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Low denies disrespecting England

Joachim Low will hand a host of fringe players an "acid test" against England after rejecting claims his much-changed Germany line-up is a mark of disrespect.

It's certainly an extraordinary match: Wembley is a mythical place, so we're raring to go.

What better test for these upcoming players than to go out in front of that partisan 80,000 crowd cheering their own team on.

I need to experiment a bit and send a few players home who are already established.

It is a deliberate acid test, not a "B team", and this is certainly no lack of respect to our hosts.

In 2008 in Berlin, England played a team without Rooney, Lampard and Gerrard and beat us 2-1.

– Germany manager Joachim Low

Hodgson was close to landing Germany job

Hodgson is hoping to restore some pride in England after defeat to Chile. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson has admitted he was once approached to become Germany's manager, but lost out on the post to Erich Ribbech in 1998.

The Three Lions boss was sought out by German Football Association President Erich Ribbeck to replace Berti Vogts, who resigned following the 1998 World Cup.

Speaking to Bild, Hodgson says it was the opinion of Franz Beckenbauer that may have prevented him from landing the job.

"It was an honour when Braun called me," he said.

"I was on the president's wishlist. He would have had problems convincing people to accept a foreign coach, though.

"At the time, my friend Franz Beckenbauer pointed out that a foreign coach of the Germany national team would not have helped the German coaching programme - the up-and-coming coaches."

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