England will get their World Cup preparations underway with a friendly against Germany on Wednesday as Gareth Southgate takes charge of his first game since being appointed the permanent manager of the senior side.
The Three Lions are looking to record back-to-back wins over their European rivals for the first time since 1966. Southgate made a number of big calls with regards to squad selection, choosing to drop Wayne Rooney giving Jermain Defoe to chance to resurrect his international career.
We take a look at the last five meetings between the two old rivals…
22nd August 2007 – England 1-2 Germany – International Friendly
Back in 2007, Germany gave England their first taste of defeat at the new Wembley despite the Three Lions taking the lead.
A mazy run by Micah Richards led to Frank Lampard blasting past Jens Lehmann at his near post to give the hosts the lead.
In the same half, Paul Robinson made an excellent stop to deny the Germans but spilled the resulting cross into the path of Kevin Kuranyi giving him the easiest of finishes to level the score.
Germany then took the lead. After some lovely exchanges in the middle of the park, Robinson was left helpless by a fierce drive from Christian Pander which rifled into the top corner.
The English fans in attendance were left disappointed as the game ended 2-1.
19th November 2008 – England 2-1 Germany – International Friendly
Another friendly, this time in Berlin, and England made amends following their defeat on home soil by snatching a 2-1 victory thanks to a late John Terry header.
England featured players such as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Matthew Upson, the latter giving England the lead following a Stewart Downing corner.
Darren Bent could have made it two but fluffed his lines after rounding the keeper. His miss proved costly as Patrick Helmes capitalised on another goalkeeping error by Scott Carson to equalise.
England pushed for the winner and got what they deserved through their skipper. Shaun Wright-Phillips had rattled the post before Downing whipped in a free-kick that was met by the head of Terry.
England’s win was the first defeat Germany had suffered in Berlin for 35 years and made it five wins in a row for Fabio Capello.
27th June 2010 – England 1-4 Germany – FIFA World Cup
Germany exacted their revenge two years later in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 in a game that was marred by a controversial decision by the officials – which sent England crashing out of the tournament.
The Germans were ahead after just 20 minutes after Manuel Neuer’s goal kick eluded the English defence and Miroslav Klose got the better of Upson to poke the ball past David James.
Joachim Low’s men doubled their advantage just 12 minutes later through Lukasz Podolski. An incisive counter-attack led by Thomas Muller and Klose resulted in Podolski open at the back post, and the forward made no mistake.
Upson made amends for his early shortcomings as he headed Steven Gerrard’s fine cross past Manuel Neuer to give England a lifeline they so desperately needed.
The comeback should have been completed by half-time as Lampard unleashed a volley which lobbed Neuer and clearly crossed the line. With the linesman and referee both unable to verify the ball crossed the line, it was not given.
That changed everything, and as England continued to push for their equaliser, they were caught on the break again, this time it was Muller who punished the Three Lions and powered an effort through the clutches of James.
The Bayern Munich forward added his second of the game just moments later to put the game beyond doubt which meant England would be packing their bags and wondering what could have been.
19th November 2013 – England 0-1 Germany – International Friendly
Germany recorded back-to-back wins over the Three Lions courtesy of a Per Mertesacker header in an uneventful game at Wembley.
Roy Hodgson named a strong line-up for the friendly in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, but Germans left many household names out of the starting eleven.
It was the visitors who took the lead on 39 minutes through Mertesacker, who headed past Joe Hart after England failed to clear a corner.
A long-range effort from Gerrard grazed the crossbar, and Andros Townsend struck the post, but England could not find their equaliser meaning they lost back-to-back games at Wembley for the first time in 36 years.
26th March 2016 – England 3-2 Germany – International Friendly
The most recent meeting between the sides took place last year, a five-goal thriller at Wembley which saw England come out on top.
Mario Gomez thought he had given the visitors the lead following a smart pass by Sami Khedira, but the linesman wrongly gave offside as Nathaniel Clyne had kept the forward on.
Jack Butland had suffered an injury taking a goal-kick but decided to carry on. Toni Kroos took full advantage, beating the Stoke keeper from range at his near post which forced him off the field.
Gomez was not to be denied a second time as Khedira picked out the Wolfsburg striker again and he buried his header past Fraser Forster.
England got one back through Harry Kane, who expertly turned his defender before firing a low shot past Neuer.
The Three Lions were level on 74 minutes, with Dele Alli running the show in midfield, Clyne picked out Jamie Vardy who beat Neuer with an audacious flick to mark his first international goal.
The unlikeliest of comebacks was completed in injury-time as Tottenham defender Eric Dier crashed home Jordan Henderson’s corner, his first England goal gave Hodgson’s men a memorable victory ahead of Euro 2016.
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