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965 vs. Germany
Saturday, 26 March 2016
A Mercedes-Benz/DFB International Friendly Match

Germany 2 England 3 [1-0]

Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin
Kick-off (CET): 8.50pm 7.50pm GMT

Attendance: 72,000.

Marco Reus kicked-off 96 minutes 47:55 & 47:59
[0-0] Mario Gómez strike from 12 yds 26:21:- offside
[1-0] Toni Kroos 43 42:11
24-yard struck low past an injured Butland
[2-0] Mario Gómez header 57 56:24
 8-yard header back across the goal from a Khedira chip

[2-1] Harry Kane 61 60:08
retrieves ball then with a 'Cryuff turn' shoots with right foot across the goal from 12 yards - in-off post
[2-2] Jamie Vardy 74 73:42
audacious 7-yard back flick from Nathaniel Clyne's cross
[2-3] Eric Dier header 90th+1 90:35
8-yard header low to Meuer's left from a Jordan Henderson corner

Emre Can 39 38:11  
  Eric Dier 80 79:36
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Italy


Germany Squad  


England Squad
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
4 Offside Calls Against 0
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
365 days
27 March 1986 G FC Bayern München 64 58ᵍᵃ
14 Can, Emre 22
74 days
12 January 1994 RB Liverpool FC, England
39th minute for a trip on Danny Welbeck as he was running into the penalty area.
3 Hector, Jonas A. 25
304 days
27 May 1990 LB 1 FC Köln 01/07 11 0
16 Rüdiger, Antonio 23
23 days
3 March 1993 CD AS Roma, Italy 8 0
5 Hummels, Mats J., off 46th min. 27
101 days
16 December 1988 CD Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 45 4
6 Khedira, Sami 28
357 days
4 April 1987 DM Juventus FC, Italy 58 5
18 Kroos, Toni 26
82 days
4 January 1990
in Greifswald, German Dem. Rep.
DM Real Madrid FC, Spain 63 10
8 Özil, Mesut 27
163 days
15 October 1988 AM Arsenal FC, England 71 18
13 Müller, Thomas, off 75th min 26
195 days
13 September 1989 RAM FC Bayern München 69 31
23 Gómez Garcia, Mario, off 79th min. 30
260 days
10 July 1985 CF Besiktas JK, Turkey, on loan from ACF Fiorentina, Italy 62 26
11 Reus, Marco, off 64th min 26
300 days
31 May 1989 LAM Bsv Borussia 09 Dortmund 28 9
Germany Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
25 Tah, Jonathan G., on 46th min. for Hummels 20
44 days
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
141 days
6 November 1990 M VfL Wolfsburg 50 20
scoreline: Germany 2 England 2
10 Podolski, Lukas J., on 75th min. (74:35) for Müller 30
296 days
4 June 1985
in Gliwice, Poland
M Galatasaray SK, Turkey 127 48
19 Götze, Mario, on 79th min (78:59) for Gomez 23
297 days
3 June 1992 M FC Bayern München 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.
team notes: It is Mario Gómez' first goal for Germany since June 2012.
4-2-3-1 Neuer -
Can, Rüdiger, Hummels
(Tah), Hector -
Kroos, Khedira -
(Podolski), Ozil, Reus (Schurrle) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 300 days 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 (5) captaincy)
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
48th match, W 29 - D 13 - L 6 - F 99 - A 36.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack, injured 41st min. (40:32), off 45th+1 min. (45:26) 23
16 days
10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 4 2ᵍᵃ
Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24
356 days
5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 10 0
  3 Rose, Daniel L. 25
268 days
2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
1213 the 76th Hotspur player to represent England
Dier, Eric J.E. 22
71 days
15 January 1994 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC
80th min. for a tangle of legs with Emre Can, as they were both sprinting
5 Cahill, Gary J. 30
98 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 41 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 26
125 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 22 0
7 Lallana, Adam D., off 71st min. 27
321 days
10 May 1988 RF Liverpool FC 20 0
the 171st player to reach te 20-app milestone
Henderson, Jordan B. 25
283 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 23 1
9 Kane, Harry E. 22
242 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 4
10 Alli, Bamidele J. 19
350 days
11 April 1996 AM Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 71st min. 25
121 days
26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 34 14
England Substitutes
scoreline: Germany 1 England 0
13 Forster, Fraser G., on 45th+1 (45:05) for Butland 28
9 days
17 March 1988 G Southampton FC 4 2 4ᵍᵃ
scoreline: Germany 2 England 1
19 Vardy, Jamie R., on 71st min. (70:20) for Welbeck 29
75 days
11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 5 2 1
the 84th substitute goal scored 3
Barkley, Ross, on 71st min. (70:25) for Lallana
112 days
5 December 1993
Everton FC 20 7 2
the 172nd player to reach the 20-app milestone
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: Jack Butland injured his ankle initially in the 41st min. (40:32) catching a through ball at the edge of his six yard area. He aggravated the injury in the 43rd min. (42:00) as he made an upfield clearance.
England's last nine goals have come from nine different players.
records: Only the fifth time England have won the match from being 2-0 down. First since against Italy, June 1976.
Vardy is the nineteenth capped player to have scored his first goal as a substitute.
Manager Roy Hodgson had coached Switzerland against Germany in a Centenary friendly in June 1995 (1-2).
4-3-3 Butland (Forster) -
Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose -
Dier, Alli, Henderson -
(Barkley), Kane, Welbeck (Vardy)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 338 days 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