Euro Betting: England vs Germany
Round of 16 | 29 June | Wembley
Their Euros So Far
So far, England have had a very ‘German’ approach to the tournament – steady and clinical with no goals conceded and 2 out of 3 victories. Whilst not as fluid or full-throttle as they’d like to be, there is a sense that England could be growing into the tournament.
For Germany, results and performances have been inconsistent, but that is more than forgivable in a group that contained Hungary, France, and Portugal. Their 4-2 victory over Portugal did show the Germans at their explosive best, with an exemplary display of counter-attacking football. The concerns for Germany (and hopes for England?) lie in the fact they have conceded five goals in three games so far, which would have been more if it wasn’t for disallowed goals against the French.
Another thing to give English fans hope is that – apart from penalty shootouts – Germany have won just one of their last five Euro finals matches.
Apart from pen shootouts, Germany have won just one of their last five Euro finals matches.
Euro Squad News
Following the returns of Harry Maguire (90mins) and Jordan Henderson (45mins) against Czech Republic, the condition of the England squad remains positive for Gareth Southgate, who will have tough choices to make in picking his perfect 11 for this last 16 encounter. The one minor irritation remains with the fact that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have had to train alone in isolation from the rest of the squad. This follows from them coming into contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after the 0-0 draw with Steve Clarke’s men in the second group game. Mount and Chillwell are authorised to rejoin the rest of the squad from midnight on Monday.
For Die Mannschaft, Antonio Rudiger and Ilkay Gundogan are back in training and ready for selection, whilst Thomas Muller has reiterated that his knee problem is much improved and is something he is experienced enough to manage, whilst still being able to perform.
There are strong calls in Germany for Jamal Musiala to be given a starting berth at Wembley, following his performance as a late substitute in their late draw against Hungary. Teammate Serge Gnaby has endorsed him further, stating: “His qualities are extraordinary. He can help the team a lot.”
So, with mystery on both sides about which teams could be starting on Tuesday, the excitement of the unknown in a fixture that is widely known by both sets of fans makes for a great last 16 encounter.
The past weighs heavy on this historic international fixture, particularly for English fans and England players of old. So it’s surprising to learn that results are pretty evenly split, with England winning 13, Germany 15, plus 4 draws. Despite the relatively level results, there’s no escaping the fact that Germany have generally won when it really mattered during World Cup and Euro tournaments.
The last two matches were both 2017 friendlies in which Southgate and Low’s men played out a 0-0 and 1-0 German victory. Lukas Podolski getting the winner in the latter.
There was also a pre-Euro 2016 friendly, with England winning 3-2 under Roy Hodgson. Current squad members Harry Kane and Toni Kroos scored for both sides, with Eric Dier scoring the last minute winner for England, after still being two goals down after the hour mark.
The last competitive game was in the 2010 World Cup, when Germany ran out 4-1 winners on the way to winning the tournament for the fourth time. The game will mostly be remembered for two things; Germany’s rampaging first half performance with Thomas Muller scoring a brace, followed by Frank Lampard’s would-be equaliser crossing the goal-line, but being missed by officials. Subsequently, goal-line technology in football was hurriedly introduced after the tournament.
England famously enjoyed an enormous 5-1 World Cup qualifier victory in 2001, with England’s ‘golden generation’ proving worthy of the tag for a special 90 minutes in Munich. Sadly, the result did not lead to any great success for the English side at the time.
Both teams also met at the Euro 2000 group stage, with England securing a 1-0 victory, courtesy of an Alan Shearer goal. Unfortunately for both teams, they each went out at the first hurdle, finishing behind Romania and group winners, Portugal.
The three most iconic meetings between the nations remains the 1966 World Cup, World Cup Italia 90, and more recently, Euro 96. Apart from the victorious first, England then lost on both occasions on penalties in the semi-finals of both tournaments.
Famously, Gareth Southgate missing a penalty for England, helped Germany progress to the final and win the tournament on English soil. How he would surely love to correct that with victory as manager at Euro 2020?!
Will England enjoy a rare tournament victory over Germany? Or will Low have one last victorious swansong for Die Mannschaft?