Longtime rivals England and Germany renew hostilities at Wembley Stadium in the last-16 round of Euro 2020 on Tuesday evening for a quarter-century after their infamous match at Euro 96. In Group D the Three Lions finished first tying with Germany for second place in the tournament’s death group. Here is our expert guess on England vs Germany prediction and lineup for Euro 2020 football match.
England lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Foden, Grealish, Sterling; Kane
For England’s round-of-16 match against Germany Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount will be released from their ten-day quarantine. After missing all of the team’s pre-match training Gareth Southgate would reconsider placing Mount in starting spot.
Southgate is thought to be seriously considering a back three against Germany, despite not having used it this year. As a result, Kyle Walker will drop into the back three, with Reece James and Luke Shaw vying for the wing-back spot. With Mount certain to be selected on the bench, Kieran Trippier is slated to start.
With Phil Foden or Bukayo Saka more likely to join Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in the front three, a back three implies doom for Jack Grealish.
Germany lineup: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Kroos, Goretzka, Gosens; Havertz, Muller; Gnabry
Thomas Muller made a surprise appearance off the bench after he had been ruled out against Hungary.
Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, and Serge Gnabry were dubious to start for Wednesday’s encounter but all are now fit to play.
Both Jonas Hofmann and Lukas Klostermann are questionable for Monday, although neither would have started anyway.
In the previous match, Leon Goretzka came off the bench to save Germany but finding a spot for him in the team is difficult.
England and Germany meet for the first time in over four years after a dismal goalless stalemate at the end of 2017. England gave a woeful performance making it to the group stage without surrendering a goal.
Germany was fortunate to even make it out of the group stage. They had to come from behind twice in their final game to tie 2-2 with Hungary.
Progressing through the group stage without conceding a goal is a positive sign, Germany’s attackers are slightly more potent than the Czechs or Croats. We’d want to back England to win, but in a narrative as old as time, the Germans’ winning mindset should shine through as the Three Lions’ second chance at glory goes begging.
Our Prediction: England 1 – 1 Germany (1 – 2 after extra time)
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