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Germany vs England: Can England Win Again On German Soil?

Germany vs England Photo credit to FA.com

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Germany VS England

England travel to Dortmund to face Germany for an International friendly. This is the second time they will play Germany in two years. Before these meetings they hadn’t met since Germany’s 4-1 victory in the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Germany VS England: The Last Meeting

Both England and Germany were preparing for the Euro’s in France. Joachim Low’s side were strong favorites to defeat Roy Hodgson’s inexperienced line-up in Berlin. The Germans were two goals clear before the hour mark. With goals from Toni Kroos and the recalled Mario Gomez. However the last half an hour of the contest was arguably the best display under the reign of Hodgson.

In form Tottenham striker Harry Kane pulled a goal back with a clinical finish. Suddenly England were looking like the team that had recently won the World Cup. Jamie Vardy sensationally back healed his first England goal to bring England level. Low’s side couldn’t live with the high pressing that England were deploying. They eventually succumbed to Eric Dier’s bullet header in stoppage time. English fans had renewed optimism for the Euro’s following the win.

Germany VS England: England’s Form Since Then

However, since then the English FA have sacked two managers. Hodgson left after another dismal showing in a major tournament. Iceland won 2-1 against England in the Round of 16 and brought all of the optimism about England’s new youthful approach to an end. In came Sam Allardyce fresh from keeping Sunderland in the Premier League. He lasted just 67 days and oversaw just one game. Allardyce was accused of corruption after giving advice on how to get around restrictions on transfers. However he was never charged and is now back in work with Crystal Palace.

Germany VS England: Germany’s Form Since Then

Meanwhile Germany recovered to make an appearance in the last four of a major tournament once again. They have been to at least the semi finals in every tournament since Euro 2004. They also won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Verdict

This looks set to be the first real test for Allardyce’s replacement Gareth Southgate. He is unbeaten so far with England. This has included A 3-0 victory over their rivals Scotland at Wembley. But can continue England’s recent run of three successive victories on German soil? If he does he will have gone a long way to convincing many skeptical England fans that he is the man to improve the National team.