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A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016


The rivalry between England and Germany is one of the fiercest in international football history.

With the Three Lions’ World Cup victory over the West Germans in 1966 Alf Ramsey’s side claimed glory, England went on to claim another stunning victory in 2001 when Sven’s side – Göran Eriksson hammered his rivals 5-1 in Munich.

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Dier scored his first for England to give them a stunning 3-2 win over Germany in 2016[/caption]

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
Hodgson’s side certainly wasn’t as eye-catching as it is these days
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Fans will now be hoping Gareth Southgate’s side can score another stunning victory on their trip to Germany in the UEFA Nations League – a clash which will be live on talkSPORT with Adrian Durham, Jim Proudfoot and Dean Ashton.

Although it’s the end of a long and difficult season, England have the kind of team that many in world football can only dream of, meaning victory in Munich this time around wouldn’t be as much. upset.

The same was not said in 2016 when the Three Lions recorded a magnificent 3-2 friendly victory in Germany with the most unlikely teams.

Caught between two golden generations of talent, Roy Hodgson set out to take on his rivals with a starting XI that, on paper, looked questionable at best.

So who was in the England XI to face Germany in March 2016? talkSPORT.com takes a look.


A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
It was a memorable night for the Three Lions against their fierce rivals
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Goaltender: Jack Butland (Fraser Forster)

Aged 23 at the time, Butland was considered one of the best young goalkeepers in the country at the end of the 2015-16 season thanks to his form for Stoke City.

Despite the start of the game, Butland was replaced by Fraser Forster who, after successful spells with Celtic and Southampton, now looks set for a summer move to Tottenham.

Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne

Long before Trent Alexander-Arnold emerged at Liverpool, it was Clyne who chose to face the Germans.

Unfortunately, a number of injuries prevented the speedy full-back from nailing down the long-term spot, making the clash against Germany one of only 14 appearances for his country.

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
Clyne’s career sadly took a turn for the worse after that night due to injury
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Central defence: Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill

A partnership now past its prime, Smalling and Cahill were the men chosen to face the Germans that night in Munich.

The pair dominated for Manchester United and Chelsea at the time and did a decent job of keeping a talented German attack quiet that night.

Left back: Danny Rose

A player who was arguably England’s best left-back in the mid-2000s.

Rose was at the peak of her powers for Tottenham and certainly put on a good display for her country that night.

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
Rose was a star man for club and country in 2016
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Central midfielder: Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson

A player who made his England debut in November 2015, Dier scored his first goal for the Three Lions with a last-minute winner in Munich to endear himself to fans.

As for Henderson, the Liverpool star was coming to the end of his first campaign as Reds captain and showed that influence and maturity for England in a massive game.

Right winger: Adam Lallana (Ross Barkley)

Long before the current generation of talented young players arrived, England may have been suffering something of a drought in that department as Lallana was named a starter.

He lasted just over 70 minutes before being replaced by Ross Barkley who was arguably at his peak at 23 with Everton.

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
Lallana was a regular starter for England during his time at Liverpool
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Left winger: Danny Welbeck (Jamie Vardy)

The striker was a clear favorite in England’s setup in 2016 and would have been in the squad to make it to the Euros that summer had it not been for a knee injury.

However, against Germany it was his replacement, Jamie Vardy, who may have inspired the Three Lions by scoring a late equalizer to set up a dramatic final.

Attacking midfielder: Dele Alli

A player who is really struggling to regain the form he showed early in his career, Alli was unstoppable in 2016.

The midfielder was named PFA Young Player of the Year in his first full year as a Tottenham player and the clash with Germany was arguably his most publicized success of the season.

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
Alli was a star man for England as he celebrated his team-mate, Dier’s winner in Germany
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Attacker: Harry Kane

The 2015-16 campaign was the year the Premier League learned that Kane was not a one-season wonder.

After beating Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero to the top-flight Golden Boot, Kane was now a regular star for England having made his debut a year earlier, going on to become arguably Gareth Southgate’s top star.

This is how England lined up against Germany in 2016.

A future Tottenham signing, Chris Smalling in defense and Dele Alli behind Harry Kane – England’s unlikely XI who stunned Germany under Roy Hodgson in 2016
The England squad that faced Germany in March 2016


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