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Germany sends England to back-to-back Wembley losses for 1st time since 1977 with 1-0 win


Germany's Per Mertesacker, center, scores pass England's goalkeeper Joe Hart, left, during the international friendly soccer match between England and Germany, at Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (The Associated Press)

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.