England suffered back-to-back Wembley defeats for the first time in 36 years as Per Mertesacker's first-half header gave Germany victory.

Manager Roy Hodgson once again reshuffled his team as he explores options ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil - but a below-strength Germany followed Chile in leaving with an away win.

England enjoyed plenty of possession but the closest they came to drawing level was when Andros Townsend's long-range effort struck the woodwork after the break.

The major bonus for Hodgson in this latest loss was the performance of goalkeeper Joe Hart, recalled after Celtic's Fraser Forster made his debut against Chile and currently out of Manchester City's side after being replaced by Costel Pantilimon.

Hart was England's outstanding performer, saving superbly from Mertesacker before his goal and from Marco Reus and Mario Gotze in the second half.

How did Hart do?

England goalkeeper Joe Hart

Check out what rating BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty awarded to the Manchester City keeper and the rest of Roy Hodgson's England team

It was a night when Hart repaid Hodgson's public faith in him and confirmed his status as England's undisputed number one. It could also prove to be a turning point for the keeper as he tries to regain confidence lost over a long spell of indifferent form.

Few others on Hodgson's England undercard made compelling claims to move to the forefront of his thoughts for Brazil as the final whistle was greeted by boos from the Wembley crowd for the second time in a matter of days.

And while Hodgson will, understandably, regard this game as another fact-finding exercise rather than one where victory was essential, it was still a sobering night as England barely troubled Germany keeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Hodgson's men struggled against a Germany team missing a host of key players such as Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and first-choice keeper Manuel Neuer.

England have one game left, the Wembley friendly with Denmark in March, before Hodgson names his squad for Brazil.

They enjoyed plenty of possession in a tight first half - but the contributions that mattered came late in the half and came from Germany.

Hart had been given a quiet England reintroduction but reacted brilliantly six minutes before the interval to save Mertesacker's header only for the Arsenal defender to make no mistake with an identical chance moments later, rising between Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling to score.

And Hart distinguished himself once more just after the break when sleight of foot from Gotze set up Reus but the keeper was alert once more to make an important block.

England off target

England hit the post against Germany but failed to have a shot on target in a home game for the first time since losing 1-0 to Scotland in the second leg of their Euro 2000 play-off in November 1999. Source: Opta

Hodgson, as expected made changes, with Kieran Gibbs replacing Ashley Cole and Jordan Henderson coming on for captain and Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard to freshen up England's performance.

Germany were still dangerous on the counter but England came closest just before the hour when Townsend, as he likes to do, cut in from the right and hit a low left-foot shot that beat Weidenfeller but struck the post.

Hart was in action once more to save from Gotze, although he had one anxious moment when he collided with the hesitant Smalling.

Hodgson introduced Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Rickie Lambert as England chased an equaliser but Germany survived in comfort and England were condemned to defeat once more.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (11)

England

  • 01 Hart
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Cole (Gibbs - 53' )
  • 08 Cleverley (Wilshere - 64' )
  • 05 Smalling
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 11 Townsend
  • 04 Gerrard (Henderson - 56' )
  • 09 Sturridge
  • 10 Rooney (Barkley - 71' )
  • 07 Lallana (Lambert - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 13 Ruddy
  • 14 Baines
  • 15 Gibbs
  • 16 Cahill
  • 17 Milner
  • 18 Lampard
  • 19 Barkley
  • 20 Wilshere
  • 21 Henderson
  • 22 Lambert
  • 23 Forster
  • 24 Defoe
  • 25 Rodriguez

Germany

  • 22 Weidenfeller
  • 23 Westermann (Draxler - 67' )
  • 03 Schmelzer (Jansen - 45' )
  • 15 Bender
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 20 Boateng (Hummels - 45' )
  • 19 Götze
  • 02 Bender
  • 14 Kruse (Höwedes - 56' )
  • 18 Kroos
  • 21 Reus (Schürrle - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Höwedes
  • 05 Hummels (Höwedes - 65' )
  • 07 Jansen
  • 09 Schürrle
  • 10 Draxler
  • 12 Adler
  • 13 Müller
  • 24 Sam
Ref: Stéphane Lannoy

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

0 5

Corners

11 6

Fouls

15 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, England 0, Germany 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, England 0, Germany 1.

90:00 +3:57

Attempt blocked. Sidney Sam (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.

90:00 +3:03

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:03

Foul by Jordan Henderson (England).

90:00 +2:20

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (England) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Sidney Sam (Germany).

