|Harry Kane celebrates after putting England in front before a late Kai Havertz leveller on Monday night. It ended 3-3. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
England’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup took another worrying turn on Monday as they labored to a 3-3 draw against an equally struggling Germany side.
Gareth Southgate tweaked the side that lost 1-0 to Italy last week with Luke Shaw starting in place of Bukayo Saka but England offered nothing of note to impress their fans in the first half. The double pivot approach continues to raise questions but Southgate remains adamant.
Germany drew the first blood in the second half when Harry Maguire brought down Jamaal Musiala in the England area and VAR overturned the referee’s initial call; Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan made no mistakes from six yards out.
Kai Havertz scored a brilliant goal from the edge of the box to make it two and as always, Southgate’s response was the introduction of Saka and Mason Mount in place of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden and that move reinvigorated the 3Lions.
Luke Shaw halved the deficit, the first of three goals scored by England in twelve minutes. Saka danced through the German defense and set up Mount who fired smartly past Marc Andre Ter Steggen for England’s equalizer.
Jude Bellingham was brought down in the German box and it was England’s turn to have a go from the spot. Harry Kane made no mistake and the fans thought their team was going to finally win a game in the UEFA Nations League.
Late on in the game, Nick Pope’s howler from a Leroy Sane effort from outside the box handed Havertz another opportunity from close range and the Chelsea forward made no mistakes to draw Germany level as the game ends in a stalemate.