Kevin Keegan believes England may not get a better chance to win a trophy over the next decade as they head into the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
The Three Lions face Germany in the last-16 at Wembley on Tuesday – and you can listen to the 5pm kick-off live on talkSPORT.
Get past Germany and the route to the final looks kind, with Sweden or Ukraine awaiting in the quarter-final and then Denmark or Czech Republic in the semi-final.
Keegan knows a thing or two about beating Germany in a European Championship, as his England team beat them 1-0 at the group stage in Euro 2000.
That tournament proved to be a disaster for both, though, as neither made it out the group, with Keegan resigning as manager the following October.
Germany may have scraped out of their group at Euro 2020, but the former England boss warned not to underestimate Joachim Low’s side.
Keegan told talkSPORT: “Always a tough game. It’s easy for people to say this German side is not as good as such… and whatever.
“That would be to underestimate [them]. A bit like when England played Scotland. It doesn’t matter that when you look at their side you think, ‘they’re not at the same level and don’t have many Premier League players’.
“When England play Scotland it is a tough game and this will be another one, but it’s one they can win.
“Being at home is a big advantage and this German side is coming to the end of a cycle.
“Once you get through there, will there be a better chance in the next 10-15 years to win either the Euros or the World Cup? I’m not so sure.”
England have only scored two goals in the tournament so far, both coming from Raheem Sterling, but are yet to concede.
There was criticism of the Three Lions and manager Gareth Southgate after the 0-0 draw with Scotland, but they did enough to top the group.
Keegan said: “I hope and pray they get a bit better as they go into the tournament. If that happens, it will give them a hell of a chance of winning it.
“It’s easy to say ‘you’ve got the attacking options’, but if you’re not losing any goals and can win by a set piece or free-kick.
“Everyone would like to see more attacking football. The Euros as a whole, it has started to liven up a little bit, but the first rounds are very cautious.
“England are at home against a German side they know are not the strongest side ever, they should be able to go on and attack.
“I’m hoping he’s able to go on a little more aggressively on the front foot, but he [Southgate] is doing a great job and you can’t knock it.”
The form of Harry Kane has been somewhat worrying as he is yet to make an impact on the tournament.
He’s not been provided with great service, while there has also been question marks over his fitness and whether speculation over his Tottenham future is affecting his performances – both of which he has denied.
When asked if it is a concern that Kane hasn’t scored, Keegan said: “Not for me as Harry Kane is a team player.
“As long as someone is scoring, I don’t think he’s bothered about the Golden Boot. If you said to him Golden Boot or the Euros, it’s a no-brainer. I know what he’d say and you know what he’d say.
“He’s a team player, so don’t underestimate the other things he does for the team. It doesn’t really matter who scores.
“You look at some of the other teams, nobody will score more than four or five. He may get a hat-trick in this game. He may not score but make three goals.
“Who cares as long as we win.”
By: Josh Fordham
Title: Kevin Keegan calls for England to attack against Germany, thinks Euro 2020 will be best chance for a trophy, and ‘not concerned’ Harry Kane hasn’t scored
Sourced From: talksport.com/football/903069/kevin-keegan-england-germany-euro-2020-harry-kane-verdict/
Published Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 10:46:15 +0000