BERLIN (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew launched a charm offensive ahead of Friday’s international friendly at Wembley Stadium in London by insisting this is the strongest England side in recent years.
The Germans have won all of their last six matches against old rivals England at the iconic Wembley, a run stretching back to 1982.
However, Loew says the recent form of Gareth Southgate’s England team commands the world champions’ respect.
“My opinion is the England team hasn’t been this strong in years,” Loew told German daily Die Welt yesterday.
“They rely far less on long balls.
“All the big clubs in England have coaches who put a lot of value on putting together combinations of passes. You also see it in the national team, where there is more emphasis on tactics.”
Loew’s Germany are unbeaten in 19 matches since losing 2-0 to France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
Both England and the Germans won their respective qualifying groups to book their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia, with Loew’s Germany enjoying a perfect record of 10 wins out of 10 in the process.
The clash at Wembley starts a run of friendlies against top-class opposition for Germany.
They host France in Cologne on November 14, then play Spain and Brazil in March 2018 in crunch preparation games for their defence of the World Cup.