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Saturday, 26 March 2016
A Mercedes-Benz/DFB International Friendly Match

Germany 2 England 3 [1-0]

Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000;
Kick-off: 8.50pm Uhr, 7.50pm GMT
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

Germany - Toni Kroos (24-yard struck low past an injured Butland 43 42:11), Mario Gomez (eight-yard header from a Khedira chip 57 56:24)
England - Harry Kane (retreives ball 'Cryuff turn' to shoot across the goal 61 60:08), Jamie Vardy (seven yard back flick from a Clyne cross 74 73:42), Eric Dier (eight-yard header from a Henderson corner 90th+1 90:35)
Match Summary
Germany Squad
England Squad
Results 2015-2020 Germany - Emre Can (39 38:11)
England - Eric Dier (80 79:36)

Germany kicked-off. 96 minutes (47:55 & 47:57).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy





Referee (yellow) - Gianluca Rocchi
  42 (25 August 1973), Firenze, FIFA-listed 2008.

Assistant Referees - Lorenzo Manganelli, 41 (22 December 1974), Montevarchi, and Filippo Meli 38/39 (1977), Parma.

Fourth official - Paolo Valeri, 37 (16 May 1978), Roma, FIFA-listed 2011.

Black armbands are worn in respect of Johan Cruyff, the Dutch legend who died on 24 March.
A minute's silence held beforehand for those killed in the Belgium terrorist attack on 22 March.

10 Goal Attempts 19
2 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 7
  Offside Calls Against  
12 Fouls Conceded 13
63% Possession 37%

Germany Team

Current World Champions Colours: Made by Adidas - Dark grey crew necked jerseys with black hoops/cuffs/collar and dark green sleeves, white adidas side trim, off-white shorts, off-white socks with black/green band/white vertical Adidas trim.


FIFA (3 March 2016) 4th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 1st
Capt: Sami Khedira Manager: Joachim Löw, 56 (3 February 1960), appointed Head Coach on 13 July 2006.
128th match, W 85 - D 22 - L 21 - F 312 - A 127.
Germany Lineup
1 Neuer, Manuel P. 29 27 March 1986 G FC Bayern München eV 64 58 GA
14 Can, Emre 22 12 January 1994 RB Liverpool FC, England 4 0
Emre Can cautioned in the 39th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Danny Welbeck
3 Hector, Jonas M. 25 27 May 1990 LB 1 FC Köln 01/07 eV 11 0
16 Rüdiger, Antonio 23 3 March 1993 CD AS Roma SpA, Italy 8 0
5 Hummels, Mats J., off 46th min. 27 16 December 1988 CD BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 45 4
6 Khedira, Sami 28 4 April 1987 M Juventus FC SpA, Italy 58 5
18 Kroos, Toni 26 4 January 1990 M Real Madrid FC, Spain 63 10
8 Özil, Mesut 27 15 October 1988 M Arsenal FC, England 71 18
13 Müller, Thomas, off 75th min 26 13 September 1989 M FC Bayern München eV 69 31
23 Gómez Garcia, Mario, off 79th min. 30 10 July 1985 F Besiktas JK, Turkey, on loan from ACF Fiorentina, Italy 62 26
11 Reus, Marco, off 64th min 26 31 May 1989 M BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund 28 9
Germany Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
25 Tah, Jonathan G., on 46th min. for Hummels 20 11 February 1996 CD Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1 0
scoreline: Germany 2 England 1
9 Schürrle, André H., on 64th min. (63:25) for Reus 25 6 November 1990 M VfL Wolfsburg eV 50 20
scoreline: Germany 2 England 2
10 Podolski, Lukas J., on 75th min. (74:35) for Muller 30 4 June 1985
born in Poland
M Galatasaray SK, Turkey 127 48
19 Götze, Mario, on 79th min (78:59) for Gomez 23 3 June 1992 M FC Bayern München eV 49 16
result: Germany 2 England 3

unused substitutes:

