Germany’s draw with Italy extended their unbeaten record in all tournaments to ten games since their Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of England, and they now sit second in League A Group 3’s preliminary standings as they attempt to reach the finals for the first time.
Die Mannschaft has attempted and failed to advance to the knockout stages of the Nations League on two prior times, and they are now ramping up their preparations for the 2022 World Cup, which can hardly be worse than their group-stage disaster in 2018.
For a team of Germany’s strength, a tally of two wins from 11 Nations League matches is a shocking set of results.
Despite fans’ mixed feelings about the Nations League, Gareth Southgate cited the heat in Budapest as a contributing factor in his side’s setback – one that puts them in the relegation zone after just one game – and the Three Lions cannot comprehend relegation to League B.
Before being shut out by Marco Rossi’s defense at the Puskas Arena, England had not conceded a goal in 14 games, but Southgate’s side has now gone three games without a goal in the Nations League away from home, therefore the Euro 2020 heroes’ spirits must be channeled on Tuesday.
England knocked Germany out of the Euros with a 2-0 triumph in the last-16 stage a year ago, and Wembley was rocking.
Despite the absence of Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus due to sickness, Germany did not pick up any new injury concerns in the opening draw with Italy.
On the other hand, England debutant James Justin had a forgettable maiden cap on Saturday, as the Leicester City defender was hauled out at halftime due to calf soreness.
Southgate will be wary of taking any chances on the defender with Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi still doubtful for the match, and it’s unclear how quickly Phil Foden will recover from COVID-19.
Raheem Sterling has recovered from his own sickness and is a contender to replace Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish in the starting XI.
Germany possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Gundogan, Kimmich; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips, Saka; Sterling, Kane, Grealish
Prediction – Over 2.5 goals
The first set of games have demonstrated both coaches won’t be afraid to experiment with their team selections. We don’t expect both teams to put up a solid display with changes in the backline expected. It looks like an open game where there’ll be goals.