Alan Shearer predicts England vs Germany result ahead of Euro 2020 showdown

Alan Shearer has backed England to beat their old foes Germany in the blockbuster Euro 2020 last-16 showdown.

The Three Lions meet Germany in the first knockout round with a quarter-final place awaiting the winner at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate‘s side progressed through Group D as winners, though none of their performances have been entirely convincing.

Germany, meanwhile, scraped through the ‘group of death’ with a draw against Hungary in Munich.

Shearer is encouraged by England’s strong defensive record so far in the tournament.

And the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer believes Harry Kane could prove an important figure against Germany on Tuesday.

Alan Shearer is backing England to beat Germany

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“England v Germany at Wembley – we’ve heard that somewhere before,” Shearer told Coral.

“Wow, what a game to look forward to.

“I thought England were much better in their final game against the Czech Republic, certainly in the first half.

“They have yet to concede a goal in this tournament and have looked strong defensively so that is a huge positive.

“We just need to get that forward line going a little and start scoring goals and England could be a threat in this tournament. I have no doubt in Harry Kane.

“His movement and was a lot better against the Czechs. I would not be concerned at all by the fact he has not scored yet.

“He is still going to be a very important player for England in the knockout stages of the tournament.

“There is going to be just over 40,000 fans at Wembley. The extra 20,000 spectators will make a big difference. The majority will be behind England so it should be a great occasion.

“Germany have struggled defensively, conceding goals, but they are Germany. You just never know. No surprise, but I think England can do it.”

Build-up to the encounter is set to be dominated by discussions around penalties, 25 years after the Three Lions lost to Germany on spot-kicks in the Euro 96 semi-finals.

Harry Kane is yet to score so far at Euro 2020
Harry Kane is yet to score so far at Euro 2020

German legend Lothar Matthaus has insisted England have good chance to win the last-16 clash, but not if it goes to penalties.

“England have a chance to win, but not with penalties,” Matthaus said.

“Germany are always very good in penalties. It’s a little bit of a joke between the Germans and the English.

“If we have to go to a penalty shootout I think Germany is the favourite because then you start to think about what’s happened in the last 30, 40 years, Euro 96 and other penalty shootouts.

“This is a lot of pressure for the English players – they read the newspapers and they know the stories about penalties. England have the chance to win the game in 90 minutes or 120 minutes but when you go to a penalty shootout I think Germany is the favourite.”

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