Marcus Rashford calls on England to rally ahead of Germany showdown
HHello and welcome to our daily Euro 2020 blog and it’s the calm before the storm of the last 16.
The round of 16 kicks off on Saturday and we’ll bring you all the latest news ahead of these matches.
England face Germany on Tuesday and await news on whether Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell can come out of quarantine to train with the aim of playing against the German.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford says there is “no need to fear the past” as England face Germany in the round of 16 of the European Championships with the players capable of making “history” rather than to be affected, writes Jason Burt.
The 23-year-old went on to point out that many of Gareth Southgate’s squad weren’t even born when the England coach missed his decisive penalty in the semi-final shootout against the Germans at Euro 96 and does not care about previous disappointments.
“Some players weren’t even born! Rashford responded when reminded of previous failures, most notably the 1990 World Cup – when England also lost on penalties in the semi-finals – and added: “We are placed in a position where we have the chance to be a part of this story. Our main goal is to win the game, but if we do, it makes history. This is how great teams are remembered for many years.
“There is no point in fearing the past. You can’t go back and change it. What we can change is the outcome of the next game and put ourselves in the best possible position to win the game.
Rashford, whose first memory of England against Germany was defeat in the round of 16 of the World Cup in 2010 when a “goal” by Frank Lampard was wrongly ruled out when he had crossed the line, insisted that the players will not be affected. by the frantic preparations for next Tuesday’s meeting at Wembley Stadium, although they fully accept the scale of the occasion and the interest it will generate.
“The outside will (be intense), which is true,” Rashford said. “Anyone who is a football fan, you are prepared for this type of game and rightly so. At camp, it’s different because as a player you have to be focused. You don’t have time to get involved in this preparation because there is too much emotion in the game and if you go out on the pitch with all this preparation we could end up with eight men on the pitch. So we’re just focused.
Rashford said England players watched the latest group matches – involving Germany and Hungary and France and Portugal – in two groups while waiting to find out their opponents. “We were watching the game against Portugal and then some guys were watching the game against Germany too,” he said. “It was kinda crazy, people were screaming just to find out who scored and that.”