Friendlies have meaning for England

09 November 2017 04:38:35 EST

England head coach Gareth Southgate expects to learn more about his players in the next few days than he did during a comfortable World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Three Lions dropped just four points in finishing top of Group F ahead of Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

We'll take more from these games than any of the qualification games.

Gareth Southgate

However preparations for the finals in Russia next summer will ramp up when reigning world champions Germany and then Brazil visit Wembley, on Friday and Tuesday respectively.

Southgate told reporters: "We'll take more from these games than any of the qualification games.

"This period between qualification and the finals has to have an element of experimentation. If we don't try things in these games, when are we going to try things?

"Germany took a really young team to the Confederations Cup- I thought it was brilliant what they did.

"That's how they work. They are brave enough to take decisions that might get them results, but might not."

England and Germany last met in March in Dortmund, when a stunning strike from Lukas Podolski - making his final international appearance - secured a 1-0 victory for the home side.

Twelve months earlier the visitors roared back from two goals down to win 3-2 in the Olympiastadion in Berlin, with Eric Dier netting the winner in the final minute.

The last meeting of the two sides at Wembley, in November 2013, was decided by a Per Mertesacker strike six minutes before half-time.

England are priced at 16/5 to win the game on Friday evening, with a 1-1 draw available at 11/2, while Manchester City forward Leroy Sane is 15/8 to score at any time.

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