Germany versus England, Wednesday, March 22

Germany versus England, Wednesday, March 22  Notwithstanding injuries to Harry Kane , Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney, it speaks volumes for the state of the respective national sides that, on a night when 31-year-old German striker Lucas Podolski bids farewell to international football, Gareth Southgate has been forced to recall 34-year-old Jermain Defoe to the England squad. Despite a spate of international retirements, German coach Joachim Low can still call on many experienced players plus, of course, an influx of bright, young talent. Friendly or not, expect England to be second best, by some way; Germany are worthy favourites and, even at 3/4 with Sporting Bet or Paddy Power, look a shade overpriced.

Selection: Germany to win (3/4 with Sporting Bet and Paddy Power)

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