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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
FA's 150th Year Final Celebration Match

England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 8.00pm

Attendance: 85,934

Wayne Rooney kicked-off 94 minutes 45:11 & 49:00
   [0-1] Per Mertesacker header 39 38:13
 rose higher to head in from 8 yards to Hart's right following a Toni Kroos cross
[0-1] Andros Townsend 25 yard shot strikes post 56:46  
no yellow or red cards
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary


Officials from France

England Squad


Germany Squad
Referee (black) - Stéphane Laurent Lannoy
44 (18 September 1969)
, Boulogne-sur-Mer, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Frédéric Cano, 40 (23 July 1973), Saint Junien, and Michael Annonier, 41 (18 June 1972).
Fourth official -
Laurent Duhamel, 45 (10 October 1968), Rouen, FIFA listed 1999.

8 Goal Attempts 15
0 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
11 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 2
15 Fouls Conceded 12
45% Possession 55%

England Team



FIFA (17 October 2013) 10th
EFO ranking Group 1 (3rd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White crew neck jerseys with navy blue collar, blue shorts, white socks with thin blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(33rd (38) captaincy (5))
Wayne Rooney, 56th minute.
Joe Hart, 71st minute.
Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
24th match, W 13 - D 8 - L 3 - F 50 - A 21.
team selected on Monday, 18 November 2013
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26
214 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 38 29ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23
175 days
28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 53rd min. 32
334 days
20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 106 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 56th min. 33
173 days
30 May 1980 RDM Liverpool FC 108 21
5 Smalling, Christopher L. 23
362 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 9 0
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31
94 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 24 1
7 Lallana, Adam D., off 75th min. 25
193 days
10 May 1988 LM Southampton FC 2 0
8 Cleverley, Thomas W., off 64th min. 24
99 days
12 August 1989 LDM Manchester United FC 13 0
final app 2012-13
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24
79 days
1 September 1989 C/RF Liverpool FC 9 2
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 71st min. 28
26 days
24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 88 37
11 Townsend, Andros D. 22
126 days
16 July 1991 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Germany 1
15 Gibbs, Kieran J.R., on 53rd min (52:03) for Cole 24
54 days
26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 3 1  0
21 Henderson, Jordan B., on 56th min (55:10) for Gerrard 23
155 days
17 June 1990 RDM Liverpool FC 7 1 0
20 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 64th min (63:40) for Cleverley 21
322 days
1 January 1992 LDM Arsenal FC 14 9 0
19 Barkley, Ross, on 71st min. (70:19) for Rooney 19
349 days
5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 3 0  0
22 Lambert, Ricky L., on 76th min. (75:46) for Lallana 31
276 days
16 February 1982 LF Southampton FC 4 2  2
result: England 0 Germany 1
unused substitutes: 12-Glen Johnson, 13-John Ruddy, 14-Leighton Baines, 16-Gary Cahill, 17-James Milner, 18-Frank Lampard, 23-Fraser Forster, 24-Jermain Defoe, 25-Jay Rodríguez.
records: England failed to have a shot on target in a home game for the first time since losing 1-0 to Scotland in November 1999.
36 years (May/June 1977) since England have lost two home matches in a row at Wembley Stadium.  First back-to-back defeats since June 1993.
National Stadium records: Steven Gerrard has played in 29 of England's 39 home matches at the National Stadium.
Manager Roy Hodgson had coached Switzerland against Germany in a Centenary friendly in June 1995 (1-2).
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Walker, Jagielka, Smalling, Cole
(Gibbs) -
(Henderson), Cleverley (Wilshere) -
Townsend, Rooney
(Barkley), Lallana (Lambert) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 338 days Appearances/Goals 37.4 5.7


Germany Team



FIFA (17 October 2013) 2nd
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green crew neck shadow-hooped jerseys with white collar/cuffs/Adidas shoulder trim, white shorts with green Adidas side trim, green socks with white tops and green Adidas trim.
Capt: Per Mertesacker Coach: Joachim Löw, 53 (3 February 1960), appointed Head Coach on 13 July 2006.
101st match, W 69 - D 17 - L 15 - F 253 - A 98.
Germany Lineup
22 Weidenfeller, Roman 33
105 days
6 August 1980 G Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 1 0ᵍᵃ
23 Westermann, Heiko, off 67th min. 30
97 days
14 August 1983 RB Hamburger SV 27 4
20 Boateng, Jérôme A., off 46th min. 25
77 days
3 September 1988 CD FC Bayern München 36 1
Mertesacker, Per 29
51 days
29 September 1984 CD Arsenal FC, England 95 4
3 Schmelzer, Marcel, off 46th min. 25
301 days
22 January 1988
in Magdeburg, German Dem. Rep.
LB Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 15 0
2 Bender, Sven 24
206 days
27 April 1989 RDM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 7 0
15 Bender, Lars 24
206 days
27 April 1989 LDM Bayer 04 Leverkusen 17 4
21 Reus, Marco, off 82nd min. 24
172 days
31 May 1989 RM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 19 7
Kroos, Toni 23
319 days
4 January 1990
in Greifswald, German Dem. Rep.
AM FC Bayern München 41 5
19 Götze, Mario 21
169 days
3 June 1992 LM FC Bayern München 26 6
14 Kruse, Max B., off 56th min. 25
245 days
19 March 1988 CF Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach 6 1
Germany Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Germany 1
5 Hummels, Mats J., on 46th min. for Boateng, injured off 65th min. 24
338 days
16 December 1988 CD Hamburger SV 44 4
7 Jansen, Marcell, on 46th min. for Schmelzer 25
301 days
22 January 1988 LB Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 15 0
24 Sam, Sidney, on 56th min. (55:38) for Kruse 25
292 days
31 January 1988 CF Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5 0
4 Höwedes, Benedikt, on 65th min. (65:00) for Hunnels 25
263 days
29 February 1988 CD FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 18 1
10 Draxler, Julian, on 67th min (66:22) for Westermann 20
60 days
20 September 1993 RM FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 10 1
9 Schürrle, André H., on 82nd min. (81:25) for Reus 23
13 days
6 November 1990 AM Chelsea FC, England 30 11
result: England 0 Germany 1
unused substitutes: 12 René Adler, 13-Thomas Müller
team notes: Sven and Lars Benders are twins, born in Rosenheim
4-2-3-1 Weidenfeller -
(Draxler), Boateng (Hummels (Höwedes)), Mertesacker, Schmelzer (Jansen) -
S.Bender, L.Bender -
(Schürrle), Kroos, Götze -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 79 days Appearances/Goals 26.4 2.8


