Brazil vs. Argentina. The United Staves vs. Mexico. Serbia vs. Croatia. The international game has its fair share of heated rivalries, and amongst them, Germany taking on England will always rank high on the list, the sort of game that always feels like a good club derby match.
Even when it’s a friendly, it’s the sort of game that isn’t, really—it means more to the players and supporters and is a little more interesting to the neutrals. And Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is looking forward to it and to the chance to impress that comes from the added importance of it.
“It’s a huge game,” noted Can. “It’s like a derby, England against Germany. Everybody is always very excited about this kind of game in Germany, everybody is looking forward to it. I know it’s just a friendly, but it doesn’t matter because it’s always a big game against England.”
Can has seen the pitch in three of Germany’s last four competitive games, and he started against Azerbaijan, scoring a goal to help them to a 5-1 victory. A start on Friday may not be certain, then, but an appearance at some point in the evening is at least likely.
“It’s just a friendly but of course everybody wants to win that game,” he added, perhaps toning things down a little for the sake of any worried Liverpool fans. “The most important thing is that everybody stays healthy.”