With one eye on the European Championship 1972 qualifying
campaign, which was to get underway in little more than two months and for
which this friendly against East Germany was the only preparatory match, and
the other on rebuilding the team for World Cup 1974, Alf Ramsey named a 22-man
squad on 16 November 1970.
It was England's first match since the quarterfinal loss to West
Germany at the World Cup finals in Mexico five months earlier, and there were
several cuts from the World Cup squad. Bobby Charlton was dropped; England's exit from
the World Cup marked his last appearance for the national side. Gordon
Banks, Peter Bonetti, Jack Charlton and Brian Labone, who had lost his first-team place with Everton,
dropped. Others may have been dropped, too, but we do not yet have the
details. We know only one of the 11 squad members who did
not play in the match, Ray Clemence.
David Sadler, one of the late cuts before the World Cup
squad was finalised, was given a recall. Newcomers Peter Shilton and Ray
Clemence were also given calls.