3 reasons why England can beat Germany at Euro 2020
Will England beat Germany in the Euro 2020 last 16 tonight?
The Three Lions are taking on the four-time world champions at Wembley Stadium in a 5pm kickoff.
England v Germany is a fixture that has brought plenty of memorable moments over the years.
The 1966 World Cup win and the 5-1 victory in Munich are the standouts.
However, England’s last major tournament meeting with the Germans didn’t quite go to plan.
The Three Lions lost 4-1 in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup, a game marred by a hugely controversial disallowed goal.
Now, the two nations are set to lock horns once again, and while England are on the up, Germany haven’t been at their best.
But will England beat Germany?
Here are 3 reasons why Gareth Southgate’s charges could well triumph at Wembley tonight.
England have home advantage
When the Three Lions topped Group D, some fans weren’t best pleased.
Finishing top of the group means a last-16 tie against either Germany, France or Portugal.
Getting second or third place would’ve set up an easier tie on paper, but England would’ve had to play in a different country.
Playing at Wembley means the players will be more rested than they would’ve otherwise been if they had to travel.
And of course the crowd will be behind England, with 45,000 fans expected to be in attendance at Wembley.
40,000-odd are going to be in there and it is going to make a massive difference,” Dominic Calvert-Lewin said last week.
“I think it gives you that extra boost and it just a very proud moment.”
Germany aren’t looking too solid at present
After England’s semi-final defeat to Germany in 1990, Gary Lineker famously said: “Football is a simple game.
“Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
He then updated the quote in 2018 on Twitter with added exasperation and a word we can’t really reprint here.
However, Germany have had some issues this summer.
As per Sky Sports, they have yet to keep a clean sheet, compared with England, who have yet to concede a goal in three matches.
Germany have faced 20 shots in their three games – the fourth lowest of any team in the tournament.
However, they’ve conceded five goals so far, so that’s one goal for every four shots they’ve faced.
In addition, Joachim Low could be without three key players tonight – Ilkay Gundogan, Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens.
Admittedly, their attack has been strong, while England have struggled for efforts on target, never mind goals.
However, the Three Lions certainly have plenty of attacking talent at their disposal – could it be unleashed tonight?
England have ended penalty hoodoo
Who could forget England’s penalty shootout win over Colombia three years ago?
The Three Lions haven’t had the best penalty shootout record at major tournaments.
So when Jordan Pickford made those saves and Eric Dier converted the last spot kick, it was euphoric to say the least.
And England followed that up with a penalty shootout win over Switzerland in the Nations League.
The Times reported earlier this month that England have been practising penalties since the start of the season.
Southgate set aside time for his players to hone their skills from 12 yards while preparing for matches against Iceland, Denmark and Belgium since last September.
With such good preparations stretching back months, England should be in a good state of mind if the game does to go penalties.
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