On Tuesday, England face Germany at Wembley in the 28th meeting of the two sides. This might just be a friendly game, but history has meant that this game is always played with complete passion.
I personally consider this game to be more of a rivalry than any other England opponent. Beating the Germans would mean a lot more than beating Scotland for example.
But you wouldn’t normally put England and Germany together as local rivals, so where did the hatred start?
The rivalry has existed since World War Two, with the two countries being enemies in many areas such as a economies and trade in the six year conflict. That rivalry then permeated into football.
The first competitive game between the two sides was actually the 1966 World Cup final, which England of course famously won 4-2 to win their only major trophy to date. Since then, whenever the teams meet, thoughts always go back to then.
Apart from that game, arguably The Three Lions most famous victory over Germany came in 2001, in a World Cup qualifier.
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side were surprise 5-1 winners in great night for England fans in Munich, where Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick and a certain Steven Gerrard scored his first Three Lions goal aged 21.
The last time these sides met, isn’t as pleasant to look back to but quite the opposite, as England were hammered 4-1 in the 2010 World Cup Last 16, with Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal changing the game completely in my opinion.
Moving quickly on, Tuesday’s game offers England more of a chance to get a victory, with Germany having won just two of their last five friendly games. England in contrast, have lost just one of their last five friendly games.
If Roy Hodgson can guide his side to victory, then both sides will have beaten each other the same number of times (13), putting even more at stake when the sides next meet. Unfortunately (or not), this could be in the World Cup group stages – with Germany in Pot 1 and England in Pot 2 for the draw next month.
One things for sure though, this fixture will never be just a friendly…
My Score Prediction: England 2-2 Germany