Germany v England
It will be a special occasion for Lukas Podolski at Borussia Dortmund’s stadium on Wednesday night as he plays in his final game for Germany.
Podolski will have played 130 times for Germany and this match against England is very much a testimonial for the former Cologne, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Galatasaray forward.
Despite Podolski’s involvement, this is still a crucial game for both Jogi Low and Gareth Southgate as they finally get time with their players ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers.
No Neuer, Ozil, Kane or Jones…
Both Germany and England play on Sunday in World Cup qualification matches. Germany head to Azerbaijan whilst the Three Lions host Lithuania at Wembley.
On March 26, 2016 these two sides played each other in a pre-Euro 2006 friendly. Germany went 2-0 up thanks to Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez.
Only for England to lift the hopes of a nation with a 3-2 comeback win following goals from Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier.
In the end, the result mattered for little as England were pretty useless at Euro 2016 but it shows how important this fixture is for both sides.
Predicted Germany v England line-ups
As you would expect from an international friendly, both sides have key players missing.
For Germany, World Cup winners Manuel Neuer and Mesut Ozil are unavailable.
England come into this game without Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Phil Jones.
Gareth Southgate has discussed using three central defenders but it would be somewhat of a surprise if England did line up in this manner so early on in his reign.
The smart money seems to be Jamie Vardy up front, with Dele Alli behind the Leicester striker.
Whilst Adama Lallana and Eric Dier will attempt to win a midfield battle against the likes of Toni Kroos and Julian Wiegl.
101 Great Goals predicts: Germany 3 – England 2.
Germany v England predicted line-ups (via Bild)