The predicted starting 11 for both teams as England go head to head with the old enemy at Wembley.
Roy Hodgson leads England out to an expectant crowd on Tuesday night as they look to win the battle against their old enemy, before going into the war of the World Cup.
Germany showed a militant strength and breath-taking quality on their way to qualify for the World Cup finals, and there side is packed to the brim of world class quality! The Germans dropped just two points from their maximum total during their qualification to Brazil, and showed with a depleted squad they can still hold their own, drawing with Italy on Friday night.
The latest Champions League final showed the German quality in abundance. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund went head to head in the final at Wembley and out of the 36 players named in both squads, half of them were of a German nationality.
England on the other hand are coming out of their ‘golden’ period and are more than likely just assessing the damage of what their main stars leaving will to do their World Cup chances, and there on after.
England are able to recall on Kyle Walker, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert, who all missed the Chile game through injury but will miss Manchester United defender Phil Jones who has a groin injury.
I fancy England to line up:
Joe Hart - Kyle Walker – Gary Cahill – Phil Jagielka – Ashley Cole - Steven Gerrard – Jack Wilshere – Adam Lallana – Andros Townsend – Wayne Rooney – Daniel Sturridge
7 changes from the side that lost to Chile last week, with many players previously left in the shade coming back into the fray. Joe Hart and Ashley Cole have both been questioned recently in light of new competitors to their positions, but it’s likely both players will take to the pitch for kick-off against Germany. Daniel Sturridge's return is good news for the Roy as he looks to build a similar relationship between Rooney and Sturridge that the Liverpool striker has at club level with team-mate Luis Suarez. Adam Lallana should keep his place after an impressive debut, and test himself out against some real superstars on Tuesday night.
I fancy Germany to line up:
Rene Adler – Jerome Boateng – Mats Hummels – Per Mertesacker – Marcel Schmelzer – Sven Bender – Toni Kroos – Andre Schurrle – Marco Reus – Thomas Muller – Mario Gotze
Joachim Low will make 5 changes from the side that faced the Italians on Friday night, mostly down to injury. Key players, Phillip Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil have all pulled out the side and the only returning player is Arsenal’s Peter Mertesacker, who I’ve back to go straight into the team. The structure change could go in one, of many directions and one of the key battles will be who gains the number 1 shirt from Neuer, usually the next in line is Rene Adler but Low could hand a well-deserved and long overdue international debut to Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller.
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