England v Germany LIVE: Nations League result, final score and reaction as Three Lions draw thriller

England v Germany LIVE: Nations League result, final score and reaction as Three Lions draw thriller

England head to the World Cup buoyed by a rousing comeback against Germany but a late error by Nick Pope meant under-fire Gareth Southgate’s side had to make do with a 3-3 draw at the end of a frenetic second half.

Among the favourites to triumph in Qatar having reached the semi-finals four years ago and finished runners-up at last summer’s Euros, hope and optimism has seeped away in recent months. England were relegated from the Nations League top tier following Friday’s loss to Italy and pressure looked set to increase on Southgate, and Harry Maguire, after Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty and a stunning Kai Havertz strike.

But the hosts displayed the kind of resilience and ruthlessness their manager called for in the build-up in front of a sold-out Wembley crowd that did not turn on the group. Luke Shaw scored England’s first goal from open play in this Nations League campaign to bring hope, with substitute Mason Mount lashing home a leveller eight minutes after they had gone two goals behind.

Wembley was bouncing and the noise went up several notches when Harry Kane slammed home an 83rd-minute penalty following Nico Schlotterbeck’s foul on Jude Bellingham, but there was to be no return to winning ways. Havertz tapped in after back-up goalkeeper Pope spilled a Serge Gnabry shot, meaning England go to Qatar without a win in six but boosted by a much-needed show of skill and spirit.

Relive the action from Wembley as England take on Germany:

England vs Germany

  • 87’ - GOAL! Pope howler gives Havertz second goal (ENG 3-3 GER)

  • 82’ - GOAL! Kane scores from the penalty spot to complete turnaround (ENG 3-2 GER)

  • 75’ - GOAL! Mount sweeps home to draw England level (ENG 2-2 GER)

  • 72’ - GOAL! Shaw bundles it in to pull one back (ENG 1-2 GER)

  • 67’ - GOAL! Havertz curls a beauty into the top corner (ENG 0-2 GER)

  • 52’ - GOAL! Gundogan slots home a penalty (ENG 0-1 GER)

  • HALF-TIME! England 0-0 Germany

  • Game is England’s last fixture before World Cup

  • England already relegated to League B in Nations League

Gareth Southgate shows off a new trick to conjure an England comeback

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Even when everything else was going well for Gareth Southgate, there was a criticism that could be levelled at him. A meticulous planner could set up a side to start well, but they lost their way. Southgate could not make game-changing substitutions. Croatia and Italy could concede first to England but come back and win. Southgate lacked the instinctive brilliance to alter a match that was getting away from him.

As a reign seemed to be losing its way, as six years of progress seemed to bring drift, dullness and disappointment, Southgate did something new. Not pick Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has cemented the prized role of England’s fourth-choice right-back. But still something very different. He conjured a comeback.

It was Mason Mount, a substitute, who swept in an equaliser from 20 yards. Bukayo Saka, another replacement, had picked him out, just as he had been involved in the build-up to Luke Shaw’s goal. After failing to find the net in open play in 520 minutes in the Nations League, England had two goals in four minutes.

Gareth Southgate shows off a new trick to conjure an England comeback

England end goal drought in style to draw Nations League thriller with Germany

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If it’s difficult to know how to feel after that, perhaps that’s the point. England felt something again. They scored again. They played with some freedom again. They offered a vision of what they can be, if also a reminder that there are recurring issues.

It was much the same for Germany team, which was maybe why a draw in its own enjoyably convoluted way ended up suiting everyone in this last match before the World Cup.

Many could point to problems, but both managers could ultimately point to comebacks and shows of character.

Germany enjoyed a very late equaliser to salvage the Nations League point. England enjoyed a return from 2-0 down and a concerted period where they looked like a convincing team again.

There was vindication for Gareth Southgate if not victory.

England end goal drought in style to draw Nations League thriller with Germany

FT England 3-3 Germany

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FT England 3-3 Germany

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Harry Kane has scored in all four of his England games against Germany, while it’s the joint most appearances one player has made against a specific opponent for the Three Lions while scoring in every game.

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FT England 3-3 Germany

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Does Gary Lineker have a point here?

