Declan Rice has revealed that England has nothing to fear about their Euro 2020 Round of 16 opponents Germany. He feels that the England side is ready to step their game up a notch for the knockout stages. England topped Group D beating Croatia and the Czech Republic while playing out a goalless draw against Scotland. Germany on the other hand needed a last-gasp equalizer against Hungary to make it to the knockout stages. Rice started both games either side of the Scotland draw says that confidence is sky high within the camp.
“What’s there to fear really? Obviously, yeah they’re great players, but it’s a game of football,” England midfielder Declan Rice said. “It’s 90 minutes – we have got players that can win us games and they’ve got players that can win them games as well. It’s going to be a real battle out there but one that we’re going to be up for and we’re really positive and ready for.”
England has the lowest goals scored amongst all the 16 teams left in the tournament. They managed one goal each against Croatia and the Czech republic. Rice maintained that there will be an improvement in the goal-scoring department in the knockout stages. They will have a home advantage against Germany this time around with their last meeting in the 2010 word cup taking place in Germany.
”We are not worried,” he added. “It’s two goals – we know as a team we can score more, especially with the world-class talent we have got, but that will come, I’m sure that will come in the next couple of rounds. As the tournament progresses now I feel like we are really going to step it up.”