German press claim their side are lions ahead of England clash

‘Today WE are lions!’: German press roar on Joachim Low’s side ahead of Euro 2020 last-16 clash with England and poke fun at Frank Lampard’s goal-that-never-was at the 2010 World Cup

  • The German media are rallying behind their side ahead of the Wembley clash 
  • England face their old rivals for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 
  • The winners will face either Sweden or Ukraine in the next stage of the event 
  • German papers carried the headline ‘today we are the lions’ on Tuesday 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

The German press are roaring on their side ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Euro 2020 last-16 showdown, and have boldly declared: ‘Today we are the lions.’

England host their old rivals at Wembley stadium with the winners set to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Gareth Southgate’s men have been installed as favourites to win the tournament after France’s shock exit on Monday, and the German media are now doing everything in their power to spur on Joachim Low’s side.

The Express in Germany carried the headline on Tuesday: ‘Today we are the lions’

England have been made favourites for the tournament after France’s shock exit on Monday

The front page of German national Express stated ‘Today we are the lions’, while carrying a menacing picture of veteran striker Thomas Muller. 

Manager Low had also been photoshopped onto the front of the England badge, taking the face of each of the lions.

It did not stop there, however.

Another German national, Die Welt, chose to poke fun at Frank Lampard’s goal-that-never-was from the 2010 World Cup – while comparing it to Sir Geoff Hurst’s cross-bar-and-in attempt from the 1966 final.

Die Welt poked fun at Frank Lampard’s goal-that-never-was from the 2010 World Cup

Camera replays had showed Lampard’s effort to have clearly beaten Manuel Neuer in goal over a decade ago, but an absence of goalline technology at the time meant it was chalked off.

Furthermore, Bild opted to show their confidence by revealing Germany’s full list of penalty takers in the event of a shootout, along with the back-up stars.

It was revealed on Tuesday morning that Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz will be the first five stars, in order, to make the long walk from the halfway line to take a penalty – should they still be on the field.

This means Chelsea man Havertz, who scored the pivotal goal in the Champions League final last month, could have the deciding say with the last regulation spot-kick before a shootout goes to sudden death. 

Bild are confident that their side will progress and named all of Joachim Low’s penalty takers

Thereafter, Ilkay Gundogan, Marcel Halstenberg and Matthias Ginter will follow on next should they be needed.

England have two wins and one draw so far in the tournament, while Germany were held by Hungary and beaten by France – though did pull off an impressive 4-2 victory over Portugal.

The winners of England and Germany’s contest will go on to face Sweden or Ukraine in the last eight, before facing either Denmark or Czech Republic in the semi-finals thereafter. 

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