Hodgson calls on England to match Germany

Roy Hodgson wants his England players to show they are on the same level as Germany when the sides meet on Tuesday at Wembley in a pre-World Cup friendly, Sky Sports has reported.

England go into the fixture on the back of a 2-0 home loss to Chile – with Germany drawing 1-1 with Italy at the same time – and Hodgson believes his team can do better than they showed against the South Americans. Hodgson is expected to make a number of changes for the game as he reviews his options prior to next summer’s World Cup.

Germany will ask massive questions of us,” Hodgson said. “But I am pretty sure that all of the XI who go out on Tuesday night will be anxious that they put any comparisons (with Germany). They will show they are every bit as good and that is what I believe they will be.

One of the positions in which Hodgson has already confirmed he will make a change is in goal, where Fraser Forster will drop out after winning his debut cap against Chile. Joe Hart will return in his place, coming off the back of dropping out of the Manchester City side following a number of errors at the start of the season.

He will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper,” Hodgson said of Hart. “Joe is in the right frame of mind to play.

He has been fine in training and I know (goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson has been happy with him so I could only answer in the affirmative that he is fine,” Hodgson continued. “He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster’s chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it’s his chance on Tuesday night.

Hodgson ended by complaining about the lack of first team football afforded to some of his players, citing Hart as just one example of the problem. “This is what (being) England manager has been like for me – selecting players who haven’t played for a couple of weeks. Jermain Defoe played against Chile and he hasn’t played for hardly any part of the season,” the manager added.

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