Germany host England in an international friendly on Saturday, 26 March in Berlin as the Three Lions look to get their preparation for the Euro 2016 campaign underway. Defending World Champions Germany will also be looking to extend their dominance by claiming the European Championships and beating a youthful English side would go a long way in establishing themselves as top draws in the upcoming tournament.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on ITV 1 and ITV 1 HD.
Germany have suffered a drop in form of late but are still among the favourites to claim the title, especially with the squad they have at their disposal. Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Phillip Lahm have been in brilliant form and manager Joachim Low will be hoping that they deliver.
Germany have suffered only one defeat in the qualifiers for the Championships, to Ireland and have finished the group on top, just edging out Poland. Since then, they have played one more friendly, against France in November, when the Paris attacks happened. They have been pitted in a relatively tricky group, alongside Poland, Ukraine and Ireland.
England, for the first time in years, have a sizeable number of talented players in different positions to choose from. Manager Roy Hodgson has picked a youthful side to start against Germany, with a lot of pace and guile to play with in the front three. Wayne Rooney, who is out injured, is expected to be in the squad for the final but Hodgson will be looking to give the others a run out to determine who would be the best fit for the squad in France.
Four Tottenham players have been incorporated in the XI with Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Hary Kane all playing a part from the beginning. Theo Walcott is likely to miss out after the forward missed training with a dead leg on Friday.
What Managers Say
Joachim Low: "These are two really important games coming up for us. These two games will play a big role towards Euro 2016. For us it will be important information about how their players will play and we can learn a lot from it. England have improved a lot recently and it's down to Roy Hodgson, because he's had a big impact on the team. I've known him for a long time and England will be organised, co-ordinated and dangerous on the counter attack. We expect them to be challenging at Euro 2016."
Roy Hodgson: "I personally believe there's a platform now of players coming through who could develop into really good-quality European players and help the team and the country, [at] some stage in the future, to win something. You can't make a clear comparison with Germany because you can't guarantee it will happen for us, too. All we can do is give the players the encouragement they need, the coaching they need and the opportunity. Then they have to take it, as the top players of the past did.Joachim Löw gave X, Y and Z chances, they had no experience, but he believed in their talent, and look how they took their chance. We have to believe the same will happen with ours, because there is no reason not to."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Germany Win: 1.69
- Draw: 3.9
- England Win: 5
Possible XI: Neuer; Rudiger, Ginter, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Draxler, Reus; Gomez
Confirmed XI: Butland; Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Henderson, Dier; Lallana, Alli, Welbeck; Kane