England's Women Return to Wembley.
England started positive from the first whistle as England's Jordon Nobbs had her 35-yard strike hit the cross bar as German goalkeeper Almuth Schlt, barely got her fingertips to it. Schlt got the rare start as current world player of the year and German number one, Nadine Angerer is injured.
6 Minutes later, off of a Behinger cross and a obvious mix-match that pitted England defender Alex Scott against Frankfurt defender, Simone Laudehr resulted in a own goal as ball hit the back post away.
Despite a resilient fight back, England only came close once in the 30th minute as Nobbs tried again, this time off a header but German keeper manages to clutch the ball and almost carried it over the touchline, it was so close that it took a number of slow motion replays to justify the lines-woman's call, that she was right not to award a goal as the whole ball did not cross the line.
Further disaster hit England when on the stroke of half-time Kemme finds Sasic completely open in the middle, leaving the midfielder with the very simple task of heading the ball into the net.
England looked a much better side in the second half as they made several changes to the squad, particularly with Fran Kirby and Jill Scott coming on for Aluko and Scott. Scott bringing her height and Kirby her versatility with her runs and play on the ball.
Still it wasn't enough to beat a very efficient defense, world class midfield and a potent attack. England just didn't seem dangerous enough and were predictable. There was no movement off the corners and they just didn't pose a threat to the FIFA World #2.
England played a better second half but then people may say Germany weren't as cohesive after their subs, usual starters Jennifer Marozsan, Anya Mittag and Luisa Wensing came in and never got their rhythm back.
With just over six months to go until the opening whistle at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada England will get better under head coach Mark Sampson. Unfortunately so will the favorites, USA, Germany, Japan and France.
ENGLAND: England Women: 1 Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), 2 Alex Scott (Arsenal), 5 Steph Houghton (C; Manchester City), 6 Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), 3 Demi Stokes (South Florida Bulls), 7 Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), 4 Fara Williams (Liverpool), 8 Karen Carney (Birmingham City), 9 Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), 10 Toni Duggan (Manchester City), 11 Eniola Aluko (Chelsea).
Substitutes: 19 Fran Kirby (Reading) for Aluko (62), 18 Jill Scott (Manchester City) for Williams (71), 20 Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit) for Sanderson (80), 16 Jo Potter (Birmingham City) for Scott (84), 14 Alex Greenwood (Everton) for Stokes (84), 12 Laura Bassett (Chelsea) for Bronze (90)
Substitutes not used: 13 Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), 15 Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), 17 Jade Moore (Birmingham City), 21 Carly Telford (Notts County), 22 Jess Clarke (Notts County).
Head coach: Mark Sampson
GERMANY: 12 Almuth Schult, 3 Josephine Henning, 5 Annike Krahn, 6 Simone Laudehr, 7 Melanie Behringer, 13 Celia Sasic (C), 14 Tabea Kemme, 16 Melanie Leupolz, 17 Jennifer Cramer, 18 Alexandra Popp, 20 Lena Goessling.
Substitutes: 10 Dzsenifer Marozsan for Behringer (46), 22 Luisa Wenseng for Kemme (46), 11 Anja Mittag for Leupolz (46), 8 Pauline Bremer for Laudehr (76), 4 Babett Peter for Cramer (89), 23 Verena Faisst for Sasic (89)
Substitutes not used: 21 Laura Benkarth, 28 Lisa Weiss, 29 Meike Kamper, 2 Bianca Schmidt, 15 Kathrin Hendrich, 24 Lena Petermann, 25 Sara Dabritz.
Head coach: Silvia Neid
Goals: Scott (OG,6), Sasic (12, 45)
Bookings: Mittag (58)
Referee: Esther Staubli