FT England 3-3 Germany

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It was almost the perfect comeback from England but a Kai Havertz goal left them just short of victory.

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Full-time: England 3-3 Germany

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90+6 mins: There’s the final whistle! The game ends in a draw but a brilliant second half comes to an end with the teams on level terms.

England finally showed a bit of fight and determinism but it took two German goals to get them to that point. Harry Kane though he’d won it from the spot but an error from Nick Pope gave Kai Havertz the chance to equalise and he put it away.

England 3-3 Germany

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90+3 mins: There’s six minutes of added time to play and half of them are already up.

Germany have possession and but a threaded pass through to Timo Werner is too heavy and the ball rolls out for a goal kick. Is there one more chance for England?

England 3-3 Germany

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90 mins: Save! What a game. It’s burst into life in the second half and it’s not over yet.

England scramble to clear there lines but Bellingham is composed enough to find Kane who flicks the ball over to Saka to send him flying up the pitch on the counter.

He carries he ball all the way into the box and looks to guide it low past Ter Stegen but the goalkeeper palms it wide of the post!

Huge save!

GOAL! England 3-3 Germany (Havertz, 87’)⚽️

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87 mins: Mistake from Pope!

Serge Gnabry is given the ball and cuts inside from the left wing before drilling a curling shot at goal with his right foot. It bounces just in front of Nick Pope but he spills the ball and Kai Havertz is on hand to prod it home.

Germany are level!

England 3-2 Germany

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85 mins: This game changed with the introduction of Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka. They’ve been forces of nature since coming on and have seemed solely focused on storming up the pitch. Well played Gareth Southgate, he’s got this decision spot on.

There’s five minutes to play, can England hold on?

GOAL! England 3-2 Germany (Kane, 82’)⚽️

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82 mins: England lead!

Harry Kane drills the penalty into the top left-hand corner and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has no chance of stopping that one.

Hige turnaround from England!

Penalty to England!

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England 2-2 Germany

81 mins: After Kane’s chance the play is stopped as VAR is looking at the challenge which left Bellingham on the floor. It was Nico Schlotterbeck who lunged in late and landed on Bellingham’s shin.

The referee is called over to the monitor and he points to the spot!

England 2-2 Germany

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80 mins: Chance! James gives the ball to Saka who flicks it into the box and finds Kane. Kane spins and shoots with his effort taking a deflection and landing in the side netting.

England 2-2 Germany

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78 mins: Wembley is bouncing now as England are on the front foot. Bellingham makes use of James on the right once more but his cross is headed clear.

Bellingham goes down on the edge of the penalty area but England have the ball. They’re playing on and the youngster has no choice but to get back on his feet.

GOAL! England 2-2 Germany (Mount, 75’)⚽️

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75 mins: Equaliser!

Declan Rice recovers the ball in midfield and sends it over to Reece James. He knocks it inside to Bukayo Saka who storms up the pitch and shifts inside of a defender before sliding it to the arriving Mason Mount.

Mount hits his effort first time from the front edge of the box and drills it straight at goal. It’s past Ter Stegen before he knows it and England are level!

What a goal!

GOAL! England 1-2 Germany (Shaw, 71’)⚽️

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71 mins: Boom! Game on!

Jude Bellingham starts this move from inside his own half and shimmies past the German press to bring the ball into midfield. He gives it to Reece James who combines with Bukayo Saka on the right side of the final third. Saka knocks the ball back to James and his cross finds Luke Shaw arriving on the far side.

Shaw brings the ball under control and drills it low at Ter Stegen. The goalkeeper gets a touch on the ball but it bounces over the line and England have one back!

England 0-2 Germany

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70 mins: Things a looking pretty bleak for England now. They trail by two and any attempts to catch up could leave them open to concede more. A heavy defeat is not what the team need right before the World Cup.

Mason Mount works his way down the left and comes alongside the box. He flicks one into the middle towards Kane but the England captain is beaten to the ball and Germany clear the danger.

GOAL! England 0-2 Germany (Havertz, 67’)⚽️

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67 mins: 2-0! Great finish from Kai Havertz!

