Wembley is looking for revenge, a chance to excise the scars of Bloemfontein.

But Roy Hodgson’s thoughts will go far beyond the 90 minutes under the arch in London tonight.

For the England boss, what matters is not the result against Joachim Loew’s side. It is what he learns for when it counts.

Yes, should the Three Lions succumb it would be the first time they have lost back-to-back home matches since Wales and Scotland both won at Wembley in 1977.

Hodgson, recalling Steven Gerrard, Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole and Daniel Sturridge among nine changes, has selected a far stronger line-up than the one which was beaten by Chile on Friday.

Quizzed over the potential ­psychological effect of another defeat, with memories of 2010 still strong, Hodgson opted for ­belligerent dismissal.

“Well, it won’t stop us winning our first game of the World Cup, will it?” replied Hodgson. “I’m not trying to be clever – but I don’t see the ­relevance of bringing up what happened 36 years ago.

“These two games don’t feature in the same category as those ones did back then. If they had done, I certainly wouldn’t have selected the team I did against Chile and I certainly wouldn’t be selecting the team I am against Germany.

“I just don’t think psychologically it would have any effect in six or seven months’ time.

“Of course I can’t give guarantees that we will put the result of Friday right, because Germany are a very good team.