England and Germany will go head-to-head in the Euro 2020 Round of 16 next Tuesday.
The Three Lions’ ‘prize’ for finishing top of Group D is a clash against their old rivals.
Germany were in danger of crashing out in the group stages on Wednesday evening but salvaged a 2-2 draw against Hungary in Munich thanks to Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser.
Joachim Low’s side subsequently finished as runners-up in Group F behind France but above Portugal and Hungary.
England have famously struggled against Germany in major tournaments. Aside from the 1966 World Cup final, they have never beaten the Germans at either a World Cup or European Championships after the group stages.
The two nations’ previous meeting at a major tournament was at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, where Germany registered an emphatic 4-1 victory in the Round of 16.
But this appears to be a less formidable German team managed by a coach who will be replaced by Hansi Flick after this summer’s tournament.
Gary Neville’s England XI to face Germany
Fans and pundits alike will spend the coming days debating how England should set up against Germany at Wembley next week.
Retired defender-turned-pundit Gary Neville, who was part of Roy Hodgson’s England backroom staff, tweeted the team that he believes would give England the best chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Neville would play three defenders in central defence (Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire) with Reece James and Luke Shaw at left and right-back, respectively.
He would stick with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in central midfield, while the front three would be comprised of Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane.
“Wing backs to match up / Engage Germany’s,” Neville added. “Saka and Sterling left higher in channels v Germany wide CB. “Rice / Philips onto Kroos/ Gundogan”.
Presumably, he would stick with Jordan Pickford as England’s goalkeeper.
His former teammate Edwin van der Sar was quick to point out that Neville was missing someone in between the sticks from his XI.
Neville’s team would see the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson and Mason Mount benched.
Saka impressed in England’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic earlier this week, picking up the Star of the Match award, and Neville would stick with the 19-year-old on the right flank.