England 0 Germany 1

Wayne Rooney

Eng­land 0 Ger­many 1, Wemb­ley Sta­dium, In­ter­na­tion­al Friendly Mat­ch, Nov­ember 19, 2013. Eng­land suf­fered a nar­row 1-0 de­feat at the hands of long­time rivals Ger­many who­se goal was sco­red by Ar­senal de­fender Per Merte­sack­er six min­utes be­fore the break. 

The most not­able ab­sent­ees from Roy Hodgson´s squad were Man­chester Uni­ted play­ers Mi­chael Car­rick and Dan­ny Wel­beck who were bo­th out side­lined wi­th in­jur­ies. Eng­land entered the friendly fix­ture wi­th Ger­many on the back of a dis­ap­point­ing 2-0 friendly de­feat ag­ainst Chile at Wemb­ley Sta­dium, whi­le the Ger­man si­de had ma­naged a hard-fou­ght 1-1 draw ag­ainst Italy at the Sta­dio Gi­useppe Meazza in Mil­an thanks to an early goal from Bor­us­sia Dortmund´s Mats Hum­mels af­ter just eight min­utes. Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries, Die Mannschaft had de­feated Fa­bio Capello´s Eng­land by a some­what flat­ter­ing 4-1 sco­reline thanks to a double by Tho­mas Muller and a single each from Miroslav Klose and Lu­kas Podol­ski at Free State Sta­dium in Bloem­fon­tein in the 2010 Wor­ld Cup in So­uth Africa on the 27th of June 2010. In the fir­st ever in­ter­na­tion­al mat­ch be­tween Eng­land and Ger­many, how­ever, the for­mer had beaten the lat­ter 5-1 cour­tesy of a brace apiece from Har­old Stapley and Vivi­an Wood­ward, plus one goal by Claude Pur­nell in front of more than 5,000 people at Mariendorf Sta­dium in Ber­lin on the 20th of April 1908.

But the most mem­or­able ga­me be­tween the two te­ams no doubt came in the Wor­ld Cup Fi­nal at Wemb­ley on the 30th of Ju­ly 1966 when the hosts ran out well de­served win­ners in front of a crowd of 100,000 people and the audi­ence of 400 mil­lion tele­vi­sion view­ers. England´s si­de in­cluded Gor­don Banks, Jack Charl­ton, Ge­orge Co­hen, Bob­by Moore, Ray Wil­son, Alan Ball, Mar­tin Peters, Nob­by Sti­les, Bob­by Charl­ton, Ro­ger Hunt, and Ge­off Hurst, whi­le Germany´s te­am con­tained Hans Tilkowski, Franz Beck­en­bauer, Horst-Di­eter Hot­tges, Karl Heinz Schnellinger, Willi Schulz, Wolf­gang We­ber, Wolf­gang Overath, Lothar Em­merich, Hel­mut Haller, Sigi Held, and Uwe Seel­er. Hel­mut Schon´s men jumped to an early lead cour­tesy of a well-pla­ced ef­fort from Bo­logna fa­vor­ite Hel­mut Haller in the twelfth min­ute be­fore West Ham United´s Ge­off Hurst ma­naged to level the scores a mere sev­en min­utes la­ter and af­ter 77 min­utes of nerve wreck­ing play his Up­ton Park col­league Mar­tin Peters put Eng­land ahead for the fir­st time in the ga­me. Then, wi­th as little as one min­ute left on ref­er­ee Gottfried Dienst´s Swiss made watch, FC Co­logne de­fender Wolf­gang We­ber ma­naged to equal­ise for the Ger­mans, on­ly for the ir­re­press­ible Hurst to notch up two more goals for the red shirts in ex­tra time to make the fi­nal score 4–2 in fa­vour of the phys­ic­ally strong and well-or­gan­ised ho­me team.

This time ar­ound, Eng­land ex­per­i­enced their sec­ond straight loss at ho­me as they fell 1-0 to Ger­many in front of 85,000 people at Wemb­ley. Des­pite dom­in­at­ing the pos­ses­sion of the ball for most of the mat­ch, The Three Li­ons failed to find the net and they were made to pay when the Ger­mans sco­red wi­th on­ly six min­utes re­maining of the fir­st ha­lf. Man­chester Uni­ted ace Way­ne Roo­ney al­most put Eng­land ahead af­ter on­ly twenty min­utes, but un­for­tu­nately his head­er landed on the roof of the net. In­stead, it was Joachim Low´s boys who went in­to the lead when a dan­ger­ous cor­ner-kick from Bay­ern Mu­nich mid­fielder Toni Kroos was cleared by the ho­me de­fence, on­ly for the ball to be re­turned in­to the eight­een-yard area by the very same man, and Arsenal´s Per Merte­sack­er was there to head it pa­st Man­chester City goal­keeper Joe Hart and in­to the back of the net af­ter 39 min­utes of en­ergy sap­ping ac­tion. Hart nev­er­the­less had an out­stading ga­me for the coun­try of his bir­th, and the twenty-six-year-old Shrop­shire man made sev­er­al ex­cel­lent saves dur­ing the battle wi­th the Ger­mans. As the mat­ch wore on, the bois­ter­ous ho­me fans con­tin­ued to give their te­am lots of sup­port, and Liver­pool play­er Ste­ven Ger­rard al­most ma­naged to level the score on 45 min­utes, but the midfielder´s long dis­tance ef­fort from just over 25 yards out dipped over the cross­bar and out of play.

Hodg­son made five sub­sti­tu­tions fol­low­ing the re­start, wi­th Kier­an Gibbs, Jor­dan Hen­derson, Jack Wil­shere, Ross Barkley, and Rick­ie Lam­bert com­ing on for Ash­ley Cole, Ste­ven Ger­rard, Tom Clev­er­ley, Way­ne Roo­ney, and Ad­am Lal­lana re­spect­ively. But al­though Eng­land pressed hard for an equal­iser in the sec­ond pe­riod, they fou­nd them­selves un­able to break down a hard-work­ing and stub­born vis­it­ing de­fence which left the ho­me play­ers more and more frus­trated as the ha­lf wore on. Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur wing­man An­dros Town­send came closest to scor­ing clo­se to the hour ma­rk when he power­ed a long-dis­tance shot from some 25 yards out which whistled pa­st Bor­us­sia Dort­mund net­mind­er Ro­man Weiden­feller, on­ly to watch the ball hit the post. Eng­land Te­am: Joe Hart, Ash­ley Cole, Chris Small­ing, Kyle Walk­er, Phil Ja­gielka, An­dros Town­send, Ad­am Lal­lana, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ste­ven Ger­rard, Dan­iel Stur­ridge, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Ga­ry Ca­hill, Glen John­son, Kier­an Gibbs, Ja­mes Mil­ner, Leigh­ton Baines, Ross Barkley, Jor­dan Hen­derson, Frank Lam­pard, Rick­ie Lam­bert, Jack Wil­shere, Jer­main De­foe, Jay Rodrig­uez, Fraser For­ster, John Rud­dy. Ger­many Te­am: Ro­man Weiden­feller, Jerome Boa­teng, Mar­cel Schmelzer, Heiko West­er­mann, Per Merte­sack­er, Lars Bend­er, Sven Bend­er, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Marco Re­us, Max Kruse. Sub­stitutes: Be­ne­dikt Howedes, Mats Hum­mels, Mar­cell Jansen, Ju­li­an Draxler, Sid­ney Sam, Tho­mas Muller, An­dre Schurrle, Rene Adler.


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