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Wembley (ATT 86,133) 22nd August 2007 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Puscaba

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England v Germany preview

England hope to impress

By Peter Fraser.   Last Updated: 22/08/07 12:09pm

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McClaren: Wants positive performance

McClaren: Wants positive performance

England take on Germany at Wembley on Wednesday night and it promises to be as fierce a battle as always.

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The fixture is billed as a 'friendly', but meetings between the two sides tend to be far from tranquil.

England manager Steve McClaren will be looking for an inspiring performance as his side warm-up for crunch Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia, while Germany will still be hurting from a 5-1 humbling in Munich the last time the two sides met.

McClaren is expected to continue with Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, despite competiton from David James, while Micah Richards is likely to deputise for the injured Gary Neville at right-back.

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor will be hoping for a first cap after his promotion from the Under 21s, but Rio Ferdinand and captain John Terry should start at the heart of the back four with Ashley Cole on the left.

Michael Carrick looks set to start in central midfield alongside Frank Lampard, following injury enforced the withdrawals of Owen Hargreaves and Steven Gerrard, with David Beckham and Joe Cole on the flanks.

Attacking options

In attack England have been robbed of a number of attacking options, with Andy Johnson and Wayne Rooney missing through injury, and therefore McClaren is expected to turn to St James' Park duo Alan Smith and Michael Owen, who would be making his first competitive start of the season.

Meanwhile, Germany have been hit by their own chronic injury problems ahead of their first outing at the new home of English football.

Coach Joachim Low is without 11 regular squad members and he therefore looks set to juggle his starting line-up.

However, Jens Lehmann is expected to continue in goal despite two high profile gaffes for Arsenal this season.

In defence Christian Pander could make his first full international appearance after receiving a late call-up due to Clemens Fritz's torn stomach muscle.

Former Aston villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger also looks set to get the opportunity to impress on the right of an experimental midfield, which is missing the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Torsten Frings, Tim Borowski and Michael Ballack through injury.

Up front, in the absence of Miroslav Klose, Low is expected to start with the internationally inexperienced Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling alongside Kevin Kuranyi.

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