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.


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.


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.


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.