England vs Germany LIVE Football Match Score June 29/6/2021
There have been 55 since the country’s international zenith in 1966, when Geoff Hurst smashed in three, Nobby Stiles danced a jig and Bobby Moore sat atop shoulders with the World Cup trophy firmly in his grasp. Germany (then West) were there that day, watching as England celebrated. They have been present ever since, regularly making amends for their 4-2 loss, inflicting pain and fostering English resentment. Good effort Argentina, keep trying Portugal. As far as England’s big-tournament nemesis goes, there’s no competition. Four times England have met Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament since 1966. Four times they have lost, often edged out, occasionally unlucky, always anguished. Less a series of defeats, more a recipe for a national existential crisis.
Generations of England fans have their own mental play-list of major tournament trauma and grief, with Germany the chief antagonist. Generation Z have Frank Lampard’s shot landing a good foot behind the line at the 2010 World Cup, early Millennials and Gen X are cursed with the double whammy of two penalty shootout losses, of a crestfallen Chris Waddle in 1990, a gutted and grey Gareth Southgate in 1996 and a weird hybrid of two Gazzas, tears flowing as he stretches in vain to divert a ball home. The poor Baby Boomers have all of the above with an added dash of Uwe Seeler’s logic-defying backward header and Gerd Muller’s point-blank volley on a sun-scorched Mexican pitch in 1970. The propensity in some areas for drawing on crass references to the two World Wars and xenophobic cliches about beach towels and sun loungers have not helped.
The long-awaited return of supporters to Wembley Stadium seemed to work wonders for England’s rearguard, as Italy were the only other team to advance to the last-16 without shipping a goal, but for their plethora of talent up top, putting the ball in the back of the net has not exactly been England’s forte.
Raheem Sterling’s well-taken winner against Croatia preceded a crucial header versus the Czech Republic – two victories which came either side of a drab goalless stalemate with their Scottish counterparts – but seven points taken from a possible nine was enough to send England through as group winners.
It has now been over 450 minutes of football since Southgate’s side last conceded a goal and they head into their clash with Germany on a nine-game unbeaten run across all competitions, but all four of their most recent victories have come courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline – certainly cause for concern before inevitable fixtures with the continent’s finest.
Whether Southgate opts to keep faith in the 4-2-3-1 or take a punt on his previously favoured three-man defence, one thing is for certain – England simply have to dust off their best shooting boots to be in with a chance of a quarter-final versus either Sweden or Ukraine.
Should England manage to produce the goods in normal time, it would mark the first time ever that the Three Lions have won a European Championship knockout game over the course of 90 minutes, but Joachim Low and his last dance will be out to make England’s 300th Wembley outing a truly miserable one.