After a surprise 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, Roy Hodgson will seek for his side to bounce back in style against none other than Germany on Tuesday.
In the build up to this historical clash, the England boss has stated that he was considered for the German managerial position on one occasion in the past.
Hodgson has admitted that his appointment in 1998 was very close, only to be halted by German legend Franz Beckenbauer.
Berti Vogts had stepped down as Germany’s national coach after the World Cup and the German Football Association president, Egidius Braun, saw Hodgson as an adequate replacement. Hodgson had great admirers spanning all over the international stage after his success with Switzerland in the 1994 World Cup and the European Championships in 1996.
However, Beckenbauer made it clear that he had no desire for a foreign manager to take over.
Hodgson told the Daily Mail: “My friend Franz Beckenbauer made clear that a foreign national coach would help neither the German coaching program nor the young and talented German coaches."
The 66-year-old added: “It was an honour when Braun called, but I had a contract with Blackburn. So I just remained a name on the president’s wish list."
Once the deal for Hodgson to take the reigns as the German national side fell through, Erich Ribbeck was appointed. However, Ribbeck lasted for only two years at the helm due to a poor performance during Euro 2000, co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands, where Germany finished bottom of Group A.
Hodgson will be on Germany’s opposing side on Tuesday night, however, as he is expected to recall several star names who were left out of the squad that fell victim to an Alexis Sanchez's brace.
Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge, has declared himself fit to face Germany and Joe Hart is in line to be brought back into the side after Fraser Forster gained his first international cap against Chile.
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