Germany vs England

Domestic football takes a break this weekend as the international teams continue their Euro 2016 preparations with a round of friendly matches across the continent.

Germany vs England is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this weekend’s fixture list, so what can we expect from Roy Hodgson and his men.

Roy’s plans for the summer

The England boss has already sent shivers down the spine of Liverpool fans with his comments about Daniel Sturridge: “We won’t be looking to take extra special care with him, any more than we do with any England player,” claimed Hodgson about a player who was injured when last on international duty after staff ignored warnings from his club not to train him too hard.

England fans may have also groaned in bemusement when the gaffer announced his intention to play Wayne Rooney regardless of his current form as long as he is fit: “There is no way I should be looking to dismiss a Wayne Rooney who is fit and playing football on the basis he is out of form, because he is our captain.”

Arsenal fans may also have been alarmed to hear that Hodgson is intent on including Jack Wilshere who has yet to return after breaking his fibula last August. Hodgson justified his intention by comparing the situation to an incident that happened over 50 years ago: “Dave Mackay came back from two broken legs. With the first one, he came back almost immediately after his leg was healed and played a game, broke it again but played again as soon as it healed again. I don’t know why we should be quite as protective as all that with Wilshere.”

On the Brightside, England are the only side heading to the Euros with a 100% qualification record after winning all 10 of their group matches.

Germany vs England – Team for this weekend

With Wilshere and Rooney both still unavailable, the England boss will be forced into looking elsewhere in those positions.

Joe Hart is also out of action so a change of keeper will also be needed.

The absence of Rooney could open the door for Leicester City frontman Jamie Vardy who may get the chance to partner Harry Kane up front. In midfield, James Milner could provide some much-needed leadership and experience in what could be a fairly young and experienced line-up.

There are a few other older heads that could be included such as Vice-captain Gary Cahill and Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson, although Henderson’s season has been hampered by injury.

Despite his age, Raheem Sterling is already an England regular and will have a big part to play this summer.

Spurs players Eric Dier and Dele Alli could feature on Saturday along with Jack Butland who should get the nod in goal with the absence of Hart.

Kieron Gibbs has been left out of the squad after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal, so Danny Rose should get a chance in the left-back position.

Possible line-up

Butland; Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Alli, Dier, Milner, Sterling; Kane, Vardy

Germany vs England – Predictions

England’s last game against France was played in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, so little can be gained from analysing that game. Prior to that, Hodgson’s men were easily beaten 2-0 by a Spanish side that barely got out of first gear.

The Three Lions have won just three of their last eight friendly matches, having drawn four and lost one. Away from home, they have won just one of their last eight non-competitive matches.

Germany have suffered a few wobbles since their World Cup success but they are still a force to be reckoned with. However, they have won just four of their last 13 friendly matches, having lost four and drawn the other five.

Considering both sides records in recent friendly matches, the draw looks the best bet at 29/10 with Betfair.

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