With Germany set to face England at Wembley tomorrow, it’s probably a good time to look at how Joachim Low plans to line his team up for the game. Gareth Southgate has been viciously clowned on by his own fans for being too conservative in their tournament, but no amount of conservatism can keep the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Phil Foden from scoring on this German defense.
Germany barely squeaked by Hungary with a late draw. Everyone can see that the coach needs to make changes. The question is — will he do it?
Other than Lukas Klostermann, every single German player has managed to make it to training. While this keeps Low from trying out shenanigans at right-back, it does at least some options to try a different lineup.
In attack, it’s likely that Thomas Muller will slot back in for Leroy Sane, while Serge Gnabry and Kai Havertz will play their usual roles. Gnabry is a different monster when playing in London, so let’s hope the hallowed soil of Wembley stadium reinvigorates what has been a rather mediocre Euros campaign for him so far.
Leon Goretzka is now fit, so he’s a likely candidate to replace Ilkay Gundogan in midfield. The Bayern Munich star had a strong outing against Hungary, completely changing the game after he came on. His physical presence in midfield and late runs into the box could help the team immensely, especially if it frees up Toni Kroos to do his own thing. if Jude Bellingham starts for the Three Lions, then Goretzka vs Jude may be a battle to watch.
In defense, don’t expect any changes. Robin Gosens and Joshua Kimmich will reprise their roles at left and right-back respectively, while Mats Hummels will lead a three-man backline flanked by Antonio Rudiger and Matthias Ginter on either side. This could be the game where Low decides to drop a defender in favor of bolstering the lineup elsewhere — buuuut we don’t see it happening. As long as the 3-4-3 gets positive results, it’ll continue, probably until the end of Low’s tenure as coach.
So what will the lineup look like tomorrow? Well here’s our best guess:
Other (sensible) options (that Low could use but won’t):
- Jamal Musiala in somewhere in the lineup. Please Jogi, make it happen.
- Niklas Sule at center back.
- Niklas Sule at RB and moving Kimmich to midfield to partner with Goretzka.
Per The Telegraph, Gareth Southgate might switch to a back-three to counter Germany’s 3-4-3 formation. Now that would be something to behold.
Gareth Southgate is expected to revert to a back three for #ENG against #GER @Matt_Law_DT— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) June 28, 2021
Plus, @JBurtTelegraph's tactical dossier for the game featuring set-pieces and the importance of Raheem Sterling #Euro2020https://t.co/XAk80cB65t
Harry Maguire, John Stones, and Kyle Walker will reportedly be the CB's, while Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw will play as wingbacks.