That's the final whistle! Southgate looks to the sky and punches the air; this is a huge win for England on so many levels.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
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Phillips and then Henderson head clear as Germany launch the ball forwards. Almost there...
With head tennis going on in the England area, Goretzka tries an awkward overhead kick and it drifts across goal just out of the reach of Havertz.
Musiala comes on for Muller for Germany.
Sane is on for Gosens for Germany. He crosses into the England area, it's headed clear and Goretzka shanks a volley well wide.
We'll have a minimum of four more minutes.
That song is ringing around Wembley. Is it, as they say, coming home? Germany look spent.
How must Muller be feeling now. England are on the cusp of a famous victory now, as Jordan Henderson comes on for Rice.
- GoalHarry KaneEngland
GOAL! England 2 (Kane 86) Germany 0
England have surely won it! Shaw nicks the ball in midfield with Germany stretched. He works it to Grealish on the left of the area, he crosses into the middle, and Kane swoops to bounce his header into the net!
England are fired up, particularly Rice, but they need to calm down here; if they can manage this for ten minutes or so, they'll be through.
OH WHAT A CHANCE! England give it away cheaply in the German half. They're all caught forwards, and Havertz slides Muller through on goal. He's one-on-one with Pickford, picks his spot...and drags it inches wide of the post! What a let off for England.
Muller takes it, but it's straight into the wall. Huge cheers.
German come back instantly; a long ball over the top gets Kimmich in behind, Maguire clips him over right on the edge of the area but only gets a yellow because Shaw was covering. A chance for Germany to hit straight back!
- GoalRaheem SterlingEngland
GOAL! England 1 (Sterling 75) Germany 0
There's your answer! England work a lovely move, through Sterling, Kane and Grealish, to release Shaw in the area on the left. He crosses low into the six yard box, where Sterling is waiting to side-foot the ball past Neuer! England lead, and Sterling has scored 100% of their goals in this tournament!
Trippier update: he's back on and seems fine. There are 15 minutes left, can either side open the other up?
Trippier's down here, and it looks like he tweaked his groin swinging for a loose ball.
- Yellow cardRobin GosensGermany
Gosens goes in late and needlessly on Trippier near halfway, and is booked.
Grealish gives the ball up with his first touch, and fouls Havertz with his second. The only way is up, Jack!
Gnabry replaces Werner, while Grealish comes on for Saka. For the latter, quite the roar goes up at Wembley.
Kimmich tries to chip a diagonal ball in behind for Gosens, but Pickford reads it and gathers comfortably. He's been excellent today.
Movement on the benches; here come Jack Grealish and Serge Gnabry...
Werner gets into the channel on the left of England's area, and his low cross is toe-poked away by Maguire. Sterling breaks, and wins a free kick on halfway.
The camera cuts to Grealish on the bench; a little cheer goes up from the England supporters as said image appears on the big screen.
It really feels like one goal will do this, which intensifies the longer it goes on. Sterling gets in space on the left, but his inswinging cross is straight into the hands of Neuer.
A back header from Hummels almost puts Ginter in trouble, but he takes ball and Saka to clear the danger. Saka is down, briefly, but seems ok now.
Sterling goes on a sortie but is dispossessed on the edge of the German area, and they break at speed. Havertz feeds Werner on the left of the area. He's one-on one with Stones, who shepherds Werner to the left and blocks the attempted shot out for a corner.
We've a lull of a few minutes as Kane has gone down under a challenge from Hummels. After a muscle rub and a slug of water he seems fine, and on we go.
Kimmich crosses into the area, where Gosens climbs but heads it straight up in the air. Gosens goes for the second ball, but Pickford races out to punch the ball clear.
Sterling dances past a couple on the left. He tries to tee up a shot for Kane on the edge, but Germany know that's coming. They crowd Sterling out, and eventually intercept the ball.
Tripper tries to get Walker away down the right, but Rudiger is across to launch the ball into the crowd.
EXCELLENT SAVE! Germany knock the ball around near the England area. Phillips glances a cross out to the edge of the box, where Havertz booms the bouncing ball at goal. Pickford pulls off a superb, one-handed save to tip it over the bar.
- 2nd Half
Here we go again. We're either 45, 75 or penalties from resolving this one.
Just looking at the Kane chance again, I think the ball ricocheted to him off Muller, so he was onside. He could've hit that first time with his left; easy to say from here of course, without Neuer bearing down on you.
- End of 1st Half
That's the end of a tense, absorbing half. It's goalless at Wembley, back with you shortly.
