12th NOVEM­BER 2017


LOTHAR MATTHAUS has ad­mit­ted some­thing that no other Ger­man ever has – he is AFRAID of Eng­land’s ris­ing stars.

The man who played in five World Cups, more than any other out­field player in the his­tory of the game, has watched closely as Eng­land’s

Un­der-17s, Un­der-19s and Un­der-20s con­quered Europe and the world.

And he is wor­ried about what lies ahead for the Three Lions.

Matthaus (right) said: “We have seen Eng­land win the Un­der-17s and Un­der-20s World Cups and the

Un­der-19s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship. “These play­ers are too young for next year’s World Cup but I think for Eng­land you have to look to the fu­ture and cer­tainly from a Ger­man point of view, I am afraid of these teams.

“We are both big and proud foot­balling na­tions. Maybe in re­cent years the Ger­mans have had the up­per hand but I can see a great fu­ture in English foot­ball.

“I have seen a lot of games in­volv­ing Eng­land youth teams and I have seen some ex­cel­lent high-speed play and some bril­liant tech­ni­cal foot­ball, not just of­fen­sively but de­fen­sively as well. “The Un­der-17s looked ex­cel­lent in ev­ery po­si­tion. There is so much tal­ent com­ing through, the fu­ture looks good.” Matthaus, Ger­many’s most-capped player, be­lieves that the stars of to­mor­row are in safe hands un­der the guid­ance of the Premier League’s for­eign coaches.

He said: “Play­ing un­der Pep Guardiola, Jose Mour­inho and Jur­gen Klopp they will learn from them. You have to be­lieve in your young play­ers.”

■ HIS­TORY BOYS: The Un­der-20s reigned in South Korea ■ RULERS OF THE WORLD: Eng­land’s Un­der-17s ■

GLORY DAYS: The young Lions en­joy their tri­umph

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