Germany vs England preview

Game : Germany vs England ( International Friendly)

Venue : Olympic Stadium, Berlin

Date : 19 November 2008

Time : 20.45 German time

The 31st match between Germany and England this Wednesday might be outshadowed by the Scotland Argentina clash which will see Diego Maradona manage the latter for the first time, but it still remains an interesting fixture despite both teams missing several first team regulars.

This match comes in the middle of a busy domestic season in England, and the visitors have a long injury list. Strikers Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey, midfielders Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves, defenders Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole and goalkeeper Joe Hart are all injury casualties. This has forced Capello to name a young squad, and the biggest surprise of them all was the inclusion of young Michael Mancienne, the Chelsea defender who is currently on loan at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. In the 23 member squad named by Capello, Jimmy Bullard, Curtis Davies, Mancienne and Gabriel Agbonlahor are yet to be capped. Capello may chose to give some of his youngsters a run, because the Germans too are not at full strength. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is also out with a dislocated shoulder.

Possible lineup- James, Bridge, Lescott, Terry, Richards, Downing, Barry, Carrick, Wright Philips, Bent, Defoe.

German coach Joachim Loew chose to ignore Torsten Frings for this game. Captain Michael Ballack is also out. The Germans will also have to do without Philipp Lahm, Clemens Fritz, Christian Pander and Marcell Jansen. Schalke strike Kevin Kuranyi was also given the cold shoulder by Loew. Kuranyi and Pander were on target for Germany when the two teams last met. Germany won that clash at Wembley 2-1. Loew also called up two players from Hoffenheim- Bundesliga’s surprise package this season. Defender Marvin Compper and midfielder Tobias Weis from Hoffenheim are both likely to be capped on Wednesday. The same may go for Marcel Schafer from Wolfsburg. England fans could also see wonderkid Marko Marin, who missed the bus to Euro 2008 in action.

This is Germany’s last game of the year. Die Mannschaft will be keen to do well. I’d go for a 2-1 win to England, with Defoe, Richards and Schweinsteiger scoring.

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