World Cup 2010: Germany - England: Best Combined XI

Ahead of Sunday's big World Cup clash between England and Germany, selects the best combined starting XI using players from both sides.

Little needs to be said of the significance this match has for both sides. A fixture dripping with history, takes a look at every available player ahead of the England and Germany clash, deciding who is the best in their position and where they would play should the teams be combined.



Manuel Neuer

David James may have played well since taking over between the sticks, but Schalke 04's Manuel Neuer wins here due to a better start to the World Cup than England's original first choice goalie, Robert 'Butterfingers' Green.


Philipp Lahm

Without a doubt one of the best full-backs in the world. Looked more comfortable cutting inside from left-back in past years, but has adapted to the right expertly at Bayern under Louis van Gaal.

    Arne Friedrich

His previous club side Hertha BSC may have been relegated from the German top-flight this season, but, now a free agent, Friedrich has been putting on a show so far that's tells the world that he is no scrub.

    John Terry

The Chelsea skipper has put the pre-WC scandal stuff that saw him lose the England captaincy behind him and, against Slovenia in particular, has shown a hunger for victory that few else have.

Ashley Cole

An obvious choice for left-back, easily coming ahead of an inexperienced Holger Badstuber, Ashley Cole was one of the only players who turned up for England's dismal first two games.


Frank Lampard

In a strange turn of events, Frank Lampard hasn't blinked an eye when Capello has played him out of position. Eager to dig in and win the ball back, the goalscoring midfielder is always a danger arriving in to the box late.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Having been moved around the midfield line countless times in since becoming a first team fixture at Bayern, 'Schweiny' has begun to establish himself as a real midfield general with a knack for finding the right pass.

Mesut Oezil

What can be said about Oezil that hasn't already been mentioned? Still only 21, this young string-puller has been instrumental in all of Germany's WC victories, putting in a good shout for man of the tournament should his form keep up.
Wayne Rooney
Said to be suffering from a lack of fitness going in to the World Cup, we still haven't seen the best of Rooney in his white shirt yet. A proven goalscorer, we're willing to be patient with 'Wazza'.

Steven Gerrard

Looked like he'd got England off to a dream start after scoring within 5 minutes in their opening game, Gerrard has become better at adapting to the left-sided role that Capello keeps asking him to perform.


Miroslav Klose

Suffering dismally at the domestic level, Klose seems to become a new man when he pulls on a Germany shirt. Always there or thereabouts, this sneaky poacher should never be ruled out of scoring for his national side - especially coming back into the side after a harsh red card.

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