German press react to Mertesacker’s display and England’s loss

West Germany

Suddeutsche Zeitung thinks that Arsenal’s defender Per Mertesacker has never played better than he did in last night’s friendly between Germany and England.

Mehmet Scholl, TV-analyst and former Bayern Munich midfielder, didn’t hold back with harsh comments. He once received huge criticism by the German public last year after saying about German international striker Mario Gomez and his style of play: “Here and there I was afraid that he is has bedsores and has to be turned sometimes.”

Others love Scholl for his clear positions. Yesterday in the friendly between Germany and England they once more came to play.

Scholl said that the England national team lost their virtue of playing great defence and being unstoppable against opponent’s free kicks. Scholl is onto something: It seemed Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker had all day bringing himself in position for his header goal, his first headed goal and his fourth overall with Germany – not a good sign for England.

Suddeutsche Zeitung joined the chorus heading “For England it always suffices” and continued that Germany didn’t play well but it was enough to defeat England. The national daily form Bavaria thinks that Arsenal’s defender Per Mertesacker, or as they called him “Per, the Tower of London”, has never played better.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that despite Joe Hart’s “superb” performance between the goal posts against the second try header of Mertesacker Hart was “powerless”.

Germany’s favourite tabloid Bild thought as well that the Big F****** German Mertesacker was the man of the match and marked his performance with an A. The newspaper headed “Power-Per levels England” and continued to praise Germany’s “home win at Wembley, because the German national team haven’t lost in England since 1975

The poor display by England got almost lost in today’s papers as if the Three Lions weren’t even on the pitch, to be fair, there wasn't a single Englishman who particularly impressed.

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