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England player ratings vs Germany: Southgate has four flops as subs inspire epic fightback


England produced a dramatic comeback from two goals down to seal a 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley. Ilkay Gundogan had put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after a double error from Harry Maguire. Kai Havertz then doubled Germany’s lead before England launched their fightback – inspired by Gareth Southgate’s second-half substitutes. Luke Shaw netted the first from a Bukayo Saka cross before Mason Mount finished emphatically four minutes later. Harry Kane then put the Three Liones ahead from the penalty spot after Jude Bellingham was foul. There was one final twist in the tale as Havertz pounced on Nick Pope’s error to tap home a late equaliser. Express Sport rates the England players as four stars flopped on their final international appearance before the World Cup.

ENGLAND (3-4-3)

NICK POPE 5

His distribution was sluggish and inaccurate and a howler for the late goal. Not what England need for Pickford back-up

JOHN STONES 6

England’s most comfortable centre-back on the ball before what could be an injury disaster struck. Fingers crossed.

ERIC DIER 6

One untimely slip but showed so much more poise and composure than Maguire, he has to be a Qatar starter.

HARRY MAGUIRE 4

England fans sang his song but his United form carried over onto the international stage and Southgate has to rethink his loyalty.

REECE JAMES 6

He has to get forward more if England are to play with the extra defender. Worked hard to turn over possession though.

DECLAN RICE 6

Another match where he finds himself up against it in midfield numbers-wise. Tidy but England need more creative passing.

JUDE BELLINGHAM 8

Provided energy to the midfield battle and was quick to second balls. Creator of first goal and won the penalty.

LUKE SHAW 7

One or two impressive passes from deep – especially one to Sterling in first half. And scrambled home England’s first goal.

RAHEEM STERLING 5

Could have had a first-half hat-trick. Knows full well the difference those fine margins make. England doesn’t need him firing blanks.

HARRY KANE 6

Showed better interaction with his attacking line but needed to be the one on the end of more chances. Emphatic from spot.

PHIL FODEN 5

For once his passing and decision-making were just a little off. Needs to believe he can be England’s main threat.

SUBS

KYLE WALKER (for Stones 37) 6

BUKAYO SAKA (for Foden 66) 7

MASON MOUNT (for Sterling 66) 7

JORDAN HENDERSON (for Bellingham 90)

GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Ter Stegen 6; Kehrer 6, Süle 7, Schlotterbeck 5, Raum 6 (Gosens 68, 6); Kimmich 7, Gundogan 7; Hofmann 6 (Werner 45, 5), Havertz 8 (Bella-Kotchap 90), Musiala 7 (Muller 79); Sane 6 (Gnabry 68, 6).

MAN OF THE MATCH: Kai Havertz – put the brakes on England’s euphoria

REFEREE: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) 5



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