As the England-Germany game looms ahead at the Euro, it is fair to say that this game comes with a lot of history and almost emotional baggage for England. Tough losses and on a few occasion amazing wins but when it came to tournament games, England usually ends up on the losing side against Germany…BUT this year, Southgate seems to have a very pragmatic approach to the game and Germany has yet to find its rhythm. I think Germany is super talented especially from midfielder onwards but is a bit weaker defensively and England is just solid all around so I think we will be in for a good game and on my side, I d like to see a winner before PKs and I would like England to win but I am wary of Gnabry, Havertz, Muller, Werner, Kimmich, Goretzka, Musiala…It is not going to be easy but England can do it and if not, well it would be disappointing but England will get over it as always…
So if we take the last 20 years at AFC, we had amazing English talent and quality German players too so who makes your Ultimate XI of English-German team. Here is the trick, you must select at least 3 German players…choose wisely!
For me, I will definitely consider including the following German players:
Lehmann, BFG, Ozil, Poldi…I can’t include Gnabry because he hardly played for us…but feel free to add him
For the English ones, I am struggling in midfield: Wilshere, Oxlade…and up front, I suppose Walcott, Wellbeck will have to be considered…
Good luck everyone
Lehmann – Chambers, Campbell, BFG, Cole – Oxlade, Wilshere, Parlour – Ozil – Walcott, Poldi
Seaman – Chambers, Adams, BFG, Cole – Oxlade, Wilshere, Parlour – Ozil – Wellbeck, Poldi
Only four eligible Germans really, and since Seaman is for me the second best goalkeeper I have watched, it has to be Mertesacker, Podolski, and Ozil.
Dixon, Campbell, Mertesacker, Cole
Wright Ozil Podolski
Try and get passed that defence if you can!
He weary of Werner lmao
Good try RC.
Cheers RC, I’ve ignored Gnabry for the reasons you mention and also Saka and ESR as their involvement till 2020 was minimal. Another year might make them hard not to involve in a combined 11
You pose a tough one really because we have had some good German players but often in positions where it’s hard to put them in place of a corresponding England great.
To ensure 3 German players are included a sacrifice needs to be made and I ended up wondering whether Lehman for Seaman had a lesser effect on the quality of the 11 than replacing either Adam’s or Campbell with the BFG.
In the end I felt the difference between Lehman and Seaman was less even though old safe hands still edges it in a direct comparison. My team would be in a 4-1-4-1 formation as follows:
Dixon —— Adam’s —– Campbell —– Cole
Podolski — Wilshere —- Ozil —— Walcott
I like your line up GoonerB
Good idea RC
I have been a little kind to the German contingent given so have few played for us whereas lots of English have…
Dixon – Mertesacker – Adams – Cole
Walcott – Wilshere – Ozil – Oxlade-Chamberlain
Podolski – Welbeck
Sue I see we got a new coach for the womens team did the last coach leave?
Yes, he stepped down at the end of the season, Fred. He’s off to Italy – Juventus women.
Any particular reason he stepped down sue I find he was cool
Also was sad to see daniel, these arsenal women breaking my heart just as the men’s team sigh
I am not 100% sure of where the club is going…It is sad that no one is giving a clear communication on the club’s direction and expected goals in the next 3 years at least…What s the plan Stan?
He wanted a break to spend more time with his family and I think he wanted a new challenge. He’d been with us 3.5 years and had done a phenomenal job. Massive boots to fill, Fred.
Yes, I was surprised she left, especially on a free (just like the men!!) 😳