Stoke & Staffordshire

Englishman getting behind Germany for World Cup clash

As England fans hoped for a World Cup victory over Germany, one Staffordshire man was not cheering them on.

Derrick Miller is English but has a German mother and lived in the country until he was five years old.

He has German television at his home in Cheslyn Hay and has adorned his lounge with German flags and memorabilia.

He believed Germany would win 2-0 if midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger played but if penalties were needed it would be 13-12 to Germany.

England lost the game 4-1, their heaviest defeat at a World Cup finals.

But despite his "high risk" hobby, Mr Miller said it is accepted by his best friend Dean Griffiths, an England fan.

"It can have its moments, " he told BBC News.

"You could call it high risk.

"It is fun, so if we could all remember it's a game of football... and it's fun."

The history between the two teams is well known, with Germany beating England on penalties in the semi-finals at the World Cup in 1990 and again in Euro 1996.

But England fans will remember the 5-1 victory in Munich during qualification for the World Cup in 2001.

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