England v Germany LIVE: Nations League team news, lineups and more tonight – Luke Shaw and John Stones kick off

Sterling backs Southgate and urges fans not to panic ahead of Germany in UNL

England are playing their last game before the start of the 2022 World Cup when they take on Germany in the Nations League tonight. It’s the last round of matches in the group stage of this competition, with England already relegated to League B and Germany failing to qualify for the knockout rounds. The team has won only one of their five games so far, the Three Lions have not managed a single win.

With tonight’s game effectively a dead rubber, both Gareth Southgate and Hansi Flick will feel they should take the chance to resolve any major issues before heading to Qatar in November. Despite public words, Southgate is going through a rough patch as England boss as the national side have failed to win their last five games – their worst run since 2014.

Players from both sides are also hoping to prove they can make the difference and secure a place in Qatar, but England will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was left out of the matchday squad, and Jack Grealish , who is suspended. That should give Brentford’s Ivan Toney an opportunity to make his debut for the national team.

Follow all the action from Wembley as England take on Germany:


Harry Kane urges England fans not to panic despite the slump ahead of the World Cup

Harry Kane has told England fans there is no reason to panic about a slump in results ahead of the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side have not won their last five competitive games and were relegated from League A of the Nations League after a 1-0 defeat in Italy on Friday night.

After reaching the Euro 2020 final last summer, the decline in results and performance has been sharp, underscored by the fact that Kane’s penalty away against Germany is England’s only goal in five Nations League games this year.

Despite the worrying nature of the recent drop, Kane believes the team can still do well when the World Cup kicks off in Qatar in November.


Southgate under pressure

England meet Germany on Monday night after going five games without a win for the first time since 2014, having also failed to score from open play in more than eight hours, with Harry Kane’s penalty against the Germans their only goal in the last five games was.

Gareth Southgate guided England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and a first EURO final in 2021, but his position as manager has come under increasing scrutiny given this recent poor form.

Despite Southgate having the support of the Football Association, he was booed by some English fans during the 4-0 win against Hungary at Molineux in June and by fans who traveled to Italy on Friday.

A win over Germany tonight would do a lot to ease the pressure on the England boss and rebuild belief that the Three Lions can have another exciting World Cup season.


Germany’s success on the road

Germany is unbeaten in the last eight away games in all competitions (five wins, three draws).

They last experienced a longer run of this kind in November 2011 with 26 games.

In fact, Germany’s last three away games ended in a draw; You’ve never pulled on the road four times in a row before.


Will England lose two home games in a row?

England’s 4-0 defeat by Hungary in their last home game was their first such defeat since October 2020 by Denmark (1-0).

They have not lost a consecutive home game in all competitions since November 2013, 2-0 to Chile and 1-0 to Germany.


Gareth Southgate calls for unity with England’s future hanging on World Cup success

Gareth Southgate has admitted the World Cup will decide his future as England manager despite a contract that runs until Euro 2024.

The 52-year-old is currently in his worst career in six years in charge, a period that has been met with criticism and considerable unrest among fans. Southgate urged the Wembley crowd to “support” the team ahead of the last game before the World Cup, a final Nations League game against Germany in a group where England are already relegated. The manager insisted a sense of togetherness and support is the best way to push players to play with freedom at a time when they have only scored once in five games.

It did, however, sum up the sentiment that Southgate was finally dealing with his future. His current contract is now based primarily on tournament performance, with two of those remaining fictional. However, Southgate conceded that it was “irrelevant”.


Germany wants to recover

Last time out against Hungary, Germany suffered their first defeat under Hansi Flick and their first since a 2-0 defeat by England at Euro 2020, ending their 13-game unbeaten streak in all competitions (with nine wins and four draws).

Most recently, in October 2018, they lost back-to-back games against the Netherlands and France, both in the Nations League.


Team change between England and Germany

Gareth Southgate makes two changes to the England side who took on Italy on Friday night. Kyle Walker is out for John Stones and Bukayo Saka is replaced by Luke Shaw.

England seem to be going in a 5-2-3 or, if you’re more offensively minded, a 3-4-3 formation against the Germans.

Meanwhile, Hansi Flick is making four changes on the German side. Nico Schlotterbeck, Jamal Musiala, Thilo Kehrer and Kai Havertz are all in the squad, Timo Werner, Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry and Antonio Rüdiger are out.


Line-up England against Germany

England XI: Pope, James, Stones, Dier, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Foden, Kane, Sterling

Germany XI: Ter Stegen, Hofmann, Sule, Kehrer, Raum, Kimmich, Gündogan, Musiala, Schlotterbeck, Sane, Havertz


England versus Germany

With the exception of Euro 2020, Germany are unbeaten in each of their last six away games against England, with five wins and one draw in that run.

That November 2017 draw was goalless and ended a streak of five straight wins for the side.


England’s bad run

England have gone five games without a win (two draws, three defeats) for the first time since June 2014 (also five) and have not scored in three consecutive internationals for the first time since November 2000 (also three).

The Three Lions last enjoyed an extended winning streak between April and June 1993 (six), while failing to score in four straight games only once in their history (April to May 1981).

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