Joachim Loew’s reign as Germany coach ended on a whimper in a defeat at Wembley. The German gaffer made a huge call in starting with Werner in attack in place of Gnabry. Timo hasn’t exactly had a prolific season at Chelsea. Gareth Southgate brought in Saka of Arsenal in place of Foden with Grealish again starting from the bench. Both decisions did not pay off. But Southgate had the players to correct the decision, Loew didn’t. To be fair to the Germans, they were the better team on the balance of play. Great on the ball ,created chances. But again I will sound like a broken record here. NO NUMBER NINE TO FINISH OFF THE PLAYS. Germany though had the players who were better on the ball, talk about Kroos and Muller.That’s the huge task faced by the new German coach who comes in. Watch the chance on 7 minutes. Great through pass by Muller to Goretzka. Who would you have loved to be in that position, Leon or Werner? None of the above for me.

Sterling has continued his rich goal scoring form for his country and is relishing the sort of free role he has for the three lions. England looked dangerous on set pieces, no surprises there with guys like Stones and Maguire to aim at. Germany should have been out of sight in that first half with the chances they squandered. Check out 45 minutes on the clock. Hummels deserves a medal from the German Chancellor for that last ditch clearance from Kane. You definitely would have fancied Kane from that position. Second half Pickford earned his stripes as the England number one. A great save from Havertz, followed by the Muller golden chance. He made himself big putting off the German. Grealish came on and made the difference getting involved in both goals, squaring for Shaw and Kane. Shaw has been doing that for United this season creating chances for the likes of Rashford and Cavani. Did England deserve to win this one? Jury is out on that one. The Germans certainly did not help themselves by missing guilt edged chances.


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