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

England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 85,934;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT 
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Germany - Per Matersacker (eight-yard header 39 38:13) Match Summary
England Squad

Germany Squad
Results 2010-2015 no yellow or red cards

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:11 & 49:00).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from France

England

Type

Germany

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

Assistant Referees - Frédéric Cano & Michael Annonier

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

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th October 2013) 10th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue collar, navy blue shorts, white socks with thin navy blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 33rd captaincy, Wayne Rooney 56th min. Joe Hart 71st min. Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, 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 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 38 29 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 53rd min. 32 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 106 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 56th min. 33 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 108 21
5 Smalling, Christopher L. 23 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 9 0
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 24 1
7 Lallana, Adam D., off 75th min. 25 10 May 1988 M Southampton FC 2 0
8 Cleverley, Thomas W., off 64th min. 24 12 August 1989 M Manchester United FC 13 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24 1 September 1989 F Liverpool FC 9 2
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 71st min. 28 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 88 38
11 Townsend, Andros D. 22 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 1
England Substitutes
15 Gibbs, Kieran J.R., on 53rd min (52:03) for Cole 24 26 September 1989 D Arsenal FC 3 0
21 Henderson, Jordan B., on 56th min (55:10) for Gerrard 23 17 June 1990 M Liverpool FC 7 0
20 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 64th min (63:40) for Cleverley 21 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 14 0
19 Barkley, Ross, on 71st min. (70:19) for Rooney 19 5 December 1993 M Everton FC 3 0
22 Lambert, Ricky L., on 76th min. (75:46) for Lallana 31 16 February 1982 F Southampton FC 4 2

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.
   
4-4-2 Hart -
Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole
(Gibbs) -
Lallana
(Lambert), Gerrard (Henderson), Cleverley (Wilshere), Townsend -
Rooney
(Barkley), Sturridge

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 37.4 5.7

 

Germany Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th October 2013) 2nd
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green shadow-hooped shirts with white round collar/cuffs, Adidas white trim on shoulders, white shorts with green Adidas 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 6 August 1980 G BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 1 0 GA
2 Bender, Sven 24 27 April 1989 M BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 7 0
3 Schmelzer, Marcel, off 46th min. 25 22 January 1988 LB BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 15 0
20 Boateng, Jérôme A., off 46th min. 25 3 September 1988 CD FC Bayern München eV 36 1
23 Westermann, Heiko, off 67th min. 30 14 August 1983 RB Hamburger SV eV 27 4
17 Mertesacker, Per 29 29 September 1984 CD Arsenal FC, England 95 4
15 Bender, Lars 24 27 April 1989 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 17 4
21 Reus, Marco, off 82nd min. 24 31 May 1989 M BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 19 7
19 Götze, Mario 21 3 June 1992 M FC Bayern München eV 26 6
14 Kruse, Maximilian, off 56th min. 25 16 March 1988 F Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach eV 6 1
18 Kroos, Toni 23 4 January 1990 M FC Bayern München eV 41 5
Germany Substitutes
5 Hummels, Mats J., on 46th min. for Boateng, injured off 65th min. 24 16 December 1988 D Hamburger SV eV 44 4
7 Jansen, Marcell, on 46th min. for Schmelzer 25 22 January 1988 D BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 15 0
24 Sam, Sidney, on 56th min. (55:38) for Kruse 25 31 January 1988 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV 5 0
4 Höwedes, Benedikt, on 65th min. (65:00) for Hunnels 25 29 February 1988 D FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 18 1
10 Draxler, Julian, on 67th min (66:22) for Westermann 20 20 September 1993 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 10 1
9 Schürrle, André, on 82nd min. (81:25) for Reus 23 6 November 1990 M Chelsea FC, England 30 11

unused substitutes:

12 René Adler, 13-Thomas Müller
   
4-2-3-1 Weidenfeller -
Westermann
(Draxler), Mertesacker, Boateng (Hummels (Höwedes)), Schmelzer (Jansen) -
L.Bender, S.Bender -
Götze, Kroos, Reus
(Schürrle) -
Kruse
(Sam)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 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

Trivia - 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.

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