Jamal Musiala impresses for Germany in England draw
Jamal Musiala had a hand in two goals as Germany played out a 3-3 draw with England in their final UEFA Nations League Group A3 fixture.
England 3-3 Germany
Goals: 0-1 Gündogan (pen. 52'), 0-2 Havertz 67' (assist: Werner), 1-2 Shaw 77' (assist: James), 2-2 Mount 75' (assist: Saka), 3-2 Kane (pen. 83') 3-3 Havertz (87')
The Nations League finals out of reach following the 1-0 loss to Hungary, Germany head coach Hansi Flick used the opportunity to start Borussia Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck and Bayern Munich teenager Musiala, with his team's 2022 FIFA World Cup opener against Japan less than two months away. A familiar face to both players lined up in the red of England in the form of BVB midfielder Jude Bellingham, who was kept on his toes throughout a competitive first half by Bayern's Joshua Kimmich and ex-Dortmund man Ilkay Gündogan. Germany enjoyed more of the ball for long periods, but were almost undone in the 24th minute. Luke Shaw sent Raheem Sterling in behind, only for Marc-Andre ter Stegen - deputising for Manuel Neuer - to make a superb block. England captain Harry Kane sent a Marco van Basten-esque volley over from the second of the ensuing corners.
Kimmich served notice of Germany's intentions with a shot that sailed narrowly wide at the end of the first half. Within the space of 15 second-half minutes, the four-time world champions were 2-0 up. Gündogan broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, after a VAR review indicated Harry Maguire had obstructed Musiala. Having danced his way through to set up substitute Timo Werner for a shot across goal moments earlier, the Bayern youngester then kick-started the move that produced his country's second - a fabulous 18-yard strike from Kai Havertz. In a furious finale, Luke Shaw bundled in for 2-1 and Mason Mount swept in an equaliser. England thought they'd won it when Kane converted a penalty - awarded by VAR for Schlotterbeck's foul on Bellingham - but Havertz had the final say, tapping home after Nick Pope failed to keep hold of substitute Serge Gnabry's fierce strike from range.
Flick's Germany won their first eight games, but have taken maximum points just once in their last seven (D5, L1).
Musiala won 23 England youth caps, scoring 10 goals. He won his 16th senior cap at Wembley.
Kimmich captained Germany for the fourth time.
Bellingham made his 100th competitive appearance for Dortmund prior to the September international break. He has played 16 times for England.
Havertz became the youngest player to reach 30 goals and 100 Bundesliga appearances, both aged 20, before leaving Leverkusen for Chelsea in summer 2020.
Germany have won six of 14 meetings with England at Wembley Stadium, losing five and drawing three.
UEFA European Championship Matchday 6 Matchday 6 Wembley Stadium, London
A barnstorming game of football comes to an end in London. Germany led 2-0, but found themselves 3-2 down with three to go, when Havertz completed his brace. Food for thought ahead of the World Cup for Hansi Flick - his team only won once in this Nations League campaign. Musiala and Raum were excellent, though. Next stop, Qatar!
Saka runs clear. He's into the box, but his low shot across goal is tipped around the post by ter Stegen.
And it's a gift! Gosens does really well to keep the ball on the left and find Gnabry. He looks up and drives a fierce strike goalwards. Pope spills it and Havertz tucks it in from close range. What a half!
Germany double their lead. Musiala is the catalyst, picking the pockets of Maguire in the Germany half. He sends Werner on his way, who patiently awaits an avenue in on goal. Havertz provides it to his right. He takes a touch and arcs a stunning effort into the top scorer from 18 yards.
Schlotterbeck puts himself in the way of a James cross at the near post. He's been brilliant tonight.
Winning possession in central midfield, Musiala proceeds to dance his way through the England ranks. He jinks past at least three players, before bending a brilliant pass into the path of Werner. It's on his weaker left side, though, and he drags just wide.
Werner takes advantage of a mistake by Rice. He could go for goal himself, but opts to cut the ball back. With Havertz ready to sweep home from six yards, a red shirt gets a leg in to clear.
The Dortmund teen with one of those late runs from deep. He shoots first time as the ball's rolled across the Germany box - over!
