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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
A Mercedes-Benz/DFB International Friendly Match

Germany 1 England 0 [0-0]

Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kick-off (CET): 8.53pm CET, 7.53pm GMT

Attendance: 60,109.

92 minutes 45:02 & 47:56 England kicked-off Match Summary
Germany Squad
England Squad
[1-0] Lukas Podolski 69 68:06
25-yard shot into top corner
no yellow or red cards
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Slovenia




Referee (pink) - Damir Skomina
40 (5 August 1976), Koper, FIFA-listed 2003.

Assistant Referees - Jure Praprotnik, 31/32 (1985) and Robert Vukan, 40/41 (1976).

Fourth official - Matej Jug, 36 (25 September 1980)

Germany's captain, Lukas Podolski received a presentation before the match as this is his last appearance for his country.

14 Goal Attempts 11
3 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
4 Corner Kicks Won 7
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
49% Possession 51%

Germany Team

Current World Champions Colours: Made by Adidas - White v-necked diagonal shadowed jerseys with black/red/gold trimmed collar/cuffs, black Adidas shoulder trim, black shorts with white Adidas side trim, white socks with black trim.


FIFA (9 March 2017) 3rd
EFO ranking Group 2
ELO rating 3rd
Capt: Lukas Podolski, until 84th min. Manager: Joachim Löw, 57 (3 February 1960), appointed Head Coach on 13 July 2006.
144th match, W 96 - D 25 - L 23 - F 345 - A 134.
Germany Lineup
22 ter Stegen, Marc-André 24 30 April 1992 G FC Barcelona, Spain 9 x GA
16 Rüdiger, Antonio 24 3 March 1993 CD AS Roma SpA, Italy 12 0
3 Hector, Jonas M. 26 27 May 1990 LB 1 FC Köln 01/07 eV 26 3
18 Kimmich, Joshua 22 8 February 1995 RB FC Bayern München eV 12 1
5 Hummels, Mats J. 28 16 December 1988 CD FC Bayern München eV 56 4
20 Brandt, Julian, off 59th min. 20 2 May 1996 RM Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5 0
19 Sané, Leroy 21 11 January 1996 LM Manchester City FC, England 5 0
8 Kroos, Toni 27 4 January 1990 DM Real Madrid FC, Spain 75 12
15 Weigl, Julian, off 66th min. 21 8 September 1995 DM BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 5 0
10 Podolski, Lukas J., off 84th min. 31 4 June 1985
born in Poland
AM Galatasaray SK, Turkey final app
130 49
24 Werner, Timo, off 77th min. 21 6 March 1996 CF RB Leipzig eV 1 0
Germany Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 0 England 0
9 Schürrle, André H., on 59th min. (58:37) for Brandt 26 6 November 1990 M BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 56 20
14 Can, Emre, on 66th min. (65:12) for Weigl 23 12 January 1994 M Liverpool FC, England 8 0
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
13 Müller, Thomas, on 77th min. (76:20) for Werner 27 13 September 1989 M FC Bayern München eV 84 36
21 Rudy, Sebastian, on 84th min (83:43) for Podoloski 27 28 February 1990 RB TSG 1899 Hoffenheim eV 13 0
result: Germany 1 England 0

unused substitutes:

1-Kevin Trapp, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 4-Benedikt Höwedes, 12-Bernd Leno, 13-Thomas Müller, 17-Niklas Süle.

team notes:

This is Lukas Podolski's final match for Germany, having announced his retirement at the end of Euro 2016.
4-4-2 ter Stegen -
Kimmich, Rüdiger, Hummels, Hector -
Sané, Kroos, Weigl
(Can), Brandt (Schürrle) -
(Rudy), Werner (Müller)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 30.5 6.3

England Team



FIFA (9 March 2017) 14th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 8th to 10th
Colours: The Nike 2017 third uniform - Midnight blue v-necked jerseys with black sleeves with black collared trim/side stripe, midnight blue shorts with black side trim, navy blue socks.
Capt: Gary Cahill, fifth captaincy Manager: Gareth Southgate, 46 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
fifth match, W 2 - D 2 - L 1 - F 7 - A 3.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 29 19 April 1987 G Torino FC SpA, Italy,
on loan from Manchester City FC
69 45 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 26 28 May 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D., off 84th min. 26 5 August 1989 LWB Southampton FC 11 0
4 Keane, Michael V. 24 11 January 1993 RD Burnley FC 1 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 31 19 December 1985 LD Chelsea FC 53 4
6 Smalling, Christopher L., off 85th min. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 30 1
7 Livermore, Jake C.L., off 82nd min. (81:57) 27 14 November 1989 CM West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0
8 Dier, Eric J.E. 23 15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 2
9 Vardy, Jamie R., off 70th min. 30 11 January 1987 CF Leicester City FC 15 5
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 71st min. 20 11 April 1996 LF Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 2
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 66th min. 28 10 May 1988 RF Liverpool FC 30 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 0 England 0
20 Redmond, D. Nathan J., on 66th min. (65:05) for Lallana 23 6 March 1994 RF Southampton FC only app 1 0
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
21 Rashford, Marcus, on 70th min. (69:10) for Vardy 19 31 October 1997 CF Manchester United FC 7 1
19 Lingard, Jesse E., on 71st min. (70:20) for Alli. 23 15 December 1992 LF Manchester United FC 4 0
17 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., on 83rd min. (82:03) for Livermore 22 1 November 1994 CM Southampton FC 1 0
14 Shaw, Luke P.H., on 84th min. (83:01) for Bertrand 21 12 July 1995 LDM Manchester United FC 7 0
15 Stones, John, on 85th min. (84:30) for Smalling 22 28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 16 0
result: Germany 1 England 0

unused substitutes:

