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England and Germany’ last Euros clash was in 2000, where are those players now?

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The latest instalment of England and Germany’s historic rivalry comes next Tuesday as the two rivals meet at Wembley in the last-16 of the European Championship.

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It’s their first meeting in this tournament in 21 years, after Kevin Keegan’s England side ran out 1-0 winners in a Euro 2000 group match in Belgium thanks to an Alan Shearer header.

Back then England were aching for revenge, having been defeated in that unforgettable Euro 96 semi-final penalty shootout on home turf – on the back of another shootout defeat in the World Cup semi-final in 1990.

England came into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat to a Luis Figo-inspired Portugal, having raced into a two-goal lead, while Germany could only manage a draw with Romania in their opening game.

Therefore the stakes were high during their group stage meeting because, unlike at Euro 2020, only two teams qualified from each group.

Shearer’s header was the highlight of a dire match, and the German team, managed by Erich Ribbeck, went home in disgrace. Widely considered the worst German squad of modern times, the defeat led to a lot of soul-searching and a subsequent revolution of youth football infrastructure, which transformed coaching and talent development in Germany, eventually leading to their World Cup triumph in 2014.

England, meanwhile, would last only one more game in the tournament, as Phil Neville gave away a late penalty to hand Romania a 3-2 victory and progression to the knockout stages at England’s expense. Manager Kevin Keegan soldiered on in the job but would later infamously resign in tears in a Wembley dressing-room toilet, having lost to, yep, Germany in the final game played at the old stadium before it was demolished and then rebuilt.

So the last time England faced Germany in the European Championship was a rather significant day, and here Sportsmail looks at where the players from that June night are now.

ENGLAND

DAVID SEAMAN

The iconic England goalkeeper retired from football in January 2004 at the age of 40, having joined Manchester City after leaving Arsenal.

Aside from an occasional punditry appearance, Seaman doesn’t have as much to do with football in comparison to some of his team-mates in this England side. He has made appearances in the Charity Match Soccer Aid but will be more remembered for his 2008 appearance on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. After the series he married his dance partner Frankie Poultney.

SOL CAMPBELL

The former Arsenal Invincible defender had a brilliant England career, winning 73 caps and being named in the team of the tournament at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.

Since retiring from playing in 2011, Campbell has has spells in management at Macclesfield and Southend, leaving the latter club in June 2020.

In February 2015, Campbell tried to secure the Conservative nomination to stand to become Mayor of London but ultimately did not make the final four-man shortlist.

MARTIN KEOWN

A former team-mate of Campbell’s at Arsenal, Keown brought the curtain down on his glittering career in 2005 and has since made the move into punditry.

As well as offering his thoughts to Sportsmail, Keown also appears on BT Sport and BBC Sport as a pundit and co-commentator.

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GARY NEVILLE

Like Keown, has gone into punditry and carved out a stellar reputation in his work with Sky Sports as an analyst and co-commentator.

Neville also tried his hand at management with Valencia but after taking the reigns in December 2015, was sacked in March 2016 with the club recording just three wins and failing to keep one clean sheet under his guidance.

PHIL NEVILLE

Phil has had better luck at coaching than brother Gary. He is currently at the helm of Inter Miami, the Major League soccer side set up by David Beckham.

Prior to that, Neville had been in charge of the England women’s team since 2018 and had also joined his brother as an assistant at Valencia. Both Neville brothers are also co-owners of League Two side Salford City.

DAVID BECKHAM

The man who became a global icon.

In 2000, Beckham was recovering his reputation after his red card at the 1998 World Cup, and he would go on to become arguably England’s most celebrated captain of recent times, despite the failure of the ‘Golden Generation’ to win a trophy.

In his club career, he won league titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain, and played for England until 2013.

But thanks to his love of fashion, his celebrity wife Victoria and his courting of publicity, he also became one of the most famous celebrities in the world.

Beckham is now the founder of MLS club Inter Miami, where Phil Neville is the manager.

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PAUL INCE

After England crashed out of Euro 2000 in the group stage, Ince retired from international football with 53 caps to his name.

After the end of his playing career, Ince took on management roles with the likes of Swindon, Macclesfield and Milton Keynes Dons. He has not been in the dugout since 2014 when he left Blackpool.

Ince’s son, Tom, was an England Under 21 international and currently plays for Stoke.

PAUL SCHOLES

Another who has gone into punditry, with Scholes mainly seen on BT Sport nowadays.

Scholes retired from international football in 2004 having infamously been used on the left of midfield under Sven Goran Erikssen.

He is also a part-owner of Salford and even filled in as interim manager in 2015. He also had a spell as Oldham manager but resigned after seven matches.

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DENNIS WISE

Wise played 21 times for England in his career, the majority of those caps coming under Keegan.

He retired in 2006 after leaving Chelsea in 2001 and playing for clubs such as Millwall, Southampton and Coventry. Wise had spells in management with Swindon and Leeds, but it was his spell as director of football at Newcastle from 2008-09 that will be remembered most, as he spectacularly fell out with then manager Kevin Keegan over one of Wise’s transfer targets, eventually leading to both leaving the club.

