Germany rule at Wembley
For the first time in 36 years, England’s national team has lost two consecutive games at Wembley and to top it all off, the latest defeat came courtesy of the ‘old enemy’.
Coming into Tuesday night’s game as underdogs, Hodgson’s men were unable to resist the power of their German counterparts, with Arsenal’s centre-half Per Mertesacker, clinching the only goal of the game.
Germany are currently enjoying a golden generation in the sport, and largely dominated throughout. Despite missing a number of key players, such as Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger, debutant goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was made to act as a spectator for the majority of the 90 minutes.
The game began at a fast tempo, with the hosts settling fastest yet unable to capatilise on a number of half-chances with forwards, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney failing to combine in front of goal.
Captain Steven Gerrard, who equaled Bobby Moore’s appearance record last night, playing in his 108th international, came closest with a free kick, which dipped just too late onto the roof of the visitor’s goal.
Five minutes before half-time and the recalled Joe Hart showed why he is Hodgson’s first choice keeper, saving from point blank range after a powerful Mertesacker header. Unfortunately for the Manchester City shot-stopper, less than one minute later, the giant centre-half made no mistake, rising above Chris Smalling to nod the German’s into a one goal lead.
A string of saves from Hart in the second half kept the scoreline respectable whilst a late Andros Townsend strike rattled the woodwork in what proved to be England’s closest effort.
No shots on target and no goals for the second time in less than a week resulted in jeers from sections of the crowd at the final whistle yet Hodgson remains confident that his side will ‘come good’ when the time calls.
Speaking after the game he said: “You are always disappointed to get boos but there are not many games when the home crowd don't get the result they are hoping for and there are no boos.
“If we want to get acclaim, we are going to have to play better and win matches. We didn't play well enough and we didn't warrant that.
“Of course they're disappointed - they came to try and see us win the game and we weren't able to do so. But in the two games we used 20-odd players and didn't attempt to win them by putting our best 11 on the field on both occasions.
“We tried to test a lot of players out and use these games as a chance to learn more about squad.”