Germany’s semi-final opponents will be decided on Sunday night with hosts France major favourites to eliminate England’s conquerors Iceland in Saint-Denis.
The hosts may head into this game as favourites for this clash, but will be wary of any complacency against the Nordic upstarts. Les Bleus made it through to the last-eight with a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland, courtesy of a double from Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
Ireland’s hopes of a comeback were not helped in the 66th minute dismissal of centre-back Shane Duffy. Les Bleus will be looking for an improvement from an anaemic first half display against Ireland.
The hosts do have a highly credible recent record in international outings, as they have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 games, recording 12 victories in the process.
Their record against Iceland is also a good one. In 11 meetings with the Nordic nation Les Bleus have recorded eight wins and three games have finished in draws.
French boss Didier Deschamps will have to do without centre-back Adil Rami and central midfielder N’Golo Kante, both through suspension. Lyon centre-back Samuel Umtiti is expected to replace Rami, while Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko could come in for Kante.
Iceland head into this clash in high spirits following their extraordinary 2-1 win over England in the round of 16. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for England from the penalty spot earlier on.
However, goals from defender Ragnar Sigurdsson and striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put the Nordic nation in dreamland. England pressed for an equaliser, but the Iceland goal never looked under any undue threat and Iceland made it through to set-up this historic clash.
The win over England has been dubbed their biggest ever win in international football and they will be looking to add the scalp of France to that of the Three Lions.
Iceland have undoubtedly been one of the surprise packages at Euro 16 and are unbeaten in their four games in France so far. In fact they are now unbeaten in five outings in all competitions.
Joint-coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson have a fully-fit squad to choose from, as the pair attempt to mastermind another killing of one of European football’s giants.