It’s an early clash of the international heavyweights at Euro 2020 with England taking on Germany at Wembley. Gareth Southgate will be relishing the match-up after he achieved only England’s third-ever first-placed finish in the groups at a European Championship, while Germany limped over the finishing line.
The Three Lions were pragmatic, but not convincing in Group D, grinding out three results, including two wins, but only finding the back of the net twice. Skeptics have been burnishing their pitchforks, but Southgate will point to the results, with England keeping three consecutive clean sheets.
Germany, likewise, have looked a tad under the weather, and anything but the side that won the World Cup in 2014. In Joachim Low’s swansong it was nearly another group-stage exit in a major international tournament, but they just got the job done against Hungary in a frantic matchday three.
In truth Die Mannschaft‘s only convincing performance came in the 4-2 win over Portugal, but that was a ruthlessly cut-throat showing from Germany’s swashbuckling attack, illustrating what the nation are capable of on their day. England must, therefore, look to take their defensive group form into the knockouts.
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England vs Germany: Match Stats
Ilkay Gundogan has scored twice at Wembley Stadium: for Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League final and for Man City in the Premier League.
Only Spain (2,291) have registered more passes than Germany (1,994) in Euro 2020 so far.
Germany have conceded at least once in each of their last eight matches at major tournaments (EURO and World Cup)
England’s last four victories have all been by a 1-0 score, as many as their previous 26 wins.
England have kept as many clean sheets at Euro 2020 as they managed at Euro 2004, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 combined (3).
England have kept three clean sheets in the group stage of a major tournament for the second time in their history after the 1966 World Cup.
England have never won a European Championship knockout match in 90 minutes.
Germany have reached at least the semi-final in each of the last three editions of the European Championship
England vs Germany: Corner Stats
England have registered 13 corners at the Euros so far, with that number picking up after receiving just one in the Croatia win. However, only Russia, France (two apiece), Hungary and Finland (one each) have registered less accurate corner passes than England’s three, a worrying set-piece stat. Germany meanwhile have fared slightly better with 14 corners, but their strongest trait so far has been their crosses, tearing Portugal apart with whipped balls from the flanks, underpinned by the fact they’ve registered the fourth-most crosses per game (22). England must be wary of the byline bombardments.
England vs Germany: Cards Stats
England are one of just five nations to have picked up just the single yellow card, with Phil Foden featuring on the naughty step in the curtain-raiser against Croatia. Germany on the other hand have registered five, with only Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Turkey and North Macedonia collecting more. The offenders have been: Joshua Kimmich, Kai Havertz, Matthias Ginter, Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan.
England vs Germany: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: England 2-1 Germany
England vs Germany: Odds
England vs Germany: Head to Head
10 Nov 2017 – England 0-0 Germany – International Friendly
22 Mar 2017 – Germany 1-0 England – International Friendly
26 Mar 2016 – Germany 2-3 England – International Friendly
19 Nov 2013 – England 0-1 Germany – International Friendly
27 Jun 2010 – Germany 4-1 England – World Cup
International friendlies have been a common occurrence between these nations in recent years, with England fans no doubt still remembering their 30-minute turnaround in Berlin, in which Eric Dier netted a 91st-minute winner. In fact, this will be the third meeting between England and Germany at the European Championship; Germany won 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the 1996 semi-final, before England won 1-0 in the group stages at Euro 2000.