The two European powers will face each other in the Euro 2020 round of 16 at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 17:00. Recall that England finished top of Group D after recording two wins and a draw. On the other hand, Germany waited until the last 6 minutes of the group stage before they could secure a second-place finish in Group F.
Unlike England that are yet to concede or record any defeat so far in the tournament, Germany recorded a defeat against France in Group F and drew with Hungary in their last group game. They conceded five goals while they scored 6 goals in the three group games.
This means that the game between Germany and England is going to be a game between two opposing teams. On one side, football fans are going to see a team (Germany) who can score many goals and also concede many goals at the same time. While on the other side, the world would see a team (England) who had managed to score just two goals and haven’t conceded a goal.
Hence, Declan Rice who is expected to be at the heart of the battle on June 29 believes that nothing is threatening in the German squad. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder argued that England have players who can win big games.
“What’s there to fear really? Obviously, yeah they’re great players, but it’s a game of football,” Rice said.
“It’s 90 minutes – we have got players that can win us games and they’ve got players that can win them games as well.
“It’s going to be a real battle out there but one that we’re going to be up for and we’re really positive and ready for.”
On England’s inability to score more than two goals in the group stage, Declan Rice said. “We are not worried.
“It’s two goals – we know as a team we can score more, especially with the world-class talent we have got, but that will come, I’m sure that will come in the next couple of rounds.
“As the tournament progresses now I feel like we are really going to step it up.”
What Declan Rice has to fear about Germany
Germany might have struggled in the group stage of the Euro 2020, they remain a force to be reckoned with in the tournament when it comes to playing against England.
So far in the history of the game, England and Germany have proven to be one of the biggest rivals in international football as they have played against each other 32 times in official games. In those encounters, Germany recorded 15 wins while England recorded 13 wins, they drew the remaining four games.
When they met in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany showed no mercy by defeating England 4-1 in the round of 16. However, the Euro 2020 might be different since the crop of players has changed but it won’t be easy for both sides.
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Speaking on today’s #LionsDen connected by @EE, @JackGrealish says he can’t wait for next Tuesday’s round-of-16 tie against Germany: pic.twitter.com/1XQmXIGtBV