England will face Germany in the semi-finals of the European U21 Championships on Tuesday – but who will the Young Lions have to watch out for?
Germany progressed to the last four despite losing their final group game to Italy 1-0, after previously beating Czech Republic and Denmark comfortably.
Here, we pick out three of their top players, who could cause England problems…
Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
Former Arsenal man Gnabry – who scored a hat-trick against San Marino for the senior team – enjoyed a fine first season with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga last term, scoring 11 times in 27 league appearances, and subsequently earned a £10m summer move to Bayern Munich.
Despite being largely uninvolved in the defeat to Italy, Gnabry’s pace remained a threat and his movement often creates space for team-mates to occupy. A well-taken goal in Germany’s 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic was a reminder of the danger he poses.
Max Meyer (Schalke)
Like Gnabry, reported Tottenham target Meyer put in a low-key performance against the Italians, but his technical attributes are fundamental to the fluidity Germany display in the attacking third.
The 21-year-old is capable on set-pieces, as he showed to set up Marc-Oliver Kempf’s goal against Denmark, while a solo effort against the Czech Republic proved he offers a range of qualities behind the striker. A formidable No 10 when in the mood.
Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg)
Captain Arnold is the anchor in this German side. His partner in centre-midfield, Mahmoud Dahoud, is given the freedom to roam further forward leaving Arnold to protect the defence.
The 23-year-old, who also takes set-pieces, is strong in the tackle. Germany were yet to concede before the defeat to Italy, with Arnold a key resource in their robust defence.Soccer Accumulator Bonus
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