England 0 Germany 1 - as it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

England 0 Germany 1 - as it happened



By
SIMON RICE


Mertesacker celebrates the only goal of the game...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports...




  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of tonight's international friendly between England and Germany at Wembley.
    11/19/2013 5:01:43 PM
  • 11/19/2013 5:29:36 PM
  • So, the last time England played Germany was at the 2010 World Cup. In case you've attempted to banish that afternoon from your memory, let me remind you that England were humbled 4-1. So how far have England come in the three years since? This is what Stevie G thinks...

    I do feel we are a lot stronger. There is a good mix of youth and experience in the squad at the moment. We are all moving forward and improving all the time.

    To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
    11/19/2013 5:35:39 PM
  • Watch highlights of the last time England played Germany (if you can bring yourself to do so).

    11/19/2013 5:36:47 PM
  • Confirming that you must always look miserable when travelling on the London Underground. Check out more pics of the Germany team on the Tube by CLICKING HERE.

    11/19/2013 5:40:13 PM
  • Roman Weidenfeller will be starting in goal for Germany tonight. Find out why almost everyone is delighted for him by CLICKING HERE.

    11/19/2013 5:45:13 PM
  • Baines or Cole? It's the new favourite topic of debate around the England team, replacing the previous one of whether Gerrard and Lampard could figure out how to occupy the same bit of turf. Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has come up with a solution...

    I'd play Baines in front of Cole.

    Find out why he thinks that'd work by CLICKING HERE.

    11/19/2013 5:48:31 PM
  • Here are tonight's teams...

    England: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole, Townsend, Gerrard, Cleverley, Lallana, Sturridge, Rooney. Subs: Ruddy, Johnson, Baines, Gibbs, Cahill, Milner, Lampard, Barkley, Wilshere, Henderson, Lambert, Defoe, Rodriguez, Forster.

    Germany: Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Westermann, Mertesacker, Boateng, Sven Bender, Kruse, Lars Bender, Kroos, Reus, Gotze. Subs: Adler, Howedes, Hummels, Jansen, Schurrle, Draxler, Muller, Sam.
    11/19/2013 7:50:09 PM
  • Right, less than 10 minutes to go until kick-off here at Wembley. Big flags. Check. Emotive music. Check. A win for England. Let's see...
    11/19/2013 7:53:53 PM
  • I'm guessing this bloke's not from the south.

    11/19/2013 7:56:37 PM
  • 1 min: We're off here at Wembley...
    11/19/2013 8:00:22 PM
  • 1 min: An early touch for Hart. No mistakes so far...
    11/19/2013 8:01:36 PM
  • 3 min: Townsend getting involved early and he puts in a sweet cross but Mertesacker nods it away. You'd always back the massive Arsenal man against Sturridge really.
    11/19/2013 8:03:25 PM
  • 6 min: Germany make their first foray forward but Kyle Walker snuffs it out to the delight of the England fans. It's quickly worked forward but Cleverley smashes his pass at Rooney, who can't control it.
    11/19/2013 8:06:08 PM
  • 9 min: Germany beginning to display their technical ability with some tidy passing in midfield. England yet to settle really. That long Stevie G pass to Rooney that just went straight out won't help.
    11/19/2013 8:09:04 PM
  • 11 min: Quick free-kick and Townsend is roaring off at the Germany defence. England fans have really found a new favourite - the excitement seems to swell every time he cuts loose.
    11/19/2013 8:11:24 PM
  • 13 min: He and Rooney then link up on the edge of the box but both fail to shoot when they have the chance. More promising from England.
    11/19/2013 8:12:48 PM
  • 15 min: Reus swings in a free-kick and the header from Westermann looks to be going in for a second, but sails just wide. Shouts for an England penalty down the other end - but Cleverley's not getting that.
    11/19/2013 8:14:45 PM
  • 16 min: Cleverley plays a shocker of a pass in midfield. And then backs it up by hacking down Reus. Making the most of his chance the United man is not.
    11/19/2013 8:16:23 PM
  • 18 min: Ambitious or rubbish? Either way Rooney just belted it behind the goal from a wide position.
    11/19/2013 8:18:08 PM
  • Sturridge and Rooney getting us underway...

