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Germany vs England Match Preview

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Germany

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
22 March 2017

England

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Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Germany have possibly been the best international side in the world in recent years and their success reached its peak in 2014 as they lifted the iconic World Cup trophy. One of their few losses since that triumph came in the semi-final of the Euros last summer against France and they haven’t lost since. Their most recent fixture ended in a goalless draw away in Italy.
  • England have had contrasting fortunes in recent years and English football reached its lowest point in the same Euros as they were dumped out by minnows, Iceland. They also haven’t lost since but of their 5 fixtures since last summer, they have drawn 2, against Slovenia. The 3 wins came against Slovakia, Malta and Scotland.
  • Germany have a lot of power going forward and possess several attacking players capable of damaging England’s defence. Premier League stars, Mesut Ozil and Leroy Sane are expected to start with Thomas Muller and Julian Draxler also deadly going forward.
  • Whilst being recognised as a very weak England squad, there are still a few players who are dangerous in the final third. Dele Alli, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling should start with an in-form Jamie Vardy expected to lead the line for the Three Lions.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

GERMANY NEWS

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

15.11.2016 Int. Italy Germany 0:0 D
11.11.2016 Worl San Marino Germany 0:8 W
11.10.2016 Worl Germany Northern Ireland 2:0 W
08.10.2016 Worl Germany Czech Republic 3:0 W
04.09.2016 Worl Norway Germany 0:3 W

ENGLAND NEWS

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

15.11.2016 Int. England Spain 2:2 D
11.11.2016 Worl England Scotland 3:0 W
11.10.2016 Worl Slovenia England 0:0 D
08.10.2016 Worl England Malta 2:0 W
04.09.2016 Worl Slovakia England 0:1 W

SUMMING UP!

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.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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