Jurgen Klinsmann reeled off six names when asked which England players the Germany squad will be scared of ahead of their last 16 clash at Euro 2020 on Tuesday night.
England and Germany meet at Wembley to scrap it out for a place in the quarter-finals in a contest that appears very difficult to call ahead of kick-off.
The Three Lions are the favourites with the bookmakers and have home advantage, but Germany’s tournament record is far superior and, although they appear inconsistent, they turned in a fine performance to beat Portugal 4-2 in the group stage.
Klinsmann is happy to admit that England have a number of excellent players and picked out six who he feels his compatriots will be fearful of in north London.
The former Germany striker and manager had special praise for Phil Foden, who he ‘adores’, and Harry Maguire, who he has compared to a Brazil international.
‘You have Raheem Sterling, and you have Mason Mount,’ Klinsmann told Alan Shearer for The Athletic.
‘You have now Saka who played a good game against the Czech Republic. You have Phil Foden, who I really adore — I thought he had a brilliant year with Man City.
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‘You have Harry Maguire, who kind of frightens everybody when this guy rolls through midfield. He reminds me a bit of Lucio, the Brazilian centre-back — he looks like a Mustang running through everybody.
‘And then you have this No 9 killer [Harry Kane] that hasn’t started the tournament yet.’
England captain Kane has started all three games so far, but has struggled to find any kind of form and hasn’t scored yet in the tournament.
However, he says he is unconcerned and accepts that dips in form are bound to happen.
‘It’s definitely not the first time people have doubted me in my career, that’s for sure. That’s part and parcel of it,’ Kane told the Evening Standard.
‘I’ve said all along as a striker you go through some great spells where you are scoring every game and everything you touch turns into goals.
‘And then there are somewhere things don’t fall your way, the keeper makes some saves and that’s probably the way it’s gone in this tournament so far.
‘I know, especially the first two games, I could have probably played better. For me, it is about trying to peak at the right time and the right time in tournament football is the knockout stages.
‘I feel good, I feel sharp. I felt good, definitely, in the third game.’
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