Harry Maguire looks to create something high up the pitch and loses possession leaving England wide open at the back. The Germans send it quickly up to Timo Werner who flies down the inside left channel before holding the ball up and picking out Havertz on the right side of the pitch.

Havertz takes a touch to set himself then curls a left-footed effort around Nick Pope and into the far corner of the goal!

England 0-1 Germany

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64 mins: Gareth Southgate looks to shake things up and introduces Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka into proceedings. Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden are the two players who go off.

There’s still plenty of time for England to find an equaliser.

England 0-1 Germany

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61 mins: Chance! Jamal Musiala creates something from nothing by shifting the ball away from three lunging England players and slipping it into Timo Werner in the left side of the box.

Werner’s shot comes back across goal but it bobbles inches wide of the back post.

England 0-1 Germany

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58 mins: England win a corner that James swings into the box. Ter Stegen comes off his line and punches it away but it gets recycled down the right. Foden squares it over to Bellingham but he guides his effort wide of the goal.

England have impressed since going behind.

England 0-1 Germany

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55 mins: What are England made of? Gareth Southgate wanted them to be brave a that touch of complacency means they now trail in the game. Is there a way back for the Three Lions?

Chance! England push up the pitch and patiently move the ball around. Maguire switches it over to James who dribbles into the box before laying the ball back to Bellingham.

Bellingham runs onto it and drills his first time effort over the crossbar!

GOAL! England 0-1 Germany (Gundogan, 52’)⚽️

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52 mins: Ilkay Gundogan steps up to take the spot kick and side-foots it into the bottom right corner. Nick Pope dives the correct way but he can’t get across far enough to reach it.

It’s a good penalty and Germany take the lead.

Penalty to Germany!

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England 0-0 Germany

51 mins: Penalty shout! Jamal Musiala brings the ball into the box and slots it in between Harry Maguire’s left just as the defender kicks out. Maguire makes contact with the winger who then goes to ground.

VAR takes a look and calls the referee over to the pitchside monitor. He watches the replays and immediately reverses his decision.

Penalty to Germany!

England 0-0 Germany

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48 mins: Shot! Foden cuts inside from the right and gives the ball to Bellingham who sends it quickly over to Sterling. Sterling has space ahead of him and knocks the ball to the edge of the box before taking a shot and forcing Ter Stegen into a low save to his left.

Second half: England 0-0 Germany

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Phil Foden gets the match back underway.

There have been no further changes from Gareth Southgate but Hansi Flick has made a changed with Timo Werner coming on to replace Jonas Hofmann.

Gary Neville ‘unnerved’ by reports new football regulator plans could be shelved

20:47 , Michael Jones

Gary Neville said he had been “unnerved” by reports the Government was preparing to shelve plans for an independent regulator for football.

The Government gave its formal backing to the idea of a regulator in April in its formal response to the fan-led review, but The Times reported that Prime Minister Liz Truss and her new administration could be set to abandon those plans.

The Labour Party committed itself to bringing forward the legislation needed to underpin a regulator at its annual conference on Monday should the Conservatives not do so.

A White Paper setting out the regulator’s remit had initially been due for publication in the summer before the upheaval in the Conservative Party leadership. The departure of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has led to question marks over the regulator’s future, but Neville has not yet lost hope.

Gary Neville ‘unnerved’ by reports new football regulator plans could be shelved

HT England 0-0 Germany

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HT England 0-0 Germany

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Half-time: England 0-0 Germany

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45+2 mins: Goalless at the break. England have played better than they did against Italy last Friday and have earned a bit of joy on the counter-attack.

Raheem Sterling needs to be more clinical in front of goal and John Stones’ injury is a big loss but England have held their own in that first half.

It seems to be shaping up as one of those games where the winner will be decided by whichever team scores first.

England 0-0 Germany

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45 mins: Chance! England’s best opportunities have all come from counter-attacks and this one is the same. Harry Kane is given the ball on the left and carries it up the pitch before slipping in Raheem Sterling.

Phil Foden is the option over on the right side but the pass is tricky and Sterling goes for goal instead, sending a low shot straight at Ter Stegen who easily keeps it out.

