Germany and England play later today in a crunch match between historic rivals. Their recent matches in international tournaments have had their fair share of controversy, from Lampard’s phantom goal in 2010 to Germany’s penalty shootout victories in 1990 and 1996. With both teams displaying shaky form, the stage could very well be set for another penalty showdown between the nations.
If this is the case, here is Germany’s shootout lineup according to Bild: The first 5 takers will be Toni Kroos, then Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, then finally Kai Havertz. Ilkay Gundogan, Martin Halstenberg and Mattias Ginter will be later options for if the shootout moves into the “sudden death” phase.
One would have to back the precise Germans if it came to penalties, considering the two countries’ historical record from spot kicks and Manuel Neuer’s excellence in goal. However, that said, Germany were quite atrocious in penalties during Euro 2016 against Italy even if they won the match. While on the other hand, England finally won a penalty shootout when they beat Colombia in the 2018 World Cup.
It will certainly be an interesting match between two nations clearly not playing at their best, and who knows, with England’s defensive style it could easily be another penalty showdown between Germany and England.