Pope goes the right way, but there's no stopping penalties like that - short run-up and right into the bottom corner.
Sterling's effor that ter Stegen did so well to keep out is the closest either side have come to scoring. Raum has been excellent at left-back, Hofmann's got forward on the opposite side and Musiala's had his moments, but Flick's team need more oomph in the final third.
Germany play keep-ball, before Kimmich pings one from range through the legs of a defender and just wide of Pope's right-hand post.
Into the first of two added minutes...
Opportunity for England as Kane slips Sterling into the box. Schlotterbeck races back to unsettle the Chelsea man, though, and the eventual shot is straight at ter Stegen.
THE ROCK OF BELLINGHAM
Gündogan concedes another free-kick for going into the back of Bellingham. The England man was a one-man shield wall just there - he was never going to concede possession without being fouled.
Foden sends in an out-swinging corner. Maguire meets it, sending a header comfortably over. This game needs a spark.
John Stones is down with what looks like a hamstring problem. Kyle Walker is about to come on...
NO ONE TO AIM FOR
Germany have enjoyed 62 percent of possession so far. It's just that final ball, not helped by the absence of a thoroughbred striker.
England's best spell by a mile as Kehrer is forced to clear ahead of Kane in the six-yard box. The hosts win a couple of corners, the second of which ends with Kane sending a Van Basten-esque volley just wide of the far post.
TER STEGEN TO THE RESCUE!
Shaw plays a superb pass into the path of Sterling, who takes it in his stride and turns Süle. He then tries to place a shot into the bootm corner, but ter Stegen gets down really well to block.
RAUM TO MANOEUVRE
Raum wins back possession deep in the Germany half, and immediately looks to turn defence into attack. Hofmann tears up the right and sends over a ball that Raum tries to direct into the middle for Gündogan, who's beaten to it by a red shirt.
Foden and Stones play themselves into danger in their own box. Hofmann chases down the loose pass, but Pope gets there first and hoofs clear.
Bellingham holds off Kimmich, before being illegally blocked off by Gündogan. That's the first injection of pace from the BVB teen.
INTO THE WALL
Raum wins a free-kick under James' challenge. It's in shooting territory as Kimmich and Sane plot their next move. Sane goes for the near post, but the England wall does its job.
Musiala picks off Pope's errant pass. He finds Hofmann, who in turns helps it onto Gündogan in a central position on the edge of the area, but the shot whistles over.
END TO END
Germany win the first corner as a Kehrer cross is put behind by Dier. Havertz can't bring Raum's ensuing delivery under wraps, though, presenting England with another chance to break. Sterling tries to thread through Foden, but Gündogan intervenes.
Germany are caught on in the England half. Foden leads the charge and finds Kane to his right, but the England captain's cross is too deep.
Musiala drives through midfield, before hitting a red wall. Germany work it over from right to left, but Schlotterbeck loses his bearings and overhits a pass into touch.
Germany have won six of 13 meetings with England at Wembley Stadium, losing five and drawing two.
Schlotterbeck with a full-blooded challenge to stop Kane in his tracks. The referee waves play on, but does have a word in the ear of the Dortmund man.
Germany kick us off, in their new white and black World Cup strip. England are in all red. A capacity 90,000 crowd for this one...
Kane and Kimmich exchange pleasantries. The England skipper elects to kick from right to left, so Germany will get the ball rolling following a period of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
Germany's is up first, not impecabbly observed by the partisan home crowd, but the visiting fans are trying to make themselves heard.
WATCH: KIMMICH VS. BELLINGHAM
Two of the finest central midfielders in the land face off at Wembley, and again in just under two weeks' time in Der Klassiker.
MUSIALA: I CAN'T WAIT
Musiala won 23 England youth caps, scoring 10 goals, but wins his 16th senior cap for Germany today. "I always enjoy being in England," the former Chelsea youngster told media. "I feel fully motivated to be facing England. With my background and everything, I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait. England are a strong team, but I always have the same mindset. I try to give it everything in every game, and have the same motivation for every game."
WATCH: ALL OF MUSIALA'S BUNDESLIGA GOALS THIS SEASON
Musiala, who represented England at youth level, is the top-scoring teenager in European club football so far this season. With four goals, he's even outdoing the likes of Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane at Bayern.
