England v Germany prediction: Peter Crouch’s pick for tonight’s huge Euro 2020 clash

Crouchy fancies England to beat Germany and take Euro 2020 by storm.

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In the past we’ve looked at Germany and they’ve seemed unbeatable, but this German side isn’t like that.

England can do it. Look at our young players, they’re not scared by the fixture’s history.

They may have seen clips, but most of them weren’t born at the time of Euro 96 and Italia 90. I doubt many of them will even remember 2010.

We’ve got young players who have played in big games, on big occasions, and have not been overawed by it.

I think England will win 2-1 with goals from Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

Joachim Low said this is not as big a game for Germany as it is for England. To them it’s just another game and we hype it up too much.

It is just another game – forget about the past. Look at both teams on paper, we’re a better side. They’ve got great threats, and experience, but I’d take our team [over theirs]. England will win 2-1 with goals from Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

Beat Germany and the Euros are our oyster

If we beat Germany, we’ve got a huge chance of reaching the final. People are already plotting a path to the final, and it’s a good one. It could be Sweden, then perhaps Denmark, then someone big in the final.

If we beat Germany, the Euros come alive. Things will ramp up and you’ll see England fever bursting across the country.

We have to take it as a positive that the Czech Republic, a side we beat, knocked the Netherlands out. The Dutch looked very good prior, but the Czechs were the better side. They played well – and yet we comfortably beat them. That should give us more belief.

If we beat Germany, the adrenaline will be pumping, confidence through the roof, and we’ll be in good stead.

Win or lose, Gareth must remain England manager

Offering Gareth Southgate a new contract proves his job is not at risk. It makes sense [to offer it] and he will deservedly be the manager of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Southgate is the right man for the job, no matter what.

If lose to Germany, everyone will be disappointed, but what he’s built over the years he’s been in charge outweighs one game’s result.

We’ve performed well so far, it’s not been a disaster by any means. If we lose to Germany, we don’t need a knee-jerk ‘sack the manager’ reaction.

Whoever he picks he’s going get criticised. If it comes off it’s a masterstroke, if it doesn’t – a disaster

In tournaments there’s always that feeling that you’ve got to sack the manager when you are knocked out before you should have been. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Gareth has built good relationships with his players, and it would be a shame if he didn’t see that through over the next few tournaments.

Good luck Gareth – England’s team selection will be tough!

We’ve looked solid so far, and not conceded, so why change systems? I like four at the back, and we’ve practised with two holding midfield players with three in behind Harry Kane.

Personnel wise, I don’t envy the England manager at the moment. Whoever he picks he’s going get criticised. If it comes off it’s a masterstroke, if it doesn’t – a disaster.

I don’t know how you drop Bukayo Saka, he was breath-taking in the last match, but I can understand Jadon Sancho as an option, with it being Germany and him playing club football there.

Foden hasn’t done a lot wrong, and I would start Grealish, while Sterling has scored a few goals. Good luck, Gareth!

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