Mesut Özil has been named in the starting XI for Germany’s international friendly against Italy on Tuesday evening.

The Arsenal midfielder was a doubt for Saturday’s game against England but played the entire 90 minutes and will be starting again on Tuesday, meaning he’s almost guaranteed to play 45 more minutes at the very least.

Why? Who knows, it’s not as if Löw needs Özil to find out more about his teammates.

Elsewhere, two Arsenal men have missed out on Roy Hodgson’s starting XI for England’s friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley.

Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are both on the bench for the Three Lions. It’s good news for Welbeck, who is highly unlikely to be risked after starting his first England game in a year at the Olympiastadion for Saturday’s defeat of Germany. Walcott has been struggling with a dead leg and hasn’t recovered as hoped though he could still feature from the bench as he fights for a place at Euro 2016.

Didier Deschamps has also been fairly sensible, rotating enough to give Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud breathers after both men impressed on Friday evening. Both could still come off the bench but should be relatively fresh for their Arsenal returns.

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