Opponents in many a close encounter over the years, it was not surprising to see the European duo engage in some midfield shadow boxing in a first half that produced little in the way of goalmouth action.
It was all change after the restart, though, as Heiko Herrlich's side upped the tempo, quickly finding their reward when Sebastian Rudy rifled home from outside the area on 50 minutes. The Englishmen were still recovering from that blow when Richard Sukuta-Pasu doubled the Germans' advantage moments later.
England coach John Peacock made a double change in an effort to get back into the game, and the move paid dividends when Rhys Murphy cut the deficit on 65 minutes.
With the chances beginning to flow at both ends, it the Germans who made theirs count, Dennis Dowidat and Toni Kroos producing fine finishes in the final quarter of an hour to see them home and dry.