I have not watched a single England match since their disgraceful exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, including Euro 2016 qualifying, but today I happen to be browsing through the Electronic Program Guide on my cable box and found Germany Vs England and decided to watch it live, albeit not with high hopes.
I had a mixture of feelings during the match, in the first 30 minutes, England were attacking although they lacked the finish in front of goal and were fortunate that the assistant referee incorrectly flagged Mario Gomez’ goal offside. Then in the final 15 minutes of the first half, the Germans came back at England and scored through Toni Kroos’ long range effort in the 43rd minute defeating injured goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was immediately stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Fraser Forster.
The second half started as the first half ended with the Germans on top doubling their lead in the 57th minute through Mario Gomez’ header, leaving Forster rooted to the spot. At this point I am fearing the worse, thinking Germany would go on to Embarrass the English. BUT to my surprise, England mounted a fightback in the last 30 minutes, Harry Kane starting the fightback with a low drive in the 61st minute, then substitute Jamie Vardy’s flick leveled the scores and Eric Dier made it 2 – 3 in the 91st minute.
It could have been 2 – 4 but Dele Alli who had been a play-maker all match long and deserved man of the match, missed a sitter from the middle of the penalty box in the 84th minute to his clear frustration.
So what can we take from this game? England need to work on their defence, I feel that the German goals were kinda soft. I can accept the first goal was due to Jack Butland’s injury. But the second goal was definitely poor defense, Gomez was allowed too much space while Forster stood there ball watching.
The plus side is that England kept fighting and against the odds beat the World Cup winners on their own turf. So from a midfield and attacking point of view, things look promising, but not good enough at this time with a leaky defense, England can’t play with a “we’ll score one more goal than you” attitude.