19:45 GMT 22 March 2017
Over 50 years on from the famous 1966 World Cup Final, England take on Germany, but this time on German soil as Gareth Southgate’s men face the current World Champions at the Signal Iduna Park, the home of Borussia Dortmund in an international friendly. In Southgate’s 4th game in charge of the national team and his 1st as the permanent manager, he definitely faces his toughest test. He has been criticised this week as many England fans think this squad is one of the worst in recent years.
In the 8 meetings between England and Germany in the 21st century, the spoils have been evenly shared as both teams have won on 4 occasions. It was England who came out on top last year as goals from Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier saw England come back from behind late on.
Manuel Neuer has been removed from the Germany squad due to injury which is a massive boost for England’s hopes of a win, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen should come into the side. Jerome Boateng is still out injured and won’t return for Germany. It won’t be the strongest starting 11 the German team has fielded in the last few years but it will still be a tough task for England.
Latest matches: Germany
Michail Antonio has been withdrawn from the England with a hamstring injury and Southgate is still yet to name his replacement, which may not even happen. Jermain Defoe has rightfully earned a recall back into the England squad after his blistering form for Sunderland in the Premier League. Jake Livermore has also been welcomed back into the England set-up after his singular appearance in 2012.
Latest matches: England
It would be a great surprise if this England side was to come away from Germany with a result but with a slightly different squad to what we have seen, that is maybe what the England set-up has been crying out for. With new faces and new passion, an England win certainly isn’t out of reach but a Germany victory is definitely looking most likely. Like the 3-2 result last time, a high-scoring match in Dortmund is a possibility.
22 March 2017 - 19:45 GMT
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