England and Germany have provided international football with some epic tussles over the years with the spoils largely going to the latter. But England hero and 53-capped midfielder Paul Ince thinks the Three Lions can turn the tables on their old rivals on Tuesday in their Euro 2020 last 16 clash.
Paddy’s ambassador thinks experience will be key in this huge game and he’s made some big calls with his starting XI. It is bad news for Jack Grealish fans and Bukayo Saka has to make way for experience which Ince thinks will be the key factor. Pay attention, Gareth.
I think there’s going to be so many options now. The thing about the England side when it first was announced was that there was a lot and when you’re playing in these tournaments you need that, especially with people not playing well or having injuries.
When you look at the 1-0 win the other day against the Czech Republic, 1-0, we saw Buyako Saka play, we didn’t see Phil Foden. They played very well so Gareth Southgate has a decision to make.
It’s a completely different game now.
As much as everyone will be clamouring for the same team that played the Czech Republic, I’m not sure that he’ll go that way. If it’s me I’d probably go with Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw at the back.
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In midfield, I’d have Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice and I think Mason Mount can play in this game which is very important to us, so I’d put him back in.
I’d put Raheem Sterling on the left, Harry Kane and Foden. That would be my 11.
Jack Grealish has done well, don’t get me wrong. At times he has looked very dangerous. But I think he’d be one of those players who can come on when there’s a bit more space on the park where he can get the ball into those gaps and he can go and do his stuff.
He’s definitely a secret weapon. And Saka, for someone so young, to perform the way he did and get man of the match against Czech Republic – he’ll be fighting for a place too.
But this is a big game. This is the Germans.
You’ve got to have some experience to hold your nerve together, so I’d go with that team.
Paul Ince’s England team to play Germany: Jordan Pickford – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount – Phil Foden, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling
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