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Time is running out for England to find an equaliser, and Wembley is beginning to empty as the home fans drift away.
Again, the set-piece comes to nothing and Germany break, but the flag goes up to halt Schurrle in his tracks.
Schurrle's shot is deflected and Hart gathers under pressure from Draxler, with the England No.1 awarded a free-kick.
Germany clear their lines again and break through Reus, but Towsend is back to challenge him in the right-back position.
He goes near post again and finds Sturridge who forces yet another corner. England remain on the attack and Smalling sees his far-post headed from Barkley's deep cross deflected behind.
The Everton man is involved again and forces a corner on the opposite side of the field, which he will take himself.
Good ball from Henderson to release Gibbs down the left and he forces a corner, but Lallana's kick is headed away.
Long ball forward from Jagielka is aimed towards Barkley but drifts all the way through to Weidenfeller.
Sturridge forces a corner and goes to receive it short, before crossing into the box where Smalling is penalised for clambering on Mertesacker.
Poor touch from Sturridge as he allows Henderson's excellent through-ball to bounce off his foot when in behind Germany's defence.
Inches away to a second from Germany as Gotze clips a ball over the defence to Sam, who lifts his shot over Hart but also above the crossbar.
SUPERB SAVE FROM HART!!! England's No.1 is back to his best again, diving low to his right to keep out a low shot from Gotze after a neat interchange of play with Sam.
Joe Hart, who had been excellent up until this point, elects to go on an adventure outside his box in a bid to clear the ball ahead of Gotze, but only succeeds in crashing into Smalling.
Another lovely turn from Lallana gets him away from Bender, but his cross forces Gibbs wide at the far post. Rooney takes over and plays in Sturridge, but his shot is blocked by Hummels.
After that flurry of activity in the second half, the pace has dropped slightly, perhaps inevitably given the raft of changes, of which there are certain to be more.
Townsend has been England's regular outlet ball tonight, and he was very unlucky not to equalise there. For such a recent addition to the side, he looks a certainty to be on the plane for Brazil next summer.
OFF THE POST!! Lovely pass from Jagielka to find Townsend out on the right. He cuts in side and fires in a superb left-foot effort which beats Weidenfeller only to strike the base of the upright.
Germany force a corner and Kroos' kick is met by the head of Mertesacker, but he cannot keep his effort on target.
Cleverley's attempted cross-field ball towards Townsend deflects off a green shirt and goes through to Weidenfeller.
Superb turn from Lallana after a pass from Cole almost takes him away from Germany's defence, only for Mertesacker to make a recovering tackle.
Germany go straight back on the attack, with Reus attempting to roll the ball across the box to a team-mate, but only finding an England shirt.
Superb counter-attack from England, with Rooney's cross finding Sturridge at the far post. He puts it back into the danger area towards Lallana, but Hummels clears well.
Brilliant play from Gotze to beat Jagielka and Cleverley before feeding Reus, but Hart comes to England's rescue with another smart save.
Greedy from Kruse as he elects to shoot from range, firing the ball wildly over Joe Hart's bar, with options to his left and right after Ashley Cole gave the ball away cheaply.
Good combination between Rooney and Sturridge before Mertesacker clears the ball from inside the six-yard box.
Early test for Jansen as Rooney releases Townsend, with the substitute equal to it with a well-timed challenge to concede a corner.
Germany make two changes in defence for the start of the second half with Hummels and Jansen coming on for Schmelzer and Boateng.
England have impressed in flashes, with Townsend particularly bright and involved, but they are yet to really test Weidenfeller in the Germany goal on his debut at the age of 33.
Germany have the lead at the interval thanks to Mertesacker's towering header, which came moments after Hart made an outstanding save from the Arsenal man.
Great ball from Boateng finds Reus in space behind the England defence, he turns away from goal and finds Schmelzer, before an excellent challenge from Walker puts the ball out.
CLOSE FROM GERRARD!!! The England skipper is found by Townsend just outside the box. He takes a touch and then fires in a dipping effort which flies just over Weidenfeller's bar.
Lovely ball from Lallana to find Townsend on the right. The Southampton man then bursts across the box to find the return, only to be denied by a well-timed challenge from Boateng.
