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International friendly preview - Germany vs. England

20/3/2017
Germany have named four Premier League players in their squad for the European Qualifiers friendly against the English squad this Wednesday.

Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Shkodran Mustafi make head coach Joachim Low’s 24-man squad for the match in Dortmund, as do Manchester City forward Leroy Sané and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

Ex-Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is set to win his final Germany cap. The 31-year old has played 129 times for his country since making his debut in 2004, and announced his retirement after last years European Championships.

Commenting on the upcoming match, Low says: “Games against England are absolute classics, and in front of brilliant fans in Dortmund.”

The FA has confirmed that Michail Antonio has withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming matches against Germany and Lithuania. No replacement will be called up for the West Ham winger, who picked up a hamstring injury during the 3-2 Premier League loss to Leicester on Saturday. West Ham manager, Slaven Bilic said after the Leicester game: “Michail played the whole game but his hamstring doesn’t look great. We have to assess him in the next couple of days. He might have to withdraw from England.”

England will also be without Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson for the match against Germany as well as the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later.

Jurgen Klopp said there was “no chance” Henderson would be partaking in the game after missing Liverpool’s last three matches due to a foot injury. “The break hopefully is two weeks, we hope that will bring him back but he cannot train, cannot play against City. It makes sense he is doing the rehab. Hopefully he can run in the 2nd week of the international break.”

Henderson’s absence leaves Southgate with a question over who will captain the side if Wayne Rooney – who has started only one game in six weeks at Manchester United – does not make England’s starting XI.

The Three Lions are 7/2 with Bet365 to leave Germany with the win on Wednesday night, while the Stoke-based bookmaker has Germany priced at ¾ to send England packing.

Caroline Watson
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