Back in 1990, I was fortunate enough to be part of The Republic Of Ireland’s World Cup squad who marched through to the quarter finals, after a successful penalty shoot out against Romania.
England were not as fortunate, loosing to Germany in the same competition, via a penalty shoot out.
Today as we all know a victory would take England into the quarters, lets hope the dreaded spot kicks don’t come into it.
England have certainly got their work cut out after 3 average performances, against inferior opposition.
Despite the Germans not having superstars and house hold names like Beckenbauer, Muller, Breitner of the past, they still have some very talented individuals.
Mesut Ozil has been terrific in all 3 group stage games and scored a fine goal against Ghana. He is only 21 and loves to run at defenders, has good close control and an eye for goal.
Miroslav Klose is vastly experienced at this level and is a proven goalscorer, in fact he only needs 4 more goals to equal Ronaldos haul of 15 in the World Cup finals.
Fox is a box type player, grabbed a goal against Australia with a tremendous header.
Bastian Schweinsteiger despite being only 25, he has been capped 77 times scoring 21 goals, he’s good in the air, classy when in possession and regularly makes runs into the box.
If England are going to beat the Germans defensiveley they will have to be at their best.
As yet the back line has not been tested .
Capello has to decide who partners Terry? Does he stick with Upson, recall Carragher, gamble on Ledley Kings fitness, or pick the inexperienced Dawson?
I personally would go with King.
Johnsons very good going forward, but defensiveley he is vulnerable.
I think David James is an accident waiting to happen.
Ashley Cole has not been at his best in this tournament, but there is no doubting his ability.
Barry no doubt will be protecting the back 4, spraying balls left and right.
Lampard will be looking to drive forward as often as he can.
James Milner will be hopeing to produce as many quality crosses as he did against Slovenia.
Steven Gerrard will keep his shape on the left side , provide crosses and look to get on the end of things.
Up front Rooney must come to life. He has been a shadow of himself, but there is a saying, “form is temporary, class is permanent.” We all know Rooney is a class act. Lets hope he can put in a 5 star performance.
The question is who plays alongside Rooney?
Does Capello stick with goal scoring Defoe, recall the ineffective Heskey, or give Peter Crouch his first start?
I would go for the Spurs centre forward Crouch, his height of 6 ft 7 inches and awkwardness could cause the German rear guard problems.