A friendly v Germany is never pointless for England. It is not even a friendly. It is, if certain news outlets are to be believed, an extension of the Great War. Guys like Keane, Rednapp, Ferndinand and Neville will assure everyone who doesn't want to hear it, that you have to show some grit™, that you have to "combat" the "well-oiled machine" and do your country proud. Or something like that. So hopefully Alex will do just that, otherwise the Mail will have a word with him.