Women's International Friendlies

England 0-3 Germany

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Highlights: England 0-3 Germany
  • First England game at new Wembley
  • Watched by record 45,619 crowd
  • England's Nobbs hits bar in eighth second
  • Dominant Germany take their chances

England were roundly beaten by two-time World Cup winners Germany in a historic women's match at Wembley.

An England record crowd of 45,619 watched the national team's first standalone game at the home of English football.

But the hosts were given a lesson by the reigning European champions, who England have never beaten in 20 attempts.

Germany - well organised, efficient passers of the ball and clinical finishers - sealed the victory before half-time, striker Celia Sasic scoring two after an own goal by England defender Alex Scott had sent them on their way.

The friendly was organised as a test ahead of next year's Fifa Women's World Cup to gauge where England were against one of the best teams in the world.

And, on this evidence, there will need to be a lot of improvements if Mark Sampson's side are to advance beyond the quarter-finals, which is the furthest they have reached on three previous occasions.

Almost 10,000 wasted tickets
England had been expecting an even higher attendance, with all 55,000 available tickets sold, but almost 10,000 did not turn up with transport problems in London and the weather contributing factors

The teams had last met in the 2009 European Championship final, with Germany trouncing England 6-2, but both teams arrived at Wembley having won all 10 matches in World Cup qualifying.

Birmingham striker Karen Carney celebrated her 100th cap for England and there was a frenetic opening with the home side dispossessing Germany from the kick-off, leading to Jordan Nobbs rattling the crossbar after eight seconds.

England players in huddle
England players had a huddle straight after the second goal

But, within six minutes, Germany were ahead, the ball coming off Scott at an acute angle and into the net after pressure from Simone Laudehr, who was initially credited with the goal

They doubled their lead four minutes later after an England mix-up on the halfway line which let in Frankfurt striker Sasic. After a solo run she finished coolly for her 55th international goal.

England had a period of pressure during the closing stages of the first half with goalkeeper Almuth Schult, a Champions League winner with Wolfsburg, holding onto a half-volley from England's most capped player Fara Williams.

But they were ripped apart again just before half-time when Sasic scored a simple header from Tabea Kemme's cross.

England played better in the second half but they rarely troubled Schult, their best chance coming in injury time when substitute Jill Scott fired into the side netting.

England are setting up another home friendly - against world number-one ranked team the United States - before the World Cup in Canada begins in June.

England manager Mark Sampson told BBC Two: "It was obviously a disappointing result.

"I think we learned some very valuable lessons today in terms of the clinical German finishing and speed of the counter attack.

"I have to applaud the team, the spirit and character they showed in the second half. You have to remember we have six months before the World Cup."

England captain Karen Carney, on her 100th cap, told BBC Two: "It was not what we wanted, but we have six months to get it right now. If someone said get it right now or in six months we would take it in six months. They are a strong team.

"We were a bit naive in the first half, mainly in the first 20 minutes. We have to be better, go away and come back, fitter, faster and stronger."

Fans at Wembley
The crowd was a record 45,619 for an England home game
Simone Laudehr header
Alex Scott's own goal opener was given to Simone Laudehr initially
Celia Sasic
Celia Sasic ran from about halfway to double the German lead
Celia Sasic
Celia Sasic scored Germany's third goal seconds before the break



  • 1Bardsley
  • 2ScottSubstituted forPotterat 83'minutes
  • 5Houghton
  • 6BronzeSubstituted forBassettat 90+1'minutes
  • 3StokesSubstituted forGreenwoodat 84'minutes
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forScottat 71'minutes
  • 7Nobbs
  • 8Carney
  • 10Duggan
  • 9SandersonSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 11AlukoSubstituted forKirbyat 62'minutes


  • 12Bassett
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 14Greenwood
  • 15Rafferty
  • 16Potter
  • 17Moore
  • 18Scott
  • 19Kirby
  • 20Taylor
  • 21Telford
  • 22Clarke


  • 12Schult
  • 14KemmeSubstituted forWensingat 45'minutes
  • 5Krahn
  • 3Henning
  • 17CramerSubstituted forPeterat 89'minutes
  • 7BehringerSubstituted forMarozsanat 45'minutes
  • 20Goeßling
  • 16LeupolzSubstituted forMittagat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 18Popp
  • 6LaudehrSubstituted forBremerat 76'minutes
  • 13Okoyino da MbabiSubstituted forFaißtat 88'minutes


  • 2Schmidt
  • 4Peter
  • 8Bremer
  • 10Marozsan
  • 11Mittag
  • 15Hendrich
  • 21Benkarth
  • 22Wensing
  • 23Faißt
  • 24Peterman
  • 25Däbritz
  • 28Weiß
  • 29Kämper
Esther Staubli

Match Stats

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Match ends, England 0, Germany 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 0, Germany 3.

Offside, Germany. Verena Faißt tries a through ball, but Babett Peter is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jordan Nobbs (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Duggan.

Corner, England. Conceded by Josephine Henning.


Substitution, England. Laura Bassett replaces Lucy Bronze.

Attempt missed. Jill Scott (England) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Babett Peter (Germany).


Substitution, Germany. Babett Peter replaces Jennifer Cramer.


Substitution, Germany. Verena Faißt replaces Celia Sasic.

Karen Carney (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luisa Wensing (Germany).


Substitution, England. Alex Greenwood replaces Demi Stokes.


Substitution, England. Jo Potter replaces Alex Scott.

Attempt missed. Jodie Taylor (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton with a through ball.


Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Lianne Sanderson.

Corner, England. Conceded by Josephine Henning.


Substitution, Germany. Pauline Bremer replaces Simone Laudehr.

Foul by Alex Scott (England).

Anja Mittag (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Karen Bardsley (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexandra Popp (Germany).

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Demi Stokes.


Substitution, England. Jill Scott replaces Fara Williams.

Foul by Karen Carney (England).

Celia Sasic (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Celia Sasic (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Anja Mittag with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexandra Popp.


Substitution, England. Francesca Kirby replaces Eniola Aluko.

Offside, England. Alex Scott tries a through ball, but Jordan Nobbs is caught offside.


Anja Mittag (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Karen Carney (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anja Mittag (Germany).

Karen Carney (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anja Mittag (Germany).

Attempt missed. Lucy Bronze (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lianne Sanderson (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jennifer Cramer (Germany).

Offside, Germany. Jennifer Cramer tries a through ball, but Dzsenifer Marozsan is caught offside.


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