The UEFA Nations League returns to action on Tuesday, 7 June, with England taking on Germany. The two European teams have a selection of talented players within their ranks, making for an exciting matchup.
Wembley was buzzing 12 months ago when England knocked Germany out of the Euros with a 2-0 win in the last-16 stage, and the Three Lions won on Mannschaft turf in a friendly as recently as 2016, but there will be no Eric Dier to score a 91st-minute winner this time.
England has dropped to the bottom of their UEFA Nations League group after a 1-0 defeat to Hungary. Gareth Southgate blamed the heat in Budapest as a factor in his team’s setback, which puts them in relegation danger after just one game. The Three Lions will be eager to bounce back in this fixture.
Germany, on the other hand, have proved over the past year that they are a formidable team. But Die Mannschaft were held to a 1-1 draw by Italy in their previous game and will need to be more strategic in this match. Germany has at least extended their unbeaten record in all tournaments to ten games since their Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of England, and they currently sit second in the standings in League A Group 3 as they attempt to reach the finals for the first time.
Germany vs England head-to-head
|Germany||Played 8 times||England|
Germany vs England team news
Germany had no new injury concerns during the opening draw with Italy, while Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus was out due to sickness. The 33-year-old will hope to recover in time to play against the Three Lions, but Karim Adeyemi was completely absent amid fierce rivalry for slots in Germany’s attack, and a number of alterations are expected.Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz will love the opportunity to combat against some of their Premier League teammates, and Jamal Musiala should be given a chance as well.
However, England newbie James Justin had a forgettable match on Saturday, as the Leicester City defender was forced off at halftime due to calf discomfort. Southgate will be hesitant to take any chances on the defence as Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi remain doubts for the match, and it remains to be seen how quickly Phil Foden recovers from his COVID-19 fight. Raheem Sterling has recovered from his own sickness and is a candidate to return to the starting lineup among the likes of Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish, with Southgate certain to make changes.
Germany vs England prediction
Southgate’s decision to go with an experimental XI did not bear fruit in Budapest, but there are plenty of major players ready to ensure England can get back on track against a German defence that is far from impenetrable.
Germany could have entered this game with three points instead of one if they had been more ruthless, but playing in the opposing house has not been kind to England in the Nations League, and we do not expect Southgate to create a turnaround in fortunes after only 72 hours.
Therefore, we predict Germany to win and 2nd half over 0.5 goals in regulation time.
|Germany to win 2.23|
England to win 3.30
Draw, a whopping 3.35
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