England To Face Germany In The Last 16
Capello’s side qualified from Group C in second place today following a 1-0 victory against Slovenia, a match in which England were the better side: they had the majority of possession: a disallowed goal and several great chances. They will now play Germany who qualified first in Group D after beating Ghana 1-0 today.
It seems inevitable that at any major sporting event Germany and England are likely to clash. Theirs is a healthy rivalry that harks back many years, and any time the two countries meet, you know that the ensuing clash will be well worth the watch.
1966: England beat West Germany to lift the World Cup for the first time.
1990: England loses to Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Italy.
2001: England beat Germany 5-1 in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
If you add Germany, England and the World Cup you are sure of an epic that will remain lodged in the nation’s hearts and minds for decades to come.
Neither side overly impressed in the qualifying: England drew two and won one; Germany emphatically defeated Australia 4-0, but laboured to a loss to Serbia and a narrow 1-0 win over Ghana.
Having come second in the group, Capello’s men have missed a comparatively easy route to the semi finals.
Should they have scored an extra goal past Slovenia, they would have had to play Ghana, the only African nation so far to qualify, in the first knockout match and Uruguay or South Korea in the quarterfinals.
As it is, if England is to be victorious over the world in South Africa they will potentially have to beat Germany, Argentina, Spain and then Brazil in the final.
Remember ye of little faith, a world cup isn’t meant to be easy. If you want to win the title you have to conquer the best that the world has to offer.
Beating Germany on Sunday would prove to the world that we mean business. Party Bets are offering odds of 8/5 for Cappelo’s team to win and advance to the quarterfinals.
Yes it will be difficult. Yes the Germans are a formidable team.Yes they have world-class players. But so do we. We have the potential and we always have. Gerrard, Rooney, Lampard, Terry, Cole.
Any side fears such names and if the wind is blowing in the right direction, they can beat anyone.