Predictions

Changing of the guard?

Could we see a changing of the guard in Dortmund?

 

England head to Dortmund to renew their rivalry with Germany in an International friendly. There will however be a different atmosphere to that of last March in England’s 3-2 victory.

 

Team News

 

Germany manager, Joachim Low will have to make do without several key players for this clash.

 

Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Mario Gomez are out injured leaving little options in attack. Goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer will also miss the match after picking up a calf injury.

 

Paris Saint Germain keeper, Kevin Trapp could make his debut after coming in to replace Neuer.

 

England are without Michail Antonio and Phil Jones in what promises to be a fresh line up containing no Wayne Rooney or Harry Kane.

 

Hello and Goodbye

 

The match pales into insignifance because someone is making their final appearance here. Another is making their return after a three year absence whilst there will be some new players hoping to wow.

 

Lukas Poldolski will be making his final bow for the world champions before retiring from international duty.

 

Whilst the ex Arsenal forward says his goodbyes, Jermain Defoe is saying hello to England for the first time since November 2013. The Sunderland striker will be hoping that this is a start of regular call ups under Gareth Southgate.

 

Southampton pair, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond will be hoping to make their senior debuts here. They featured for Southgate when he ran the U21s squad so should adapt to his style quickly.

 

History against Germany?

 

England will have to be favourites here after beating Germany in their last three meetings on German soil. Each of those wins came over different managers.

 

The Three Lions haven’t kept any clean sheets in their last seven games against the Nationalelf in all competitions.

 

There is however one positive omen for Low and his squad. Germany have lost just one match in Dortmund and that came during the 2006 World Cup.

 

Prediction

 

The match should be competitive with Poldolski hoping for a fairytale farewell at home.

 

England however will be vastly different to that of a year ago with many players missing through injury. That could very well cost them here because some new players will be settling into the side and Southgate’s way of playing.

 

A draw here won’t be surprise with World Cup qualifiers coming up at the weekend. The slightly different atmosphere won’t help both teams to fire on all cylinders.

 

Prediction: Germany 1-1 England

Result: Germany 1-0 England

 

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