Kevin Keegan sends late plea to Gareth Southgate ahead of England vs Germany

Former Three Lions and Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan believes England have “a “hell of a chance” of winning Euro 2020 as long as they get past Germany in tonight’s 5pm kick off at Wembley.

The eagerly-awaited last 16 clash with the old enemy has been billed as a potential decider, with the pathway to the final for each team looking relatively straightforward compared to the other side of the draw.

Toon legend Keegan claimed a 1-0 win against Germany at Euro 2000 – thanks to an Alan Shearer goal – but also suffered a defeat by the same scoreline in the last ever game played at the old Wembley.

Now, he has told talkSPORT listeners his thoughts on the big game and, unsurprisingly for most, urged Gareth Southgate to attack Joachim Low’s side:

“I hope and pray they get a bit better as they go into the tournament.

“If that happens, it will give them a hell of a chance of winning it.

“It’s easy to say, ‘You’ve got the attacking options’ but if you’re not losing any goals and can win by a set-piece or a free-kick.

“Everyone would like to see more attacking football. The Euros as a whole, it has started to liven up a little bit, but the first rounds are very cautious.

“England are at home against a German side they know are not the strongest side ever – they should be able to go on and attack.

“I’m hoping he’s (Southgate) able to go on a little more aggressively on the front foot, but he is doing a great job and you can’t knock it.”

While I don’t expect us to play like a Kevin Keegan side tonight, I do fancy us to get the win. We should have enough to overcome this beatable Germany on home soil.

As a proud Englishman myself, I’d love nothing more for this country to be bouncing at around 7pm tonight and beyond.

Howay Southgate, howay lads… HOWAY ENGLAND!

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