💶 Euro 2020: England vs Germany might not be a six-goal thriller, but it should be nail-biting nonetheless
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💶 Euro 2020: England vs Germany might not be a six-goal thriller, but it should be nail-biting nonetheless

25 years on from their infamous encounter at Euro 96, old rivals England and Germany lock horns once more at a major tournament. 

It's a last 16 showdown that's heavy with historical and topical significance, so let's get into the major talking points.

🦁 Saka deserves to start

Much of the pre-match focus will be placed on Gareth Southgate's team selection - will he stick with Bukayo Saka? The Arsenal man was the man of the match against the Czech Republic and the talented teenager would consider himself unlucky if he lost his place. That's over and above a rising clamour for Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho to get minutes. 

🤺 Defence the best form of attack for Southgate

In defence, the Three Lions have been impressive, not conceding a single goal so far. Although Germany is bristling with young attacking talent, Joachim Löw's team has yet to keep a clean sheet and England has the quality to expose those defensive frailties. If the Three Lions can keep things clean at the back, they'll give themselves a fighting chance.

Southgate's team's last four wins have all been 1-0, and three of the last four meetings between these sides have produced under 1.5 goals. If you're expecting a repeat of the six-goal thrillers inside 90 minutes produced by Croatia, Spain, France and Switzerland last night, you might be disappointed.

🥅 Painful memories for the England boss

Gareth Southgate missed a decisive semifinal spot-kick against Germany all the way back at Euro 96. Fortunately, most of the current England crop weren't even born by that time, but it's a memory he'll still have in the back of his head. On the other side of that coin, perhaps he might be richer and wiser for that experience. 

☄️ Never discount Germany

Despite their defensive porousness so far, Die Mannschaft still boasts an array of attacking options. Kai Havertz has scored two goals at the tournament off the back of his match-winning display in the Champions League final. Serge Gnabry may not be fully accustomed to his adjusted central-striking role but he's an intelligent footballer with pace and power to burn. 

Then there's Thomas Muller, a veteran who's been there, done that and got a whole lot of t-shirts. The "Raumdeuter" has won the World Cup, two Champions Leagues and 10 Bundesliga titles among others, notching up 214 goals & 218 assists in the process for the only club he has ever represented: Bayern Munich.

🧠 DID YOU KNOW?

England has lost their last four Euros knockout matches despite netting an opener inside five minutes in three of them. Three of those defeats came via penalty shootouts!

Are we headed for penalties? It's a very real possibility on what promises to be a tense night in London.

🔮 Likely XIs

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England (3-4-3): 

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; James, Rice, Phillips, Shaw; Saka, Kane, Sterling

🇩🇪 Germany (3-4-2-1): 

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

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