Harry Kane gets England back on road to Qatar with landmark leveller in difficult Germany draw

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If Harry Kane was going to pick a moment to score his 50th England goal, then you suspect tonight would have been near the top of his list.

For around 80 minutes or so it looked like England were on their way to back-to-back defeats, with Jonas Hofmann putting Germany ahead after a slick move in the 50th minute.

It was no more than they deserved on the balance of play and in truth Hansi Flick will be disappointed his side didn’t win this game.

But when you have Kane leading the line for you then you are always in the game, just ask Tottenham.

England’s attack was blunt for large parts of this match and that was only made more obvious by the fact Germany’s was so sharp.

But as the game ticked into the final 20 minutes, and Gareth Southgate’s side chased a winner, they began to let the shackles off.

Manuel Neuer made a big save to deny Kane and Jarrod Bowen, on as a substitute, flashed a cross in the six-yard box.

Then, four minutes before the end, England got their chance to snatch a draw as Nico Schlotterbeck brought down Kane. The referee missed it, but VAR didn’t and the England captain made no mistake from the spot.

Kane now has 50 goals for England and Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 is well and truly in his sights.

As for England, this wasn’t the emphatic 5-1 win they enjoyed when they last came to Munich in 2001 but it was a much-needed draw.

They began this month knowing the journey to the World Cup truly started now and it was feeling like a bumpy ride when Hofmann opened the scoring here.

After losing to Hungary last Saturday, and failing to score, the last thing Southgate needed was another defat and goalless performance. He avoided that and England crucially avoided veering too far off track as they continue on the road to Qatar.

Mount struggles in No10 role

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It is not often you see England line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as during his time in charge Southgate has usually opted for a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3.

Against Germany, though, he went with a 4-2-3-1 setup and it gave Mason Mount the rare chance to play as the No10.

It is a position the Chelsea midfielder enjoys and the stage seemed set for him to have a big night, not least because of the history this ground holds for the Blues.

Mount, however, struggled to make an impact and particularly in the first-half the game was just passing him by as Germany’s holding midfielders closed him down.

There were a few bright moments after the break, when he drew a good save from Manuel Neuer and was denied in the box by a good tackle from Nico Schlotterbeck.

Other than that, though, it was a quiet night for Mount and it felt like a missed opportunity for him given the attacking players battling him for a spot in this England side.

Musiala shows England what they’re missing

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No wonder England and Southgate were so gutted to lose Jamal Musiala. This performance showed why the 19-year-old is so highly-rated and why there was such a tussle over who he played international football for.

The winger, who moved to England as a child and was educated in Croydon, played for England at under-21 level following time with Chelsea’s academy.

After moving to Bayern Munich in 2019, though, he chose to represent Germany at senior level and their gain is most certainly England’s loss.

The teenager is everything you’d want from an attacker - silky smooth on the ball and able to ghost past players or pick out a pass.

Time and time again Musiala caused England problems and, particularly during the first-half, he was Germany’s biggest threat.

Scarily, given he is still only 19, the best is undoubtedly yet to come too.

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