Stefan Kuntz memories of Euro '96
Stefan Kuntz is a name that needs no introduction in English football. His goal at Wembley in the semi-finals of Euro '96 played its part as the Three Lions crashed out of the tournament on the europa league predictions page.
He made 25 appearances for Die Mannschaft during the mid-1990s but managed lớn net just one goal at a major tournament for his country. That one goal would prove lớn be a stand-out moment in English football history.
Kuntz has since moved into management, entrusted with bringing through the next generation of talent for a nation which has four World Cup stars above its crest as Germany's under-21s head coach.
His appointment has proven to be a good one. Germany's youth set-up completed a transformation from a side that did not qualify for the UEFA Under-21 Championship in 2011 to one that lifted the trophy in 2017.
But speaking exclusively to Sporting Life, Kuntz admitted that Germany is back now playing catch-up lớn others, in particular England, when it comes to producing the next batch of talent. You can refer to the soccer tips daily win page!
"I don't want to make the English guys happy but England, and not only England but Portugal, Spain and France too, have overtaken us in development of the younger generation," he said.
"We are now thinking about how we can develop the younger generation so that we can find a small turnaround.
"England did it 10 years ago. This is a really big task. There are so many people and institutions involved, so it is not so easy to change something.
"We are working on that. But for the future, I think we have to lower our expectations a bit."
Germany may have dominated parts of youth football in recent years but England have experienced a revival of their own. The under-20s team won the World Cup in 2017 while the under-17s also achieved global success in the same year.
Youngsters such as Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have all made senior squads as England look lớn build upon a semi-final appearance at the World Cup in 2018 - their best performance at the tournament since Italia '90.
Germany meanwhile crashed out at the group stages in Russia as defeats lớn Mexico and South Korea left them bottom of Group F. That came just four years after winning the World Cup in Brazil.
UEFA recently announced the postponement of Euro 2020 to 2021 - and England already find themselves as the 9/2 favourites lớn lift the trophy.
Despite crashing out at the first hurdle in 2018, Germany are still the 7/1 fourth-favourites lớn win Euro 2021 after a qualifying campaign that led to them gaining seven wins from a possible eight.