Steven Gerrard claims England are ‘stronger’ than the side thrashed 4-1 by Germany
England and Germany meet at Wembley tonight, some three and a half years after their last clash where the latter claimed a facile 4-1 victory during the 2010 World Cup.
November 19th, 2013
Although Frank Lampard scored a wrongly disallowed goal which would have brought the scoreline level at 2-2, the bottom line is that Fabio Capello’s team were largely outclassed by the Germans throughout the match, drawing criticism from supporters for a disappointing campaign.
Steven Gerrard was captain that day and will lead out the Three Lions this evening hoping to avenge that defeat, with the Liverpool midfielder insisting that England are a better team than the one roundly trounced in the summer of 2010.
“I do feel we are a lot stronger. There is a good mix of youth and experience in the squad at the moment. We are all moving forward and improving all the time. I look back to the Chile result last Friday and I came away from that game feeling different from a lot of people: I’m really confident that, if we were to meet Chile further on into a World Cup competition, we would have the players at full strength to go and beat them.
“What happened in 2001 [when England won a World Cup qualifier 5-1 in Munich] and 2010 is not going to have any impact on the result tomorrow. It’s a different game. I suppose, if you look at how they’ve performed in recent tournaments and where they’re ranked [No2 in the world, according to Fifa], then maybe we are slight underdogs. But, if you look at both squads and starting XIs, I wouldn’t say huge underdogs. This is a game all the players are desperate to win and bounce back from the Chile performance.”
Indeed, Germany will field a weakened side for this evening’s match while Roy Hodgson has gone for a largely full-strength team, understanding the importance of getting a positive result in this encounter.
Adam Lallana and Wayne Rooney are the only players to retain their place in the England starting line-up, with Joe Hart returning between the sticks, while Daniel Sturridge will operate in attack with Rooney.