Gareth Southgate takes his England side to world champions Germany this evening (7.45pm kick-off) for an international friendly.
It will be the 46-year-old’s first game in permanent charge of the Three Lions after being announced as boss back in November, having before led the side to two wins and two draws in his stint as caretaker manager.
However, tonight sees him begin his era as full time boss, and what great a challenge his side have got in Dortmund in the form of 2014 World Cup winners Germany.
Joachim Low’s side have reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last four World Cups, and although they were unable to add the European Championship last year, they have also reached at the last four of that competition in each of the last three.
With an incredible major tournament record like that, as well as a squad full consisting of some of the best players in world football, it is going to be a huge test for Southgate’s England tonight, but also a good measure of where they are as a team.
Nonetheless, England beat the Germans last year in Berlin, and here are THREE reasons why they will secure the victory in Dortmund tonight…