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.
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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.
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.”