Where are they now? 2009 UEFA U21 finalists England and Germany

England’s U21 side are keen to follow in the footsteps of their World Cup winning U20 counterparts on Wednesday, when Aidy Boothroyd’s side meet Stefan Kuntz’s Germany in the semi-finals of the U21 European Championships.

The last time Germany and England met in the final stages of the Euro U21 Championships was in 2009 when Germany handed Stuart Pearce’s side a 4-0 thrashing in the final in Gothenburg.

The victorious German side.

FOX Sports Asia takes a look at some of the players who featured in that game to see how their careers have progressed since.

Germany:
Goalkeeper – Manuel Neuer

Has gone on to become one of, if not the world’s best goalkeepers winning every honour with club Bayern Munich as well as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Central Defender – Benedikt Howedes
Captains childhood club Schalke and a regular for the German team, winning 44 caps to date and playing every minute of the 2014 World Cup campaign.

Central Defender – Jerome Boateng
Joined Man City for a year after Germany’s success, but returned home and joined Bayern where he has continued to be a star for both Munich and Germany, for who ha has amassed 67 caps.

Midfield – Mats Hummels
Spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund before joining Bayern last summer. Has three league titles and a World Cup winner’s medal to show for his efforts.

Midfield – Sami Khedira
Spent five trophy-laden years at Real Madrid where he won every honour available including the Champions League before joining Juventus in 2015. Has 70 international caps and a World Cup win under his belt.

Midfield – Mesut Ozil
Another World Cup winner, Ozil also went to Madrid before joining Arsenal for a club record fee of £42m in 2013.



England:
Goalkeeper – Scott Loach

Filled in for Joe Hart in the final, Loach spent several years at Watford and various other clubs before joining non-league Hartlepool United this summer.

Central Defender – Micah Richards
Was the youngest ever defender called up for England in 2006 while at Man City and has earned 13 caps to date. Left City to join Aston Villa in 2015, the season they were relegated.

Central Defender – Nedum Onuoha
Came through at City with Richards and made 95 appearances for the club before signing for QPR in 2012 where he is still plying his trade in the Championship.

Defender – Kieran Gibbs
Gibbs has been in and out of the Arsenal side in recent years while making 10 appearances for the full England side. At 27 and with his chances at the Emirates limited he could be soon on the move.

Midfield – Fabrice Muamba
His promising career was ended and he was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch in March 2012 while playing for Bolton. Now works as a coach and pundit.

Midfield – Mark Noble
The West Ham captain has never earned a full cap despite several years of consistent form in the Premier League for the Hammers.

Forward – James Milner
Has gone on to make 61 appearances for England while appearing at two world cups, Mr Versatile is currently playing as a fullback for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Forward – Adam Johnson
Earned 12 England caps while playing for Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland before he was jailed in 2016 for child sex offences.

Forward – Theo Walcott
A regular for both Arsenal and England, Walcott has earned 47 caps for the Three Lions, but has missed out on several big tournaments through injury.

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