Since winning the 1966 World Cup at Wembley, it is fair to say the the Three Lions have not enjoyed too much success against their Teutonic rivals. Recent history saw the Germans triumph against England’s finest at the 1990 World Cup and then again at the 1996 European Championships. On both occasions, England were cruelly knocked out of the semi-finals, after losing their nerve during the penalty shootouts.
This time, however, Gareth and his management team are determined to pull out all the stops to ensure that football finally comes home.
No stone has been left unturned in the search for a psychological edge that could lead to victory against the old enemy and secure a smooth path to the final.
Gareth and his backroom staff believe that a rousing and thumping rendition of God Save the Queen will fire his team to glory.
To ensure that every player can belt out the National Anthem, the England manager is reported to be printing out copies of the nation’s favourite hymn.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is convinced that singing the National Anthem with the backing of the fans will propel England to new heights.
He told The Sun: “My first experience playing for England with fans was the friendly against Austria this month.
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“Everything will be done before so it’s not like a mad scramble and we look like we’re unprepared,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, former German legend Lothar Matthäus has no doubts which team will prevail if the contest on Tuesday goes to another penalty shootout.
He told The Guardian: “But I think if it goes to a shootout then we are the favourites because then you start to think about what has happened in the last 30 or 40 years.”