England Press Conference

Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge appear fit for Germany match

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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.

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

Full Weekend Schedule
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday