Defoe returns for England as Podolski bids farewell to Germany

Germany vs England - Match Preview and Odds

by Abi Moses on Monday 20th March, 2017


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With the Premier League taking a backseat for the next two weeks, international football will take centre stage. 
 
First up, England take on Germany in a friendly on Wednesday evening and the forwards for both sides are dominating the pre-match build up. 
 
Lukas Podolski is set to make his 130th and final appearance for Germany as the former Arsenal forward is set to make a farewell appearance in Dortmund. The 31 year old announced his retirement from international football after last summer's European Championships but the 2014 World Cup winner has been given the opportunity to say goodbye to the German fans. 
 
England's own goal-scoring great Wayne Rooney and his heir-apparent, Harry Kane have both been omitted from Gareth Southgate's squad. Kane is set to miss several weeks following an ankle injury sustained early in Tottenham's FA Cup win over Millwall. Rooney is back from his own injury setback, but it seems the international break came a little too early for England's record goal-scorer. 
 
When asked about Rooney's exclusion from his squad, Southgate said "The injury, coupled with the fact he's not really had a lot of game time recently and others have, has sort of determined my decision on that one. There are some very good players and it's a battle to get in this squad. Wayne totally understands that. He's the most realistic senior player I think I've dealt with in terms of how he views the game. He doesn't have any expectations of being treated differently or treated in a special way." 
 
In the absence of Rooney and Kane, Sunderland forward, Jermain Defoe has earned a deserved recall to the Three Lions squad. Defoe won the last of his 55 caps against Chile, back in November 2013 but 33 goals in 74 Premier League games since returning from the MLS in January 2015. 
 
Despite his three and a half year absence from the international fold, Defoe is the highest-capped outfield player in the current England squad. His 19 goals puts his head and shoulders above his England colleagues in the scoring charts. Jamie Vardy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with five each are the next best in a far-from-prolific squad. 
 
Current Match Odds (courtesy of William Hill): 
 
Germany - 8/11 
Draw - 14/5 
England - 4/1 
 
First Scorer Odds 
 
Mario Gomez (GER) - 7/2 
Lukas Podolski (GER) - 9/2 
Thomas Muller (GER) - 9/2 
Andre Schurrle (GER) - 5/1 
Mesut Ozil (GER) - 11/2 
Timo Werner (GER) - 11/2 
Julian Brandt (GER) - 6/1 
Julian Draxler (GER) - 6/1 
Leroy Sane (GER) - 6/1 
Toni Kroos (GER) - 7/1 
Jamie Vardy (ENG) - 15/2 
Jermain Defoe (ENG) - 15/2 
Marcus Rashford (ENG) - 15/2 
Sami Khedira (GER) - 15/2 
Joshua Kimmich (GER) - 8/1 
Dele Alli (ENG) - 9/1 
Raheem Sterling (ENG) - 11/1

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