Despite a six-match losing streak. England will go to the World Cup with at least some pride and confidence after a thrilling 3-3 draw against Germany at home. In the Nations League on Monday.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw at home against Germany in the Nations League on Monday. England will go to the World Cup. Despite a six-match losing streak but at least some pride and confidence will be restored.
With less than 20 minutes left in their final Group A3 game. Boos started to reverberate at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s listless. Team fell behind 2-0 on an Ilkay Gundogan penalty and a brilliant effort by Kai Havertz.
But they came back in exciting fashion, scoring two goals in the space of four minutes. One each from Mason Mount and Luke Shaw, to tie the game—the first open-play goals for England in five and a half competitive games.
Then, it appeared that Harry Kane’s 83rd-minute penalty had given Southgate’s team a victory that would raise their spirits.
But four-time world champions Germany, who were also having a rough time travelling to Qatar. Managed to salvage a draw when Havertz took advantage of a Nick Pope mistake in goal in the 87th minute.
Late in the game, substitute Bukayo Saka nearly gave England the victory as the crowd pondered. Why it had taken the hosts so long to allow any kind of free play?
With three points less than Germany, Hungary, and Italy, who finished first in the group. Advanced to the Nations League final four, England came in last place in the group.
The previous time England lost six consecutive competitive games was more than a century ago. But their inspiring comeback victory over Germany at least altered the narrative.
The recent results have put the boys under pressure. We all came to this game with something to prove, Kane stated.
Still we have things to learn from the mistakes. T20 cricket is the perfect way to find your form. Both were finding their forms heading into the World Cup. Germany needed a pre-World Cup pick-me-up following a disappointing Nations League campaign, where they lost to Hungary at home by the same score on Friday.
And both were finding their forms heading into the World Cup. Germany needed a pre-World Cup pick-me-up following a disappointing Nations League campaign. Where they lost to Hungary at home by the same score on Friday.
The two heavyweights last faced off at Wembley during the Euro 2020 championships. With England coming out on top 2-0 and riding a high. However, the team’s miserable goal drought, which included Kane’s late penalty against Germany, has soured the mood. In their previous five Nations League games, they had scored just one.
Although Raheem Sterling had two chances, one when he was set up by Shaw and forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a wonderful save and the other when he shot tamely from a decent position, the first half’s lacklustre performance highlighted England’s lack of inventiveness.
While lacking offensive firepower as well, Germany was given an early opportunity when Pope’s nervous clearance was charged down and Gundogan curled the ball over the crossbar.
For the second half, Germany manager Hansi Flick substituted striker Timo Werner for his former Chelsea teammate Havertz, and the visitors took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal that perfectly encapsulated England defender Harry Maguire’s recent struggles.
After giving the ball to Jamal Musiala, Maguire attempted to get it back but hacked down Musiala, leading to the award of a penalty following a VAR intervention.
It quickly became worse for England when Werner found Havertz during a counterattack, and he curled a masterpiece past Pope. Gundogan calmly put the penalty shot into the corner.
Southgate’s team needed to respond quickly since the crowd was complaining, and they did so in amazing way.
A Reece James pass put Shaw in a good position at the back post, where he sent the first goal through Ter Stegen’s legs.
Then another goal showed up, just like London buses.
Right-handed substitute Saka dribbled into the area and passed the ball to fellow replacement Mount, who sent a quick shot from the edge of the box into the goal.
England fans were in party mood when Bellingham was ruthlessly chopped down by Nico Schlotterbeck and Kane hammered his spot kick high beyond Ter Stegen. However, Havertz brought things back to reality by converting a late gift after Pope botched a shot from Serge Gnabry.