England 0-0 Germany

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42 mins: Kimmich dummies a cross twice before attempting to pick out a team mate in the box and getting denied by a jumping Eric Dier.

The ball goes out for a throw in and when it’s whipped into the area Kyle Walker chests it into the safe hands of Nick Pope.

England 0-0 Germany

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39 mins: England are playing in their red away kit this evening for some reason. These new kits have divided opinion since they were released but this one is by far the best.

There’s not a lot going on at the minute with the game taking a lull as half-time approaches.

England 0-0 Germany

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36 mins: Yep. Stones manages to walk off the pitch which may mean that the injury isn’t as bad as initially thought but he’ll play no further part tonight.

Kyle Walker comes on in his place.

England 0-0 Germany

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33 mins: Oh no. John Stones makes a run through midfield off the ball and pulls up as he gets alongisde Phil Foden. He immediately grabs his hamstring and goes to the deck.

Kyle Walker is summoned to get stripped and it looks as though Stones will have to be replaced.

England 0-0 Germany

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30 mins: Jonas Hofmann brings the ball to the front edge of England’s box and slides it in behind Raheem Sterling who’s back for his defensive duties.

Thilo Kehrer comes along the outside of Sterling and runs into the winger before diving into the penalty area. There’s a tug of the shirt by Sterling but the referee isn’t interested in the potential penalty appeal.

England 0-0 Germany

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27 mins: Save! Luke Shaw’s pass into the middle from the left wing is superb and he takes out three German defenders when sending the ball up to Raheem Sterling.

Sterling shifts it back onto his left foot to open up space to Thilo Kehrer’s right and he side-foots an effort at goal only for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to leap to his right and palm it away!

England come again though and it’s a lovely combination between Sterling and Phil Foden on the right side to get into the box. Harry Kane is waiting in the six-yard area but Foden’s square pass goes behind the England captain and Germany clear their lines!

England have come alive.

England 0-0 Germany

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24 mins: Nearly! Jonas Hofman drives down the right side of the pitch and floats a lovely cross over to Jamal Musiala on the opposite side of the penalty area.

His first touch dinks the ball back to Ilkay Gundogan but Jude Bellingham tracks back brilliantly and nicks the ball away before Gundogan can shoot.

England 0-0 Germany

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21 mins: Jude Bellingham receives the ball in midfield and shifts it away from Ilkay Gundogan before getting fouled by the German. England don’t spend long in possession though and Germany fly forward with Kimmich flicking the ball into the box.

Reece James wins it and knocks it down to John Stones who plays a blind pass to Nick Pope. There are white German shirts advancing on the England goalkeeper but Nick Pope manages to boot it away.

Risky play from the Three Lions.

England 0-0 Germany

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18 mins: Germany win a free kick just outside the England penalty area but it’s whacked straight into the chest of Harry Kane who makes the block from the middle of the wall.

England clear the danger then press up the pitch and try to pin the Germans inside their own half.

England 0-0 Germany

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15 mins: Luke Shaw is in trouble as Jamal Musiala and Jonas Hofmann combine on Germany’s right wing. Hofmann sneaks in behind but Harry Maguire is quickly across to block his pass out for a corner.

The set piece is defended well by England but Germany recover the ball. They’re happy to build up slowly and England ease off them preferring instead to hold their defensive shape.

England 0-0 Germany

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12 mins: Close! Nick Pope dallies too long with the ball at his feet and he gets charged down. He manages to scoop the ball to the edge of the box but the Germans lay it off to Ilkay Gundogan who fizzes a first time effort just over the crossbar!

That could have been costly for the home side.

England 0-0 Germany

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9 mins: Eric Dier deals with a German cross and nods it behind for the first corner of the game. David Raum sends it deep towards Kai Havertz but he’s tackled by John Stones who immediately kicks start another counter-attack.

Sterling’s pace brings the ball down the left side but he loses it as he attempts to cut inside onto his right foot.

England 0-0 Germany

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6 mins: These early stages have seen Germany dominate the ball but England have been disciplined enough to press and harry them.

Phil Foden is slipped in on the counter-attack after a sliding tackle knocks the ball to him in midfield. He drives through the middle before sending it out to Harry Kane on the right side.

