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Hamann 'Quietly Confident' That Germany Can Beat England

Hamann 'Quietly Confident' That Germany Can Beat England

Didi Hamann is "quietly confident" that Germany can beat England in their Euro 2020 knockout game on Tuesday.

The former Germany international believes that England "have not been the most adventurous" in the tournament thus far.

"We were in one [game] against Portugal so I hope we haven't used up all our goals up yet and we'll see a few tonight!" Hamann joked on RTÉ's Morning Ireland show.

"It remains to be seen how they play. I read in some of the papers that Jack Grealish may not play, that Southgate may revert to a back five, and almost play with six or seven defensive players.

"Southgate has been very cautious - and to an extent negative - in his approach. Grealish has been so good. If he doesn't play I think it will enhance Germany's chances of beating them.

"I'm quietly confident. Usually when the chips are down the boys get the job done. It's a big ask at Wembley. There's 40 or 50,000 fans in the stadium for the first time. We know the English have very good players going forward. I think the longer the game goes on, the better our chance will be."

Didi Hamann on England vs Germany

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Hamann added: "If you read the English media, you'd think they were going to play the final tonight.

"Our approach is a bit more pragmatic and a bit more laid back because we know that even if we beat England we've got another three games to win to lift the European Championship.

"There's every chance that whoever wins tonight will go to the final but don't underestimate the other teams because as we've seen with Denmark, with Switzerland, it doesn't really matter in the group stages.

"This is a different tournament now. Nobody is interested when the game kicks off at 5pm how you got there. It's been a tremendous tournament so far. I think it'll only get better."

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