Big statement match for England on Tuesday when they face Germany at Wembley.
The Three Lions head into the match following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Chile on Friday where Roy Hodgson‘s men were outplayed for significant portions of the match.
Germany, who drew 1-1 in Italy on Friday, will provide a much sterner test for England and Hodgson is keen to turn the tides. “Germany will ask massive questions of us,” said the England boss.
“But I am pretty sure that all of the XI who go out on Tuesday night will be anxious that they put any comparisons (with Germany) to bed,” Hodgson continued. “They will show they are every bit as good and that is what I believe they will be.”
England’s confidence was boosted on Monday with news that England captain, Steven Gerrard, strikers Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, and defender Kyle Walker were all confirmed fit to face Germany after missing the Chile clash last Friday.
Sturridge, however, was the only one of that quartet who was unable to complete a full training session with England after suffering a thigh injury while on duty with club side Liverpool. The striker trained for 45 minutes with team-mates before leaving the field with the physio Steve Kemp. He nevertheless claimed he was “happy” to play against the Germans.
Tuesday will also mark the return of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who failed to feature in the loss to Chile as Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster earned the call. Hodgson spoke highly of Hart and the opportunity he has to claim his top spot.
“[Joe] will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper,” said Hodgson. “Joe is in the right frame of mind to play. He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster’s chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it’s his chance on Tuesday night.”
Monday’s training session gave an indication of what to expect in Tuesday’s match as Hodgson split the squad into two teams. Walker, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Cole lined up in front of Hart with a midfield of Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend and Wayne Rooney playing behind Sturridge up top.
The Starting XI of Germany manager Joaquim Low will be more difficult to foresee. Low will be without a number of key players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.