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England 0-1 Germany

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley Stadium
Per Mertesacker puts Germany in front against England

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.

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.

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.

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 2Walker
  • 3ColeSubstituted forGibbsat 53'minutes
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forWilshereat 64'minutes
  • 5Smalling
  • 6Jagielka
  • 11Townsend
  • 4GerrardSubstituted forHendersonat 56'minutes
  • 9Sturridge
  • 10RooneySubstituted forBarkleyat 71'minutes
  • 7LallanaSubstituted forLambertat 76'minutes

Substitutes

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

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Weidenfeller
  • 23WestermannSubstituted forDraxlerat 67'minutes
  • 3SchmelzerSubstituted forJansenat 45'minutes
  • 15Bender
  • 17Mertesacker
  • 20BoatengSubstituted forHummelsat 45'minutesSubstituted forHöwedesat 65'minutes
  • 19Götze
  • 2Bender
  • 14KruseSubstituted forSamat 56'minutes
  • 18Kroos
  • 21ReusSubstituted forSchürrleat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Höwedes
  • 5Hummels
  • 7Jansen
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Draxler
  • 12Adler
  • 13Müller
  • 24Sam
Referee:
Stéphane Lannoy

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Germany 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Germany 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Henderson (England).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sidney Sam (Germany).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Marcell Jansen.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Julian Draxler (Germany).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Andre Schürrle replaces Marco Reus.

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Tuesday 19th November 2013

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