12-Nathanial Clyne, 13-Fraser Forster, 16-Ross Barkley, 18-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22-Jermain Defoe, 23-Tom Heaton, 24-Raheem Sterling.

team notes:

Manager Gareth Southgate first played for England against Germany in the Euro 1996 semi-final. His shoot-out kick being saved. He was an unused substitute for the match during Euro 2000. He did start in the qualification match that was the last at the old Wembley Stadium, but an unsued substitute in the 5-1 victory in Munich.
3-4-3 Hart -
Keane, Smalling
(Stones), Cahill -
Walker, Livermore
(Ward-Prowse), Dier, Bertrand (Shaw) -
(Redmond), Vardy (Rashford), Alli (Lingaard).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.4 Appearances/Goals 24.3 1.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England's first match under the permanent stewardship of Gareth Southgate saw his side produce an excellent performance that only lacked sharper finishing and a slice of good luck.  Southgate gave a first cap to Burnley's Michael Keane and brought in Jake Livermore for only his second cap.

Right from the start England played a pressing game that caught Germany out a little as they were forced to defend, sometimes desperately, more often than they were used to.  It was a positive and confident opening spell from the visitors as they chased down the Germans when they had possession and used the ball well when England had the play.  On six minutes there was a shout for a penalty when Jamie Vardy latched on to a forward pass and then went down as the goalkeeper came out to dive at his feet.  It was one of those incidents that, had it been at the other end, then there was more likelihood of the spot-kick being given.  As it was, the referee ignored claims from the England players.

By the time the quarter hour was up Germany were settling into the game more, having spells of possession but not creating anything in England's box.  Kyle Walker was making some good forays down the right and Tottenham teammate Deli Alli was always busy and full of ideas.  All the England players were closing the Germans down and the home players looked a little bemused by England's bright start.  Chris Smalling did lose the ball in one German attack but the resultant shot was easily blocked by Gary Cahill.  Livermore and Keane were both contributing well, with Keane looking very assured in a back three favoured by Southgate.  On 23 minutes a great move down the right involving Alli and Walker ended with the German defenders desperately hacking the ball away.  Eric Dier headed a corner into the arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and then a fine pass from Keane to Alli was only just headed clear.  England's attacks tended to break down in the final third of the pitch, but there was no doubting that, in the main, England were on the front foot.

Just after the half-hour mark a wonderful break down the left by Adam Lallana almost broke the deadlock.  His driving run into the box ended with a fine shot that struck the far upright, with the keeper beaten, before bouncing out to be cleared.  It was so unlucky as Lallana did everything right, but as usual when we play the Germans our luck was out.

A great piece of skill by the lively Alli almost saw him break through but it came to nothing.
  The Germans were not being allowed to play well but always with them there is a danger when they move forward.  But England defended well with all the players moving as a good unit to shut down when danger threatened.  Both Joe Hart and ter Stegen lived dangerously with their footwork as forwards bore down on them, and then Dier shot over from a free-kick.  On 41 minutes Alli had the chance of the match so far when he broke away with a one on one with the keeper.  It looks odds on that Alli would score but ter Stegen blocked his shot, must to the disappointment of the England fans watching.  Alli then tried again from long range but the goal that England's first half had warranted just would not come.

The Germans re-grouped at half-time and after the break they did play better and the first chance of the second half came when Hart miscued a punch out and Julian Brandt fired an instant shot that only just went wide.  Chances came and went at both ends with Alli missing a good chance at the far post and then Lukas Podolski, playing his last international, mishit his first chance of the night.  Great play by Dier saw him fire in a cross-shot which the keeper saved at full stretch and then Leroy Sane's weak header was easily saved.  The game carried on like this until the 69th minute when a moment of magic settled the match.

For the first time England gave Podolski a bit too much space and the retiring player celebrated his last game with a magnificent shot from 30 yards that flew into the top corner with Hart having absolutely no chance of saving it.  The goal was so disappointing for England, but there was no denying the quality of the strike and it was an appropriate end for the Galatasary player, his 49th goal in Germany's colours.

Nathan Redmond, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard came on as Southgate wrung the changes and England continued to give a good account of themselves.  However, the goal brought back the typical German swagger as they confidently denied England possession.  Indeed, only a magnificent save from Hart, low to his left, prevented Sane from extending Germany's lead.  The hosts are the pass masters at protecting a one goal lead though and to be frank England never really threatened after the goal.  A number of substitutions disrupted the flow a little too, but it did give Southgate the chance to look at some of his players in an international arena.  James Ward-Prowse was given a debut, whilst Luke Shaw and John Stones came on in defence.

Podolski was given a standing ovation as he was substituted late on and England were left to rue their lack of goals in a first-half that they largely dominated.  Overall though, it was an excellent match, with many excellent individual performances.   Southgate had plenty of positives to take away with him, but England must learn one lesson quickly, in games like this, against the top sides, they MUST take the chances they create.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor