An inexperienced England side battled back from two goals down to beat world champions Germany 3-2 in Berlin. An injury time header from Eric Dier sealed the victory after Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy had cancelled out goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez.
England started the brighter of the two teams, but failed to really test Manuel Neuer. The bright Deli Alli had the best chance, latching on to a lobbed through ball only to see his tame long-distance header pick out the German keeper. Germany should have taken the lead, as the experienced Gomez took advantage of an unfamiliar England defence and finished well, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside. However, replays showed that Nathaniel Clyne was actually playing Gomez onside.
It didn’t take long for the Germans to take the lead though, capitalising on a poor clearance by Butland. The ball was worked through to Toni Kroos, who, lacking any other options, tried his luck from 25 yards. Somehow the ball squeezed past Butland at his near post, and to make matters worse, the England stopper was forced off with an injury that he picked up clearing the ball.
It could have been 2-0 early in the second half, as Marco Reus’ long range free kick deceived everyone and had to be helped over by Fraser Forster. Gomez made up for his earlier disallowed goal with a perfectly placed header just before the hour, converting Emre Can’s deep cross.
It seemed that conceding spurred England on though, as Harry Kane turned his man in the box after Germany failed to clear a corner and finished just inside the post. Just minutes after coming on Jamie Vardy scored his first international goal, audaciously flicking Clyne’s low cross past Neuer.
England were now truly in the ascendency, and should have wrapped the game up earlier. Jordan Henderson saw a long-range effort curl just wide, and Deli Alli somehow blazed over from ten yards after Vardy stole possession on the edge of the German box.
But the winner did come in stoppage time, with Eric Dier beating his man to nod home a Henderson corner. The result gives confidence to a young and inexperienced England who showed none of the traits of the side who were embarrassed in Brazil two years ago.