CHANCE! Sterling picks it up in midfield and runs right at the heart of the German defence. A despairing tackle from Muller pokes the ball into the path of Kane; he tries to go around Neuer but can't quite get to the ball. Hummels gets back to clear it, and Germany escape. Kane may have been offside there.
- Yellow cardKalvin PhillipsEngland
Oof, this is a nasty one. Phillips catches Kroos on the shin with a late tackle, and it's a booking.
We'll have a minimum of one additional minute.
Tripper tries to float the free kick to Kane, but Hummels gets across to head it behind for a corner. It's whipped in dangerously by Trippier, but glanced away at the front post.
Kane is coming to life here. He spins Goretzka in the German half, gets away and is crudely hacked down about 30 yards form goal. Goretzka is lucky not to go in the book there.
Here's Kane! He comes deep to get the ball, rides a couple of tackles in the centre circle and then pings a ball through the middle for the onrushing Phillips. There's too much on it through, and it runs through to Neuer; a softer ball on the floor there and Phillips was in.
Germany nick the ball in midfield again. Muller tries to put Havertz away through the middle again, but Walker gets across to cover and draw the foul.
Better from England, who work a patient move in the bottom right corner and get Phillips in behind the German defence. His cut back is blocked though, and Goretzka stops the ball going out for a corner.
Kimmich latches on to a raking pass in the England area, but he'd mistimed his run slightly and is flagged offside.Germany are looking for those balls down the sides of England's back three.
BIG CHANCE! Havertz picks it up in the middle of England's half, and slides a pass down the side of Stones to Werner. He's into the area and takes a touch, but his low drive is smothered by Pickford and England scramble it clear.
Germany spring forwards and find Kimmich on the right. He cuts back onto his left foot and floats a dangerous cross to the back post, where it's just over the head of Gosens who was unmarked.
Saka tries to find the feet of Kane on the edge of the area, but Kane tried to dart in behind instead and it breaks down. England's captain has been anonymous so far, but then so has Werner. This game is bogged down in midfield.
CHANCE! Kimmich heads Trippier's free kick behind for a corner. From that England go short and pick out Maguire, who has a clear chance to put a header on target from eight yards out but times it horribly, and it flies well wide. In a tight game, that's a decent look.
- Yellow cardMatthias GinterGermany
Shaw spins Ginter on the left wing. Ginter grabs lots o' shirt to stop Shaw getting away and is yellow carded. If Germany get through, he's out of the quarter-final.
Nish comes from the free kick again for England. There's a bit more of a pattern to this now.
Goretzka brings Saka down, 35 yards from goal, and it's a free kick in a useful position for England.
Saka looks lively for England. He tries to spin past two in the inside right channel and almost makes it, but a perfectly timed challenge from Kroos nicks the ball.
Maguire nicks a ball for England, and despite being fouled by Muller he nudges it to Sterling, and England have a chance to counter. Sterling tries a one-two with Saka but it doesn't come off; that was a promising situation for England, because Germany had lost their shape temporarily.
Better from England, as they patiently work it to Sterling. He cuts back into the centre and unloads a curler from 25 yards, which Neuer palms away for a corner. From that Maguire wins his header again, but it's tamely into the hands of Neuer.
Maguire wins the header at the back post, but can't direct it to a colleague and Germany clear.
Saka rolls Kroos in the right corner, and Rudiger then checks him over just outside the German area. Free kick England.
Kroos, who I think played Goretzka through a few minutes ago, is bossing this so far. England look a bit startled here, and need to get hold of the ball for a while.
Germany take it short to Havertz, and Rice charges out to get a block on the low drive. England survive, but it'll worry Southgate how easily Germany got through his team with one ball.
- Yellow cardDeclan RiceEngland
England cough it up again in midfield, and a swift ball through the heart of their defence releases Goretzka. He's through, but not quick enough to go all the way; Rice brings him down right on the edge of the penalty area, and is booked. Big chance for Germany here!
Rice is dispossessed in the centre circle, and Germany get the ball again. They've settled the better of the two sides so far.
Goretzka gets the ball in space, 25 yards out. He opens up and shoots, but it's a tame effort that takes one soft bounce into the arms of Pickford.
A loose ball breaks to Goretzka, who ploughs through the midfield unopposed. He finds Kimmich, who crosses, and it's nodded behind by Walker for the first corner of the game.
Muller fouls Maguire, and it's a free kick to England. Shaw takes it, but it's comfortably cleared by Germany.
- 1st Half
Buckle up folks, we're off. Oh boy, have we got an atmosphere in here.
The England team take the knee before kick off, and the Germans join them. If there is any booing, it's drowned by cheers. There is no room for racism in life, ever.