In 2009 Wise was the sixth star to be voted off I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here amid accusations that he had bullied comedian Iain Lee in the jungle. Wise denied the allegation, saying ‘I’m a little bit shocked with what’s happened. We got on really well. I think ITV wouldn’t allow (the bullying),’ and adding that the pair had planned to meet for dinner.

Wise now does punditry, runs a charity and is now ‘sole administrator’ at Italian minnows Como 1907, who won promotion to Serie B last season.

MICHAEL OWEN

Owen left Liverpool in 2004 and spent a season at Real Madrid before also playing for Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke.

Owen is often on BT Sport now as a pundit and also owns racehorses.

His England career ended in 2008, when Fabio Capello replaced Steve McClaren as Three Lions boss. Owen made just one appearance under Capello, in a friendly against France.

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ALAN SHEARER

One of England’s all-time iconic strikers, Shearer went on to play 63 times for England and scoring 30 times.

His international retirement came after the end of Euro 2000 but he was mooted with a return in 2002 and again in 2004. He remained at Newcastle until 2006, when he retired from all football and is now a pundit on BBC Sport.

GERMANY

OLIVER KAHN

The legendary goalkeeper played for Germany until 2006. He played in the 2002 World Cup final, in his nation’s 2-0 defeat by Brazil.

Kahn has never made the step into management but was offered the chance to take over at Schalke in 2009 – but rejected the proposals.

Now, Kahn is replacing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as Bayern Munich president.

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MARKUS BABBEL

The defender joined Liverpool in 2000 from Bayern Munich and was part of the treble winning team in 2001.

He was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome which threatened his career – he was unable to play for a year.

Eventually his playing days lasted up to 2007 and he then moved into management, taking charge of sides in Germany, Switzerland and Australia, where he was sacked by Western Sydney Warriors in 2020.

JENS NOWOTNY

The central defender played 48 times for Germany in his career and spent the best days of his club career at Bayern Leverkusen.

His international career ran until 2006, making 48 caps. He retired from club football in 2007, with Dinamo Zagreb being his last team.

SEBASTIAN DEISLER

In 2000, Deisler was considered one of the future gems of the German national side.

He moved to Bayern Munich in 2002 but some nasty injuries ruined his career. He was set to become Bayern’s major midfield presence with Michael Ballack joining Chelsea but had a knee injury that ruled him out of the 2006 World Cup on his home turf.

In January 2007, Deisler retired from football, saying: ‘I no longer have the right confidence in my knee. It was torture for me recently.’

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DIETMAR HAMANN

Best known for his time with Liverpool, where Hamann played a key role in Liverpool’s ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ in the 2005 Champions League final. He also won the 2006 FA Cup final.

He played until 2011, making appearances for Manchester City and MK Dons. He won 59 caps for Germany, scoring five times including the last goal at the old Wembley stadium in October 2000.

JENS JEREMIES

Best known for his playing time with Bayern Munich from 1998 until 2006. He won six Bundesliga titles with the German giants.

Jeremies played 55 times for Germany, scoring once.

LOTHAR MATTHAUS

The Germany icon, a World Cup winning captain, earned the last of his 150 caps at Euro 2020.

He went into club and international management since then, taking over at clubs ranging from Atlético Paranaense in Brazil to Hungary and Bulgaria. He also works on occasions as a pundit.

MEHMET SCHOLL

Another player closely associated with Bayern Munich, Scholl went into coaching shortly after his playing career ended in 2007 and took control of the Bayern Munich II team. He left that role in 2013 after a second crack at the second team.

He has reportedly rediscovered his love of nine-pin bowling in his time away from the pitch.

Last December, Jurgen Klopp hit out at Scholl after he was critical of Borussia Dortmund’s interim manager Edin Terzic – who had worked under Klopp at the club.

‘What is Mehmet Scholl’s raison d’être to judge coaches? It’s kind of like talking about car manufacturing. I have no idea about that either,’ Klopp said. ‘Mehmet Scholl feels called to break the baton with young German coaches. I hate to comment on such things, but he always talks about people he doesn’t know.

‘He tried it as a trainer, he couldn’t do it, and now he’s talking about it as if he had eaten the wisdom with spoons.’

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CHRISTIAN ZIEGE

Ziege joined Liverpool in 2000 but injuries disrupted his year at Anfield and he was moved onto Tottenham.

He eventually retired in 2005 due to ankle issues while at Borussia Monchengladbach and has taken up coaching roles at German youth level, as well as teams such as Pingzau in Austria, where he remains in Austria’s third tier.

His international career ended in 2004 with 72 caps and a winners medal from Euro 96.

CARSTEN JANCKER

The striker best known for playing for Bayern Munich also had spells in China and Austria before retiring in 2009.

In 2010, he took the step into coaching and has had spells as an assistant at Rapid Wien as well as a year as boss at fellow Austrian side Horn.

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ULF KIRSTEN

Kirsten often drew comparisons with Gerd Muller for his playing style. He won 51 caps for Germany.

He went into coaching and spent six years with the Bayer Leverkusen’s second side from 2005. His son, Benjamin, is a footballer – a goalkeeper who has played for Dynamo Dresden and NEC.

Remarkably, German publication Welt claimed in 2000 that Kirsten was a Stasi informer under the name ‘Knut Kruger’.

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