On three occasions Germany were first in the air to the ball in England's box, with Mertesacker eventually making them pay as he beat Smalling with a towering effort.
England fail to clear their lines after Hart's superb save. From the second corner, the ball comes back out to Gotze and his cross is headed powerfully home by Mertesacker, giving Hart no chance this time.
GREAT SAVE FROM HART!!! The England keeper plunges to his left to keep out a header rom Mertesacker from the corner.
Nervy moment for England as Bender gets in behind Jagielka, but Gerrard is again across to cover and clear for a corner.
Good skill from Gotze to get away from left-back Cole, but captain Gerrard shows good awareness to the danger and gets back to cover in an important position just outside the England box.
Two men are required to shackle Townsend down the right and he earns a throw by the corner flag, but Lallana loses the ball before Walker concedes a throw to the visitors.
Tremendous ball out of defence from Cleverley finds Sturridge breaking down the right. He holds the ball up and then attempts to beat Boateng, but the German defender is not buying his tricks.
Gotze's cross-field pass asks an awful lot of Westermann, but he gets to the ball and Germany retain possession.
Gerrard's kick goes all the way through to Jagielka at the far post but he cannot get his header on target from the tightest of angles.
Great defending from Cole to step out of defence and then feed Townsend, who bursts away down the right. England continue to press but are stopped in their tracks when Sturridge forgets to collect the ball and then concedes a free-kick.
Cole is upended after combining with Lallana on the left and England have a free-kick in their own half, by they give the ball way.
Good defending from Jagielka as he keeps out Gotze near the corner flag, only to shank his clearance out of play.
Looping header from Rooney goes over Weidenfeller's bar after a cross from the left, with no real danger to the German goal.
A neat turn and quick feet from Sturridge takes him away from Sven Bender. He finds Rooney, who in turn plays it out to Walker on the right, but his cross is blocked. Nice play from England, though.
A couple of long balls out of defence by Hart are comfortably dealt with by Germany's defenders, before Rooney's attempted cross drifts out for a goal-kick.
Cleverley gives the ball away and is then penalised for lunging in on Reus as he looks to win it back.
Decent spell of possession and passing from England as they probe for an opening, but they're pushed back from Germany's half into their own.
A couple of half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Cleverley is challenged in the box, but referee Lannoy is not interested in the slightest.
Dangerous free-kick into the England box by Reus and Westermann gets his head to the ball but cannot direct the effort on target.
Great touch from Rooney to play in Townsend, he shapes to shoot but changes his mind and then sees his attempted pass cut out. Some decent pressure from England so far, and a good tempo to the game.
Walker sprints down the right to offer an option to Townsend, but is then left 30 yards out of position as his team-mate gives the ball away. Fortunately, Germany can do nothing with their spell of possession.
Townsend breaks through the middle and feeds Sturridge, but his attempted shot from the edge of the box is easily blocked by the Germany defence.
Weidenfeller has to step outside his box to launch the ball clear as Rooney closes in following a long pass downfield from Jagielka.
Poor ball from Kroos allows Cole to step out of defence and intercept before England earn a throw in Germany's half.
Lars Bender feeds Schmelzer, but his driven cross is easy for Hart to gather. A few cheers from the crowd for the England keeper's first bit of handling.
Good challenge from Walker as he slides in on Schmelzer after a neat move involving the Bender twins.
Sturridge flicks on towards Rooney before Lallana wins a throw down the left, only for his control to let him down when the ball comes his way from the re-start.
Another chance for Townsend down the right and he stands a cross up into the centre which Mertesacker clears ahead of Sturridge.
Joe Hart belts out the England national anthem with his usual gusto and must be relishing the chance to start a game rather than look on from the bench.
The Wembley stands are a multitude of flashbulbs as the two teams make their way onto the field. A few boos for the Germany national anthem, which is a bit sad, really.
Should Germany triumph tonight, it would be the first time England have suffered back-to-back defeats at Wembley since 1977.
