Former Tottenham and Germany forward Jurgen Klinsmann has claimed that he has been left gutted by England’s 2-0 win over his nation in the UEFA Euro 2020.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, former Germany striker and manager Jurgen Klinsmann admitted that he was left gutted by Die Mannschaft’s loss to England in the UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16 on Tuesday.
England ended their 55-year Wembley hoodoo against Germany by beating them 2-0 on Tuesday night courtesy of second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane. It was a solid and spirited team effort from Gareth Southgate’s men, who hadn’t really hit top gear during the group stages of the competition.
And Klinsmann, who was part of the Germany national team squad that had knocked England out of the UEFA Euro 1996 semi-final via penalty shootouts at the old Wembley, has now admitted that it left him gutted to see his national team lose to the Three Lions. However, he does state that it was a deserved win for England while also claiming that the tournament is now theirs for the taking.
“Gutted! The win was well deserved from England, they dominated the second half. Germany had two or three good chances, but it was a fantastic night for England. This is England’s moment. You’ve got to realise that if you get through the quarter-finals here, you have a sell-out crowd in the semi-final. It’s not going to be an easy road to the final, but it’s doable,” Klinsmann wrote.
Klinsmann, who also spent two stints in England with Tottenham Hotspur, was full of praise for Spurs striker Harry Kane, claiming that him returning among goals will be a boost for the entire team.
“Harry Kane was lacking confidence at the start. The players look at you as the leader and expect you to be full of energy, but he had very few touches in the first 25 minutes. It took him time, but this goal changes the world for him. Now his teammates know Harry is back and so will be thinking, ‘nobody stops us now’.”
England will now be up against a valiant Ukrainian outfit in the quarter-final after Andriy Shevchenko’s men clinched a dramatic extra-time victory against Sweden at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.