Jurgen Klinsmann tips Muller to shatter England dreams
Meanwhile, former Germany manager and player Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller will be crucial for Germany against England. He could help end the English dreams next week.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player believes that Muller could be the difference-maker between the two sides with his energy and intelligence.
The German international would not have to get on the score sheet necessarily, but he could connect the midfield with the attack and help run the show for Germany.
Klinsmann said: “I think Thomas Muller really is a difference-maker. That doesn’t mean he needs to score the goals. He just needs to connect the pieces and get the right energy going in his team. And give them the belief. He’s the connector of this tournament team right now. And I don’t see England has a player like that. Yes, [Jack] Grealish is exciting, he’s fun to watch, and Phil Foden, Mason Mount, they all have their brilliant moments. But throughout the 90 minutes, you cannot name one English player who you think: OK, he really runs the show, he dictates the tempo, he calms things down or maybe goes to the face of the referee and makes a complaint. It doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be brilliant with everything he does individually. But he runs the show in a certain way. And that’s what Thomas is doing. For me, that is the difference.”
German fans set to miss England clash
According to reports, they will have to follow all the Covid protocols in order to attend the game against England on Tuesday.
The fans would have to arrive in England and complete a five day quarantine period in accordance with the UK laws, and then they would have to quarantine for a further two weeks when they return home because of their nation’s Covid protocol.
On top of that, there will be a reduced capacity of just 45,000 fans at Wembley, and the visitors will struggle to procure tickets for the high octane clash.
It will be interesting to see how the German side performs without the backing of their fans in the round of 16 clash.
They have been quite vulnerable at the back in the European Championships so far, and England will fancy their chances of getting past the German defence on Tuesday.