90:00 +1:37

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

90:00 +0:06

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt blocked. Sidney Sam (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

88:38

Attempt missed. Sidney Sam (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

86:50

Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

86:50

Andros Townsend (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:18

Offside, Germany. Sidney Sam tries a through ball, but Andre Schürrle is caught offside.

85:49

Corner, England. Conceded by Marcell Jansen.

83:26

Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

83:26

Joe Hart (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:21

Attempt blocked. Andre Schürrle (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sidney Sam with a through ball.

81:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Andre Schürrle replaces Marco Reus.

81:20

Foul by Marcell Jansen (Germany).

81:20

Kyle Walker (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:02

Corner, England. Conceded by Julian Draxler.

79:58

Attempt blocked. Chris Smalling (England) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross.

79:45

Corner, England. Conceded by Lars Bender.

79:15

Corner, England. Conceded by Sven Bender.

78:17

Corner, England. Conceded by Julian Draxler.

75:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Rickie Lambert replaces Adam Lallana.

75:20

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:20

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (England).

73:43

Attempt blocked. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lars Bender.

72:50

Corner, England. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

70:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Ross Barkley replaces Wayne Rooney.

70:00

Per Mertesacker (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:00

Foul by Chris Smalling (England).

69:42

Corner, England. Conceded by Benedikt Höwedes.

67:46

Attempt missed. Sidney Sam (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mario Götze with a through ball.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Julian Draxler replaces Heiko Westermann.

65:43

Lars Bender (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:43

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

65:14

Foul by Marco Reus (Germany).

65:14

Jack Wilshere (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Benedikt Höwedes replaces Mats Hummels because of an injury.

64:16

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sidney Sam.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Jack Wilshere replaces Tom Cleverley.

62:11

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

61:26

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:26

Foul by Andros Townsend (England).

60:42

Foul by Sven Bender (Germany).

60:42

Adam Lallana (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:09

Sidney Sam (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:09

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

56:44

Andros Townsend (England) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Phil Jagielka.

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Sidney Sam replaces Max Kruse.

55:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Jordan Henderson replaces Steven Gerrard.

54:33

Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Germany) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

54:02

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

52:21

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:21

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

52:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England. Kieran Gibbs replaces Ashley Cole.

51:31

Corner, England. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

48:39

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Joe Hart.

48:36

Attempt saved. Marco Reus (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

47:20

Attempt missed. Max Kruse (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mario Götze.

45:39

Corner, England. Conceded by Marcell Jansen.

45:00

Second Half begins England 0, Germany 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Mats Hummels replaces Jerome Boateng.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Germany. Marcell Jansen replaces Marcel Schmelzer.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, England 0, Germany 1.

43:40

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (England) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

39:18

Foul by Marcel Schmelzer (Germany).

39:18

Kyle Walker (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England 0, Germany 1. Per Mertesacker (Germany) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

38:07

Attempt blocked. Heiko Westermann (Germany) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

37:48

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Adam Lallana.

37:46

Attempt saved. Max Kruse (Germany) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:45

Attempt saved. Per Mertesacker (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

37:13

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

36:33

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

36:33

Adam Lallana (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:19

Offside, Germany. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Max Kruse is caught offside.

30:07

Corner, England. Conceded by Marco Reus.

29:23

Corner, England. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

27:35

Offside, Germany. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Max Kruse is caught offside.

27:18

Foul by Daniel Sturridge (England).

27:18

Toni Kroos (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:07

Foul by Sven Bender (Germany).

26:07

Ashley Cole (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:26

Hand ball by Wayne Rooney (England).

24:25

Foul by Kyle Walker (England).

24:25

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:17

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

22:17

Sven Bender (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:38

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

20:48

Foul by Kyle Walker (England).

20:48

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:46

Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cleverley with a cross.

18:05

Tom Cleverley (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:05

Foul by Toni Kroos (Germany).

14:59

Marco Reus (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:59

Foul by Tom Cleverley (England).

12:46

Attempt missed. Heiko Westermann (Germany) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Reus with a cross following a set piece situation.

12:03

Max Kruse (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:03

Foul by Kyle Walker (England).

9:24

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (England) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

9:13

Foul by Max Kruse (Germany).

9:13

Tom Cleverley (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:40

Offside, England. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

3:48

Foul by Adam Lallana (England).

3:48

Mario Götze (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:31

Phil Jagielka (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:31

Foul by Max Kruse (Germany).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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