ENGLAND have lined up their third friendly in little over a year against Germany.
The teams will meet again at Wembley in November.
The difficult and exacting fixture is the reciprocal match guaranteed in an agreement with the German federation (DFB) following the friendly in Dortmund that Germany won 1-0 two months ago.
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That followed England’s 3-2 victory against the world champions in Berlin in March 2016.
The relationship with Germany was further strengthened at the FIFA Congress in Bahrain this week.
The FA signed a memorandum of understanding with the DFB to share knowledge of sports science, training methods and coaching.
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It seems World Cup holders Germany want to learn about the set-up at St George’s Park as they have no such national football centre.
Last time out in Dortmund saw Lukas Podolski score a brilliant goal on his farewell appearance for Germany against Gareth Southgate’s men.
Southgate’s new-look England controlled the game for the first hour with an impressive display inspired by Adam Lallana and Dele Alli.
But Lallana saw one shot cannon back off the post while Alli wasted a golden chance just before the break to fire the Three Lions into the lead.
Germany improved in the second half as Southgate made a raft of substitutions as England fell to a defeat their display had hardly deserved.
In 2016 Roy Hodgson’s men pulled off an astonishing win in enemy territory after going two-down thanks to goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez.
But Tottenham star Harry Kane and Leicester hotshot Jamie Vardy, with a prodigious back flick, levelled the scores in the second half before Eric Dier sealed the win with a late header.