Any Englishman will tell you that drawing Germany in a Championship semi-final is pretty much the worst case scenario. If the England team are ever going to achieve greatness in the future, a winning mentality is the first and most important step in the process.
England’s Under-21’s have a real opportunity tonight to set a precedent for the future by showing the Germans what they’re made of, but with the young Mannschaft leading on both top-flight goals and appearances, how do the teams really match up?
Lets take a look at some of the key players:
England definitely have the advantage here with Everton’s Jordan Pickford. The 23-year-old experienced a blinding 16/17 season at Sunderland and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. Pickford also has an impressive 13 England caps under his belt.
England’s James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond lead the way with an impressive 243 top-flight appearances between them. Germany’s midfield danger men Maximilian Arnold and Max Meyer are at a similar experience level, but have definitely contributed more first teams goals with a respective 19 and 17.
Its going to be a hugely important match for England’s strikers, with both Reading’s John Swift and Leicester’s Demarai Gray looking to add to their modest goal scoring records. Germany on the other hand have two proven goal scorers in Bayern’s Serge Gnabry and Leipzig’s Davie Selke, who have fired home 12 goals between them for the U-21s.
It looks like England will once again be heading out as the underdogs; however, a good showing from the midfield could prove to be the difference between the two teams.