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England V Germany final preview

By Carly Goodwill
June 28 2009

Almost thirty years after meeting in the final, and only one week after they drew 1-1 in the third round of matches in Group B, England and Germany are set to meet again at the Malmö New Stadium on Monday to contest the winners of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship trophy. The teams won their semi-final games in different styles, Andreas Beck's goal in the 48th minute proved enough for Germany to see off Italy and secure their place In Gothenburg, England had looked to be sailing to victory against Sweden, only for Sweden to come back with a pair of strikes from Marcus Berg either side of Ola Toivonen's free-kick which took the game into extra time followed by penalties and England winning 5-4. England’s last U21 title win was 25 years ago, when they defeated Spain 3-0 in the 1984 final. But there has been no title at any level since a side including Gary Neville and Sol Campbell won at home in the UEFA European U18 Championship back in 1993. Germany however have never won the U21 titleThis game against Germany will be England's third U21 final, both of their previous appearances ending in victory, 3-0 aggregate against Spain in 1984 and 5-4 against West Germany in 1982. That defeat is Germany's only appearance in a U21 final.No member of the Germany squad has ever appeared in the final of a UEFA European Championship, where as Martin Cranie, Mark Noble and Andrew Taylor were all in the England side beaten by France, 3-1 in the 2005 UEFA European U19 Championship final and Danny Rose was part of the U17 side beaten 1-0 by Spain in the 2007 final.Germany won the UEFA European U19 Championship last July and claimed the U17 continental crown last month, Germany are on course for a clean sweep of UEFA age-group competitions. They also hold the best defensive record in the tournament, they have only conceded once. Ashkan Dejagah will miss the final through suspension after picking up a booking against Italy.Marko Marin was replaced after sustaining a knock to his right ankle but has been passed fit to feature. Khedira is set to return after recovering from a knee injury. Strikers Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell are suspended for the final along with goalkeeper Joe Hart.More squad news will follow when it is released. 

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