Germany v England preview: Team news, stats, odds, and manager quotes

England headed to Germany with just one withdrawal from their squad after they trained at St George’s Park.

Raheem Sterling missed the session as he is on his own personal recovery plan following Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, however there were no concerns surrounding him.

The winger was the only player absent, with City team-mate John Stones and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne taking part at Burton and the uncapped James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond also involved.

Jamie Vardy trained with his team-mates the day after revealing he received death threats following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking by Leicesterlast month. The threats followed reports he may have had a part to play in the Italian’s exit, which Vardy firmly denies.

The returning Jermain Defoe, who has not played for England since 2013, and West Brom’s Jake Livermore, looking for his first cap since 2012, also featured.

Southgate’s men took part in a light warm-up before a session of keep-ball at St George’s Park as they look to beat Germany for the second time in a year in Wednesday’s friendly.

They won 3-2 in Berlin last March thanks to Eric Dier’s last-minute winner.

England then face Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday at Wembley.

TEAM NEWS

MANAGER QUOTES

England manager Gareth Southgate said of his decision to call up Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe: “We have got injuries in the forward area and it was important not to look at somebody’s age and dismiss them from your thinking,”

“Jermain’s goalscoring record year after year is phenomenal, but, in particular, this season, in a team that isn’t creating as many chances as other teams, his strike rate is outstanding. I didn’t want to just look at his age and think he’s finished with England.”

Germany boss Low said: “Neuer has reported injured, it’s the same with Ozil and Draxler. They have minor hamstring injuries but it is too much of a risk to play them. Gomez has a groin injury.”

WHEN IS THE MATCH?

Kick off is at 7.45pm UK time.

WHERE IS IT BEING PLAYED?

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

To see if Gareth Southgate can get his England career, as permanent manager, off to a decent start or if it is likely to be more of the same for beleaguered fans.

CAN I WATCH IT ON TV?

Yes – the match will be televised on ITV in the UK from 7.15pm.

MATCH FACTS

Germany haven’t lost back-to-back internationals against England since losing seven in a row between 1935 and 1966.

England came from 2-0 down the last time they met Germany in March 2016, winning 3-2 in Berlin. Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier both scored their first international goals in the match.

In that match, Germany scored with both of their shots on target against the Three Lions.

Germany have lost just one of 18 games in which they’ve played in Dortmund, losing to Italy in the 2006 World Cup (W15 D2).

England have lost only one of their last 16 away internationals, against Spain in November 2015 (W9 D6).

Germany have lost their last three home matches against England on home soil – 5-1 in 2001, 2-1 in 2008 and 3-2 in 2016. Each of those wins were masterminded by a different English manager (Eriksson, Capello, Hodgson).

England have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last seven games against Germany.

Joachim Loew’s side have gone 558 minutes without conceding an international goal. Antoine Griezmannwas the last player to score past them in Euro 2016.

Adam Lallana has scored in each of his last three internationals for England. o Jermain Defoe last made an England appearance in November 2013 against Chile.

BOOKIES’ ODDS

Germany win: 3/4

England win: 15/4

Draw: 11/4

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