England U21 v Germany U21 preview

England U21 v Germany U21 semi-final match preview, line-ups & predictions

The semi-finals of the Under-21 European Championships!

It may be the one year anniversary of England’s shock defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, but the youngsters coming through for the Three Lions have had a summer to remember.

Victories in the Toulon Tournament and Under-20 World Cup preceded the European Under-21 Championships where Aidy Boothroyd’s side have been excellent.

You could argue that England should always have made it out of a group that contained Sweden, Slovakia and hosts Poland.

Huge odds on England to win v Germany

Huge odds on England to beat Germany

England U21s impress v Poland

Nevertheless, this Under-21 side have showed some great promise, and the 3-0 dismantlement of hosts Poland in their last game was super impressive.

But, the spectre of Germany in a semi-final of a major tournament will be well known to England fans.

Germany came through a much tougher group, beating the Czech Republic and Denmark before losing 1-0 to Italy in their last game.

England & Germany U21 players to look out for

The Under-21 European Championships, which takes place every two years, is always a good guide for which talented players are coming through.

This time is no different and for England, the likes of Jordan Pickford and Demarai Gray have undoubtedly enhanced their reputations.

The German side is also packed with talent, including new Bayern Munich signing Serge Gnabry.

It is a testament to Germany’s strength in depth that they sent players to the Confederations Cup this summer who were eligible for this tournament.

England U21s v Germany U21s team news

England duo Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Redmond came off with injuries against Poland.

If they don’t make it, Will Hughes (who impressed v Poland and has just joined Watford) and Jacob Murphy are expected to come in.

Germany have played the same starting line-up in all three games so far. Nevertheless, Stefan Kuntz has hinted at changes with England enjoying 48-hours more rest ahead of the semi-final.

England U21 v Germany U21 predicted line-ups [Bild]

England U21 v Germany U21 predicted line-ups [Bild]

England U21 v Germany U21 predictions

On the face of it, the winner of the other semi-final between Spain and Italy will be the strong favourites to win the final.

Nevertheless, England v Germany is always a game to enjoy and tonight’s encounter should be no different.

On paper, Germany look to have the edge, but the extra rest for England and momentum built up make this very hard to call.

101 Great Goals predicts: England 2 – Germany 3 AET