World Cup 2010: Beckenbauer is wrong - England stars have played fewer games than the Germany team

Penalties aside, the Three Lions have a good record against the old enemy
No-one needs reminding that England and Germany have met a few times down the years, but the statistics look good for the Three Lions before Sunday's World Cup 2010 clash.

While England have, by and large, suffered at the hands - or rather feet - of the Die Mannschaft in knockout competitions, especially from 12-yards - they have a good record in all competitions against their old rivals.

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, who is the only person to have the World Cup as a captain and a coach, has insisted that Capello's side are suffering from fatigue following another long domestic season. Unfortuantely for Franz, we have the stats that prove him wrong.

The Three Lions have scored more goals against Germany throughout the years, and have notched up more wins. If they are to be victorious on Sunday, Fabio Capello's side will need to do it in normal or extra-time: they've never beaten the Die Mannschaft in a penalty shoot-out.

27 - The number of times England have faced Germany since someone first kicked a pig's bladder across a field. For 17 of these games - from 1954 to 1990 - the Die Mannschaft were known as West Germany.

12 - England come out on top of the head-to-heads with 12 wins compared to Germany's 10, with only five encounters ending as draws. Incidentally, England won 53.8 per cent of games against 'West Germany' but have only won 45.5 per cent against the modern 'Germany'.

1 - England have lost once to Germany, in normal time, during the knock-out round of a major tournament, throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 in the second round of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. The teams have met three other times in knock-outs, and England have won once - 4-2 in the World Cup 1966 final - with the other two games ending in draws: 1-1 in the 1990 semi-final and the same score in the European Championships in 1996.

0 - Of course, those two those draws resulted in famous penalty shoot-outs, and England lost both. In fact, England have never won a World Cup shoot-out, losing three out of three while the Germans have won all four of theirs. Finish it in normal time yeah lads?

47 - The Three Lions easily outscore their rivals down the years, with German only notching 34 against England. The last meeting was a friendly with Matthew Upson and John Terry scoring in a 2-1 win.

8 - Even in friendly matches England have a decent record against Germany, with eight wins, one draw and six defeats.

7 - England have scored seven goals in four World Cup finals games against Germany, only failing to find the net once in the 1982 group stages. Germany hit six goals across those matches.

49.9 - Despite Beckenbauer's claims that the Three Lions are tired after the gruelling Premier League season, Germany's players - many of whom reside in the Bundesliga - have actually played more games this season: 49.9 on average compared to 47 for the England squad.

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