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England v Germany: Match preview

Gerrard will make his 108th cap for England tonight (©GettyImages)
Gerrard will make his 108th cap for England tonight (©GettyImages).

England v Germany - Wembley Stadium, London (Eng) - 20:00 GMT

England take on Germany tonight in the two side's first meeting since the 2010 World Cup, where a perfectly good Frank Lampard goal was ruled out in a 4-1 loss to the Germans.

Roy Hodgson's side will be looking to recover from a 2-0 defeat against Chile on Friday night and the boss has already named his starting XI for tonight's fixture, making nine changes to the line up. 

The Three Lions are considered underdogs by the bookies for the match, but Hodgson is relishing a test against strong opposition.

He said to reporters: "All the words in the world won't make us better, it is what we do when we cross that white line and get on the pitch, there are a lot of experienced players in our team, we have it all to do, but they [Germany] have a lot to do as well.

"They are the favourites with Spain to win the World Cup, there is pressure on them in a different way. Our pressure is to prove we can be as good as them."

Germany will be experimenting with their lineup tonight after drawing 1-1 in Italy on Friday, but manager Joachim Low is confident his team will still be competitive.

He said: "I need to experiment a bit and send a few players home who are already established.

"It is a deliberate acid test, not a "B team", and this is certainly no lack of respect to our hosts."

Germany will rest key men Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer and give starts to Borussia Dortmund trio Roman Weidenfeller, Marcel Schmelzer and Sven Bender as Low's side look to secure their sixth consecutive away win on English soil.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard will make his 108th appearance for England, equalling winning World Cup captain Bobby Moore's haul. 

Hodgson will recall Daniel Sturridge and Kyle Walker to his side after they missed the Chile match through injury and Joe Hart also returns after being rested in that fixture.

England's starting line up:

Joe Hart
Kyle Walker
Phil Jagielka
Chris Smalling
Ashley Cole
Steven Gerrard (c)
Tom Cleverley
Adam Lallana
Andros Townsend
Wayne Rooney
Daniel Sturridge

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