2-Shkodran Mustafi, 4-Sebastian Rudy, 12-Bernd Leno, 15-Matthias Ginter, 20-Christoph Kramer, 21-Julian Draxler, 22-Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 24-Karim Bellarabi, 26-Kevin Trapp, 27-Kevin Volland.
4-2-3-1 Neuer -
Can, Rüdiger, Hummels
(Tah), Hector -
Kroos, Khedira -
(Podolski), Ozil, Reus (Schurrle) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 43.9 9.2


England Team



FIFA (3 March 2016) 9th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 8th to 5th
Colours: The Nike 2016 away uniform - Red v-necked jerseys with crimson sleeves with royal blue collared trim/side stripe, red shorts with royal blue side trim, blue socks.
Capt: Gary Cahill, second captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
48th match, W 29 - D 13 - L 6 - F 99 - A 36.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack, injured 43rd min. (45:24) 23 10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 4 2 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 10 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 25 2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 22 15 January 1994 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 1
Eric Dier cautioned in the 80th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Emre Can.
5 Cahill, Gary J. 30 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 41 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 22 0
7 Lallana, Adam D., off 71st min. 27 10 May 1988 RF Liverpool FC 20 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 25 17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 23 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 22 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 4
10 Alli, Bamidele J. 19 11 April 1996 AM Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 71st min. 25 26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 34 14
England Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
13 Forster, Fraser G., on 45th+1 (45:07) for Butland 28 17 March 1988 G Southampton FC 4 4 GA
scoreline: Germany 2 England 1
19 Vardy, Jamie R., on 71st min. (70:20) for Welbeck 29 11 January 1987 F Leicester City FC 5 1
20 Barkley, Ross, on 71st min. (70:25) for Lallana 22 5 December 1993 LM Everton FC 20 2
result: Germany 2 England 3

unused substitutes:

12- Kyle Walker, 14-Theo Walcott, 15-John Stones, 16-Phil Jagielka, 17-James Milner, 18-Danny Drinkwater, 21-Daniel Sturridge, 22-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Manager Roy Hodgson had coached Switzerland against Germany in a Centenary friendly in June 1995 (1-2).
Only the fifth time England have won the match from being 2-0 down. First since against Italy, June 1976.
4-3-3 Butland (Forster) -
Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose -
Dier, Alli, Henderson -
(Barkley), Kane, Welbeck (Vardy)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.4 Appearances/Goals 15.6 1.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

What an exhilarating football match this friendly against our arch-rivals, and current World Champions turned out to be!  Right from the start the England players were full of confidence and pressed the Germans to a point where they were not comfortable at all.  To see a German side constantly give the ball away during spells of England dominance was a joy for all England fans, and it was all down to the terrific work-rate of this young England team.

In the first chance for the visitors Gary Cahill's header from a corner went wide and shortly afterwards a Danny Rose run and cross just eluded Deli Alli as the ball flew across goal.  It was a promising start by England, but Germany quickly, and typically, responded with Mario Gomez heading wide, Jack Butland punching away when danger threatened, and Marco Reus shooting wide.  Alli was in the thick of things and his play was outstanding, this 19-year-old was pulling many of the strings in midfield and on 15 minutes he hit a terrific shot just over the bar.  England were closing the Germans down well and Alli almost sent Kane through on goal with a fine pass.  After 20 minutes the Germans had one of their good spells as they probed around the England defensive set-up.  There was a narrow squeak for England when Gomez netted with a good shot, only for a very late linesman's flag to rule out the goal for a tight offside decision.

Some of the German late challenges went unpunished and Alli, Adam Lallana and especially Danny Welbeck were all brought down with cynical fouls.  It was certainly a sign that the Germans were rattled though and all good news for England.

On 37 minutes England should have taken the lead.  Great work by Harry Kane, as he worked the ball to Welbeck, but the Arsenal player was too slow in making his mind up to shoot, but as the ball was taken off his feet it ran loose to Lallana who shot over when it seemed easier to score.  The Germans were still struggling to make any impact and Liverpool's Emre Can was finally booked after his umpteenth foul.  On 40 minutes another Rose cross was only just cleared from the eager England forwards.

