Thomas Fenton’s England v Germany preview: A tight contest at Wembley?
Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Germany throughout Euro 2020
After the final match drama in Group F, we now have a tantalising last 16 clash between England and Germany to look forward to – at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
While both teams will fancy their chances in this one, England must be heading into the contest wondering which version of Germany will show up.
Die Mannschaft were ten minutes away from being dumped out of Euro 2020, only for Leon Goretzka’s late strike to spare his side’s blushes in their final group match against Hungary.
Joachim Low may now be tempted to start Goretzka against England on Tuesday, as the Bayern midfielder had a galvanising effect on the team when he came on for the final half hour in Munich.
The only major fitness concern for Low heading into the tie at Wembley is Thomas Muller, who started from the bench against Hungary after picking up a minor knee injury. The forward’s absence would be a huge blow for the travelling side, especially with Leroy Sane not exactly impressing against the Hungarians – in what was effectively an audition for Muller’s starting spot.
Germany’s form has been all over the place of late, making it incredibly tricky for anyone to accurately predict how they’ll play next.
However, with England expected to sit deep and play on the break, I can envisage there being very little to separate the two sides after 90 minutes. It couldn’t possibly go to penalties again, could it?