HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, June 27 (Reuters) – Germany do not do major penalty training ahead of their Euro 2020 round of 16 game against England on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium, claiming they are hopeful finish the match within 90 minutes.
The Germans have won every World Cup penalty shootout they’ve played, as well as two out of three at Euro, losing just their first game in the 1976 Euro final to Czechoslovakia.
They also beat England on penalties at Wembley in the 1996 semi-final before winning their third European crown.
“We come into the game wanting to win it in 90 minutes,” German midfielder Kai Havertz said at a press conference at their team base in Bavaria on Sunday.
“It could of course go to penalties at this point in the tournament so we have to be prepared. Obviously after practice we took a few shots on goal to see who the better shooters are.
“But that’s not the biggest problem in the game. The 120 minutes before that could be a lot longer and putting too much pressure on yourself (with penalties) is not good.”
The Germans won only one game in their group but moved up to second after a nervous 2-2 draw against Hungary.
England were equally unimpressive but even more effective to finish first in Group D with seven points and no goals conceded, but they are the team with the fewest goals at the top of a Euro group, with only two goals.
“It would be wrong to underestimate them. We know England well. They have some of the best players in the world and, yes, they also have room for improvement,” said Havertz, who will face several of his Chelsea team-mates. Tuesday. .
“But England have yet to concede a goal in the tournament and they have so many individual qualities. You have to respect them but we are also a team with good players. For me and the whole team it will be a special match. “
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; edited by Clare Fallon
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