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England and Germany involved in mad 3-3 draw in Nations League

Ryan Sidle

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England and Germany involved in mad 3-3 draw in Nations League

Gareth Southgate's substitutions inspired an incredible comeback from England, but Nick Pope's mistake handed Germany a draw in the Nations League.

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England went into Monday night's game in their worst form since before Southgate took over as manager, with real pressure mounting on him for the first time.

Last week's loss to Italy had seen them get relegated from the Nations League top group, after failing to win their opening five games.

The match against Germany was to be their last before the World Cup, and they were in need of a huge boost, having only scored once from open play in recent games.

The hosts had slightly the better of the first half, with Luke Shaw's excellent ball creating the best chance for Raheem Sterling, but the teams went into the break at 0-0.

It was Germany who took the lead in the 52nd minutes after Harry Maguire, selected despite lots of criticism, gave away a penalty with a sloppy challenge on Jamal Musiala.

Maguire gave away the penalty. Image: Alamy
Maguire gave away the penalty. Image: Alamy

And the Manchester United captain was criticised again in the 67th minute, when he lost possession high up the pitch, which eventually saw the visitors double their lead, with Chelsea's Kai Havertz scoring.

England however then scored three times in 12 minutes to complete what was an incredible comeback, thanks to Southgate's substitutions.

Luke Shaw pulled one back for the Euro 2020 finalists, his first international goal since that final 15 months ago against Italy, kicking off a mad spell.

Subs Bukayo Saka and Masoun Mount combined for the second, the Chelsea man scoring the equaliser, after incredible work from the Arsenal winger.

Shaw pulls one back. Image: Alamy
Shaw pulls one back. Image: Alamy

Harry Kane then netted the third from the penalty spot, after Jude Bellingham was fouled on the edge of the box, by Borussia Dortmund teammate Nico Schlotterbeck.

If Southgate and the players, thought they'd finally get their win they were very much mistaken, with Hans Flick's side still having seven minutes of normal time to get an equaliser of their own.

They only needed four, with Havertz doubling his tally for the night in the 87th minute, but it was all down to a keeping error from Nick Pope.

Kane passionately celebrates his goal. Image: Alamy
Kane passionately celebrates his goal. Image: Alamy

Serge Gnabry shot from outside the area, and it looked a relatively simple save for the keeper, but the Burnley number one was only able to parry the ball back into Havertz path, with the Chelsea forward tapping in for the equaliser.

The Newcastle United number one was only deputising in goal due to Jordan Pickford's injury, though it may still inspire some, especially Arsenal fans, to call for Aaron Ramsdale's inclusion in the starting line up.

It was a much improved performance from England, in their final game before they leave for Qatar for the World Cup in November, but in the end it wasn't enough.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: England, Germany, UEFA Nations League, Gareth Southgate

Ryan Sidle
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