WHO'S WHO IN TONIGHT'S LINE-UP

AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, KICK-OFF 7.30pm TONIGHT
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ENGLAND (probable)

1 David Seaman

(Age 32, caps 28, games in Euro '96 4)

Unusually quiet and modest for a Yorkshireman, especially one with a plausible claim to be the best in the world. Likes fishing so much he is prepared to do it with Gazza. Safe hands, brave, sensational at penalties

5 Tony Adams

(29, 44, 4) YELLOW CARD

Shook off jail and 'donkey' taunts to become respected as captain and player. Spirit masks technical inadequacies - though better than often given credit. Arm like Dr Strangelove's when in Arsenal red. Carrying knee injury.

6 Gareth Southgate

(25, 8, 4) YELLOW CARD

England's find of the tournament, looks a natural wherever he plays. Cool head and steady feet. Venables tips him to become an English Sammer. Equally articulate off the pitch and future captain.

3 Stuart Pearce

(34, 69, 4)

Former electrician signed from Wealdstone by Bobby Gould. The then-Coventry manager made his mind up in seven minutes - by then a Yeovil winger was groaning by the advertising boards. Limited technique, unlimited heart.

19 Phil Neville

(19, 1, 0)

Began the season at Gigg Lane with Manchester United's youth team; ends it at Wembley. Quite a year for the teenager. Kept older brother Gary out of the FA Cup final - might he do the same on Sunday?

17 Steve McManaman

(24, 14, 4)

Has taken over from Gascoigne as the man who sets the crowd abuzz when he receives the ball. One of the few players to run at defenders in Euro'96. Former cross-country runner with stamina to match his speed.

8 Paul Gascoigne

(29, 42, 4)

Karel Poborsky has stolen his goal of the tournament award but still honoured as best offensive player by Franz Beckenbauer. A danger in the box - at both ends. Impact growing with his fitness. Marries the day after final.

4 Paul Ince

(28, 22, 3)

Suspended against Spain and England missed his drive and bite. Will track Sammer and Moller on their excursions forward and make some of his own. Shown courage and character in campaigning against racists in Italy.

11 Darren Anderton

(24, 15, 4)

Yet to produce the star quality he showed before Euro'96 but working hard. Stronger character than he appears, intelligent and tactically aware. Probably not regained full match fitness after long injury. Due a goal.

10 Teddy Sheringham

(30, 19, 4) YELLOW CARD

Said he sat in infamous Hong Kong dentist's chair to show son Charlie there was no need to be scared of them. Shone against the Netherlands but quiet otherwise. 'The best partner I've had,' said Klinsmann.

9 Alan Shearer

(25, 27, 4) YELLOW CARD

Said to have 'teddy bear looks' by one newly recruited fan. Euro'96 top scorer wanted from Manchester to Barcelona. Like Gascoigne in '90 he goes into game on a booking but don't expect tears if he's cautioned. At least, not from him.

GERMANY

(probable)

1 Andreas Kopke

(34, 37, 4)

Outstanding despite refusal to catch the ball. Big rebounds suggest gloves are cut from cricket leg pads. Should have been sent off against Italy. Believed bound for Bobby Robson's Barcelona. Good at penalties. Qualified car mechanic.

6 Matthias Sammer

(28, 44, 4) YELLOW CARD

Midfielder turned sweeper. Moves forward to deadly effect but can be caught in possession. Once nicknamed the Butcher of Dortmund and was sent off by Dermot Gallagher last season. Formerly played for East Germany, as did his father.

14 Markus Babbel

(23, 17, 3)

Relative newcomer given chance through injury to Bayern team-mate Jurgen Kohler. Came through ranks at Bayern but was loaned to Hamburg for two years. Man- marker with attacking inclinations. regarded as fairest defender in Bundesliga - his only bookings were for dissent. But under Euro 96 refereeing booked in both first two games. Had first child last season, told his wife he wants 10 more.

5 Thomas Helmer

(31, 51, 4)

Can play anywhere across the back, including sweeper, but used as centre- back in Euro'96. Caused row four years ago when Dortmund refused to sell him in Germany. Signed for French club but never played, joining Bayern within weeks.

17 Christian Ziege

(24, 21, 4) YELLOW CARD

Dashing left-wing-back whose duel with McManaman could be a highlight. Useful right-foot too - he was Bayern's top scorer a season ago. Once a goalkeeper, then a winger. Missed the 1994 World Cup finals with injury'.

21 Dieter Eilts

(31, 20, 4)

Beckenbauer made him the best defensive player of the tournament so his duel with Gascoigne should be quite a contest. Unspectacular but very effective protecting back unit. Nicknamed Mr Reliable. First capped at 29.

2 Stefan Reuter

(29, 55, 3) YELLOW CARD

Bad start at Euro'92 led Scottish squad to draw up a 'nightmare team' titled 'Reuter XI'. Consisted of Leighton; Reuter, Reuter, Reuter, Reuter; Reuter, Reuter, Reuter; McCoist, Lineker, Reuter. Four years on he is still here.

8 Mehmet Scholl

(25, 9, 1)

Son of Turkish immigrant who excelled for Bayern against Nottingham Forest. Skilful but controversial, a regular scorer. Made Euro'96 debut against Croatia in place of Hassler. Said to be unhappy at belated introduction.

7 Andreas Moller

(28, 64, 4) YELLOW CARD

A David Platt with passing. First capped eight years ago, he has not always produced the performances his ability promises. Paid for inconsistency in 1990, when dropped for later stages of World Cup. Injured in spring. Qualified office salesman

11 Stefan Kuntz

(33, 20, 3) YELLOW CARD

After Jurgen Klinsmann, Fredi Bobic, Heiko Herrlich, Mario Basler and Karlheinz Riedle he is the best striker in Germany. Plays in Turkey. Last international goal on 7.9.94 - same day as Shearer's last before Euro'96. Ex-policeman.

20 Oliver Bierhoff

(28, 6, 2) YELLOW CARD

After Kuntz and Co presumably the seventh-best forward in Germany. Yet he is the only German still playing in Italy, with Udinese. First capped in February, scored twice in second international

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