Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann says that even though a number of German stars are either injured or will be rested for tonight’s friendly at Wembley, Joachim Low still has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal.

Hamann said: “With Germany, if you get your chance to play in the national team at the moment you’re in on merit. With England in recent months and years, that has not always been the case.

“You don’t seem to need to have had many good games for your club to get a go.

“We’ve seen that with Townsend, who only made his international debut a month or so ago. He has been on loan at nine different clubs – and yet he is being hailed as England’s new saviour.