England U21 v Germany U21 Preview & Tips
England are through to the semi-finals of the 2017 Euro U21 Championship, however they face a stern test by Germany on Tuesday evening
June 26th, 2017
The European U21 Championship is now at the business end of the campaign and England are in for a hard time of things when they lock horns with Germany in the first of the two semi-final ties on Tuesday evening. The most recent meeting with these rivals was in 2009 when the Germans enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 victory with players such as Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer making huge signs of intent prior to their participation at a higher level just five years later.
Nevertheless the Young Lions will be in buoyant mood given that they have gone without defeat in their last four matches and topping Group A with seven points from their opening three matches. Aidy Boothroyd’s side impressed in their relatively straightforward 3-0 victory over tournament hosts Poland on Thursday evening and he will look to build on that success by steering his side into the semi-finals of the competition.
Germany were dumped out of the 2015 semi-finals courtesy of a 5-0 hammering by Portugal and they will be desperate to enjoy better success this time around, however despite banging in five goals without reply in their first two games in the tournament, the Germans had to settle for second place at the end of the group stage thanks to a weekend 1-0 defeat to Italy.
Germany have now suffered defeat in three of their last six games, however they are pretty adept at getting things right at major international competitions at most levels and with plenty of attacking talent in the ranks we expect to see a few German goals along the way.
That said, the Young Lions are no slouches on the attacking front either although with neither side wanting to take too many chances at this crucial stage of the tournament, the best we can realistically hope for is a share of the spoils in a low-scoring draw after ninety minutes.