John Buchan writes: 'Germany may have some reserves out tonight but it's nice to see Dortmund's keeper getting his first cap at 33 years of age. A top keeper not to be underestimated. It will be a tough test for England but let's hope we put on a good show.'
Great (and slightly worrying) stat from Opta: Germany have scored at least three goals in nine of their last 10 internationals.
Kick off is now just 15 minutes away and Wembley is slowly filling up. The vast majority of those present have arrived hoping for an England victory to end the year on a high for Hodgson's men.
Michael Williams says: 'Should be an awesome game tonight, I think it's good Lallana is having his chance. Hodgson has named a strong team tonight with Germany resting a few key players. Come on England!!!'
Louis Watts reckons: 'Got to be honest, I don't fancy our chances. England are not what they used to be and with a manager who insists on picking James Milner I really can't stay positive. We need a striker who's quick across the ground and a clinical finisher. Rodriquez and Lambert won't do, how about a call up for Gary Hooper or maybe even big Grant Holt? That's just my say on it though.'
Nathan Wood says: 'England v Germany is a fixture I always enjoy, because I hear half the Germany reserves are playing. 2-1 to England I think.'
Lee Emerson writes: 'The side looks unbalanced to me. Lallana is not a left hand sided player, nor is Cleverley. If you don't set a side up properly they cant play its that simple. 3-1 to Germany.'
England subs: Johnson, Ruddy, Baines, Gibbs, Cahill, Milner, Lampard, Barkley, Wilshere, Henderson, Lambert, Forster, Defoe, Rodriguez.
Here's a reminder of the England team: Hart; Walker, Jagielka, Smalling, Cole; Cleverley, Gerrard; Townsend, Rooney, Lallana; Sturridge.
Germany: Weidenfeller, S Bender, Schmelzer, Kruse, L Bender, Mertesacker, Kroos, Gotze, Boateng, Reus, Westermann.
It will be interesting to see how Joe Hart fares tonight. The Manchester City goalkeeper has been forced to watch the last five games for club and country from the bench, but remains Hodgson's No.1. If he can maintain that position for next summer if Manuel Pellegrini continues to prefer Costel Pantilimon remains to be seen.
And Scott Anderson writes: 'Hodgson has named a strong team but I think Germany will have too much quality, it'll be a great game, I predict 3-1 Germany.'
Kyle Hughes is a little more hopeful: 'England and Germany are always a close match and as always it will be a good match. I love watching England and Germany play together.'
Chris Green is not confident: 'I am not looking forward to this game, as England never seem to get the better of Germany when these teams cross paths. Germany, in my opinion, are one of the most feared teams on the planet, and if the Three Lions make any needless errors in defence, I see the Germans tearing us limb from limb. I just can't see us causing a major shock this evening as the Germans possess a lot more firepower in their squad, particularly in the forward positions.'
Elliot Kohn writes: 'It may have been a disappointing result on Friday, but hopefully we can really step up in this big game, there's no such thing as a friendly these days. I'm glad Joe Hart has been given another chance, looking forward to the big match now. COME ON ENGLAND!!!'
Our friends at Sky Bet have a host of markets available on tonight's clash, with the headline gambles being England on offer at 15/8, the draw on offer at 12/5 and Germany the 6/4 favourites prior to the 8pm kick-off.
The England supporters who will pack out Wembley tonight for the final act of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations will hope for better than the disappointing 2-0 defeat by Chile on Friday evening.
The last time the two nations last locked horns at international came in the infamous World Cup clash of 2010, with the ghosts of Bloemfontein and Frank Lampard's goal that never was still fresh in the memory.
If you want to have your say on tonight's clash, then drop me a line to email@example.com or via Twitter @skysportsrobp and I'll publish a selection of the best ahead of kick-off.
Wayne Rooney and Adam Lallana are the only players to keep their place in the starting XI from the Chile game on Friday night, with sweeping changes made by Hodgson in the final friendly before he names his preliminary World Cup squad next year.
England: Hart; Walker, Jagielka, Smalling, Cole; Cleverley, Gerrard; Townsend, Rooney, Lallana; Sturridge.
Roy Hodgson has taken the unusual step of naming his side well in advance of tonight's encounter, and this is how England will line up....