Women's International Friendlies

England 0-3 Germany

By Anna ThompsonBBC Sport at Wembley
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



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Germany 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Germany 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Josephine Henning.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Laura Bassett replaces Lucy Bronze.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Babett Peter (Germany).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Babett Peter replaces Jennifer Cramer.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Verena Faißt replaces Celia Sasic.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luisa Wensing (Germany).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Alex Greenwood replaces Demi Stokes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jo Potter replaces Alex Scott.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Lianne Sanderson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Josephine Henning.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Pauline Bremer replaces Simone Laudehr.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alex Scott (England).