England v Germany Odds : Punters eye big price on home win at Wembley

Its England v Germany from Wembley, with the latest odds from William Hill reporting that England are attracting plenty of bets at a big price of 21/10 for the home win as Joachim Low looks to field a weakened side (KO 20:00GMT).

England will look to bounce back from Friday’s defeat to Chile when they face old foes Germany tonight.

Roy Hodgson’s side began their World Cup preparations with a poor 2-0 defeat to Chile and the former Fulham manager will be hoping for an improved performance against one of the favourites for next year’s tournament.



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Hodgson will be without Phil Jones but is set to give Joe Hart, currently out of favour at club level, a run out with Steven Gerrard also set to feature.

Daniel Sturridge will also play.

The Liverpool striker set to play through the pain barrier in a bid to cement his place as England’s main striker.

The forward has revealed that he is still struggling with the thigh injury that ruled out of the clash with Chile but is desperate to start against Germany.

He said: “This thigh injury has been lingering for a while and it’s still frustrating me but I’m going to put the shirt on and try and perform as best as I can.

“I have been playing with it for the last couple of games and it has been hindering my performance.

“I had a scan and the scan showed it was similar to what it was before but it is not a problem for me.

“I am raring to go for the game. I am delighted that the pain is not as bad and I am looking forward to it.”

Germany meanwhile drew 1-1 with Italy on Friday and will head to London without midfielder Sami Khedira, Captain Philipp Lahm, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Mesut Özil.

Khedira’s world cup is in doubt after he ruptured knee ligaments during the clash with the Italians while Lahm and his Bayern Munich team mate Neuer have both returned to Germany rather than travelling on from Milan to London after being given the night off.

Özil meanwhile will head to London but will not to feature on Tuesday night.

The Arsenal midfielder did not train much prior to Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Italy and Löw has decided to allow him a rest.

“The England game is our last chance before the World Cup to try out one or two new tactical variations and personnel,” said the Germany coach.

“Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Mesut Özil are part of the absolute backbone of our team and for me, it is more important now to give other players a chance to prove themselves in these key positions, particularly against such a strong team as England.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.