Match Of The Day Live
The German football team are sure to receive a warm welcome at the new Wembley, as the old foes go head to head in only the second match since the opening of the revamped stadium. After a last minute equaliser robbed Steve McClaren’s team of what would have been a well received win against the mighty Brazil, the home crowd will be looking to get one over the “old enemy”.
Tonight’s live match is hosted by Gary Lineker, with Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Alan Hansen in support, offering their views and advice on what promises to be an interesting affair. The England manager has been under some pressure of late after a disappointing last couple of games has seen them drop vital points in the pursuit of qualification for Euro 2008. While tonight’s game is only a friendly with little at stake, it offers a useful opportunity to rebuild the team spirit and give the home fans something to shout about.
The England team will be without the services of Rooney and Gerard who are both injured, although there are high hopes that Gerard will be back for next months vital double header of qualifiers. Else where it looks as though McClaren will use tonight’s game to “blood” a few of the younger players with Shaun Wright-Phillips hoping to use his improved club form so far this season to push his England claims.
The German team also have their fair share of injuries although there is no doubt that those selected will be up for the challenge. While England fans will be hoping for a repeat of their famous 5 – 1 victory away to Germany in 2001, it seems unlikely that they will be “rolled over” again. While both teams are not at full strength, expect fireworks from the first whistle.