England v Germany: Joachim Low wary of 'quick and dynamic' Andros Townsend

The sides meet at Wembley on Tuesday

England's “dynamic approach” is being driven by cosmopolitan coach Roy Hodgson, according to Germany boss Joachim Low.

Germany manager Low hailed Hodgson as a "fantastic coach" who transformed Switzerland in his three-year spell as national boss.

Low singled out Tottenham wing Andros Townsend as a danger-man for Tuesday's friendly clash with England at Wembley.

And he backed England as a constant power in world football.

Low said: "England have been and always will be one of the big footballing nations, if you ask me.

"Looking in from the outside, (Steven) Gerrard, (Frank) Lampard and (Wayne) Rooney are players of elite calibre with a wealth of experience behind them.

"Andros Townsend is very quick and dynamic, and they have impressive wide players.

"So England have nothing to fear in that department.

"England may be tactically different from Italy, but they are still playing with tremendous force, they have great tackling power and a very dynamic approach to the game.

"And they have individual players who with a solo effort can decide a game if need be."

Germany boss Low will hand a host of squad players an "acid test" for Tuesday's friendly with England at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund's 33-year-old goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will make his international debut.

Marcel Schmelzer is set to replace 43-cap Marcel Jansen at left-back and Sven Bender should slot into midfield for Sami Khedira, who is recovering from knee ligament surgery.

Per Mertesacker will be a definite starter at centre-back, with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels likely to share duties alongside the Arsenal man.

Hodgson took the Switzerland reins in 1992, when Low joined club side FC Winterthur.

Former SC Freiburg attacking midfielder Low was immediately impressed with Hodgson's impact at national level and beyond.

Low said: "Roy Hodgson is a fantastic coach: I first met him when I was a player in Switzerland and he was the national team coach there.

"Wherever he has gone he has left the most positive of marks.

"It was under him that the Swiss really revolutionised their player formation and training system.

"He left the best possible marks there, and they are still visible today I think.

"He introduced the 4-4-2 system to Switzerland, and they adapted perfectly.

"On a personal level I think his career is characterised by success wherever he has gone.

"He has won something everywhere.

"He's a man of the world who has gone to Sweden and a host of other countries, where he's learned about the local culture, the people and the styles of football played there.

"And also as a person he comes across as a gentleman.

"He has perfect manners, always has an open ear for young coaches.

"And from a footballing point of view he's fully conversant with what's going on in world football and international developments."


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Angel Di Maria is shown the red card
Roger Federer after his win over Tomas Berdych
Life and Style
News in briefs: big pants in 'Bridget Jones's Diary'
fashionBig knickers are back
James Milner is set to sign for Liverpool this week despite rival interest from Arsenal
sportReds baulk at Benteke £32.5m release clause
The controversial Motor Neurone Disease Association poster, featuring sufferer Michael Smith, has drawn a series of angry complaints
newsThis one has been criticised for its 'threatening tone'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral