Harry Kane’s late penalty gave England a Nations League draw in Germany as he became only the second man to score 50 goals for his country.
England captain Kane sent Germany keeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way from the spot with two minutes left, as a VAR review ruled he had been brought down by Nico Schlotterbeck.
It was a goal that gave England their first point in the tournament after defeat in Hungary on Saturday and moved Kane into second place in the all-time record standings, moving ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton to sit only three behind Wayne Rooney.
England looked to be going down to their second defeat but came to life late on in Munich after going behind to Jonas Hofmann’s deflected 50th-minute shot and will now look to build on this result when they face Italy at Molineux on Saturday.
England can take heart from draw
For a large part of this game, England once again looked like a team suffering from the rigours of a long season and faced an uphill task when Hofmann put Germany in front.
The introduction of Jack Grealish for Mason Mount with 18 minutes left gave England more positive attacking intent and there was also a fine cameo from West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen in the last 10 minutes.
Germany looked more likely to add to their one goal than England did to equalize until the substitutes helped to change the game. Hansi Flick’s side still had their chances, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saving from Thomas Muller and Timo Werner, but Southgate’s side were much more progressive after the changes.
Southgate used formation but a disruption early on when Kalvin Phillips went off injured, although this gave another opportunity for Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham to show his class.
Kane thought he had his 50th goal before his penalty when Neuer somehow turned his effort away from Grealish’s cross while Bowen almost set up Sterling, who was only denied by a desperate block.
Southgate will not be satisfied with the soft concession of Hofmann’s goal. Germany weaved some neat passes around the area but he was still afforded far too much space to score with an effort Pickford got to but could not keep out.
Kane’s late levels will make a big difference to England’s morale before two home games against Italy and Hungary, as a second successive loss would have been dispiriting for a side suffering a physical and mental toll after such a long season.
Is Musiala the one that got away?
Jamal Musiala could just have easily been playing in an England shirt – having played for them at Under-15 and Under-17 level alongside, among others, Jude Bellingham.
But instead, the 19-year-old Bayern Munich forward chose to play for Germany, and so lined up against England’s Bellingham in Munich.
For the first hour at least, Musiala was the best player on the pitch, producing exciting moments with his running and skill before he tired and was substituted.
He certainly gave the impression he could have a distinguished international career – and that he would have been a big asset to England had he not decided to play for Germany.
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- 23SchlotterbeckBooked at 87mins
- 18HofmannSubstituted forgnabryhorse 65′minutes
- 21GundoganSubstituted forSanéhorse 83′minutes
- 13MullerSubstituted forgoretzkahorse 76′minutes
- 14musialaSubstituted forWernerhorse 65′minutes
- 8PhillipsSubstituted forBellinghamhorse 14′minutes
- 7JokeSubstituted forBowenhorse 80′minutes
- 11thmountSubstituted forgreathorse 72′minutes
- 17Ward Prowse
- 21Alexander Arnold
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Match ends, Germany 1, England 1.
Second Half ends, Germany 1, England 1.
Goal! Germany 1, England 1. Harry Kane (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Nico Schlotterbeck (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
VAR Decision: Penalty England.
Penalty conceded by Nico Schlotterbeck (Germany) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty England. Harry Kane draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, England. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.
Substitution, Germany. Leroy Sané replaces Ilkay Gundogan.
Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (England) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.
Substitution, England. Jarrod Bowen replaces Bukayo Saka.
Lukas Klostermann (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).
Attempt missed. John Stones (England) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross following a corner.
Corner, England. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross.
Substitution, Germany. Leon Goretzka replaces Thomas Müller.
Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Kai Havertz.
Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (England) header from the center of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.