Football: Uninspired England suffer against Germany

England suffered back to back Wembley defeats for the first time since 1977 as they were defeated 1-0 against Germany at Wembley.

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Captain and Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker headed home the only goal in the 39th minute.

 

It comes as bitter blow to England, who would have been hoping for a better performance against one of the favourites for next summer’s World Cup.

Mario Gotze crossed from the right to find Mertesacker from eight yards, who had been brilliantly denied by England goalkeeper Joe Hart moments earlier.

Andros Townsend came closest for the home team, when he drove a long-range shot against the outside of the post.

photoHowever, despite a positive start to the match, England failed to have a shot on-target against a under-strength German team.

In a game which the hosts rarely threatened, the difference in quality between the teams still seems to replicate that of the 4-1 thrashing from the last World Cup.

England captain Steven Gerrard went close at the end of the first-half, when he struck the ball just over the bar from 25 yards.

England’s near first choice team struggled to be creative against a German side with several first-choice names missing, and were nearly made to pay more heavily in the second half.

Joe Hart made a string of decent saves to keep out the German strike force as they pressed for a second.

None of the substitutes could change the shape of the game, as Townsend and Ross Barkley were among those who dithered on the ball when a shot was the best option.

England coach Roy Hodgson will now go back to the drawing board, as England lost back-to-back Internationals for the first time in 20 years.

Their chances of success in Brazil next summer have also taken a major dent, after being dismantled at times by a fair classier and more quality side on the field.

England:

1 Hart, 2 Walker, 3 Cole (Gibbs 53), 8 Cleverley (Wilshere 64) 5 Smalling, 6 Jagielka, 11 Townsend, 4 Gerrard (Henderson 56), 9 Sturridge, 10 Rooney (Barkley 71), 7 Lallana (Lambert 76)

Germany:

22 Weidenfeller, 23 Westermann (Draxler 67), 3 Schmelzer (Jansen 45), 15 Bender, 17 Mertesacker, 20 Boateng (Hummels 45(Höwedes 65)), 19 Götze, 2 Bender, 14 Kruse ( Höwedes 65), 18 Kroos, 21 Reus (Schürrle 82)

Referee:

Stéphane Lannoy

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