Raheem Sterling also makes a run into the box but neither he nor Foden can get on the end of Kane’s cross into the six-yard area.

England 0-0 Germany

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3 mins: Luke Shaw sprints forward and lunges into a tackle on Jamal Musiala. He comes away with the ball and flicks it up to Raheem Sterling but Sterling’s first touch is shocking and the ball bounces away to Jonas Hofmann.

Germany’s attack doesn’t last long as England recover possession.

Kick off: England 0-0 Germany

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There’s a minute’s silence before kick off out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.

Joshua Kimmich then gets the ball rolling and Germany boot the ball down the right side where it’s cleared by the English back line.

England vs Germany

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Here come the players!

Harry Kane leads England out onto the pitch at Wembley. The national anthems are sung and kick off is up next...

England vs Germany

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The warm-ups are over and kick is fast approaching. How will England fare tonight? Can they defeat Germany at Wembley once again?

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Pre-match thoughts of Harry Kane

19:34 , Michael Jones

Harry Kane spoke to Channel 4 before kick off and addressed England’s lack of goals over the last five games saying: “We need to be more clinical. We got into really good areas [in Friday’s game against Italy] but didn’t have the final pass, run or finish. In these big games those are the fine margins.

“It [not scoring] has been frustrating for sure. I love scoring goals, as do all attacking players. We just haven’t been able to do that well in an England shirt. We’ll keep our heads down and keep working hard.

“It is great to see all the fans here. We’ll want to start well and we’ll need to play well on the ball first and foremost and goals create happy fans so it is our aim.

“Germany are a great team so it will be tough. We need to play our own game and go out there and try get a good result.”

Gareth Southgate insists he is the right person to lead England into World Cup

19:28 , Michael Jones

Under-fire Gareth Southgate remains convinced he is the right person to lead England into the World Cup and confident that the team will click in Qatar.

Having reached the semi-finals in Russia four years ago and finished runners-up at last summer’s European Championship, the Three Lions are among the favourites to lift the trophy this winter.

But things have gone awry at just the wrong time for England, who suffered the ignominy of relegation from the Nations League top tier with a game to spare following Friday’s 1-0 loss in Italy.

Southgate was booed by some of the travelling support at San Siro after a fifth winless match, which ratchets up pressure and scrutiny with the World Cup opener against Iran looming large on November 21.

Gareth Southgate insists he is the right person to lead England into World Cup

Kane vs Germany

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Harry Kane has scored in all three of his appearances for England against Germany (three goals in total) and is the Three Lions’ joint top scorer against the Germans alongside Geoff Hurst and Michael Owen.

Only three players have faced a specific opponent on more occasions with England scoring in every game; Tinsley Lindley vs Ireland, Jimmy Greaves vs Northern Ireland and Wayne Rooney vs San Marino (all 4/4).

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Southgate wants fans in full voice

19:16 , Michael Jones

When England line-up against Germany at Wembley tonight Gareth Southgate is hoping that supporters will get behind the players regardless of their feelings about him and his tactics.

“We’ve got 90,000 people, the stadium’s sold out. People want to come and see this team play, that’s because the players have done an unbelievable job for six years.” he said,

“We were on the back of a really difficult time, in terms of the relationship with the fans, at the start of that journey. Slowly we’ve built the (tournament) finishes. Of course it’s not healthy for the team to be having this noise around them. I fully understand that.

“But it’s for me to take responsibility, it’s for me to allow them to go and play. I want them to feel the freedom. I think they know that we always talk about that within the training ground and on the training pitch.

“I would urge the supporters to get behind the team. How they deal with me at the end or whenever, on the phone-ins or whatever else, is completely different.

“But this is their last chance to see the boys before they go to the World Cup and we’re all in it together. We can only succeed if we’re all pushing in the same direction and we’ve all got that positive energy towards doing well.”

Harry Kane urges England fans not to panic despite pre-World Cup slump

19:10 , Michael Jones

Harry Kane has told England supporters there is no need to panic over a slump in results ahead of the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s side have not won any of their last five competitive matches and were relegated from League A of the Nations League following a 1-0 loss in Italy on Friday night.

