You sure still have nightmares about that moment. Gareth Southgate He headed for the penalty spot. He threw and missed. England was eliminated from the Euro in 1996 and Germany advanced to the Final. This Tuesday, 25 years later, they will face each other again, with the former defenseman as coach of the locals.

For the Wembley clash, Southgate claims that most of his players ignore the weight of the history of the confrontations with Germany. “We have boys who were born after 2000,” he said. “For them all this does not exist. What happened in 1990 and all those things ”.

Southgate showed his players videos of the penalty that he missed in the Euro 96 semi-finals before the current competition started.

“It is good that he has done it, that he transmits his experience to us,” said the English midfielder. Kalvin Phillips. “We don’t want to talk much about it with Gareth in case it is a sensitive topic for him.”

Like Phillips, Germany’s right-back Robin Gosens wasn’t born in 1996. “Obviously I heard about all of that,” he said. “It motivates you, you want to repeat it,” he added.

“It was an amazing match to play. A EURO semi-final. It was a brilliant summer in terms of the whole experience with a result and a finish that I didn’t want and the team didn’t want,” stated Southgate,

Although Southgate does not shy away from the memory, he does try not to evoke it so often and give it its just measure. “I tell myself that time has passed, that people no longer care about the penalty. And then I’m at a hotel reception and a girl says to her boyfriend: “I think that’s the guy who missed the penalty,” she confessed a while ago.

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