- England battle Germany for one of the Euro 2020 quarterfinal tickets at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night
- The Three Lions were dumped out of the same competition at the semifinal stage in the 1996 edition
- And Jose Mourinho insists Gareth Southgate will be all out for revenge having missed the penalty that ousted them about 25 years ago
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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes England will reach Euro 2020 final if they can beat Germany in their last-16 game.
The Three Lions face off with one of their rivals in their last 16-game at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, June 29.
This will definitely be a tough task for Gareth Southgate and his players but the Portuguese-born tactician believes victory in the game assures them of Euro 2020 final ticket.
England have scored just two goals in their first three games without conceding a goal while they progressed to the knockout stage atop of their group with seven points.
Mourinho while speaking on talk Sport in the build-up to the crucial encounter said:
“The dimension is very clear. Sweden, Ukraine, Denmark, Czech Republic… Come on, beat Germany and go to the final.”
This match is definitely important to Southgate after missing a penalty in England's defeat to Germany in the semifinal of the same competition at the same venue about 25 years ago.
The 50-year-old has however insisted that revenge is not on his mind, but Mourinho believes that statement is not true. The new Roma boss said:
“I don’t believe that Gareth forgot it. I never forgot some important penalty shoot-outs that I lost and I was not a taker. He never forgot it."
Southgate scored twice during his nine-year reign with the England national team after making his debut in 1995.
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The Portuguese boss at one time questioned the England star's professionalism and attitude, as well as his football brain.
Shaw who is currently preparing for the Three Lions' epic last-16 clash with Germany has been singled out with Mourinho.