The ex-Blues midfielder dishes out some home truths to the Three Lions.
After a 0-2 home defeat to Chile, former Chelsea and Germany midfielder Michael Ballack has laid out some harsh truths for England ahead of their match with the Germans.
Ballack says that the Three Lions are some way short of the 37-year-old’s nation and world champions Spain, but insists the nation does have quality.
“At the next World Cup England must use their name, use their quality and have confidence. Then everything is possible,” the ex-Blues star told BBC Radio 5Live.
“When Germany goes to a big tournament we know we have to deliver because teams before us have done it.
“We don’t want to be the team that goes out of the tournament early, so that creates a certain type of pressure.”
It’s going to be a tough encounter for the English at Wembley when their old rivals Germany come for a friendly match.
Whilst the hosts were succumbing to a strong Chilean attack led by Barcelona ace Alexis Sanchez on Friday, the visitors traveled to Italy and earned a 1-1 draw.
The away team’s squad is peppered with stars from treble winners Bayern Munich – although Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer will be absent from the match – as well as players who are known a little better in England, such as Mesut Ozil (who will also be absent) and Per Mertesacker.
Whilst Germany have reached at least the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 1990 – with two final appearances and one triumph – England’s best showing in that time is a semi-final exit in 1990, when they lost to the Germans.
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