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UEFA Nations League: England v Germany – Match Preview

Germany will travel to London in their final UEFA Nations League game against already relegated England. This will be the German’s national team final game before the World Cup and with Hansi Flick’s squad still getting used to playing together, they will aim to finish strong before the competition.

Friday’s 1-0 loss to Hungary in Leipzig was Flick’s first loss as Germany’s coach and it ruled Germany out of qualifying for the Nations League finals. The game itself did highlight some of the problem areas that need to be addressed before they kick off their World Cup campaign against Japan in less than two months.

The defeat showed that Germany lacks a classic number nine and the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Lukas Nmecha are inconsistent. With the current squad at his disposal Flick will not have the time to make changes or adjustments to the squad against England.

A certain area of consideration was the need for Jamal Musiala. Flick has already stated that the Bayern Munich player will start against England. Musiala is in red-hot form with four goals and one assist in six games for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, and his attacking presence would be more greatly felt especially against an out-of-form England team.

Die Mannschaft’s opponents go into this game having lost 1-0 to Italy in Milan. A Giacomo Raspadori goal separated the teams and relegated England to League B.

The previous meeting between the teams saw them share the points in a 1-1 draw in Munich with Jonas Hofmann opening the scoring before Harry Kane equalised with a penalty.

England v Germany predicted line-up

England line-up: Ramsdale; Stones, Maguire, Coady; Trippier, Bellingham, Rice, Chilwell; Foden, Sterling, Kane

Germany line-up: Ter Stegen; Kehrer, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Gosens; Kimmich, Gündogan; Hofmann, Müller, Musiala; Havertz.

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