    Match Report by Mike Payne

After being well beaten the previous Friday against Chile, England now had to face the might of Germany, although to be fair, it wasn't exactly a first choice German side that turned up at Wembley Stadium on a crisp November evening.  Many of their top players were missing, which meant that England's eventual defeat in the game was a little more worrying.

England started positively, and they drove forward at every opportunity, but the Germans had no real difficulty in repelling the best England attacks, such as they were.  In fact the game quickly developed into a match played between the penalty areas, and either side of the centre circle.  Lots of square and back passing and not a lot of imagination by either side to try and find a penetrating pass forward.  It took 13 minutes before there was a goal attempt, and that came from a German free-kick headed wide by Heiko Westermann.  As for England, only a weak, looping header over the bar by Wayne Rooney constituted anything like a goal attempt.  Two minutes later Adam Lallana's cross was cleared to Steven Gerrard but his shot went high over the bar.

Germany had set their stall out to frustrate England, close them down at every opportunity, and then try and catch them on the break.  Possession wise, they passed the ball around in their familiar style but England, if anything, had the better of the play but without causing any alarms to the visiting defence.  As the half wore on play became scrappy as England's midfield could not stamp their authority on proceedings, and no-one seemed willing to take a chance going forward.  England's best hope seemed to be Andros Townsend who at least showed the Germans a clean pair of heels with a couple of good runs down the right wing.  Phil Jagielka headed over from a Gerrard corner, and after 35 minutes it already looked as though the game was destined to be goalless as neither side seemed capable of creating a clear chance.  Famous last words! 

On 38 minutes a strong run by Lars Bender won a corner for Germany.  As the cross came in the Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker had a free header, which Joe Hart did brilliantly to keep out, as the ball was half cleared another shot came in and again Hart saved well, for another corner.  This time England half cleared the cross but the ball was quickly crossed again and this time Mertesacker glanced an excellent header wide of the goalkeeper giving Hart no chance.  Why little Tom Cleverly was marking the giant Mertesacker, only Chris Smalling might be able to tell us?  The goal was just what the Germans came for, and just what England didn't want.  England did manage one of their better efforts right on the half-time whistle when Townsend set up Gerrard and this time the skipper's dipping shot only just cleared the bar.

At the break England were a little unlucky to be a goal down on the general play, but it was significant that goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller had only touched the ball from backpasses or goalkicks.

Maximillian Kruse had a great chance two minutes into the second half when he had a clear shot as England backed off, but luckily the ball flew over.  A minute later Hart did brilliantly once again, quickly coming off his line to block a close range effort from Reus.  Just after that Townsend broke away down the right before feeding Rooney.  His cross deep to the far post found Daniel Sturridge who volleyed the ball into the ground and across goal.  Only a desperate touch off a German head stopped Lallana from scoring. 

After 51 minutes Lallana again did well, but his cross was cleared, and still, England had failed to test the goalkeeper.  When Lallana then won a corner the England substitutions began in earnest.  Off went Ashley Cole and Gerrard, and the substitutions, to be honest, killed the game for England, a) because they came at a time when England were at last generating something like a little momentum in their play, and b), the players that came on just couldn't get into the game.

Then in the 57th minute a wonderful crossfield pass from Jagielka, the best of the night, found Townsend, who cut inside to unleash a terrific 25 yard left-foot shot which crashed against the base of the post with the goalkeeper groping.  It was the one moment of brilliance from England in the whole game and it deserved a goal.  There was a scare five minutes later as Hart marred his otherwise excellent performance when he and Smalling almost succeeded in getting in each other's way.  Luckily the ball was cleared, as that could have been curtains for England and more embarrassment for the under pressure Hart.  However, two minutes later Hart showed his class with a fine save from Mario Gotze's cross shot.

Throughout the second half the umpteen changes in personnel from both sides ruined the already poor game as a spectacle, and although one understands that, from a manager's point of view, it is a bit harder for the young (and old) spectators wanting to see the top players playing an international at Wembley.  To be honest though, apart from Townsend's shot, not once could you say that England looked like scoring. Every corner they won was wasted, and they had plenty, and the final ball into the danger area, at times bordered on awful.  There were some positives, not least in the performance of Hart, who looked determined to show that he was back and firing on all cylinders.  Rooney was lively, and Lallana too, did his cause no harm with some determined work in the midfield.  Roy Hodgson has a lot of hard work to do over the next few months, and the players must respond better over the next few internationals.  Hopefully we can get these bad games out of our system before the important stuff starts.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
SkySports Football
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor