England boss Roy Hodgson has every belief his side can claim the prized scalp of Germany in tonight’s friendly at Wembley.
Hodgson has made nine changes from the XI which began Friday night’s 2-0 defeat by Chile to play against a side fancied by many to be in contention for World Cup glory in Brazil next summer.
“We will be doing our level best to send them home empty-handed,” Hodgson said. “I fully believe we’ve got a great group of players. I believe in the team. I believe in what we’re trying to do as a team.
“If you’re going to prove you’re as good as any opponent, there’s only one way to do it. It’s on the field. We’re all fully aware of that.”
Unusually, Hodgson revealed his starting line-up on the eve of the match after hosting a rare full open training session.
Joe Hart, who is under much scrutiny, starts in goal, while captain Steven Gerrard is set to make his 108th appearance, equalling World Cup-winning skipper Bobby Moore’s haul of caps.
There are just two survivors from the team which lost to Chile in Wayne Rooney, who starts up front alongside Daniel Sturridge, and Southampton’s Adam Lallana, who did enough on his debut to earn a second cap.
Hodgson admits Germany – are an established power, while England are more a work in progress.
“We’ve got it all to do,” Hodgson said.
“They’ve got a lot to do as well, because, at the moment, I believe they and Spain are the two absolute favourites, out of the Europeans, to win the World Cup.”
ENGLAND: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Jagielka, Cole, Lallana, Gerrard, Cleverley, Townsend, Rooney, Sturridge.
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