England overcame their previoius hoodoo’s to overcome a stubborn Germany side 2-0 in the round of 16 stage of Euro2020. Goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were enough to get Southgate’s side over the line and into a quarter final, taking place in Rome on Saturday.
England return to three at the back
The major talking point ahead of the tie surrounded England’s formation, with may expecting Southgate to return to the three at the back that saw England experience success in 2018.
And so it proved to pass. Kieran Trippier was recalled in place of Jack Grealish, with Southgate choosing to move Kyle Walker into a right-centre-back position in a back three.
The result was immediate. The Three Lions were able to suffocate the Germany wing-backs effectively, resulting in a boring affair for the neutral. For England, however, it paid off brilliantly, with the nullification of the full backs proving vital in their progression.
Raheem Sterling justifies his selection again
Raheem Sterling is currently England’s top goalscorer at Euro2020, with three goals. However, he came into the tournament with something still to prove after a downturn in form at Manchester City, scoring 10 goals in 31 Premier League appearances.
Sterling continued to justify his selection over the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, all of whom have arguably had better seasons in their domestic competition.
However, Sterling managed to find space for the first goal, beating three men to start the attack before ghosting into the box to finish the move with a calm finish.
He has quickly become undroppable for Gareth Southgate.
Kane breaks his duck
At 80 minutes, Harry Kane was set to have another disappointing game. Having barely been involved, he seemed set to record a blank for the fourth successive game.
However, late in the game, the Tottenham Hotspur forward nodded in a Jack Grealish cross to seal England’s progression, and send the 45,000 fans at Wembley Stadium into pandemonium.
Harry Kane, and England, will be hoping that this opens the floodgates ahead of their quarter-final tie in Rome . With Raheem Sterling the current top scorer for England at the tournament, Kane will be looking to catch up quickly.
England set up “easier” quarter final
England, by virtue of topping their group, ended up on the “easier” side of the draw. Having beaten Germany, Southgate’s men will face Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter final in Rome.
If they make it through that, they will face either the Czech Republic (who they defeated 1-0 in the group stages) or Denmark. Both are difficult ties
Low heads home with a whimper
This tournament was always going to be the last action in charge of Germany for Joachim Low, and it ended prematurely.
Only just navigating their way out of the “group of death” containing France, Portugal and Hungary via a late Leon Goretzka goal, this represented the end of the road for Low, who has been in charge since 2006, leading the Germans to World Cup glory in 2014.
It was something of a whimper for Low, whose German side struggled to create against England and will be left licking their wounds as they exit at the round-of-16 stage.