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England face Germany on Tuesday night and there is plenty of international chatter in the papers.
Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard wants to exorcise the demons of England’s defeat to Germany at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
England were beaten 4-1 on the day. And while much of the focus was on Frank Lampard’s goal that never was, the Three Lions were second best.
Gerrard spoke to the media on Monday and the Star’s Jeremy Cross focused on the line that the England skipper feels the side are far better than they were in 2010.
Per the Cross piece, Gerrard said:
When it comes to internationals, the biggest game is always Germany for us.
I’d say we are better now. I feel that if we were to meet Germany tomorrow in a World Cup situation, I don’t think we’d leave the pitch having been beaten 4-1.
I do feel we are a lot stronger. There’s a good mix of youth and experience in the squad.
It’s not all positive for England, as former Germany international Dietmar Hamann has mocked the Three Lions for pinning their hopes on Andros Townsend.
As Hamann points out, Townsend had struggled to nail down a regular start at Tottenham only a matter of months ago but is now a key figure for England.
The Express’ Richard Tanner has the quotes:
With Germany, if you get your chance to play in the national team at the moment you’re in on merit. With England in recent months and years, that has not always been the case.
You don’t seem to need to have had many good games for your club to get a go.
We’ve seen that with Townsend, who only made his international debut a month or so ago. He has been on loan at nine different clubs—and yet he is being hailed as England’s new saviour.