Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho thinks England will narrowly beat Germany to book their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
The Three Lions topped Group D with two wins and a draw, while Joachim Low’s side progressed in second place from a tough group which included France, Portugal and Hungary – all of which have now been eliminated from the competition.
The winner of Tuesday’s crunch meeting at Wembley will go on to play either Ukraine or Sweden in the last eight on Saturday, with a potential semi-final against Denmark or Czech Republic after that.
There has been much debate over the team Gareth Southgate will choose against the Germans, with reports suggesting he is going to revert to the back three system England used on their route to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.
Southgate has opted for a back four throughout the tournament so far, but Mourinho is in favour of switching formations for Tuesday’s game.
When asked to pick his starting XI to face the Germans, he told talkSPORT: ‘There’s a lot of options. With a back three you have two options, one with Kyle Walker and one without.
‘If you want to go with Kyle Walker as a wing-back, which would be very good as he’s very fast, very powerful and can do up and down all day and can perfectly kill the Gosens supremacy on that side.
‘Then the centre-backs would be Stones, Maguire and Mings. But [Reece] James can play right-back no problem, he does it with Chelsea and then it could be Walker with Stones and Maguire in the middle.
‘Left wing-back, playing in this back three system normally has to be a left-footed player. That would not be adapted to [Kieran] Trippier.
‘It would have to be Luke Shaw because I believe that [Ben] Chilwell will not be in the best condition.
‘I would do Phillips and Rice and then Grealish, Sterling and Kane.’
When pushed for a score prediction, Mourinho went for a 2-1 win to England, with Harry Kane as one of the goalscorers.
‘2-1 for England. We concede the first goal but we score and win.
‘I think it’s Harry’s day.’
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