We're just going through the anthems, and Thomas Muller flashes a reassuring wink to the camera as it passes by him. The last time these two sides met when it mattered was at the 2010 World Cup, where his younger self scored twice in a 4-1 win.
Football is a simple game. Millions of people kick all the possible permutations and outcomes around for days, and then the players get on with it. Said players are in their respective tunnels, and it’s time to go. Your referee tonight is Danny Makkelie.
I'm not sure if it's the Beeb amplifying this to sound more popping than it actually is, but the 20,000 and change at Wembley are making a right old din. It'll be a great event regardless, but just imagine this match if the stadium was full. Zoiks!
There are a load of variables that could decide this, but Werner up against (or hanging about nearby) Maguire is a fascinating one; Werner has just won the Champions League, during a miserable run of personal form; Maguire has barely played at all in the last few months. Is the former confident enough, the latter sharp enough? Interesting times.
Group of Death alumni Germany were just eight minutes from their tournament expiring early last Wednesday night. With Hungary about to go through at their expense, a late strike from Goretzka lifted them from bottom to second in the group.
Let’s have a little reminder of how the two teams got here, shall we? England haven’t conceded a goal at the tournament so far, which is admirable, but they’ve only managed to register two at the other end. Both secured 1-0 victories over Croatia and the Czech Republic respectively, the latter allowing them to top Group D and stay at Wembley.
If England are a riddle, how about the Germans? In the last eight months they’ve been hosed 6-0 by Spain in the Nations League and lost 2-1 at home to North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier. Here at the Euros, they were held at arms’ length by France in Munich in the opening match and needed a late equaliser against Hungary to go through; yet in between those games, they utterly battered defending champions Portugal 4-2 with an awesome performance. Joachim Low, one of the more enigmatic international coaches, is bowing out of this arena with a team in his image.
Received wisdom in international football is that a team should start slowly and then crescendo, a strange theory seemingly built entirely on how Italy won the 1982 World Cup and little else. If it has a grain of truth in it though, then England are mapping their campaign out to order; they did enough, and little more, to navigate the group stages. Have they kept their powder dry for a big performance tonight, or were the opening matches worrying evidence of a disjointed squad struggling to find it’s rhythm?
There has been a lot of talk about whether these two are rivals in the build-up. Numerous people have been keen to point out that Germany have given England several chastening experiences in international tournaments, and that the Germans consider the Dutch to be their greatest foes in the game. That’s all fine, but you don’t have to be the Joe Frazier to someone’s Muhammad Ali to put some feeling into a sporting contest. If two sides regularly and memorably butt heads in the latter stages of major tournaments, across decades, that creates a shared history whether one side draws more from it than the other or not. Rivals compete for the same thing, and take a look at how this draw is unfolding; whoever advances here has a serious chance of making the final. Right here, right now, this match is enormous.
Same as it ever was.
So, what to make of those line-ups? Southgate is holding a mirror up to Low here, clearly looking to limit the effectiveness of the German wingbacks that destroyed Portugal ten days ago.
After yesterday's box of fireworks in Copenhagen and Budapest, what will we get tonight? This one looks like it could be a more cagey affair to me but, as yesterday so beautifully illustrated, no one really knows anything.
Germany make three changes to their team. Leon Goretzka comes into midfield in place of the Ilkay Gundogan, while Thomas Muller reclaims his place from Leroy Sane. Up front, Timo Werner is preferred to Serge Gnabry.
England's switching to three at the back has been public knowledge for a while now, as Kyle Walker drops in with John Stones and Harry Maguire. There's no recall for Mason Mount, who starts on the bench after completing his ten days in isolation, and Bukayo Saka retains his place after an impressive turn against the Czech Republic last Tuesday. Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw will be wing backs either side of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice in midfield.
And here's Germany:
Here we go then. Your England team for this evening's high jinks:
Go on then; while we wait, let’s bring the heat.
Some people are on etc you know the words; Gerd Muller at the back stick in Leon; Gunter Netzer lording it; that goalless draw in Spain no one ever mentions; Paul Gascoigne, Stuart Pearce, Chris Waddle and that psychodrama that changed English football in Turin; Terry Venables, Gascoigne, Gareth Southgate and that psychodrama in the middle of Cool Britannia; Alan Shearer’s winner in the dead rubber that meant everything; Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and that utter pasting in Bloemfontein.
That’s the bar, kids; generations of history changing, era-defining classics, book-ended by two raging controversies that eventually forced the issue with goal line technology. Yes, we all want to see the new material from this duet, but you’ve got to admit, that’s some back catalogue.
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It’s knockout tournament football.
Get whatever you need in the way of drinks and snacks, and don’t move for the next three or possibly four hours. Teams to follow from Wembley shortly.