MORE ON THOSE TEAMS
Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka are unavailable, so Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ilkay Gündogan continue in the side. Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schlotterbeck, Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz are rotated in following the 1-0 loss to Hungary, meanwhile, with Jonas Hofmann moving into the attack, Antonio Rüdiger suspended and Thomas Müller and Timo Werner benched. Dortmund's Jude Bellingham is the familiar face on the opposite side. John Stones and Luke Shaw are handed starts; Kyle Walker and Bukayo Saka drop to the bench.
Pope - Stones, Dier, Maguire - James, Rice, Bellingham, Shaw - Sterling, Kane (c), Foden
Ramsdale, D. Henderson, Trippier, J. Henderson, Walker, Coady, Guehi, Saka, Mount, Toney, Chilwell, Abraham
THE START OF A NEW RUN?
Germany's narrow defeat to Hungary was their first under Hansi Flick. It brought an end to Die Mannschaft's 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions (W9, D4), stretching back to their 2-0 loss to England at Euro 2020. Germany haven't lost back-to-back matches since October 2018, when they were beaten by the Netherlands and France in successive Nations League outings.
ANOTHER BATTLE OF BUNDESLIGA BABES?
Tonight's contest is set to pit Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala (l.) against Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham (r.), two rising stars who are both just 19 years old. They could also cross swords again in the Bundesliga on Saturday 8 October, as BVB host Bayern in Der Klassiker.
These two nations have only played a handful of competitive matches over the past 30 years or so, with Germany often coming out on top when it counts. They beat England on penalties in the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, before going on to lift the trophy, and repeated the trick at Euro 1996, winning a shoot-out at Wembley - where current England boss Gareth Southgate missed the decisive spot-kick - and beating the Czech Republic in the final. England got some measure of revenge with a 1-0 group stage win at Euro 2000 (where both countries failed to reach the knockout stage), plus a 5-1 win in World Cup qualifying in September 2001. Germany were back on top at the 2010 World Cup, breezing to a 4-1 win in the last 16, but England won 2-0 at the same stage of Euro 2020, before losing the final to Italy with more penalty heartbreak. In the reverse fixture of the current Nations League campaign, they played out a 1-1 draw in Munich.
MUSIALA: "I'M ALWAYS HUNGRY TO PLAY"
Flick isn't the only man looking forward to a special game this evening. Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala grew up in England and represented the Three Lions at youth level - before making the 'tough' decision to switch his allegiance to Germany, where he was born. "I'm really motivated about facing England," he said. "With my background and everything, I’m really looking forward to it. No matter how many minutes I get, I'm always hungry to play. I've set myself the goal of continuing to develop. I don't feel any additional pressure, I just want to help the team. The mood obviously isn't good after Hungary. We were angry because we know we're better than that. We want to win every game. Tonight is perfect for both teams, because we both want to head to the World Cup feeling confident."
FLICK: "A SPECIAL GAME"
Here's what Germany boss Flick had to say in Sunday's pre-game press conference: "It's a special game, a real classic, in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. We want to get back on track. We expected more from ourselves against Hungary, and didn’t show what we’re capable of. It was the worst first-half performance of our last 14 games. It was much better in the second half, but we still only created one chance. So it's important to win tonight, because that will give us confidence and a positive feeling. I have full faith in the team. The players have other things on their minds with their clubs, and a packed Champions League schedule. But I'm convinced they'll get an extra boost when the final World Cup squad is announced."
A FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE QATAR
On paper there isn't a great deal to play for this evening, with the other Group A3 teams - Hungary and Italy - facing off for a place in the Nations League finals. Germany, on six points, can neither win the group nor be relegated, while England, with just two points, are heading down to League B. But given that this is the final competitive outing before the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, it's an important one for Hansi Flick and his men, especially after Friday's disappointing 1-0 loss to Hungary in Leipzig.
Thanks for joining us for this evening's Nations League clash between England and Germany, which kicks off at 8.45pm in central Europe. Stay tuned for build-up, team news and blow-by-blow coverage once the action gets underway at Wembley.