Anderton eager to rekindle ‘massive’ England-Germany rivalry on Singapore soil

Darren Anderton is expecting a fiercely-contested clash when England take on their Germany counterparts in the Masters Asia Football friendly.

The clash in November will pit the iconic players of yesteryear from both sides against each other.

Dietmar Hamann will join Lotthar Matthaus for Germany in facing an England side comprising Anderton, Teddy Sheringham and Steve McManaman – the latter trio all veterans of Euro 1996.

The England contingent suffered heartbreak in the tournament against Germany on home soil, bowing out in the semi-finals as Die Mannschaft went on to lift the prize.

And Anderton believes the historical backdrop to the Masters match at the Singapore Sports Hub will lend it special significance.

“The rivalry (between England and Germany) is a massive one,” the 44-year-old told reporters on Friday.

“We're reminded of it (defeat to Germany in 1996) back home since we won the World Cup 50 years ago and we've all tried to put that right throughout our careers.

“For myself, it was Euro 1996 the closest we came to it [winning the trophy]. Great, great tournament but unfortunately spoiled by the Germans.”

Casting his eye on the current England crop that most recently bowed out of Euro 2016 against Iceland in the Round of 16, Anderton blamed their struggles on a lack of personality in the squad.

Not being able to get them to gel has been the problem, I think,” the former Tottenham winger continued.

“At the moment you're looking for someone to replace (Wayne) Rooney as captain and there aren't any candidates. Back in Euro 1996 we had a team full of captains and leaders and that's what made that a great team.”

Karl-Heinze Riedle, who will be on the opposite side this November, is hoping to continue his trend of scoring against English opposition.

“I was always successful against the English teams,” the ex-Liverpool striker began.

“In 1991 it was my first game after the World Cup and I scored and we won 1-0, so I always have really good memories from the English games.

“Hopefully this can continue on the 12th of November.”