    11/19/2013 8:18:21 PM
  • 21 min: Sturridge gets the skills out and then some nifty passing between him, Townsend and Rooney sees Walker with a chance to whip it in. His cross is poor though. Rooney then sees his looping header drop just over the bar.
    11/19/2013 8:21:02 PM
  • 23 min: For a moment there we looked like we'd see a sprint between Rooney and Mertesacker. Wonder who would have won? Anyway, the German defender gets his foot to it - just. The move leads to an audacious volley from Gerrard. To say it wasn't his best, would be more than fair.
    11/19/2013 8:23:24 PM
  • 27 min: Me? Rooney asks politely if the free-kick was for him clearly handling the ball. Yes Wayne. You did. Very even this match so far.
    11/19/2013 8:27:19 PM
  • 29 min: The crowd here are furious as the ref gives a foul against Sturridge when it would appear he did nothing wrong. Either way it ends a promising attack from England that was spurred by Townsend making a run down the right hand side.
    11/19/2013 8:29:06 PM
  • 32 min: Cole looks to prove he can deliver it as well as Baines and for a moment it looked like his cross would land perfectly for Rooney. Germany get it out, just. It leads to a couple of corners and some decent pressure from England. Jagielka can only head Gerrard's deep cross over though.
    11/19/2013 8:31:48 PM
  • 35 min: England break thanks to a fabulous ball forward from Cleverley that finds Sturridge. The Liverpool forward works it to the byline but when the options fail to open up he goes it alone and loses the ball.
    11/19/2013 8:35:30 PM
  • 37 min: Walker was nearly made to pay there after giving it away cheaply. A combo of Cole and Gerrard snuffs out the threat from Gotze however.
    11/19/2013 8:38:00 PM
  • 39 min - GOAL!: Metersacker for Germany! After making a couple of amazing close range saves Hart can do nothing about that as the Arsenal man rises above Rooney and Smalling to nod the ball into the far corner.
    11/19/2013 8:39:34 PM
  • 43 min: A verse of 'It's coming home' can be heard. It's not coming from the England fans.
    11/19/2013 8:42:51 PM
  • 45 min - CLOSE!: He's not really found his range tonight - until then! Gerrard sees the top of the net ruffled from his long range shot.
    11/19/2013 8:45:14 PM
  • Townsend takes a run at the defence...

    11/19/2013 8:45:26 PM
  • HT: The whistle goes for half-time. Germany lead 1-0.
    11/19/2013 8:46:20 PM
  • HT: Well, this hasn't been a match to warm one up on a freezing evening here at Wembley. England have had some decent possession, but have failed to create any truly decent chances. Townsend has been the stand out player for the home side so far. Germany haven't looked at their awesome best - but they have been able to find a breakthrough - thanks to the Per.
    11/19/2013 8:48:57 PM
  • Mertesacker opens the scoring...

    11/19/2013 8:49:09 PM
  • HT: Back underway shortly...
    11/19/2013 8:59:14 PM
  • 46 min: We're back underway... Couple of changes for Germany. Schmelzer off for Jansen and Boateng off for Hummels. No changes for England.
    11/19/2013 9:02:24 PM
  • 47 min: Bright start from Roy's boys. Rooney finds Townsend on the wing who puts his head down and goes for it. Hummels does well to force it out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
    11/19/2013 9:04:00 PM
  • 49 min: Great stop from Hart. Gotze goes on a brilliant run before the ball drops nicely for the shot. The City man stands up well to it though.
    11/19/2013 9:06:52 PM
  • 49 min: England break well and Sturridge nearly stands it up for Lallana who hasn't quite got the height. Then Germany attack, from which Reus should have done better after finding himself in the England box. End-to-end start to the second half. This is more like it...
    11/19/2013 9:08:30 PM
  • 53 min: Fantastic turn from Lallana in the box but Germany just edge it out for a corner. Germany deal with Gerrard's delivery again. Cole is off for Gibbs.
    11/19/2013 9:09:43 PM
  • 56 min: After just coming on, Gotze is probably the last person you want running at you. Gibbs does well though to knock it out for a corner. Henderson is on for Gerrard. Sam has come on in place of Kruse.
    11/19/2013 9:12:50 PM
  • 58 min - OFF THE POST!: Townsend is certainly cementing his place in this England side. After cutting inside and working his way across the box he wallops his shot but sees it come back off the post. Weidenfeller was beaten.
    11/19/2013 9:15:07 PM
  • Who said that about my wig!?

    11/19/2013 9:18:00 PM
  • 64 min: Good build-up play by England with Chris Smalling of all people showing a turn of pace. Lallana turns well in the box but his dinked cross is dealt with before Sturridge fails to get a decent connection inside the box.
    11/19/2013 9:20:30 PM
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