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Echoes of Rome

Posted on 31 August 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

As England prepare to meet their World Cup destiny in Saturday evening's humdinger in Munich, Glenn Hoddle agreed, when it was put to him, that the game has more than a slight feel of Rome about it.

Glenn's England side travelled to Rome requiring a point to seal automatic qualification for France 98 - the toughest of assignments given that Italy were presumed to be impregnable at the Olympic Stadium. Like Germany, Italy had already sealed a single-goal victory at Wembley.

England now head for a similar fortress - Germany haven't lost in Munich since 1973, and this time it is the opposition that require only a point.

Asked if the task is similar to the one faced in Rome, Glenn responded: "The German game? Yes, without a doubt. I would say that is exactly how it is.

"They (Italy) hadn't been beaten, they hadn't even drawn, Italy had won 18 out of 18 in Rome and that was a great England performance.

"We need the same sort of performance in Munich, that's for sure."

So can England pull off another heroic performance?

"We'll see, it's going to be a tough task, they'll have to play well to do it."

England are 13/2 to match their 1-0 Euro 2000 win over Germany - click for details.