PL duo miss Germany training ahead of England clash
Germany stars Antonio Rudiger and Ilkay Gundogan have missed training ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2020 last 16 clash against England, according to reports.
Both players featured in all three of Germany’s Group F games at the European Championships.
Joachim Low’s side lost their opening game 1-0 to France. But they recovered from this defeat as they beat Portugal 4-2 and drew 2-2 with Hungary.
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These results secured them second spot in the group. This set them up with a round of 16 tie against England at Wembley on Tuesday.
Gareth Southgate’s side may be without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, as they are still yet to return to training.
The Chelsea duo were forced to self-isolate after they came into contact with Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday.
Their isolation period ends on Monday (June 28) but Southgate had hoped that they could return to training with the squad before then.
Germany could be without two players of their own, though. German outlet Sport1 have reported that Gundogan and Rudiger missed training on Sunday.
The Man City man has a bruised skull, while Rudiger is suffering from a cold. They add that both players are still expected to travel for Tuesday’s game.
Elsewhere, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has heaped praise on Manuel Neuer ahead of Tuesday’s game.
The England number one has claimed that Neuer is “brilliant” and he has enjoyed an “unbeliebable” career:
“His career is unbelievable. He’s probably been up there as one of the top three goalkeepers for the last decade.
“You just watch him, the sweeper keeper – he’s not shy, is he? He’s a brilliant goalkeeper.
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“I love watching him when you get to see him live on TV, so come Tuesday it’ll be a privilege to be playing against him.
Asked what he would say to Neuer after the match if he got the chance, Pickford told talkSPORT: “Ask him for his shirt! If Covid lets us.
“You need to create memories in big games. But it’s about first and foremost getting the win against them, then being able to do that (swap shirts) after.”