International friendly: England v Germany key battles

We all know what happened the last time England played Germany. Photo: PA

The latest chapter in England's long-running rivalry with Germany will be written on Tuesday when Joachim Low's men come to Wembley.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match.

WAYNE ROONEY v PER MERTESACKER

Rooney is one of the few players in Roy Hodgson's squad who is capable of turning a match on its head with a bit of magic. The striker was key to England's qualification campaign, scoring six goals in six appearances. Rooney will come up against a familiar foe in Arsenal defender Mertesacker. Rooney is yet to score against the big centre-back in four meetings for club and country so he will be determined to put that right at Wembley.

STEVEN GERRARD v LARS BENDER

Gerrard has had contrasting experiences in his two starts against Germany. The England skipper was instrumental in the famous 5-1 win in Munich in 2001, scoring the goal that put Sven-Goran Eriksson's side 2-1 up. Nine years later, he endured a humiliating 4-1 defeat in Bloemfontein. Bender did not make his Germany debut until a year later. The 24-year-old graduated to the senior squad after starring in Germany's successful European Under-19 Championship campaign in 2008. The industrious Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool.

CHRIS SMALLING v MAX KRUSE

With Phil Jones out because of a groin injury, Smalling will have a chance to press his claim for a regular starting spot. Hodgson formed a key part of the defender's development at Fulham and he has been a regular part of the squad ever since the 66-year-old became England manager. Borussia Monchengladbach man Kruse looks set to start at Wembley because of an injury to first-choice forward Mario Gomez. Low has resisted the temptation to go with the experience of Miroslav Klose and 25-year-old Kruse will be keen to impress.