LONDON. England pulled back two goals before drawing 3-3 against Germany in a thrilling UEFA Nations League group stage match on Monday, in which all six goals were scored in the second half.

Second-half goals from Ilkay Gündoğan and Kai Havertz seemed to lead Germany to victory at Wembley, but Luke Shaw and Mason Mount equalized five minutes later. VAR then awarded a penalty to England, which Harry Kane converted to give the hosts a slight lead before Havertz hid his second match and reached the final score.

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Shaw’s goal broke a 565-minute drought in open play for Gareth Southgate’s side, who were relegated to the second division after losing to Italy last week. A draw keeps England on a six-game losing streak, the third time in its history (1958, 1925-27) by that mark.

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For England, Monday’s game was the final test before the start of the November 21 World Cup campaign against Iran. Germany will play another pre-World Cup friendly against Oman on 16 November before the first match against Japan on 23 November.

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Fast reaction

1. Neither England nor Germany are World Cup favorites

England and Germany played a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Nations League at Wembley, but the game left us with more questions than answers about the two favorites to win the World Cup in Qatar. Will any of them be able to defend well enough to the end? Probably not, judging by the second half, in which all six goals were scored – Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz (2) for Germany, while Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane scored for England – as both sides missed the match-winning lead.

England entered the game without a win in five matches and were relegated from the top flight of the Nations League, while Germany traveled to London after losing at home to Hungary. As such, neither team is showing form that suggests they could finish the year as world champions. But while both sides’ defensive shortcomings were visible to all their World Cup rivals, second-half goalscoring underscored both sides’ potential if they could play to their strengths.

Although they came into this game without scoring a field goal for 450 minutes, England have players capable of scoring against any team and Germany felt the full force of their striking power in the closing stages. But no team can win the World Cup with a leaky defense, and England and Germany will find themselves below Brazil and France when it comes to the real favorites to become champions in Qatar.

2. Lack of control in midfield will haunt England

England have one of the best attacking forces in the world and came to the fore with a nearly remarkable victory, but a late push back and a possible draw shouldn’t hide the problems that continue to plague Gareth Southgate’s team.

If you can’t get the ball to Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and any of their other attacking talents, scoring a goal will be a problem and the main reason for this for England is the deplorable level of creativity further down the field. . The central defensive-midfield axis is where the best teams control the game and dictate the pace, but England simply doesn’t have the ability to do so against elite opponents like Germany.

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Southgate’s starting back three (John Stones, Eric Dyer and Harry Maguire) relied on Stones to get the ball out of their backs, but the Stones’ English version is different from Manchester City’s, which has world-class players like Kevin De. Bruyne and Rodri are in front of him. In England, the ball goes to Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice, and while both are first-class box-to-box players, neither is yet good enough to control Luka Modric or Marco Verratti style. players who ended England’s hopes in the last two major tournaments with Croatia and Italy respectively.

Thus, unable to control the ball in midfield, England are unable to pass it to their attackers, leaving Kane and Co. out of possession. Unfortunately for Southgate, there is no solution. Jack Grealish has ball control and vision but lacks the discipline to play in central midfield, while Jordan Henderson has leadership and experience but no vision. This is a recurring problem for England, which will likely be the signal for World Cup elimination against the first strong team they face in Qatar.

3. Depth of a Germany goalkeeper can make all the difference

Marc-André Ter Stegen only made his 29th appearance for Germany at Wembley, the Barcelona goalkeeper only started in Monday’s game before losing to Hungary last Friday because regular No. 1 Manuel Neuer was forced to quarantine from – for COVID-19. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer has dominated the German national team over the past decade, winning 113 caps and keeping Ter Stegen on the bench for most of that period. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp has won just six caps despite being a long-time staple at Paris Saint-Germain.

In the game against England, Ter Stegen made a series of decisive first-half saves to keep the score before Germany opened the score at 2–0 early in the second half. And while he expected more to keep Luke Shaw away from close range before Mason Mount equalized and Harry Kane took the penalty, Ter Stegen showed in this game that Hansi Flick’s side had incredible goalkeeping power. Only Brazil, with Alisson Becker and Ederson, can claim as much depth in this position as Germany in Qatar 2022, and Hansi Flick’s chances in goal could be critical to the country’s hopes of a fifth world title later this year.


Player Ratings

England: Nick Pope 5; Rhys James 5, John Stones 5, Eric Dyer 6, Harry Maguire 5, Luke Shaw 8; Jude Bellingham 7, Declan Rice 6; Phil Foden 6, Harry Kane 7, Raheem Sterling 5.

Subscriptions: Kyle Walker 6, Mason Mount 7, Bukayo Saka 7.

Germany: Marc-André ter Stegen 7, Thilo Kerer 6, Niklas Süle 6, Nico Schlotterbeck 6, David Raum 6; Ilkay Gundogan 7, Joshua Kimmich 7, Jonas Hofmann 6, Jamal Musiala 6, Leroy Sane 6; Kai Havertz 8.

Subscriptions: Timo Werner 6, Robin Gosens 6, Serge Gnabry 7


Best and Worst Performers

BEST: Luke Shaw, England

All the attention has recently been focused on Southgate’s decision to select Maguire despite the Manchester United captain losing his place in the first team at Old Trafford. Shaw had a similar fall at club level, but United’s left-back was superb against Germany and even scored a goal.

WORST: Raheem Sterling, England.

England had some poor results, including Pope, Maguire and James, but Sterling looked far out of pace ahead, with his awareness and passing far from their usual level.


Highlights and Notable Moments

Kai Havertz finished his double with this deft move.

Moments before, it was Harry Kane with an international No. 1.51 goal, just two behind Wayne Rooney as England’s top scorer.


After the match: what the players and managers said

Harry Kane from England, channel 4: “We must be ready to start [World Cup] tournament. A major football tournament is different from any other football you play for England. The pressure is high and the concentration has to be high, and I feel like we’re responding well to that.”

Kane on his 51st goal, two goals behind Wayne Rooney on the England all-time list: “Of course it was nice to score. There seem to have always been a few pressing penalties here at Wembley, but it was nice to see one of them score and it’s just a pity we couldn’t get the win, but we keep going.”


Basic statistics (provided by Sportzshala Stats & Information)

– Luke Shaw’s goal interrupted England’s 342-minute goalless game (565 minutes in open play).

– Harry Kane scored in all four matches against Germany (4 goals). He is also the second player to score in four consecutive matches against Germany, joining Hungary’s Imre Schlosser in 1909-1912.

– The last time these two teams played a draw 3:3? Their first match back in 1930 in a friendly match in Berlin.


Next

England: Now that’s the real deal for the Three Lions. First World Cup group stage match against Iran on November 21, followed by the United States (November 25) and Wales (November 29).

Germany: Another friendly match in Oman on November 16 before a short jump to Qatar, where Japan (November 23), Spain (November 27) and Costa Rica (December 1) are expected. Team.