Germany vs England: Nations League clash to measure progress as Gareth Southgate’s World Cup decisions loom

Germany vs England: Nations League clash to measure progress as Gareth Southgate’s World Cup decisions loom

Gareth Southgate steered England to their first knockout win over Germany in 55 years last summer but they are unbeaten in 10 games under Hansi Flick; England take on Germany in a Nations League clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday; kick-off is 7.45pm

England head to Munich having suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Hungary in their Group C opener but the meeting with Germany, one of only five remaining fixtures before the 2022 World Cup, represents a far sterner challenge.

England will take encouragement from their last meeting with Germany when Southgate’s side triumphed 2-0 at Wembley to secure their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals last summer.

But with Hansi Flick having replaced Joachim Low and Germany unbeaten in a year, can England repeat the feat? And will Southgate’s players seize this opportunity to impress as he ponders his World Cup selection decisions?

World Cup places up for grabs

Southgate has said he already has a “pretty good idea” of his strongest team but there are still places in his World Cup squad up for grabs as England continues their preparations for Qatar.

Jarrod Bowen was lively on his England debut
Jarrod Bowen was lively on his England debut against Hungary

With only five games remaining between now and November, Southgate is using England’s Nations League campaign to experiment with personnel. “We have not got friendlies to try it, so we have to do it in these types of games,” he said on Saturday.

That experimentation included handing debuts to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen on Saturday.

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