Gareth Southgate has admitted England’s record in knock-out stages is “awful” – and urged his players to “rewrite their own history.”
Southgate was part of the team which lost to Germany in Euro 96 and then did help end their shoot-out hoodoo as manager when they beat Colombia on penalties in the World Cup three years ago.
But England will have to banish some ghosts of previous defeats to Germany and says they must banish their demons from the Euros and have not won a knock-out game in the tournament since beating Spain on penalties on the way to reaching the semi finals 25 years ago.
England boss Southgate told ITV: “We have not won a knockout game of football at the Euros since Euro 96. It is an awful record but these players have the opportunity to change that and rewrite their own history.
“I don’t need to demystify the history of the fixture as it is a relevance for them. We have boys born in the 2000’s which is very scary but this is the group of players we are now working with.
“But it is no coincidence for them in terms of the magnitude of the fixture, these players were watching the games from recent years and they have the chance to create their own history on Tuesday.”
Southgate also said they are braced for a penalty shoot-out and believes they can entertain against Germany having managed just two goals in three Group matches.
Southgate added: “We have a process, we have won our last two and we have followed that same process and there has been more focus on that this week.
“We created a process that worked for us in previous tournaments that the players understand and will hopefully work for us should it get to penalties.
“Very often the opposition dictate the play, and we expect Germany to do that with the players that they have in midfield. We want to move the ball more quickly and create a lot more chances in the final third.
“We have played four attackers in our previous game so we have the players to get us in the right positions to provide chances and score a lot more goals.”