to help the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in the attack. In defence, Kyle Walker along with Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire will be eyeing to stop the German attack. Gareth Southgate’s defensive approach in EURO 2020 has been criticised by the fans so he will be looking forward to his strikers scoring more.

Runner-ups of the group F Germany has started their campaign with a 1-0 loss to world champion France. Joachim Löw’s side has beaten Portugal 4-2 to claim a win. Germany played a tough draw with Hungary and ended the match 2-2. Kai Havertz has scored in both matches and will be looking forward to keeping that form in mind.

Experienced players like Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller will be the key for Germany alongside talented young players like Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry. Gnabry alongside Havertz is a deadly combination for Germany. In defence, Kimmich and Gossins along with experienced Hummels will try to stop the English attack. Leon Goretzka is now fit, so he’s a likely candidate to replace Ilkay Gundogan in midfield. Toni kroos is the key for Germany in the midfield. Fans criticised Germany for the tough game against Hungary which they almost lost. Havertz and Gnabry could ask some tough questions to the English defence.

In the end, we all can hope for a great match between the two giants who have a very vast history of rivalry. The winning team will play the quarter-final with the winner of the Sweden vs Ukraine clash.

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