Wembley Stadium, Wembley, 10.11.2017
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Germany: ter Stegen – Ginter, Hummels (c), Rüdiger – Kimmich, Halstenberg – Gündogan (86. Rudy) – Özil – Draxler (67. Can), Sané (86. Brandt) – Werner (73. Wagner)
England: Pickford – Stones, P. Jones (24. Gomez), Maguire – Trippier (71. Walker), Rose (71. Bertrand) – Dier (c), Livermore (86. Cork), Loftus-Cheek – Vardy (86. Lingard), Abraham (60. Rashford)
Colours: Germany – white shirts, black shorts, white socks; England – dark blue shirts, dark blue shorts, dark blue socks
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Assistants: Michał Obukowicz (Poland), Radosław Siejka (Poland)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
Video Assistant Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Marcin Borkowski (Poland)
Yellow Cards: – / Gomez, Livermore
Red Cards: – / –
Match Programme Details
Since the previous meeting between England and Germany in 2013, there were significant changes to the structure, style and format of the England match programme. While still reasonably priced at £6, there was a slight reduction in size, compensated by an increase from 74 to 82 pages of content. While previous editions were stapled together, the 2017 edition is perfect bound with a flat spine (making it less easy to lay down flat for a photograph!)
The cover of the 2017 Wembley programme features a comic strip style montage featuring three players from each team, in front of cheering fans and stylised images of a roaring English lion and a rather stern-looking German eagle. As in 2013, not all of the German players featured on the cover would actually play in the match. Mesut Özil and Leroy Sané, both based in England, would make the starting lineup, while Toni Kroos being rested.
Dimensions: 247 x 166 mm
Numbered Pages: 82
This was Germany’s second friendly match against England within the space of a year, and it showed. With both countries having safely qualified for the following summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, this meeting provided the perfect opportunity for both coaches to experiment a little.
The match started out at a furious pace, and there were plenty of chances in the first half. But with both coaches making a number of personnel changes, the second forty-five minutes were far more sedate. It was the first goalless stalemate between Germany and England since 1982, when the two teams met in the World Cup second group phase in Spain.
Statistically, the result was satisfactory for all concerned. England continued their development under Gareth Southgate, while Jogi Löw’s German team added one more game to an unbeaten run that stretched back to the summer of 2016. It also extended the Nationalmannschaft’s long undefeated run at Wembley, a record that stretched back to 1975, when the then World Champions fell to a two-goal defeat.
The German team was a even mix of established and fresh names, with RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg making his full international debut. The home side was arguably even more green, with three new faces in the starting eleven.
Both teams would have chances early on, but it was the visitors that came closest to opening the scoring. While Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier smashed a shot into the side netting for the Three Lions, Leroy Sané was denied a first international goal by the underside of the crossbar.
More opportunities came and went for both sides. A Timo Werner shot was well saved by young England ‘keeper Jordan Pickford, and another Sané effort was cleared off the line before Julian Draxler thumped the rebound over the bar. Werner then unleashed a stinging low drive, which resulted in an even better save from the impressive Pickford.
Germany should have been away and clear, but Gareth Southgate’s men went close themselves just before half time. Jamie Vardy’s chip over Marc-André ter Stegen was heading towards the German goal, but Draxler made good ground to clear the danger.
There was an initial flurry of excitement after the break when Vardy tested ter Stegen, but the changes meant that the game lost a lot of its initial fizz. Right at the death, England almost snatched the win. Two minutes into additional time, Marcus Rashford free-kick into the German box was nodded down by Harry Maguire to the unmarked Jesse Lingard. With the goal at his mercy, the Manchester United man swept his volley over the target.
For Germany, it really was a game of two halves. Jogi’s Jungs would have seven shots at goal in the first half, four of which were on target. In the second half, they could only muster one off-target effort.
In the end, the 0-0 draw was probably the right result.
Home: played 15, won 4, drawn 3, lost 8. Goals for 21, goals against 35.
Away: played 14, won 7, drawn 1, lost 6. Goals for 14, goals against 26.
Neutral: played 7, won 4, drawn 1, lost 2. Goals for 10, goals against 9.
Overall: played 36, won 16, drawn 4, lost 16. Goals for 45, goals against 70.
Competitive: played 12, won 7, drawn 2, lost 3. Goals for 18, goals against 17.