Football: England vs. Germany Preview

Roy Hodgson has named his England Xl for the friendly against Germany at Wembley.

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Daniel Sturridge is included in the staring line-up, despite missing Friday’s 2-0 defeat by Chile with a foot injury and withdrawing early from training on Monday.

Meanwhile, Joe Hart returns in goal. When asked about the pair, England manager Hodgson said, "Sturridge is fine. 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."

 

"I am sure he(Joe Hart) will respond very well. He is a proud man and very pleased to be playing for England," added Hodgson. "We have had no cause to doubt him in the qualifying games and also the Euros."

Southampton’s Adam Lallana will start for the second successive game after making his international debut in Friday’s defeat.

"I’m looking forward to seeing Adam playing again and I was happy with his performance on Friday.

"It’s important that he gets another chance."

imageIt’s the first meeting of the two sides since the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when Germany beat England 4-1 in the last-16.

The visitor’s have been victorious on both of their last two visits to the national stadium.

Steven Gerrard will make his 108th international appearance, equalling the amount of appearances 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore made for England.

"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.

Germany boss Joachim Low is set to give some of his fringe players the chance to impress in the fixture.

Borussia Dortmund’s 33-year-old goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is expected to start while key men Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer will be rested.

Dortmund’s Marcel Schmelzer, 25, is set to replace 43-cap Marcel Jansen at left-back and the 24-year-old Sven Bender, also of Dortmund, should slot into midfield for Sami Khedira, who is recovering from knee ligament surgery.

Germany are one of the favourites going into next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and Hodgson believes it’s a chance for his players to show their worth.

"They are the favourites with Spain to win the World Cup, there is pressure on them in a different way. Our pressure is to prove we can be as good as them."

England Xl in full: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole, Gerrard (capt), Cleverley, Townsend, Rooney, Lallana and Sturridge

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