Germany vs England Preview

Today’s game sees two of football’s biggest rivals go head to head once again. Germany and England. Two nations who have a storied rivalry in sports, look to write another chapter in their history.

Southgate to experiment

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Due to England having a World Cup qualifier on Sunday against Lithuania at Wembley, this will be seen as the perfect opportunity for the England manager to rotate and experiment with his squad.

The biggest talking point has been the inclusion of Jermain Defoe, who deserves the call-up as recognition for his form for Sunderland over the past year.

Jake Livermore may be involved in some part after impressing for West Brom.

Jamie Vardy is likely to lead the line in the absence of Harry Kane, while Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse and Michael Keane will be hoping to make their debuts.

Podolski’s Swansong

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Lukas Podolski will captain Germany for their game against England in what is to be his final match for the German national team.

The former Arsenal man will captain the side in his 130th appearance. Podolski has scored 48 international goals but is calling time on his Germany career as he prepares to move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe at the end of the season.

Recent history between the sides

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Joachim Low would want to avoid a repeat of what happened the last time these two teams met. Last March, England beat Germany 3-2 with Jamie Vardy getting on the scoresheet, which gave fans hope of ruffling a few feathers in the Euros.

That was until England lost to Iceland in the tournament.

The last competitive match between the two sides was Germany’s 4-1 mauling of the Three Lions at the World Cup in 2010.

Team News

Germany: Manuel Neuer (Calf problem), Mario Gomez (Groin injury), Mesut Ozil (Hamstring) and Julian Draxler (Hamstring) are all expected to miss the game.

England: Phil Jones was released from the squad on Tuesday after an injury suffered in training.

Raheem Sterling missed Tuesday’s training as part of his personal recovery plan.

Michail Antonio withdrew at the weekend due to a hamstring injury.

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