How England Will Line Up Against Germany

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How England Will Line Up Against Germany
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England welcome Germany to Wembley on Tuesday for a final friendly before the eagerly anticipated World Cup draw.

With qualification secured for both sides, there will be an experimental feel to this fixture, with different personnel set to feature.

The last time these nations met was at World Cup 2010, where Germany secured an emphatic 4-1 win in the Round of 16.

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Joachim Low's side are currently ranked second in the world, while England's final qualification wins propelled them from 17th back up to 10th.

Tuesday's match will be a 29th meeting between the two countries. Germany currently edge the head-to-head battle 13-12 and have won eight of the past 11 clashes, although both sides have three wins from the last six ties since 2000.

 

Team News

Roy Hodgson has already revealed his hand for this game, disclosing his final XI in Monday's press conference, via theFA.com.

Daniel Sturridge left training prematurely on Monday but remains fit enough for inclusion, as is Steven Gerrard, who returns from a minor injury to win his 108th cap.

Rickie Lambert and Ross Barkley replaced Sturridge in training but will have to wait to make an impression from the bench.

In total, there are nine changes from the side that faced Chile, with Adam Lallana and Wayne Rooney the only two survivors.

 

Selection

Now that Hodgson's XI has been officially confirmed, here's a look at how the Three Lions will shape up.

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Joe Hart's inclusion provides him with a much-needed platform to send a reminder of his talent.

Dropped from Manchester City's lineup, another error-strewn display will increase the already intense scrutiny surrounding his position.

In front of him, Phil Jagielka was one of several to enhance his reputation by simply not playing against Chile. He will organise a back four playing alongside Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker and Ashley Cole.

Cole will be especially keen to impress following Leighton Baines' unconvincing display against Chile.

Hodgson has regularly discussed how open he views the left-back competition, but a strong showing against Germany should keep the Chelsea man ahead.

England will return to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Gerrard partnering Tom Cleverley in the deeper berths. The midfield duo will be tasked with disrupting the wide array of German attackers while finding sufficient possession for their own side to build on.

Ahead of them, Andros Townsend will renew his right-sided club partnership with Walker, while Lallana will presumably drift in from the left and look to interchange with others.

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Rooney will play the role he current fills for his club, leaving Sturridge to lead the line.

 

Prediction

England's dreary showing against Chile is unlikely to raise many expectations, which should actually help Hodgson's side play with a little more freedom.

Germany boast a far stronger, fluent lineup but are unlikely to be at full strength, which should bring the two sides a little closer.

A German triumph still seems the more likely outcome, although perhaps by a closer margin than most expect.

Prediction: England 1-2 Germany

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