England feels like home, says Arsenal and Germany defender Mertesacker

Arsenal’s Germany international defender Per Mertesacker has revealed he is eagerly anticipating playing England at Wembley as the country feels like home now, having played in the Premier League since 2011, Sky Sports has reported.

Mertesacker is part of Joachim Low’s squad for the game despite missing the Gunners’ last league outing, the defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, due to illness. He also missed Germany’s 1-1 draw with Italy on Friday for the same reason but is expected to be fit to face the Three Lions – and he is relishing the prospect.

For sure now there is an greater incentive to do well,” Mertesacker said. “It’s good to be here and it is really exciting for me in particular because it feels a bit like home for me to play here now,” he continued. “There is obviously a bit of a rivalry against England. All of us in the squad are aware of that and we are really looking forward to Tuesday.

Germany go into the game without a quartet of regulars, including Mertesacker’s Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil. Ozil is joined on the absent list by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Phillip Lahm and midfielder Sami Khedira, who has undergone surgery on a torn knee ligament.

Mertesacker has made 87 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Werder Bremen, scoring four goals, including 16 games and one goal so far this season.

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