England and manager Gareth Southgate can lay a few ghosts to rest on Tuesday when the Three Lions face their bitter rivals, Germany, at Wembley Stadium in a massive last-16 clash at Euro 2020.
It was 25 years ago Southgate had his penalty kick saved to deny England a place in the Euro 1996 final, and no matter how much the England fans have forgiven him for that over the years, there will be no better way to refocus his England legacy than to defeat the Germans this time, then go one better and take advantage of a favorable draw to get to an elusive historic European Championships final.
Southgate certainly has had his detractors during this present tournament, and to my mind, quite rightly so. During the group games, England has been incredibly frustrating to watch given its abundance of talent. Aside from France, England’s squad is arguably the best at these championships. Of course, the players can’t all be out there at the same time and Southgate has had to make some tough decisions picking his starting 11s.
That’s really not where the problems have been, though.