England’s combined XI from Euro 96 and Euro 2020 squads: Gascoigne, Shearer, Kane…

With England set to line up against Germany on Tuesday evening, it’s the perfect time to roll back the years and reminisce about their last meeting in the European Championship.

England and Germany meet on Tuesday evening in a rerun of their classic 1996 semi-final clash at Wembley.

England go into the game as favourites thanks to home advantage. However, it is hard not to draw parallels with Euro 96, especially with Gareth Southgate again involved, the Wembley factor... and Phil Foden's hair.

Images of the desperate Gazza lunge for the ball in extra time and the fateful penalty shootout are ingrained on every England fans' minds. Or have been watched back by those too young to remember.

And ahead of the highly anticipated last-16 match-up, Planet Sport looks at how England would line up if Gareth Southgate had the pleasure of choosing from both squads.

David Seaman

Sorry Jordan Pickford, but when it comes to choosing a goalkeeper, it's impossible to look past David Seaman.

The legendary Arsenal goalkeeper had it all - reflex saves, a commanding aura and an intimidating presence between the sticks.

As well as a club legend, Seaman has an impeccable record with England. With 75 appearances to his name, Seaman is one of the most experienced England players of all-time, and also holds the record for appearing in the national team for 15 consecutive years.

Gary Neville

Despite England's plethora of right-backs in the Euro 2020 squad, Gary Neville still pips the likes of Kyle WalkerReece James and Kieran Trippier to the starting spot.

In Euro 96, Neville was the youngest first-team player for England, but his performances showed he was up to the task, playing in all of the matches bar the semi-final clash against Germany.

Neville missed the match through suspension, and although the loss definitely wasn't solely down to his omission, it certainly didn't help England's chances. Maybe he could make amends this time around?

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire to score first against Germany, 14/1

The first of the 2021 squad to make it into the starting XI. Despite Harry Maguire missing the first two of England's Euro 2020 games through injury, he is undoubtedly the country's best defender and provided a huge boost to the side on his return against Czech Republic.

After a successful 2018 World Cup with England, Maguire made the switch to Manchester United where he has received mixed reviews for his performances.

In the 2019/20 season, Maguire played every Premier League minute for his side, and he looked to replicate the feat this season, before suffering an injury against Aston Villa that ruled him out of the last five games of 2020/21. It included missing the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

Manchester United's poor performances since Maguire's injury have been an indicator of how impactful he is in defence. Southgate has also been keen not to lose his leadership, calling him up to the Euro 2020 squad despite him lacking fitness.

Maguire's inclusion in the squad means that Southgate himself misses out on a place in the starting XI - but we always thought he suited that waistcoat better anyway...

Tony Adams

Partnering Maguire in the heart of defence has to be Tony Adams. The former Arsenal captain provides valuable leadership and bravery at the back in what is bound to be a physical game against Germany.

Having both the Manchester United and Arsenal captains in defence is itself a flash from the past. Picking the ever-reliable Adams is a no-brainer when it comes to who will command the back line.

Stuart Pearce

The Nottingham Forest legend has edged past the likes of Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw to round off the England defence.

Going by the name 'Psycho' due to his relentless style of play, Pearce is guaranteed to bring passion and bravery to the game, if nothing else.

Despite England's woeful penalty record in major tournaments, Pearce proved himself reliable from the spot (at the Euros at least), converting penalties in both of their Euro 96 shootouts.

Also, who wouldn't love to see this celebration in front of Wembley again?

Stuart Pearce celebrates in front of the Wembley crowd, Euro 1996
Stuart Pearce celebrates in front of the Wembley crowd, Euro 1996

Paul Ince

Simply one of the best at what he did. Tireless running, lung-busting sprints, and crunching tackles - Paul Ince had it all.

While Declan Rice has been faultless thus far in his England career, he isn't quite ready to dethrone Ince from the heart of the midfield.

Paul Gascoigne

What more can we say? Paul Gascoigne's iconic goal in Euro 96 is enough to warrant him a place in any England starting XI.

Despite Kalvin Phillips' man-of-the-match performance against Croatia and Southgate's liking for two holding midfielders, we can't see Southgate overlooking Gaza in favour of the Leeds United man.

Gascoigne's volley against Scotland in the group stages has since gone down in soccer folklore, and the chance to witness the infamous 'dentist chair' celebration at Wembley one more time is too good an offer to turn down.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden to score from outside the box, 11/1

There's only one thing better than having one Gascoigne on the pitch...

Phil Foden's Gascoigne-inspired haircut has shown the Manchester City forward's appreciation of the England icon, and if they were to play alongside each other, there's no doubt they'd form a deadly partnership.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford will be representing England on the pitch this summer, but already this year, his amazing charity work has been aiding the nation.

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Alongside his off-field work, Rashford has also enjoyed his second most productive season of his career with 21 goals in all competitions.

Competing for a wide position with the likes of Darren Anderton and Steve McManaman, Rashford's pace and direct attacking play places him ahead of the competition and into the starting XI.

Alan Shearer

The first of two central strikers is none other than Alan Shearer. As the top all-time scorer in the Premier League, Shearer showed a striker's instinct unlike any other.

Going into Euro 96, Shearer had struggled to reach his club goalscoring heights, with just five goals in 23 international appearances.

But once the tournament started, Shearer's true striking abilities came to light, scoring in England's opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland before giving the Three Lions the lead against Scotland in their second match.

A further two goals against the Netherlands in the final group game, and a third-minute strike against Germany in the semi-finals capped off a superb tournament for Shearer in which he won the Golden Boot.

Harry Kane

Partnering Shearer up front is the man in pursuit of his Premier League goal record, Harry Kane.

Harry Kane to score a brace, 7/1

Alongside Gary Lineker and Shearer, Kane is the only English player to win the Golden Boot in a major tournament after his six goals in the 2018 World Cup.

Following his success in 2018, Kane has remained among the goals, picking up the Premier League's Golden Boot with 23 goals before heading off to this summer's Euros.

He has yet to net at Euro 2020 but his barren spells rarely last long and are often followed by goal gluts.

With two out-and-out goalscorers up front, being supplied by Gascoigne, Foden and Rashford, surely this team would bring football home… right?