Germany to beat England as Scotland edge Canada, predicts Charlie Nicholas
Last Updated: 22/03/17 7:56pm
Charlie Nicholas provides us with his predictions as England and Scotland prepare for World Cup Qualifiers with contrasting friendlies.
Gareth Southgate's men up will be up against the odds as they visit World Cup favourites Germany, while Scotland host Canada ahead of their must-win clash with Slovenia.
Here's what Charlie is predicting for the two clashes...
England v Germany (Wednesday 7.45pm)
I'm a little bit confused by Gareth Southgate's squad selection, but I guess it's because of the lack of choices he's got.
You could make a case for Andy Carroll or Jack Wilshere to be in there, but James Ward-Prowse, really? I guess he wants to have a look at some players, but surely you have to make real a merit out of call ups rather than just handing them out.
I know Theo Walcott didn't play well at the weekend but he's got a decent goalscoring record compared to others in the squad and you don't just drop players because you know what they offer.
I'm interested to see what Southgate is going to do up front. I think he's got to play two up there because a lone striker is going to struggle to have any joy, even with Dele Alli in support.
I fear he'll play Jermain Defoe up front on his own because he's proved at Sunderland that he doesn't need to see a lot of the ball, but that's not fair on the lad, having to feed off scraps again for his country in his big chance.
It will be quite a difficult situation for the England strikers and it will be very hard work. It could be a night which will leave England fans wondering what direction they're going in under Southgate.
I think this will be pretty feisty and I'd expect plenty of bookings and Thomas Muller, who looks like he's back in the goals after a pretty poor season, to do the damage again.
Scotland v Canada (Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm)
Well there might not seem much purpose in this for some, maybe even for Canada, but this is actually an incredibly important game for Scotland and a must-win in some senses.
This is a build up fixture for an enormous game with Slovenia, which really is a must win, and the team simply must get the fans back on side because otherwise it could turn really toxic.
Gordon Strachan should have walked away after the England defeat. The crowd don't believe him and, as mad they are with their songs, you have to find humour in this sort of situation because otherwise you'll go mad.
You don't need to play Scott Brown, let's get players on the ball who are going to be a bit more expressive and entertain the fans. I'd like to see Ryan Fraser involved as well, he looks a decent little prospect.
I'm backing them to win it because they have to, although I do think both teams to score, but hopefully there will be plenty of young fans there and they'll get some entertainment.