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When it comes to the pressure of penalties at Wembley, there are few more accomplished takers than Ilkay Gundogan.

The Germany midfielder, who will play a key role for his country in Tuesday night's last 16 tie against England, has a 100 per cent record from the spot.

Three times Manchester City star Gundogan has stepped up to take spot-kicks at Wembley, successfully converting on every occasion.

So if tonight's knockout encounter does go to another nail-biting penalty shoot-out, there will be fewer cooler customers inside the famous stadium than the 30-year-old Gundogan.

Gundogan scored from the spot for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in the 2013 all-German Champions League final at Wembley, but it was not enough as Jurgen Klopp's side went down 2-1.

Ilkay Gundogan has a 100 per cent penalty record at Wembley
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With Manchester City regular visitors to Wembley in recent years, Gundogan has added to his successful spot-kick tally, scoring the opener in the shoot-out win over Chelsea to win the 2019 EFL Cup.

A few months later, Gundogan made it a hat-trick of successful spot-kicks, again scoring the first penalty in a shoot-out as City beat Liverpool to lift the Community Shield.

Wembley has proved a happy hunting ground for Gundogan – of the 12 games he has played there, he has left victorious on nine occasions.

Germany boss Joachim Low will look to utilise that experience tonight, playing Gundogan – who will earn his 50th cap – in midfield, with the equally venerable Toni Kroos.

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But the pairing of Gundogan and Kroos has drawn criticism in Germany, with former skipper, World Cup and Euro 96 winner Jurgen Klinsmann claiming playing both does not work.

Klinsmann, at tonight's game as part of the BBC's team of pundits, said: “In the middle of the park we have Kroos and Gundogan. Every time they both go on the field, it's not working out perfectly.

“Once Kroos is not there, Gundogan plays incredibly well, then once Kross is back, he struggles, because both want the ball constantly.”

Despite that, Low is likely to select both to anchor Germany's midfield, to afford greater protection to a defence which has looked vulnerable throughout the tournament.

Gundogan is coming off the back of his most prolific season at City, his 16 goals making him their top scorer last term as they won the Premier League, EFL Cup and reached the Champions League final.

If Germany are to win tonight, Gundogan will have to rediscover that level of form and influence, having failed to produce his best so far in the tournament.

But Wembley, particularly when it comes to the pressure of taking penalties, seems to always bring out the best in him.