With both clubs safely through to the World Cup as group winners, England and Germany renew their rivalry at Wembley Stadium in a friendly.

Both teams could use this fixture to experiment with several first team regulars out, either through injury or declining a call up.

 

Team News

Gareth Southgate is now left with Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart after Stoke’s Jack Butland pulled out injured.

The talented 24 year old now joins; Harry Kane, Dele Alli Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson and Harry Winks all on the sidelines.

That means Crystal Palace’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek could make his first senior start whilst Marcus Rashford leads the front line.

Germany could hand a senior debut to Red Bull Leipzig left back, Marcel Halstenberg who has spent much of his career at lower league level.

Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng are out injured whilst midfielder, Toni Kroos could miss the game with a virus. 

 

Tight fight

This friendly fixture has been played 18 times out of 31 meetings (13 competitive meetings). 

Germany only just hold the upper hand over the Three Lions with nine wins to their eight. 

There has only been one friendly draw, 87 years ago in their very first meeting which too was a friendly. That game sounds like a thriller though, given that it ended 3-3.

England however rule the nest goal wise, given that they have netted 32 times across the 18 friendlies to Germany’s 23. 

10 non competitive friendlies have seen both teams score with the most recent friendly to feature such a situation, seeing England come back from 2-0 down to win 2-3.

That victory also saw Jamie Vardy deliver a wonder heel flick past Manuel Neuer, which is a particular highlight of recent meetings for me due to the technique pulled off.

 

Prediction

With several injuries, I expect England to go for a 4-3-2-1 formation with three defensive midfielders.

Germany however will be keen to produce a strong performance here as they prepare to defend their world title next summer.

The Three Lions will fight hard here but I fancy the Germans to just edge this purely on the stronger squad depth available. 

Prediction: England 0-1 Germany

Result: England 0-0 Germany

 

 

 

 

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