Mertesacker heads Germany to 1-0 win over England

ROB HARRIS (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Mertesacker heads Germany to 1-0 win over England
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Germany's Per Mertesacker, right, clears the ball away from England's Daniel Sturridge during the international friendly soccer match between England and Germany, at Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) -- Per Mertesacker scored on a header off Toni Kroos' cross that gave Germany a 1-0 exhibition victory on Tuesday night that sent England to consecutive home losses for the first time in 36 years.

While Germany deployed a second-string lineup, England used a strong selection. The closest Roy Hodgson's team came to an equalizer was when Andros Townsend struck a post from long range.

England, beaten 2-0 by Chile on Friday, had not lost consecutive matches at Wembley since defeats to Wales and Scotland in 1977.

Germany fans celebrated the win by singing - in English - ''Football's coming home'' - taken from the England anthem ''Three Lions.''

It was a miserable way for the English Football Association to round out its 150th anniversary celebrations in front of a crowd of 85,934.