Having reached the final of Euro 2020 last summer, the drop-off in results and performances has been a stark one, highlighted by the fact Kane’s penalty in an away draw to Germany is England’s only goal in five Nations League games this year.

Despite the worrying nature of the recent decline, Kane believes the team can still come good when the World Cup kicks off in Qatar in November.

Harry Kane urges England fans not to panic despite pre-World Cup slump

Southgate under pressure

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England face Germany on Monday night having gone five games without a victory for the first time since 2014 having also failed to score from open play in more than eight hours, with Harry Kane’s penalty against the Germans their only goal in the past five games.

Gareth Southgate led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and a first European Championship final in 2021 but his position as manager is coming under increased scrutiny due to this recent run of bad form.

Although Southgate has the Football Association’s support, he was booed by some England supporters during June’s 4-0 thrashing by Hungary at Molineux and by the supporters who travelled to Italy on Friday.

A victory tonight over Germany would go a long way to easing the pressure on the England boss as well as rebuilding belief that the Three Lions can have another exciting World Cup campaign.

Germany’s success on the road

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Germany are unbeaten in each of their last eight away games in all competitions (five wins, three draws).

They last enjoyed a longer such run in November 2011 in a run of 26 matches.

Indeed, each of Germany’s last three away contests have ended in a draw; they’ve never previously drawn four in a row on the road before.

Will England lose back-to-back home games?

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England’s 4-0 defeat to Hungary in their last home fixture was their first such loss since October 2020 against Denmark (1-0).

Not since November 2013 have they lost consecutive home games in all competitions, losing 0-2 to Chile and 0-1 to Germany.

Gareth Southgate calls for unity, with England future dependent on World Cup success

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Gareth Southgate has admitted that the World Cup will decide his future as England manager, despite a contract that runs until Euro 2024.

The 52-year-old is currently on his worst run during six years in the job, a spell that has been accompanied by criticism and significant supporter unrest. Southgate urged the Wembley crowd to “support” the team ahead of the last match before the World Cup, a final Nations League game against Germany in a group that has already seen England relegated. The manager insisted that a sense of togetherness and support was the best way to get the players performing with freedom, in a period where they have scored only once in five games.

It summed up the mood, though, that Southgate ended up addressing his future. His current contract is now primarily based on tournament performance, with two notionally left on this deal. Southgate nevertheless admitted that was “irrelevant”.

Southgate calls for unity, with England future dependent on World Cup success

Germany looking to bounce back

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Against Hungary last time out, Germany suffered their first defeat under Hansi Flick and their first since a 2-0 loss to England at Euro 2020, ending their 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions (with nine wins and four draws)

They last lost back-to-back matches in October 2018 vs Netherlands & France, both in the Nations League.

England vs Germany team changes

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Gareth Southgate makes two changes to the England team that lined-up against Italy on Friday night. Kyle Walker drops out for John Stones and Bukayo Saka is replaced with Luke Shaw.

England look to be setting up with a 5-2-3, or if you’re more attacking minded a 3-4-3, formation against the Germans.

Hansi Flick meanwhile makes four changes to the German side. Nico Schlotterbeck, Jamal Musiala, Thilo Kehrer and Kai Havertz all come into the line-up with Timo Werner, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Antonio Rudiger dropping out.

England vs Germany line-ups

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England XI: Pope, James, Stones, Dier, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Foden, Kane, Sterling

Germany XI: Ter Stegen, Hofmann, Sule, Kehrer, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Musiala, Schlotterbeck, Sane, Havertz

England vs Germany

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Excluding Euro 2020, Germany are unbeaten in each of their last six away games against England with five wins and one draw during that run.

That draw was a goalless one in November 2017 ending a run of five consecutive wins for Die Mannschaft.

England’s bad run

18:24 , Michael Jones

England have gone five matches without a win (two draws, three losses) for the first time since June 2014 (also five), failing to score in three successive internationals for the first time since November 2000 (also three).

The Three Lions last endured a longer winless run between April-June 1993 (six), while only once in their history have they failed to score in four successive games (April-May 1981).

England need a goal

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England are one of only two nations yet to score a single non-penalty goal in the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League; the other nation is San Marino.

