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England will play Germany in the Round of 16 of the European Championships in what promises to be a mouth-watering tie.
It will continue Gareth Southgate’s side’s run of matches at Wembley in this tournament and will once again rekindle memories of Euro 96.
Die Mannchasft ended the hopes and dreams of the Three Lions in that tournament in dramatic fashion – one of the long line of classic meetings between the two nations.
The rivalry is not as significant in Germany as it is within England but this promises to be a fascinating encounter and if the visitors are eliminated, it would end the distinguished and lengthy reign of boss Joachim Low.
Here is a look at some classic meetings between the two.
Bobby Moore captained England to the World Cup triumph in 1966, beating Germany in the final
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1966 World Cup final
The highlight of English football history, Sir Alf Ramsey’s side ousted Germany in the World Cup decider 55 years ago at Wembley.
Unsurprisingly, this was the highest audience in the history of British TV with a remarkable peak of 32.3 million to a remarkable hat-trick from Geoff Hurst win the tournament for the hosts.
In an end-to-end encounter, Hurst cancelled out Helmut Haller’s early opener for the Germans before Martin Peters had appeared to win the clash with a 78 th -minute goal.
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A goal from Wolfgang Weber a minute from time took the game into extra time but then one of the most iconic, and controversial, moments of the tournament’s history arrived.
Hurst’s shot rattled the underbelly of the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal-line before bouncing out – sparking confusion over whether the ball had crossed the line.
The referee was not sure but the linesman decided that it had; subsequent replays show that it had not, with some German fans citing possible bias from the USSR assistants, who had seen their team eliminated by Germany in the semi-finals.
Hurst completed his hat-trick late on – with Germany pushed up in desperation for an equaliser – with an all-time iconic line from commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme: "And here comes Hurst. He's got… some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now! It's four!"
A tearful Paul Gascoine applauds England fans after the side were eliminated by Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final
1990 World Cup semi-final
The last four of the World Cup in 1990 was the fifth time the two nations had met since the 1966 showpiece, with Germany winning two and undefeated in that run.
In a tournament largely dominated by defences, this was another tense, nervy encounter that went into extra time and then to penalties.
Andreas Brehme’s free-kick midway through the second half, via a Paul Parker deflection, opened the scoring for England but Gary Lineker’s equaliser ten minutes from time took the game into the added period.
Jurgen Klinsmann made two glaring misses for Germany and both sides hit the post as the tension was notched up.
England fell to defeat in the shootout, with Stuart Pearce thwarted from the spot before Chris Waddle blazed over.
Current England boss Gareth Southgate missed the decisive penalty against Germany in Euro 1996
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Euro 96 semi-final
The first meeting between the sides in 24 years – when Germany won 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier – between the two rivals together in the last four.
Riding a wave of national euphoria, Alan Shearer nodded England in front after just three minutes but Stefan Kuntz struck back for Germany 13 minutes later – converting from Jurgen Klinsmann’s delivery.
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There was plenty of pressure from the hosts – spurned on by their crowd, Darren Anderton hit the post and Paul Gascoine came within inches of tapping home – but they were unable to find a winner, with the game going to extra time and penalties.
After 10 successful spot kicks, Gareth Southgate’s tame effort was stopped by Andreas Kopke before Andreas Moller hit the winner to send Germany – the ultimate winners – through to the final.
Michael Owen struck a hat-trick for England against Germany in 2001
Germany 1-5 England, September 2001
Before this World Cup qualifier in Munich, England had not beaten Germany in competitive football since the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final – that changed emphatically.
Under pressure to win the game due to their precarious position in qualifying, England fell behind to striker Carsten Jancker’s sixth-minute opener – tapping home past David Seaman.
Michael Owen equalised six minutes later before the game became an open but even contest, but four minutes into added time in the first half – Steven Gerrard struck England into the lead.
That was the first goal in a remarkable 30-minute in-play spell where the Three Lions struck four times; Owen hit two more to grab his hat-trick while Emile Heskey was also on the scoresheet.
England secured qualification from the group in the final day thanks to David Beckham’s stunning free-kick in a 2-2 draw against Greece at Old Trafford.
Miroslav Klose scored for Germany against England in the 2010 World Cup
Germany 4-1 England, World Cup 2010
Whilst Geoff Hurst’s goal may not have crossed the line in 1966, 44 years later the luck even itself out as Frank Lampard scored against Germany but the ball was deemed – incorrectly – not to have crossed the line.
However, England’s exit was a mix of controversy and humiliation with Fabio Capello’s side comprehensively defeated by the superior German team.
Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski had appeared to put Germany into first half control before Matthew Upson pulled a goal back for England in the 37 th minute.
A minute later with the game in chaos, Lampard appeared to equalise but while his effort crossed the line, this was before goal-line technology and no goal was awarded.
That may have proved a turning point, but Germany’s second half superiority was clear and Thomas Muller struck twice to take the game away from England.