England train ahead of Germany Euro 2020 clash
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England team news has surfaced ahead of their Euro 2020 showdown with Germany. And reports claim Gareth Southgate is poised to make two changes to his side, with Phil Foden and Mason Mount set to start. The Three Lions go into the game looking to beat their old enemy, 11 years after their last meeting at a major tournament.
England have been slow out of the blocks at Euro 2020 so far.
But while their lack of attacking football has angered some fans, their defensive approach has still helped them enjoy a positive start.
England have beaten Croatia and Czech Republic so far, with Raheem Sterling scoring the winners in both matches, and drew 0-0 with Scotland at Wembley.
Next up are a Germany side who were fortunate to get out of their group, relying on a late goal from Leon Goretzka to see off Hungary.
And the Daily Mail say Southgate is primed to make two changes, with Foden and Mount set to be unleashed.
Mount has been isolating as a precaution after being snapped with Billy Gilmour after the Scotland game, while Foden was rested having picked up a yellow card against Steve Clarke’s side.
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But, now, they’re primed to start the contest at Wembley.
Bakuyo Saka is likely to be on the bench, while it’s uncertain what Southgate will decide when it comes to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
The match takes place with England looking to win the Euros for the first time in their history – and they’ll be out for revenge after what happened against Joachim Low’s team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
England found themselves 2-0 down but pulled one back through Matthew Upson.
Frank Lampard then scored a perfectly legitimate goal but, despite the ball clearly crossing the line, it was ruled out.
England then slumped to a nightmare 4-1 defeat and manager at the time, Fabio Capello, was sacked 18 months later.
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Ahead of the match against Low’s side, Three Lions star John Stones admitted the squad were relishing the prospect of facing the 2014 World Cup winners.
“I think when you’re looked at as one of the best teams and best talents or best group, you want to test yourselves against the best teams and that’s the opportunity we’ve got now on Tuesday,” he said.
“To test ourselves and win.
“The Scotland game we didn’t win but I think the winning mentality and the mentality of how we’ve played.
“I know it wasn’t probably the best game of football to watch as an outsider but for us players, we went out there, we did our job.
“We didn’t concede in three games. That’s a massive thing in tournament football, to keep clean sheets and to keep progressing.
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“That allows the players up top to go out and score the goals and express themselves.
“But the winning mentality and the willingness to win is now coming out, I’ve not seen as much in previous squads before 2018.
“There’s a real hunger there which is so natural to everyone.
“As I was saying when we come up against Germany on Tuesday, it’s a time to really test ourselves and show not just Europe, but the world, what a good team we are.
“Obviously we give Germany massive respect, as you do any top-class team, but we have to go out and show ourselves and implement our game.”
Germany boss Low has shrugged off concerns over his side’s form ahead of the match, insisting they’re still a major force.
“I’m not worried, it’s a totally different match,” he said.
“Hungary parked the bus, with everyone behind the ball, entered every duel, against England it will be a totally different match.
“They are playing at home, they want to attack, it’s going to be an open match, more open than it was tonight. We need to improve on things, we are aware of that, and need to take care and be careful, especially at set-pieces.
“We cannot repeat the same mistakes again. We need to do things better here, but ahead of the match against England, we’re looking forward to it.
“It’s great news to play in London at Wembley against England.
“The group stage is over and now we have to focus. It’s in or out now. Our performance so far hasn’t been too good, but if we show what we can, as we did against Portugal for long spells, we can be a strong opponent, and if we don’t do that we can get into difficulties.”
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