INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

Five stats about tonight’s Euro Under-21 Championship Final

Germany/England, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1, Betfair £25 Free Bet

Stuart Pearce is the 4/1 favourite with Sky Bet to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager and tonight he can prove his credentials by guiding the Young Lions to their first trophy since 1984. To do so Psycho will have to conquer Germany, who broke his heart twice as a player. Here are five stats about the game courtesy of our friends at chickendinner:

1. There have been three occasions under the current format where two teams from the same group have met in the final and on two of those, the side who came second – in this case Germany – triumphed.

2. Germany have never previously won the competition but have – either as East or West – lost in the final four times, including a 1974 defeat to Hungary when it was still an Under-23 competition.

3. By contrast, England have won their two previous finals, one of which was against West Germany in 1982, back when the final had two legs.

4. Just three of the last 14 winners had failed to qualify for the previous tournament, which is good news for England – who made the semis in 2007 – and bad news for Germany – who lost to the Young Lions in a qualification play-off that year.

5. England Under-21s have never lost to Germany during the Premier League era, despite having clashed eight times during that period.


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