Player ratings as the Three Lions split the spoils in a six-goal second-half thriller
England rallied from a 2-0 deficit to lead before Kai Havertz propelled Germany level with death, wrapping up a 3-3 draw in the Nations League with all six goals tumbling in second period.
The two nations entered the competition after defeats on Friday night, the doubts of which clouded a suspicious affair. Although keen to offer forward pressing as the visitors built from the back, the England midfield pair were quick to rush past the back five, desperately trying to limit the space between the lines for Germany’s revamped front line.
Hansi Flick’s side had more ball but England threatened in transition, playing with more speed and urgency from their dismal defeat to Italy – although the bar was set dangerously low.
Twice in the first half, Raheem Sterling found himself at the end of an opening dug on the counter. However, on each occasion, the Chelsea striker could only muster a lukewarm left-footed effort which Marc-Andre ter Stegen fended off.
Germany did not make an effort on target or in the English penalty area in the first half. Yet within six minutes of the restart, Harry Maguire offered the visitors the chance to aim from 12 yards. The much-maligned Manchester United man lazily stroked a pass straight to Jamal Musiala’s feet, compounding one mistake with another as he awkwardly brought down the teenager. Ilkay Gundogan coldly converted the penalty.
The four-time World Cup winners were emboldened by the opener, snapping the ball around the England half with an extra glut of confidence. Timo Werner came off the bench to add another dimension to the German attack, dragging Havertz down for a lavish effort from the edge of the box that crashed into the post as he headed for the net in the 67th minute.
Against the run of play, the hosts pulled one back. An England winger crossed for the other as Reece James arced in a cross that bounced off Luke Shaw. Pulling himself together on the other side of the box, Shaw’s firm effort squirmed under Ter Stegen.
After 526 minutes without a goal in open play, England had to wait just 185 seconds to find another as two of Gareth Southgate’s substitutes combined. Bukayo Saka rode through a crowd of white shirts, carrying the ball his way to Mason Mount who swept a clean finish past Ter Stegen.
Saka was heavily involved again before Jude Bellingham put his foot in the ball past Nico Schlotterbeck in the German penalty area. After a quick VAR review, Harry Kane emphatically converted the penalty that gave England the lead with his third goal on 11 minutes.
However, this second half of the roller coaster had another loop. Serge Gnabry – yet another substitute with an influence on the contest – took aim from a distance. Nick Pope knocked down the rebounding effort at the feet of Havertz, giving the German the chance to grab his second and carry Germany on in the 87th minute.
GK: Nick Pope – 4/10 – True to form, Pope was uncertain with the ball at his feet but surprisingly fragile with his gloves as well.
CD: John Stones – N/A – Sent off injured in the first half after a brilliant and sparkling 37 minutes.
DC: Eric Dier – 6/10 – Got his important frame out of the way when needed but was helped by the flood of redshirts England stuffed his box with when defending deep.
DC: Harry Maguire – 3/10 – Produced a double-edged error that will only fuel the raging fire that his inclusion in the squad has sparked.
RWB: Reece James – 5/10 – Bypassed on the sidelines of the contest as England leaned to their left to go forward.
WC: Jude Bellingham – 7/10 – Grew up in the game with his energy and contagious urgency.
WC: Declan Rice – 6/10 – Stormed into tackles with enthusiasm and exuberance if not efficiency.
LSF: Luke Shaw – 7/10 – Denied a fiendish assist in the first half as he offered England’s greatest penetrating passing threat before securing the goal that kickstarted the comeback.
RW: Phil Foden – 5/10 – Failure to choose the right option too often at the crucial moment.
ST: Harry Kane – 7/10 – Flashed an audacious volley attempt a mustache beyond the post before converting a more orthodox opening from 12 yards.
LW: Raheem Sterling – 6/10 – Harnessed his quick feet and spirit to sprint into the right space on the break but failed to match his run with a finish.
SUB: Kyle Walker (37′ for the Stones) – 6/10 – Bailed out his former Tottenham team-mate after Dier slipped into the box.
SUB: Bukayo Saka (66′ for Foden) – 7/10 – Transformer on the bench, injecting verve into England’s attack with unabashed frankness.
SUB: Mason Mount (66′ for Sterling) – 7/10 – Rolled up brilliantly and added a zip to England’s game in the final third.
SUB: Jordan Henderson (90+1′ for Bellingham) – N/A
Coach: Gareth Southgate – 7/10 – Unmistakably inspired an improved performance, ensuring England’s two-man midfield wasn’t as overrun as it often is and actively impacting the game with his substitutions – for once.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6/10 – Kept the game scoreless as he anticipated Sterling’s effort superbly in the first half, unlucky to see Shaw’s attempt squirm on the line.
DD: Thilo Kehrer – 5/10 – The West Ham defender has been tasked with a flexible role, advancing into the England penalty area one minute while closing in on Sule the next.
DC: Niklas Sule – 6/10 – With a quickness that belied his heavy frame, Sule was adept at advancing with the ball on the tip of his toe.
CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 4/10 – Took a proactive approach from the first whistle which cost him in the second half.
LB: David Raum – 5/10 – Provided the width down Germany’s left, both full-backs had the freedom to push high up the pitch.
WC: Joshua Kimmich – 6/10 – Passing between the centre-backs to collect the ball, Kimmich was the funnel through which Germany’s play flowed.
WC: Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10 – Just like in the 2013 Champions League final on this ground, Gundogan converted his penalty.
Morning: Jamal Musiala – 7/10 – Floating menacingly in the narrow slip of space, England tried to limit between their midfield line and their defence.
RW: Jonas Hofmann – 5/10 – Carried the ball well on the rare occasions when he had room to gallop. A bit harshly removed at half time.
ST: Kai Havertz – 7/10 – Anonymous in the first half but fully integral to a deeper role after the break.
LW: Leroy Sane – 5/10 – Buzzing to the left to provide another option in Germany’s crowded middle slice.
SUB: Timo Werner (46′ for Hofmann) – 6/10 – Offered a different threat with its jet-heeled pace.
SUB: Serge Gnabry (68′ for Sane) – 5/10
SUB: Robin Gosens (68′ for Raum) – 5/10
SUB: Thomas Muller (79′ for Musiala) – N/A
SUB: Armel Bella-Kotchap (90+1′ for Haverz) – N/A
Coach: Hansi Flick – 6/10 – Much like his counterpart, Flick’s substitutions undoubtedly influenced the contest – although they had to rely on an unreliable clinical finish.