The man who took charge of the Three Lions at the 1998 World Cup believes progress in Euro 2020 must be secured against their rivals
Gareth Southgate has been warned by England’s predecessor Glenn Hoddle that he risks becoming a “failure” unless the Three Lions overtake “weaker” Germany at Euro 2020.
the Duel in the European Championship between two old opponents is due to take place at Wembley on Tuesday.
Both teams aim for the quarter-finals, but Hoddle says Southgate’s men need to make the most of being ‘favorites’ in one side of the draw that begins to open.
What was said?
Hoddle, who took charge of England in the 1998 World Cup, said Betfair: “I think it would be a failure if we didn’t beat Germany. The way this German team qualified, the way they just sneaked in, they are changing the guard with the arrival of a new one manager and it’s a good time to play them.
“We play at Wembley. We can’t ask for much more. We’re slightly favorites for this game – we didn’t concede any goals and they conceded two against Hungary. Yes, they came back and they have that in mind. German. We have to bookmark it right now. “
He added: “I don’t think it’s as good as the German teams we’ve seen from yesteryear, although there have been spells where they activated it and they came back well against Hungary.
“They definitely have a little weakness in them – they don’t quite have that arrogance, that flow, that belief yet, but they came back like typical Germans.
“I’m adamant that there is more to come from England. We’re going to grow in the tournament and watching the draw it’s like a semi-final.”
Any other business?
England have only scored two goals in the group stage, with both of those efforts recorded by Raheem Sterling, and questions have been asked about whether Harry Kane remains the perfect man to lead the line.
Tottenham legend Hoddle remains confident in the Spurs star to deliver despite his somewhat “leggy” appearance like a relentless schedule and speculation about its future is starting to take its toll.
“[Kane] must play like a No 9 on Tuesday, ”Hoddle said.
“He’s got to play in the box, be the liaison man, be the target man, make sure he keeps the movements smooth, the playing pattern smooth, but get into the box, and of course he has to get service I think there will be a little more space for Harry.
“If he’s up against Hummels he’s not the most pacifist. Germany play a pretty high line and Neuer gets away with a few things. There’s a bit of space behind and I think Harry is better off. , for this game, off the shoulder and being the last man. I think he’s going to start to have some strengths.
“He looks on his legs and he won’t be happy with the way he plays, but it’s a typical game where he’s ready to rock and roll.”