England take on world champions Germany in a prestige international friendly encounter at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, live and free-to-air on ITV.
Coming four days before their next 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, Gareth Southgate will hope to kick-start his reign as permanent manager by leading England to what would be a fourth successive victory on German soil.
The two sides meet a year after the Three Lions staged a fantastic comeback to come from two goals down to win 3-2 in Berlin, in a warm-up for their ill-fated Euro 2016 campaign, which ultimately led to the resignation of manager Roy Hodgson.
After the controversial departure of Sam Allardyce after just one game in charge last autumn, England Under-21 manger Gareth Southgate was given a four-match interim spell in charge of the national team, including a World Cup qualifier against Scotland, and was given the job permanently in November.
The trip to Germany will be his first match as the new manager and he will look to continue to boost the confidence of his squad after their embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 in France last June.
But with a depleted squad to choose from as they prepare to lock horns with the reigning world champions, with the likes of Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney absent, Southgate has named four uncapped players in his first squad while there is a return to the England fold for Jermaine Defoe.
Success at the Signal Iduna Park would be an ideal lead-in to England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania which follows on Sunday, March 26, a match which is also live on ITV.
Meanwhile, World Cup winners and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Germany will see the game as a warm-up for their own qualifier in Azerbaijan on the same day.
Mark Pougatch presents ITV’s live coverage from Dortmund, starting at 7.15pm ahead of a 7.45pm kick-off, with all the action also available to watch live online via the ITV Hub – itv.com/itv.
Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright provide analysis in the studio, match commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle, while interviews and reports from pitchside come from Gabriel Clarke.
Extended highlights and further reaction to this friendly encounter will be broadcast at 11.15pm on ITV, also presented by Mark Pougatch.
WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH