The question on everyone’s lips is what exactly does England expect from the international friendly with Germany on Friday.
I fear for Gareth Southgate and his team. With a raft of players pulling out with “injuries” and their mum (sorry clubs) providing sick notes Gareth Southgate has made a brave call in bringing fresh blood into the squad.
It would have been very easy to fall back on the tried and tested. I think that Southgate should be commended for looking to the future by bringing in Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Cork and Joe Gomez.
By also stating that Jack Butland will start in goal for the second consecutive game he is telling the old guard that no-one is guaranteed a starting place for the World Cup in Russia (Harry Kane is a possible exception!).
This makes a welcome change from the previous managers where it felt that players practically had to break a leg to get displaced from the team.
England to Gain Revenge on Germany?
Germany have won 10 of the last 14 meetings between these two fierce footballing rivals. 2 of those meeting went to penalties and were semi finals of major tournaments (1990 World Cup and 1996 Euro Championships).
England’s most recent victory came in Germany at the Olympiastadion in Berlin in March 2016. Here they won 3-2. It is worth noting that England have not beaten Germany at Wembley since March 1975!
Germany come into this match with a 100% record from their group for Russia 2018. They scored 43 goals in qualification. Incredibly they had 21 different goalscorers which shows their strength in depth.
They too have injury problems. Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Jonas Hector and Manuel Neuer are all expected to miss out. The difference being they have undoubted quality and experience in the players that they can call up as replacements.
In fact a largely reserve squad won the Confederations Cup in the Summer of 2017 and they are the current World Cup holders.
Tip of The Day
My England v Germany Tip of the Day is for both teams to score and GERMANY to win the match.
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