England Dig Deep to Down Germany

Last updated : 29 June 2021 By Three Lions

The Three Lions are into the last eight of Euro 2020 after a landmark Wembley win against Germany on Tuesday.

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An England team selection has probably never been the subject of such speculation as Gareth Southgate's starting XI was debated throughout the afternoon.

When the line-ups were announced it may have brought disappointment to some as Southgate did not start with Jack Grealish, Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho, sticking with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillps at the base of midfield with a three-man central defence and Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier as full-backs.

After a sprightly start by Germany, England slowly clawed their way into the game, Bukayo Saka again a bright spark but the chances were split evenly between the teams, Timo Werner denied by Jordan Pickford for the visitors and Harry Kane unable to convert a loose ball after a driving Raheem Sterling run.

Kai Havertz brought the best out of Pickford after the break before the key moment in the game, substitute Jack Grealish linking up with Kane and Shaw to allow Sterling to tap in.

Hero of the hour, Sterling had his head in his hands almost immediately as his loose pass played in Thomas Muller but the veteran forward fluffed his line in what may be his final international match.

Kane secured the win for England, Grealish again the provider, with a goal that sparked wild celebrations at Wembley as the captain broke his duck for the tournament in timely fashion.

Sweden or Ukraine await in Saturday's quarter-final and Southgate is unlikely to alter his formula too much having seen his side make a huge statement today.