tory Ahead of the old rivals' meeting at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, let's take a look back through the annuls of history at one of football's most famous rivalries. The Three Lions and Die Mannschaft have met 31 times with as both Germany and previously as West Germany. Here are seven of their most famous encounters. Just don't mention penalties... Let's end on a high in Munich in 2001, as Sven-Goran Eriksson's men trounced Germany 5-1 at the Olympiastadion in what is perhaps their most...
Germany 1-5 England, 2001, Olympiastadion, Munich
Let's end on a high in Munich in 2001, as Sven-Goran Eriksson's men trounced Germany 5-1 at the Olympiastadion in what is perhaps their most famous memory since 1966.
Their World Cup qualifier meeting was always likely to decide the outcome of the group and when Carsten Jancker's sixth minute opener had given England a familiar sense of foreboding, the following 84 minute however, brings a grin to face of any Three Lions fan to this day.
The visitors responded emphatically with Michael Owen's volley at 1-1, and when Steven Gerrard had given England the lead on the stroke of half-time, Eriksson's men seized their chance.
Owen scored a second and completed his hat-trick on 66 minutes, before the much-maligned Emile Heskey then added a fifth on the counter as the striker wheeled away to his now famous turntable celebration, as England ran out to a remarkable 5-1 win.
The Three Lions have endured many a night of torture, torment and anguish at the hands of Germany, however this night in Munich was not one of them.
England 1-1 Germany, 1996, Wembley, London
Six years later brought more penalty woe for the hosts.
As football came home at Euro '96, there was a genuine feeling that England could win their first trophy in 30 years.
After overcoming their penalty hoodoo in the quarter-final versus Spain, the consensus was England were slight favourites.
Indeed, the men in grey took the lead in the third minute through Alan Shearer's near-post header. The lead only stood until the 16th-minute however, when Stefan Kunst slid in at the far post to douse scenes of celebration in Wembley.
Like Italia '90, penalties were a clinic. Then at 5-5 and sudden death, Gareth Southgate stepped up but his tame penalty was stopped by Andreas Kopke in the German goal as a nation's hearts sank, and a pizza franchise swooped in for the forlorn defender.
All that was left was for Andreas Moller to smash his effort high into the net and home,
despite David Seaman's best efforts. England were out, a nation left inconsolable.
West Germany 1-1 England, 1990, Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin
During over two hours of unbearable tension at Italia '90, West Germany made the phrase 'penalty shootout' go on to see grown men reach for the nearest pillow to sob uncontrollably, whilst diving for cover behind the sofa.
The Germans were a rising force in football at the time and having lost to Diego Maradona's Argentina at Mexico '86, Beckenbauer's men were intent on going the distance.
After a cagey opening period, West Germany were awarded a free-kick on the hour mark from just outside the penalty area.
Paul Parker raced out to block Andreas Brehme's shot but in doing so, flipped the ball up into the air. The ball spun and arced over Peter Shilton in the England goal and looped into the net.
Gary Lineker's equaliser led to an extra time saw a battle of wills between the two sides, which led to the iconic moment of Paul Gascoigne bursting into tears after receiving a booking which would rule him out of the final.
After six immaculate penalties, Stuart Pearce's effort was blocked by the feet of Illgner to plunge a nations into despair.
A sheer bloody-minded Chris Waddle stepped up knowing he had to score, but with the adrenaline coursing through his veins, smashed his left-footed high over the bar and sent England crashing out in the cruelest of ways.
For England fans, Nessun Dorma will never sound the same.
West Germany 3-2 England, 1970, Guanajato, Mexico
With the Germans still burning with events of four years earlier, Die Mannschaft had their revenge at the World Cup Quarter-Finals of 1970 in Mexico.
Alan Mullery and Peters had given England a commanding lead in Leon and with just over twenty minutes to play, it seemed Germany were to fall to England yet again at a major tournament.
Goals from Uwe Seeler and Franz Beckenbauer leveled things up however, as the the game went to extra time for the second major competition running.
West Germany had recorded their first victory over England in 1968 and were to inflict the second-successive loss on Ramsey's side when in the 108th-minute, Gerd Muller gave his country a 3-2 lead, as they knocked out England, before losing to Italy 4-3 in the final in what has been dubbed the 'Game of the Century'.
England 4-2 West Germany (AET) 1966, Wembley, London
30 July 1966. The day that for an English football fan has not and perhaps will not, be ever eclipsed.
As 96,924 fans had packed out Wembley, the hosts' were crowned World champions for their - so far - only time in history.
After Martin Peters had given Alf Ramsey's side a 12th-minute lead, Helmut Haller equalised seconds later with Geoff Hurst netting the first of what would be a glorious hat-trick, six minutes later to restore the advantage.
England were seconds away from victory before Wolfgang Weber dramatically took the game to extra time. Then in the 102nd minute, an event occurred which is still debated to this day.
After Hurst had hammered a shot against crossbar, the ball bounced back down onto the line, as England players celebrated. With confusion reigning, referee Gottfried Dienst awarded the goal to scenes of consternation from the German players and coaching staff, as a global TV audience of around 400 million people were left to argue whether the goal should have stood.
England broke on the counter attack which led to BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme to utter the famous line, "And here comes Hurst. He's got... some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now! "
Germany 3-6 England, 1938, Olympiastadion, Berlin
Next, we travel forward eight years in a return to the city at the Berliner Olympiastadion in 1938.
In front of 120,000 people, two goals from Jackie Robinson saw England beat their opponents 6-3, winning on German soil for the first time after toppling them again 3-0 at White Hart Lane three years earlier.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Robinson only reached four caps for the Three Lions, but his goals on this occasion marked his name in folklore.
Despite Rudolf Gellesch leveling Cliff Bastin's opener in the 20th minute, England dominated throughout with Frank Broome, Stanley Matthews and Leonard Goulden also on the score-sheet.
Germany 3-3 England, 1930, Deutsches Stadion, Berlin
For our first meeting, we travel back 87 years to England and Germany's first encounter in 1930 when six goals were shared in a 3-3 draw.
Post WWI, the game was seen as a vital political milestone for both countries and the football did not disappoint as Richard Hoffman scored a hat-trick for Otto Nerz's men.
Striker Hoffman's triple was the first international trio to be scored versus England by a country outside of the home nations.
For the visitors, a brace from Birmingham City striker Joe Bradford and a 78th-minute David Jack goal saw England take a point as the curtain rose on the historic rivalry.