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England v Germany Preview

  • Friendly, Wednesday, 22nd March, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund

  • Gareth Southgate begins his full-time job as England manager on Wednesday night with a trip to Dortmund to play Germany. This will be the second time the two teams will meet inside a calendar year and oddly both games have been played in Germany. Having said that, if England finish the upcoming game like they finished the last (when they become the first England team in 20 years to come back to win after being two goals down), Mr Southgate will be more than satisfied.
    The real business of Wednesday night is to prepare for the Lithuania game on the following Sunday and what better challenge than to play the World Champions.
    Southgate omitted the injured Wayne Rooney from his squad but then hinted that should he recover in time he may be included for the World Cup Qualifier against 107th ranked Lithuania. In the meantime Jermain Defoe gets a recall at the age of 34. His last game was against Chile in November 2013 and he would be looking to add to his tally of 55 caps and 19 goals.
    Wednesday's match will be the 31st meeting between the two countries. England having won 13, Germany 12 and 5 draws (albeit Germany went on to win 2 of those games on penalties.)
  •   Posted: 19th March 2017 9:18am