Germany vs England – a clash to tug on the heartstrings; a clash that brings out patriotism in football fans – and a clash with a lot of history.
The World Cup final in 1966, the World Cup qualifier in 2001 and the World Cup knockout game in 2010 all stick in the memory like they were just yesterday. This is an absolute stalwart of international rivalries – but Saturday’s game will be labelled a ‘friendly’.
So out of the current crop, who has the better squad? One of the most intriguing ways to gauge this is to combine the two sets of players – we’ve done this below, using the two nations’ current squads – so anyone who is injured or didn’t get called up is ineligible for this combined eleven. The pool of players is as follows:
England: Butland, Forster, Heaton; Stones, Clyne, Smalling, Walker, Rose, Cahill, Jagielka; Lallana, Barkley, Drinkwater, Henderson, Milner, Dier, Alli; Welbeck, Walcott, Vardy, Sturridge, Kane; Hodgson
Germany: Leno, Neuer, ter Stegen, Trapp; Ginter, Hummels, Hector, Mustafi, Rudiger, Rudy, Tah; Can, Bellarabi, Kramer, Draxler, Schurrle, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Muller, Reus; Podolski, Gomez, Gotze, Volland; Low
Here’s who made it into our combined eleven…