With England facing Germany in a friendly tonight, Pies looks at the German players who have dared to ply their trade in England.
Regardless of your thoughts on the effect foreign players have on the England national team, you could hardly hold it against Trautman. He came to England as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. When the war was over, he stayed on and played for Manchester City. His most famous moment came when he played with a broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup final.
Crazy Volzy is still doing his thang for Fulham. The problem is this usually involves getting stuck in toilets , riding to matches on his folding bicycle or giving himself food poisoning .
The big defender was an important signing for Gerard Houllier and featured prominently in Liverpool’s treble of 2001. He also enjoyed a decent loan spell at Blackburn, but he spell in England was dominated by a lengthy period out suffering from a virus. He hung up his boots at the end of last season and is now assistant coach at Stuttgart.
Poached by Chelsea as a 17-year-old, Huth really broke into the first team at Stamford Bridge. Move to Middlesbrough after last summer’s World Cup but injuries have restricted him. He barely played last season and is now due to see an ankle specialist after a fresh setback.
The left-back whored himself around the Premier League between 1999 and 2004. During that time he played for Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Spurs. He is