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Sterling on England’s poor form

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Speaking ahead of tonight’s clash with Germany winger Raheem Sterling acknowledged that the Three Lions are going through a lean period but that the belief is still there that they can achieve big things. He said:

"It’s been a tough period but I don’t think any of the boys will be thinking that we don’t have a good chance in the winter - that’s the belief that we have as a group.

"The results don’t show that right now but I strongly believe, with the boys, that when we go over there in the winter that we’ll have a good one.

"There’s no need to panic. These results are bad but we’ve got good things to come."

Raheem Sterling reflects on past ‘dread’ of international duty with England

18:12 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling is in the unique position of being able to empathise with Gareth Southgate after the England manager was jeered by his own fans, recalling a time he “dreaded” international duty having suffered similar treatment.

Southgate has come under increasing pressure after defeat to Italy on Friday not only confirmed Nations League relegation but extended England’s competitive winless streak to five competitive games; not in their history have they gone six matches without a victory.

Supporters turned on Southgate, who took England to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and the Euro 2020 final last summer, as they slumped to a 4-0 mauling to Hungary at Molineux in June.

Raheem Sterling reflects on past ‘dread’ of international duty with England

The stage is set

18:06 , Michael Jones

England take on Germany at Wembley. Kick off for this one is at 7.45pm with the official team news expected out soon.

Southgate understands supporters booing

18:00 , Michael Jones

Italy beat England 1-0 on Friday to relegate them to League B in the Nations League and as Gareth Southgate went over to applaud the travelling fans at the San Siro he was met with a chorus of boos from supporters.

Not a massive amount of boos but certainly enough to voice the displeasure at England’s current lack of form.

"Of course we understand how the mood changes with the results, and it has changed," Southgate said. "I am realistic about that. I’ll be judged on what’s delivered in Qatar and I am perfectly happy to be judged in that way.

"History is history. You’re judged on the next match and you’re judged on the next tournament."

He added:"I’m not the first coach to go through a difficult time in terms of results and criticism. That is part of the territory. For me, it’s a great challenge to lead the team through a moment like this.

"You are not going to have six years as we’ve had without a spell where you are going to have some tough results, and you’ve got to show resilience to come through those moments."

England vs Germany

17:54 , Michael Jones

England have won three of their last six competitive meetings with Germany - with one draw and two defeats - having won only one of the first seven such encounters - four draws, two defeats.


England search for calm to change narrative amid Gareth Southgate’s divisive formation

17:48 , Michael Jones

In what was England’s last training session before the World Cup camp actually begins, Gareth Southgate spent most of the time trying to solve the biggest issues with his three-man backline formation. That is not just the lack of goals, but the lack of chances and creativity.

The coaching staff worked on drills where one of the two central midfielders moved much higher up in the build-up, to try and offer “that extra man”.

Given the paucity of sessions before the squad actually meet up for Qatar, that proves the manager won’t be moving off three at the back. There was nevertheless a hint of a giveaway as Raheem Sterling described it to the media as “this five at the back”.

That reflects how many see it is a primarily defensive system, especially since the entire point is to offer England security in the most testing games. While Southgate is prepared to go to four against teams outside the top tier, that isn’t the case with matches like this, as his side face Germany for a last send-off before the World Cup.

England search for calm to change narrative amid divisive formation

Watch Sterling’s Euro 2020 goal vs Germany

17:42 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling was on the scoresheet the last time Germany visted Wembley, will he find the target once again this evening?

England vs Germany

17:36 , Michael Jones

Two of the last three meetings between England and Germany have been drawn, as many as in the previous 16 encounters, with the only other result in that time a 2-0 victory for the Three Lions in the last 16 of the UEFA European Championships in June 2021.

Last time out Jonas Hofmann gave the Germans a second half lead before Harry Kane equalised with a penalty in the 88th minute. Coincidentally that was also the last time the Three Lions scored a goal.

England vs Germany

17:30 , Michael Jones

Who can forget the last time England hosted Germany at Wembley?

It was on the 29th June 2021 in the round of 16 at Euro 2020.

