19 November, 20:00 BST
England host Germany in a highly anticipated international friendly tomorrow at Wembley as they look to resume the historic rivalry between these two sides. The last meeting between them was in the 2010 World Cup, where Germany put out a memorable performance to defeat England in the Quarter-finals. Thomas Muller scored a memorable brace in a controversial game where a goal by Frank Lampard was wrongly disallowed.
If England manages to get their revenge and win this game, they would become the international side with most number of victories against Germany. Currently they share the record with Italy. It has been fairly even between these two sides in the last few meetings. Both the teams have won three each in the last six encounters between England and Germany. But Die Mannschaft have won on their last two visits to Wembley. The last being in a friendly in 2007 when Christian Pander scored the winner as Germany came from behind to win the match 2-1. England’s last victory over Germany at Wembley came in 2000 when Alan Shearer scored the only goal of the game.
Team News and Tactics
The Three Lions secured direct qualification for the World Cup in Brazil after winning Group H in their qualification campaign. England remained undefeated throughout the campaign, but Ukraine gave them a good run of their money. Roy Hodgson’s men were expected to win this group by much bigger margin, instead their direct qualification was only secured with a win over Poland in their last game. While the undefeated run in their last 10 matches has been a positive, but Roy Hodgson knows that his side need to answer a lot of questions before they can be compete with sides like Spain and Germany.
England are coming into this match on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chile as Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez scored a wonderful brace. The home side were second best in nearly all the departments in that match as Chile dominated possession and England failed to take their chances.
Roy Hodgson faces a lot of fitness concerns ahead of this fixture. Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are out injured for this game. Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert will face late fitness test ahead of this game, but the due are expected feature in this match – although Lambert is unlikely to start. Daniel Sturridge will miss out this game. The Liverpool striker was expected to recover from the foot injury that kept him out against Chile, but he trained for just 45 minutes and left with the physio. It looks unlikely that Sturridge will feature in this game now. But Hodgson will call upon a lot of first team players who were missed out against Chile.
Joe Hart, whose status as England’s no.1 has been questioned in recent times, will return to the starting line-up replacing Fraser Forster and there will be a lot of pressure on the Manchester City custodian to perform in this game. Whole backline will be changed by Hodgson in this game – Walker, Smalling, Jagielka and Cole will form the back-four.
Hodgson, who fielded a 4-3-3 formation against Chile, will once again move back to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gerrard and Cleverley form the pivot in front of the defence. Lallana will retain his place in the side and will start on the left with Wilshere starting behind Rooney and Townsend on the right.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Hart (GK); Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole; Gerrard, Cleverley; Lallana, Wilshere, Townsend; Rooney
Germany dominated Group C and secured a place in the mega-event in Brazil next year with games to spare. Joachim Low’s side remained undefeated in the qualification campaign and won nine of their 10 matches. Germany’s last defeat came in a friendly against USA back in June and they have failed to win their last three friendly fixtures. Joachim Low is once again expected to experiment with his side and he looks to test the strength and depth of the squad ahead of the World Cup.
Germany are coming into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Italy. The Germans started the match brightly and took an early lead through Mats Hummels, but AC Milan right back Ignazio Abate scored the equaliser 20 minutes later. Germany missed a lot of opportunities to score the winner and the match ended in a draw. The finishing from Joachim Low’s side left a lot of be desired.
Joachim Low doesn’t have too many major injury concerns ahead of this game, expect for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira who picked up an injury in the match against Italy and now faces a long spell on the side-lines. Low has also revealed that he will rest Lahm, Neuer and Ozil for this game as he looks to try out different tactics and combinations.
Low is expected to make as many as eight changes to the side he fielded against Italy. Roman Weidenfeller will replace Neuer in goal while Boateng will play as the right back. Boateng’s place in the center of the defence will be taken by Per Mertesacker with Schmelzer starting as the left back. In the absence of Khedria and Lahm, Lars and Sven Bender are expected to form the pivot ahead of the defence. Reus will replace Schurrle on the left while Draxler starts behind Max Kruse. Thomas Muller will retain his place on the right. Low could also bring on the likes of Sidney Sam and Heiko Westermann in the second half, the duo missed out on game time against Italy.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller (GK); Boateng, Hummels, Mertesacker, Schmelzer; S Bender, L Bender; Muller, Draxler, Reus; Kruse
Players to watch out for: Wayne Rooney (England); Julian Draxler (Germany)
Prediction: England 1-2 Germany