Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Southgate, Gazza and Hurst

Last night’s disappointing result against Germany was just one fixture in the long list of encounters we have had with our old foe, although there not always that disastrous. Friendly fixtures - if there is ever such a thing - or World Cup crunch matches against German opposition will always receive a substation amount of media coverage, with The Sun traditionally opting for the England flag double spread pullout.

England v Germany matches to remember:

1966 England 4 Germany 2
The last and the only time we have won the prolific World Cup, courtesy of a superb Geoff Hurst hat trick and a Martin Peters strike. Victory on British soil made it that it that little bit more special.

2001 Germany 1 England 5
The previous year, England had come out second best at Wembley, which resulted in Kevin Keegan’s resignation, but in September of 2001 England got their revenge in magnificent fashion. Michael Owen’s hat trick, alongside a goal a piece from Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey left the Germans stunned in Munich.

1996 England 1 Germany 1
Another tournament held in England, and another Germany team trying to stand in our way of cup glory, but this time they succeeded. With Baddiel and Skinner behind us, it seemed we go all the way until Gareth Southgate missed the crucial penalty to send England crashing out of Euro 96.

1990 England 1 Germany 1
The original ‘Euro 96’ in terms of a semi final place, Germany, and a shocking penalty display, and who says history doesn’t repeat itself.

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