With two minutes of the half remaining the inevitable happened.  Butland had obviously done something to his ankle when gathering a ball, but after he kicked clear the Germans put in a strong attack which left Toni Kroos attacking down the inside-left channel.  For once England were slow to close him down and he just let fly from 25 yards, spotting that Butland was struggling.  Nine times out of ten the goalkeeper would have saved the shot, albeit a good one, but this time the ball beat him at the near post.  Butland's injury was treated but he had to leave the field on a stretcher, a sad way for his big chance to end.  The goal gave the Germans a lift and the remainder of the half was a bit fraught for the England defence, especially with replacement Fraser Forster trying to find his feet.  The half-time score was a travesty for England and they could consider themselves unlucky to be one down at the break.

There was a certain arrogance about the early second-half play by the Germans as they strutted their stuff, with possession and pressing being the order of their game.  England started to give away some needless free-kicks and a centre from Reus bounced high and needed a tip-over from Forster.

The match started to become a bit more stretched as play swung from end to end.  England tried hard to continue with the attacking mentality of their earlier dominance and Manuel Neuer made a fine diving save from another Alli effort.  The excitement continued and Kane was so nearly through, again from Alli's prompting.  On 55 minutes England were so unlucky not to equalise as Welbeck chased down a lost cause, gained possession and teed up Jordan Henderson.  He seemed certain to score but the ball clipped a defender and flew over the top.  Two minutes later and it was disaster for England.  Poor defending allowed Gomez a free header, and this time Forster was well beaten.  Both Cahill and Nathaniel Clyne were at fault for the goal but seeing a scoreline of 2-0 to Germany at that time seemed ridiculously unfair on England, who had played very well.  It made what happened next all the more remarkable.

England were really up against it now and for a short spell Germany dominated, but on the hour mark England gave themselves a lifeline with a magnificent goal from Kane.  A corner was half-cleared by Germany but Kane gathered possession moving away from goal.  A superb turn took out two German defenders and Kane doesn't need any prompting to shoot, his fierce cross-shot beating Neuer all ends up as it went in off the far post.  The goal lifted England for the last quarter of the match and the pace and excitement continued.  Alli so nearly scored the goal his play deserved when, after a fine passing move, he hit a low shot which Neuer blocked with his outstretched left foot.  England then made two substitutions as Jamie Vardy and Ross Barkley came on for Welbeck and Lallana.  It was to make a memorable difference.

Just four minutes after coming on the Leicester front man scored his first goal for England, and what a stunner it was.  Barkley sent Clyne scampering down the right at pace and when his cross came in Vardy nipped in front of the defender to score with a wonderful backheel that again gave Neuer no chance.

Rose made one superb tackle as Germany tried to come back, and the full-back can be very pleased with his debut.  On the other side Clyne, too, had played well, and yet another good run and cross gave England another corner.  Eric Dier was booked as the action became fast and furious and then on 84 minutes came the miss of the match.  The ever-alert Vardy spotted that a casual pass out from Neuer was not going to reach its target, and in he darted to gain possession before teeing up Alli for what seemed a certain goal.  To the Tottenham player's obvious anguish, and to every England fan's too, Alli hit his shot too high!  What a let-off for the Germans that was, but was it the end?  Not likely.

With Germany and England both pushing for a winner, the clock ticked past 90 minutes.  England won a corner in the first of the extra added on minutes and Henderson's cross to the near post was met majestically by Dier who crashed a header past the static Neuer.  The comeback was complete!

This was a superb international match that had everything.  England performed so well throughout and they thoroughly deserved their victory.  The Germans were stunned at the end and although they will obviously be a force, as usual, at the Euro finals, this has given England so much confidence to take forward.  I suppose we must not get too carried away, but I'm afraid I can't help it!  This was a wonderful night for English football and to see the arrogance wiped off the German faces for once was a joy for all committed England fans.  "They don't like it up 'em, Captain Mainwaring!" 

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor