The England starting line up for today’s crunch match with arch rivals Germany will not be announced until an hour before kick off .
When asked on Saturday if he knew his starting eleven for the game Fabio Capello the England manager replied "I have one doubt , but you know the first 10 players that will play " . The doubt is expected to be in central defence where Matthew Upson , Jamie Carragher or even Ledley king could partner John Terry in defence .
Many bookmakers are betting on who will be the man of the match and the inimitable Wayne Rooney is generally favourite at 5/1 with Blue Square and 888Sport with a host of players including Steven Gerrard and German star Mesut Ozil at 8/1 .
England games against Germany in recent times have often ended in penalty shootouts and bookmakers are pricing up all possible outcomes . Blue Square have even priced up which English player will be the last to miss from the penalty spot in the event of the game going to a penalty shootout . Wayne Rooney is 50/1 to miss the decisive spot kick ! .
Betting on the England v Germany match is expected to surpass all records with Coral’s spokesman David Steven’s commenting " We’re expecting punters to bet more than £20M on Fabio Capello’s men " .
The hopes and bets of a nation then are at stake in the most eagerly anticipated England international in years , kick off 3pm , live on BBC1 , or in the nearest pub .