INTERNATIONAL: ENGLAND V GERMANY
Venue: Wembley Date: Tuesday, 19 November result: England 0 Germany 1
The German newspaper Bild asked Roy Hodgson “which three people came to mind when he thought of Germany?” He answered: “Franz Beckenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel and novelist Thomas Mann.”
Hodgson’s three most famous Englishmen were William Shakespeare, John Lennon and Bobby Moore’. In 2013 Steven Gerrard won his 108th cap, matching the total of the late, great Moore.
Gerrard, who led England out against Germany to celebrate the Football Association’s 150th anniversary admitted: “I’m very proud and slightly embarrassed as well, he’s a World Cup winner and an iconic figure. He’s a hero to everyone in the country. I’m very humbled to get to 108 caps alongside Bobby Moore.’’
Looking back over the 8 most dramatic clashes for the past 100 years between England and Germany… Emotions run high between these two teams, with a history stretching back though the 20th Century, with political controversy, drama, violence and tears featuring highly.
England 6 – Germany 3
Friendly match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The England team were made to perform a Nazi salute in front of a crowd of 110,000… this was the last time England played a unified German team until the 1990s.
England 4 – West Germany 2
World Cup final at Wembley and England’s finest hour. Geoff Hurst became the only man ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, securing the title for the host nation.
England 2 – West Germany 3
World Cup quarter-final in Mexico. The defeat which signalled the start of two decades of dominance by the Germans over England, including being knocked out of the 1972 European Championships by a far superior West German side.
England 1 – West Germany 1 (Germany win on penalties)
Italia ’90 World Cup semi-final. England struggled to match the strength of the West German team, but after Lineker equalised in the 80th minute, the match went down to penalties. Misses from Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle put England out and Germany through to win the title.
England 1 – Germany 1 (Germany win on penalties)
England 5 – Germany 1
Second leg of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. After losing the first leg 1-0 in a disappointing farewell to the old Wembley, and the resulting departure of manager Kevin Keegan, England were not expected to perform well in the second leg. England surprised everyone, storming the game with a hat-trick from Michael Owen and going on to win the qualifying group.
England 2 – Germany 1
International friendly match held in Berlin on November 19, 2008. Germany suffered their first defeat playing at home in Berlin for 35 years.
England 1 – Germany 4
England’s heaviest defeat in World Cup history. In an astonishing flashback to the 1966 final, Frank Lampard’s shot in the 39th minute hit the crossbar, bounced behind the goal line, then back into the hands of keeper Manuel Neuer. The goal that could have brought the teams level to 2-2 at half time was disallowed, and England crumbled to the far superior German team.