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England 'used to play rugby' – Podolski


England used to be “like a rugby” team but have a brighter future because they “play more football now”, says former Germany forward Lukas Podolski. Podolski, 31, retired from international duty after his stunning strike helped Germany beat England 1-0 in Wednesday’s friendly in Dortmund. Under boss Gareth Southgate, England used a three-man defence for the first time since a ...

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England chants 'disrespectful' – Clarke


Behaviour of a section of England fans in Germany was ‘inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing’, says FA chairman Greg Clarke. England lost 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday night, but a section of England supporters booed the German national and sung chants referencing World War Two. It is understood that the FA is trying to gather footage of the behaviour. ...

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English and German FAs to share ideas


Media playback is not supported on this device The football associations of England and world champions Germany are to link up and share ideas about coaching, youth development and administration. The Football Association and the German Football Association (DFB) are to meet annually for an initial two-year period. They have signed a memorandum of understanding to start straight away. “Both ...

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How did England's players rate?


A new system, three debutants, but ultimately a first defeat in the job for Gareth Southgate as Lukas Podolski’s sensational goal gave Germany victory in Dortmund. BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses England’s display as they start 2017 with a narrow defeat. Germany 1-0 England Southgate pleased with side’s display in new system England Joe Hart (goalkeeper) 6 ...

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New England system impresses Southgate


England manager Gareth Southgate says he was “very pleased” with the way his side adapted to a new system during a friendly defeat by Germany. A stunning Lukas Podolski strike handed Germany a 1-0 win in Dortmund. Southgate said he decided England would play 3-4-3 “about six weeks ago” – using a three-man defence for the first time since a ...

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Can you name these obscure German footballers?


With Germany hosting England in an international friendly on Wednesday, we’ve scoured our picture archive for some of the more obscure German players to feature in the Premier League. It’s not meant to be easy – we think anyone getting more than 70% has either done a reverse image search or has a great career ahead of them in pub ...

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Livermore wants to make people 'proud'


West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore wants to make proud the people who helped him through difficult times after earning an England recall. The 27-year-old won his only cap in August 2012 against Italy but has had some dark days since then. After the death of his newborn son Jake Junior, he tested positive for cocaine in May 2015 but avoided ...

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'Island' mentality must end – Southgate


BBC coverage How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website Gareth Southgate prepared for his first game as permanent England manager by insisting foundations are now in place to narrow the gap on their opponents Germany – but warned the country’s “island” mentality must end. England’s 3-2 win over the World Cup ...

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Injured Jones out of England squad


Manchester United defender Phil Jones has pulled out of the England squad to face Germany and Lithuania after picking up an injury in training. The Football Association did not say what the injury was. Manager Gareth Southgate has no plans to call up a replacement, but will “assess his options” after Wednesday’s friendly in Germany, the FA said. England play ...

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Germany v England


BBC coverage How to follow: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website TEAM NEWS Lukas Podolski will captain Germany against England in Wednesday’s friendly as he wins his 130th and final cap. The 31-year-old Galatasaray and former Arsenal forward quit international football after Euro 2016 but returns for a farewell game in Dortmund. “It’s ...

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Vardy 'had death threats' over Ranieri


Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he has received death threats and his family have been targeted since Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager. The 30-year-old blamed “hurtful” and “false” accusations he influenced the club’s decision to sack the Italian. Ranieri left in February, nine months after winning the Premier League, with the club 17th in the table. His successor, Craig ...

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Defoe retains World Cup 'dream'


Media playback is not supported on this device Striker Jermain Defoe says he never gave up on an England recall and has set his sights on playing for Gareth Southgate’s team at the 2018 World Cup. Defoe, 34, is in line to win his 56th cap in Wednesday’s friendly at world champions Germany – more than three years after his ...

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