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It’s Sancho that Germany would fear - Former striker Klinsmann

Mon 28 June 2021 | 11:31

According to Jurgen Klinsmann, who helped Germany past England to Euro 96, the England international should be played when they face Germany in Euro 2020 on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann

believes

Jadon Sancho

, who has only played for six minutes at Euro 2020, is the one “

Germany

would fear” if he makes an appearance for

England 

in Tuesday’s last-16 tie at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate

used other options in the group stage like Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford.

This is notwithstanding the 21-year-old boasting more goals at Borussia Dortmund during the last three seasons than all but one of his teammates in the squad.

Sancho may play more prominently against some familiar faces in the knockout stage and Euro 96 winner Klinsmann told

BBC Sport

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"It is Sancho that Germany would fear at Wembley - if he plays. They know how good he is.

"What makes him such a special talent is his technical capability at a very fast pace, and he is fearless - he just goes at people. I love watching him because, when he gets the ball, he excites the fans.

"Of course people who watch him for Dortmund expected him to get more of a chance at this tournament - he has had only six minutes of action so far, as a substitute against the Czech Republic - but the same discussion you are having about fitting England's young talent in your team, we are having about Germany's emerging players too.

"We have Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala but, like England manager Gareth Southgate, Joachim Low has the choice of five or six players but only maybe three roles to give away since he brought back Thomas Muller, who is a fixture in that team.

"The interesting thing about all of these youngsters is their power to surprise - they have so much ability and can decide a game at any given time, but they can also be inconsistent.

"So, do you go with exciting young faces, or the tried and tested ones? Both managers have got some very similar decisions to make."

Although England and Germany have a lot of history when it comes to major international tournaments, Klinsmann believes this year’s young squad can see past that.

The legendary former striker added:

"Whoever plays at Wembley, I don't think the past meetings between the two sides will have any bearing on the outcome.

"Of course, for the fans that are a bit older and the generation of players like myself who were in those big games like in 1990 or 1996, we look at it a bit in the context of history - the games we played in or watched.

"But the younger generation will not do that at all. There have been no big clashes between England and Germany at tournaments in the recent past - it is 11 years since the 2010 World Cup and Muller is the only player left on either side who played in that game.

"So, don't ask the players that play this game on Tuesday what their kind of feeling is for our wins at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship is, because they didn't live through that.

"Most of these current England and Germany players were not even born in 1996, especially the young attackers I have just been talking about.

"There is a lot of football history between these two nations, but not between these two teams - it is a completely new set of cards that is put on the table this time, and at a new stadium."


source: SportMob