On an unforgettable night for the Three Lions second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane and a fortuitous missed chance from Thomas Muller sealed the win for England in their first knockout game of the competition.

The Three Lions won 2-0 on that evening, can they defeat the Germans once again tonight?

England boss says there’s ‘not a lot more’ players can do about human rights in Qatar

17:24 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate has said there is “not a lot more players can do” regarding human rights in Qatar, after a decision to wear special captain’s armbands during the World Cup was criticised.

Some said the armbands, showing support for the OneLove anti-discrimination campaign, were not going far enough. The England manager said human rights lawyers have told him there’s not a lot players can do other than “talk about” the issues.

“We’re asking for change in a country that we’re respectful of, that has made a lot of progress, but we also don’t have any control over.” he said.

England boss says there’s ‘not a lot more’ players can do about human rights in Qatar

‘I’m not foolish, I know I’ll be judged on World Cup results’

17:18 , Michael Jones

England boss, Gareth Southgate, had his contract extended until 2024 but he says that is no guarantee that he will keep his job if the Three Lions don’t perform in Qatar.

The national side have not won in five matches and haven’t scored in any of their last three games putting increased pressure on Southgate for, perhaps, the first time since he took over the role.

"I am not foolish," said the English boss. "I know ultimately I will be judged on what happens at that World Cup.

"Contracts are irrelevant in football because managers can have three, four, five-year contracts and if results aren’t good enough then you accept that’s time to part ways.

"Why would I be any different? I’m not arrogant enough to think that having a contract should protect me in any way from results."

Southgate excited for Germany game

17:12 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate is excited to take charge of England in front of a packed crowd at Wembley and believes that a victory against the old enemy - Germany - will end a dreadful Nations League campaign on a high note ahead of the World Cup in November.

Trent Alexander-Arnold omitted from England’s matchday squad against Germany

17:07 , Michael Jones

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been omitted from England’s matchday squad to face Germany but Ivan Toney has made the cut.

Gareth Southgate has also excluded the suspended Jack Grealish, Fikayo Tomori, James Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen for the Nations League match at Wembley.

The Liverpool defender did not feature in the 1-0 defeat to Italy in Milan last week. The defeat leaves Southgate under pressure just months ahead of the 2022 World Cup, with a five-game winless streak.

Trent Alexander-Arnold omitted from England’s matchday squad against Germany

Early team news and predicted line-ups

17:04 , Michael Jones

England could recall Jordan Henderson after injury but it seems unlikely given the length of time he has had out and potential first choice picks Jordan Pickford and Kalvin Phillips are not in the squad.

John Stones could return after suspension but Jack Grealish is banned and Trent Alexander-Arnold has been dropped. Grealish’s absence may mean Ivan Toney gets a chance to feature in what would be his England debut.

There’s also a decision to be made in goal, with Aaron Ramsdale likely to come in after Nick Pope started against Italy. Gareth Southgate must decide whether to stick with a back three or revert to 4-3-3.

Meanwhile, Germany will miss Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka again due to Covid. Antonio Rudiger was booked in the last match so is suspended, while Kai Havertz will be hoping to come into the starting line-up this time.

Predicted line-ups

ENG XI: Ramsdale, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Ward-Prowse, Bellingham, Foden, Kane, Grealish

GER XI: Ter Stegen, Hofmann, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Gnabry, Muller, Sane, Werner

England vs Germany

16:58 , Michael Jones

Hello, and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of England’s final Nations League fixture in this round of games as Gareth Southgate’s men host Germany at Wembley.

As far as the Nations League is concerned this match is a dead rubber with England already relegated to League B and Germany unable to reach the knockout stages. Instead, tonight’s clash provides both teams one final opportunity to perform before the 2022 World Cup starts in Qatar in November.

Southgate, and his German equivalent Hansi Flick, will take the chance to either experiment or fine tune plans for the upcoming tournament whilst the players have one last opportunity to perform and push for a seat on the flight to Qatar.

Victory for England will also bring a much needed morale boost as the Three Lions have not won in five matches and pressure is building on Southgate to play more adventurous and attacking football.

How will England fare tonight? Can they repeat their Euro 2020 heroics and defeat Germany at Wembley?