England captain Steven Gerrard has insisted there is barely anything separating Roy Hodgson’s side with Tuesday’s opponents Germany, Sky
The countries are eight places apart in the FIFA world rankings – Germany second behind Spain, England in 10th – and Joachim Low oversaw a 4-1 win the last time the teams met, at the 2010 World Cup. But Gerrard believes the gap has closed to such an extent that it is barely there, the skipper rating England as only slight underdogs.
“We’re a lot stronger [than in 2010], Gerrard said. “If we were to meet Germany tomorrow in a World Cup, I don’t think we’d leave the pitch having been beaten 4-1.
“There is a good mix of youth and experience in the squad at the moment. We are all moving forward and improving all the time,” the Liverpool midfielder added.
“If you look at how they’ve performed in recent tournaments and where they’re ranked, then maybe we are slight underdogs. But if you look at both squads and both starting XIs on Tuesday night, I wouldn’t say we’re huge underdogs, no. Maybe slight.”
England were beaten at home by Chile in their last friendly outing, while at the same time Germany were drawing 1-1 with Italy. Gerrard missed the defeat to the South Americans through injury but has been named by Hodgson in the XI to play on Tuesday.
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