Germany banned from training at Wembley before England clash

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UEFA have ruled that Germany will not be permitted to train at Wembley Stadium in the build-up to Tuesday’s Euro 2020 last 16 tie with England to preserve the state of the pitch, and that hasn’t gone down well with manager Joachim Low.

London is expected to be hit with heavy rain over the coming days which UEFA fears may cause major damage to the playing surface at Wembley, which is set to host both semi-finals and the final in July.

UEFA have stressed to Sky Sports News that it was an unavoidable decision but not one that only impacts Germany. All sides due to play at Wembley in this round, including England, Italy and Austria, have all been told they cannot use the ground for their preparations.

That’s obviously not a major issue for the England players, who already know Wembley well, but Germany have been left livid at their inability to get a feel for the stadium beforehand, with Bild even calling it a ‘scandal’.

Low is said to be livid at the decision, which this report also claims is a ‘distortion of competition’ that is designed to favour England, who have played all their matches so far at Wembley and will not be fazed by missing out on one extra session at the ground.

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Low is livid over the whole thing / Marc Mueller/Getty Images

“Players must feel the aura of the stadium, the smell of the (changing rooms) and the feeling for the turf,” say Bild, who believe that England must now be seen as favourites because of their prior knowledge of Wembley.

However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the Germans should never be written off against England, despite a handful of underwhelming performances already this summer.

“To write off Germany now, it would be crazy,” he told Bild. “We played well against France, Portugal we dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years.

“We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team you need such a game. And now we’re going to make a real go of it on Tuesday.”

Instead of preparing at Wembley, Germany will hold an extra training session at their training base in Herzogenaurach on Monday morning, before jetting off to London later in the day.

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