England's unrecognisable XI the last time they played Germany away includes just ONE player from current team

England's unrecognisable XI the last time they played Germany away includes just ONE player from current team

June 7, 2022

ENGLAND will play long-time rivals Germany in Munich on Tuesday with Gareth Southgate's men chasing a first Nations League group win this season.

The Three Lions kicked off the competition with a shock 1-0 loss to Hungary, with the goal being scored from the penalty spot.

Germany, on the other hand, registered a point on the board with a 1-1 draw against European champions Italy.

The last time England played Germany in their own back yard was over five years ago.

Then world champions Germany won the game 1-0 at the Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund.

Former Arsenal ace Lukas Podolski got the only goal of the game, which came in the second half.

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But England's line-up that night is completely unrecognisable to today's stable of players.

Just ONE player in the March 2017 line-up is still a key figure for England today.

England lined up with Joe Hart in goal.

In front of the keeper sat Michael Keane, Chris Smalling, and captain on the night Gary Cahill.

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Ryan Bertrand was the wing-back with Eric Dier and Jake Livermore patrolling the middle of the park.

England mainstay Kyle Walker started on the right.

And Dele Alli, whose form has since fallen off a cliff, started in the two behind Jamie Vardy, alongside Adam Lallana.

Since then, England has seen the emergence of stars such Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.

England also have some of the world's best up-and-coming talent in Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden.

Also not to mention one of the best finishers in world football, Harry Kane, who is closing in on England's all-time top scorers record currently held by Wayne Rooney.

Southgate's men have made significant strides on the international stage.

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England reached the World Cup semis at Russia 2018 and followed it up with the country's first final appearance since 1966 at Euro 2020.

There will be hope England can go one step further and bring home some silverware in the next decade.

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