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What Steven Gerrard said about England’s famous win against Germany

England and Germany clash once again, but Tuesday sees them face-off in tournament football for the first time since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Fans of the Three Lions won’t have fond memories of Bloemfontein after Frank Lampard’s strike wasn’t given after it had crossed the line. Joachim Loew’s side went on to be comfortable and deserved winners winning 4-1.

With France, Portugal and Holland out of the competition, Euro 2020 seems the best opportunity for Gareth Southgate’s side to go all the way and win their first piece of major silverware since 1966.

Should England beat the Germans, they will advance to the quarter-finals to play the winners of Sweden and Ukraine after they dismantled Rob Page’s Wales.

They will then be just two games until the final at Wembley in front of 45,000.

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But one match between the two countries is the World Cup qualifier 20 years ago this September when they beat Germany 5-1, which Steven Gerrard describes as one of the highlights of his career.

Despite falling behind after six minutes, Liverpool ran the show that night in Munich as then-striker Michael Owen scored a hat-trick with Emile Heskey and Gerrard chipping in with the goals.

He also provided the incisive pass for Owen’s third goal.

Speaking to the Football Associations official website in 2014, Gerrard said: “It was certainly one of the highlights of my career to score against Germany, away from home, and to win the game 5-1.

“It was such an important qualifying game and we were underdogs, everyone thought the Germans were going to run all over us, especially with them having home advantage. I remember the starting eleven being named and it was full of top players.”

The Liverpool legend was just 21 at the time, his strike was one that the Reds faithful become accustomed to as years rolled on.

“My touch was perfect for once and I got fantastic contact – the pitch was wet and I put enough power on it to slide past a top keeper in [Oliver] Kahn,” he described.

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“It’s been full of ups and downs, but to sit here on 114 caps and be able to say I beat Germany 5-1 in their backyard, also scoring a very important goal to help England qualify for this recent World Cup – in amongst a lot of frustration and negatives, there are some unbelievable highs that I’ll live with for a very long time.”

Now a league-winning manager with Rangers, Gerrard spent 14 years in the England set up, scoring 21 goals captaining his country 38 times before retiring in 2014.

England play Germany at Wembley at 5pm on Tuesday live on BBC One.

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