Live streaming for the international friendly between England and Germany.
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
When: Tuesday November 19th, 2013 20:00
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The old enemies are at it once again, but this encounter, in what is supposed to be a celebration of the FA’s 150 year anniversary, has a distinct lack of a party atmosphere after the defeat to Chile on Friday.
Roy Hodgson’s men slumped to a shock defeat to the South American’s in what would have been an ideal game to experiment, and though the likes of Adam Lallana and Fraser Forster made their respective debuts, there was a distinct feeling that the manager could have done more.
England are 2/1 underdogs against a German side who travel to the home of football as 11/8 favourites.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will lead the side out, winning his 106th cap for his country and equalling World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore for appearances.
“I’m very proud. We are talking about a World Cup winner and an iconic figure. He was a hero to everyone in the country and to equal his record is a fantastic achievement,” said the England captain.
Gerrard’s club colleague Daniel Sturridge is also set to start after he was forced to pull out of the encounter with Chile with a minor foot injury, but he has now been passed fit.
“Sturridge is fine,” said England coach Roy Hodgson. “The only reason he came off in the training game was to give Rickie Lambert a go because there’s a good chance I want to see him,” Hodgson said.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will also be included; Hart has not played a competitive game for three weeks now having been displaced by Manuel Pellegrini and dropped for the Chile game for Celtic stopper Fraser Forster.
And Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana is in line for his second consecutive start after impressing on Friday.
Germany coach Joachim Lowe will be resting some key men for the clash, but has insisted that he will have more than enough talent in his side to give England a tough ride.
The likes of Philip Lahm and Mesut Ozil are set to be rested, but Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is expected to be handed a rare start.
The 33-year-old’s Dortmund colleague Marcel Schmelzer, 25, is set to replace the experienced Marcel Jansen at left-back and the 24-year-old Sven Bender, also of Dortmund, should slot into midfield for Sami Khedira, who has been ruled out for at least six months after damaging his cruciate ligament in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Italy.
Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller is set to partner Marco Reus in attack, and both have been placed at 2/1 to score anytime.
“I need to experiment a bit and send a few players home who are already established,” Low said.
“It is a deliberate acid test, not a “B team”, and this is certainly no lack of respect to our hosts.”
England will be looking to avenge the 4-1 beating that Germany dished out the last time these two sides met at the World Cup in South Africa, but with such a strong German ‘B’ team heading out that may prove easier said than done.