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Raheem Sterling relishing chance to take on Germany

Raheem Sterling relishing chance to take on Germany
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Germany finished runners-up in the so-called group of death.

Raheem Sterling is relishing the challenge of putting in a "big performance" against Germany and proving England's European Championship credentials.

The reward for topping Group D is an eagerly-anticipated last-16 tie against Joachim Low's side in front of more than 40,000 spectators at Wembley next Tuesday.

Germany finished runners-up in the so-called group of death and will be looking to give England a bloody nose at Wembley once again, 25 years on from Gareth Southgate's penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final.

Sterling and his team-mates watched Wednesday's dramatic Group F conclusion from their St George's Park base, where any public fear about the upcoming fixture is not shared by this group of players.

"Those games were crazy," he said. "The France one was high quality throughout, both teams.

"I think it was one of those we know we were going to get second place in that group and we knew that it was going to be a challenge.

"I think in this tournament you need these challenges. We need now to go against Germany and we need a big performance.

"If we're going to win this tournament, if you're going to be in with a shout, you've got to put in these big performances against the big sides and that's what we'll be looking to do on Tuesday."

Sterling has scored England's two tournament goals to date and is the squad's most capped player, yet Tuesday would see the 26-year-old face Germany for the first time.

"I don't really get caught up into the rivalries at all," he told the Lions' Den.

"At the end of the day we're going to go and play football and the objective is to win and the objective is for me to score and enjoy it.

"I'm not really looking into the history, the battles – whatever's happened in the past has happened.

"The only thing you can do is be here now and present."

Sterling headed to the Euros on the back of the galling Champions League final loss to Chelsea as Manchester City failed to add to their Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.

The forward has enjoyed a medal-laden spell at the Etihad Stadium, but admits silverware with England would blow any club achievements out of the water.

"I think winning something with the national team, England, would definitely be the greatest achievement that I can possibly do," Sterling added. "I mean, not me but the team can possibly achieve.

"I feel like you win stuff with your clubs and you know it's a great achievement, but this is on a bigger scale.

"You're representing a nation, a country, so to achieve something with England it would be the biggest thing to happen in my footballing career."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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