The England v Germany rivalry at major tournaments runs deep
Germany will never forget the famous goal at the 1966 World Cup final that was awarded despite the ball looking like it hadn’t crossed the line.
And England will certainly never forget the exits at Italy ’90 and Euro ’96, both on penalties, both at the hands of Germany.
So, it’s a game that goes well beyond just a run-of-the-mill Last 16 match at the Euros.
In truth, neither team has particularly impressed so far.
- England have mostly been incredibly solid, proof of which is that they’re yet to concede a goal. Mind you, they only scored two goals in three games themselves. Either they’re going to have to find goals from somewhere, with Harry Kane particularly guilty of being a bit quiet, or they’re going to struggle from hereon.
- As for Germany, they had that brilliant win against Portugal but that’s as good as it got. They were uninspired against France and needed a late goal to draw with Hungary. Had they not got it and they would have been out by now.
For a change, England go into the match as favourites and that’s just about understandable. Over the past two years or so they’ve been the better side and have at least proved to be considerably more consistent so far at this tournament.
It’s a tough game to call. If we really had to go for either side, it would probably be Gareth Southgate’s side because they look that little bit stronger in defence.
But then again, we don’t need to pick the winner. Especially when it’s a match that looks to have a draw written all over it. Both teams have drawn a game at this tournament already and this could be a tense affair where neither side wants to lose and is happy to take the game deep, even if that means the dreaded penalties.
Apart from anything else, it’s he biggest price of the three outcomes and looks to be by far the best option of what could be a really close game.