England are making five changes to the starting line-up selected to defeat Hungary. Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Bukayo Saka, Calvin Phillips and Raheem Sterling took the 75th title win, replacing James Justin, Conor Cody, Trent Alexander Arnold, Judd Bellingham and Jarrod Bowen. All of them fall off the bench except for the injured Justin. Mark Guéhi returns to the team.
Germany makes seven changes to the team that has been called a draw in Italy. David Raum, Lukas Klostermann, Nico Schlutterbeek, Jonas Hoffmann, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, and former England young international Jamal Musiyala. Thilo Kerrer, Niklas Soleil, Benjamin Henrichs, Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane step down.
The last time these two great rivals met – one year ago, spend or take two weeks – England They achieved one of the most memorable victories in their history. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scored late goals at Wembley in their Round of 16 victory during Euro 2020, a joyous occasion that gave Gareth Southgate’s side faith in reaching the final. But they were facing a different Germany last June. And Joachim Loew’s team was beaten in groups by France and took control of Hungary. Now Hansi Flick’s team is undefeated nine, having just drawn with Holland and Italy away from home, and has regained the momentum of Mannschaft well and really recovered.
By contrast, England were flying at the time, having just won eight out of nine, confidence was running through her veins, and her dream of becoming European champion was what motivated her. They have now come out of a disastrous 1-0 defeat in Hungary and are up against an absolutely talented man at the end of a long and seemingly endless season. They will need to regroup tonight in Munich, or they will find themselves behind the eight ball The League of Nations A3 just four days after launch. A year – more than two weeks – is a long time in football. Kick off at Allianz Arena at 7.45pm GMT. It’s up!
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