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Germany 4-0 England at 2009 Euro Under-21 final - where are they now?

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Few rivalries in international football compare to England vs Germany.

For years - heck, even decades - it's been a battle for supremacy between the two countries, with the latter currently on top having won the 2014 World Cup.

But their head-to-head record since the turn of the millennium tells a different story, with both sides winning four games out of a possible eight.

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England's historic 5-1 victory in Munich 15 years ago is arguably the most memorable encounter, though Germany would later get their own back with a 4-1 demolition at the 2010 World Cup.

Even at youth level the rivalry is intense, with Germany famously beating England 4-0 in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship final.

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The Three Lions were trounced on June 29 by a side that featured the young likes of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels - but where are they now?

Judging by England and Germany U-21s' respective starting XI's - and where their careers have taken them since - it's no wonder the Germans won so comprehensively.

ENGLAND UNDER-21S

SCOTT LOACH

Who?

Northampton Town v Notts County - Sky Bet League Two

MARTIN CRANIE

Again, who? Now 30-years-old, Martin Cranie plays for Huddersfield Town after short spells at Coventry City and Barnsley.

MICAH RICHARDS

Injuries have blighted Micah Richards' career, with the 28-year-old powerhouse now at Aston Villa having left Manchester City in 2015.

NEDUM ONUOHA

Similarly to Richards, Nedum Onuoha is a fast and powerful defender but never lived up to his potential at City. Now at Queens Park Rangers.

Queens Park Rangers v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship

KIERAN GIBBS

Kieran Gibbs remains a decent left-back, but injuries have seen him fall second best to Nacho Monreal at Arsenal.

LEE CATTERMOLE

Earning God knows how much money at Sunderland having built a career around making dangerous tackles and being sent off.

FABRICE MUAMBA

Fabrice Muamba's promising career was brought to dramatic end in 2012, when he suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton Wanderers vs Tottenham in the FA Cup.

Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

MARK NOBLE

A stalwart at West Ham, Mark Noble is severely underrated and should have been given more opportunities at international level.

JAMES MILNER

Somehow allowed to join Liverpool from City on a free transfer last year, James Milner remains English football's Mr Consistent.

THEO WALCOTT

Seven years on from England U-21s' 4-0 defeat and Theo Walcott has still yet to realise his potential at Arsenal.

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ADAM JOHNSON

Well, you know...

GERMANY UNDER-21S

MANUEL NEUER

Now the world's undisputed best goalkeeper. Enough said.

Bayern Muenchen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Bundesliga

ANDREAS BECK

Who?

BENEDIKT HOWEDES

A solid defender who, were it not for his devotion to Schalke, would be playing for one of Europe's elite sides right now.

JEROME BOATENG

Jerome Boateng - a four-time Bundesliga winner at Bayern Munich - is one of many world-class German defenders.

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League

SEBASTIAN BOENISCH

Now at TSV 1860 Munich, Sebastian Boenisch switched allegiances to Poland in 2009.

MATS HUMMELS

Two-time Bundesliga champion; winner of the 2014 World Cup; now at Bayern.

FABIAN JOHNSON

Like Boenisch, Fabian Johnson chose the United States national team in 2011 after limited opportunities for Germany.

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GONZALO CASTRO

Now part of a strong Borussia Dortmund side, Gonzalo Castro is highly rated in Germany despite making just five appearances for the national team.

SAMI KHEDIRA

Sami Khedira earned a move to Real Madrid in 2010, where he won the Champions League and La Liga and has since left for Juventus.

MESUT OZIL

Now at Arsenal after a three-year spell at Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil is one of - if not the - world's best No.10. Phenomenal player.

Arsenal v Swansea City - Premier League

SANDRO WAGNER

Nine different clubs since 2009 tells you all you need to know about where Sandro Wagner's career has taken him.

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