Nations League: England 3-3 Germany Player Ratings

Kai Havertz rescued Germany from a second consecutive defeat with an 86th minute equaliser after England had fought back from 2-0 down to lead. A pulsating second 45 minutes made up for an edgy first period giving the Bundestrainer plenty to think about. Here’s how we rated the players tonight.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen-3

Won’t be happy to have conceded three goals, but there wasn’t much he could do about any of them. He produced top saves to twice deny Raheem Sterling in the first half and then in the 89th minute saved the day with a save one-on-one against Bukaya Saka.

Thilo Kehrer-4

Clearly a much better right-back option than Jonas Hofmann. Kehrer took up a much-advanced position when Germany were in possession but found it hard to deliver a killer pass or cross against England’s back five. Slightly at fault for England’s second goal.

Niklas Süle-2.5

Not much to criticise about Süle’s performance tonight. He won his fair share of balls and enjoyed a healthy passing accuracy. Advanced well from the back in the second 45 minutes and has done his World Cup chances no harm at all with this display.

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Nico Schlotterbeck-4

Gave away the penalty (again) that almost cost Germany as he completely mis-timed his attempt at the ball and took BVB teammate Jude Bellingham above the ankle instead. Looked solid generally until England’s three-minute spell with two goals where he seemed disorientated.

David Raum-4

Hansi Flick kept faith with Raum at left-back, but he didn’t enjoy the best of nights. His 68% passing accuracy leaves a little/ lot to be desired and too often he cut back and passed back rather than looking for the killer ball that we’re used to from his Hoffenheim days. He faces competition for his spot and didn’t do too much to convince at Wembley.

Joshua Kimmich-3.5

Lying deep and playing the quarterback role in the first half produced little in the way of results as he struggled to break down England’s defensive block. He struggled to stamp his authority on the game as Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice increasingly won the midfield battle in the second half.

Ilkay Gündogan-3.5

Pressed well in the first half and looked to orchestrate things with Kimmich behind him. He converted the penalty well to give Germany the lead but will be concerned that a fit Leon Goretzka will take his starting place in the World Cup.

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Jonas Hofmann-4

Freed from his right-back nightmare, the Mönchengladbach man was in a more familiar advanced position on the right. He found life difficult with England’s wingbacks tucking in to make a back five on defence and was substituted at half time for Timo Werner.

Jamal Musiala-2

Germany’s best player despite being the youngest and least experienced, but this will surprise no-one. A mature performance. He drew the foul from Harry Maguire for the penalty, increasingly had an influence with his dribbling and won the ball that ultimately led to the second German goal. If it’s a question of him or Thomas Müller, then Hansi Flick has a huge decision on his hands.

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Leroy Sané-4

One of the out of form Bayern players, and he was largely anonymous in the game. Not involved enough in the build up and gave the ball away a few times. Subbed off in the 68th minute and he wasn’t really missed.

Kai Havertz-2.5

Germany got very little from him as the false nine in the first half, but in a deeper role in the second period, he scored twice and rescued the game for the visitors. His strike for his first showed real class and he was in the right place at the right time at the end to equalise.

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Timo Werner-4

Brought on at the interval to boos from the Chelsea element inside Wembley. Wasted a good chance to score firing wide and then failed to cut back a ball that could have fed Musiala. He ran into the channels as per usual, but again no real goal threat from Germany’s main striking option.

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Robin Gosens-4

Came on in the 69th minute with German two-up and then watched as England scored three. Not directly at fault but a non-descript showing from the Inter defender.

Serge Gnabry-3.5

Replaced Bayern colleague Sané and looked livelier than against Hungary. It was his shot from distance that keeper Nick Pope couldn’t hold, which led to Havertz’ late equaliser.

Thomas Müller- n/a

He got 11 minutes at the end after Musiala was forced off with cramp.

Armel Bella Kotchap- n/a

Came on in stoppage time for his German international debut.

About Mathew Burt 531 Articles
Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball

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