Harry Kane insists England ‘can be proud’ of comeback against Germany despite continuing run without win

With confidence low heading into the final game ahead of the main event in Qatar later this year, England’s problems intensified as Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz gave away two goals. Germany midway through the second half.

The Three Lions responded, however, ending their streak of over 550 minutes without a goal in open play in style as Luke Shaw halved the deficit and Mason Mount then swiftly equalized for the frantic hosts.

Kane completed the turnover from the penalty spot in generally emphatic fashion, although England were denied a famous win as Havertz capitalized on a Nick Pope error for his second goal of the match late.

It means England have now gone six competitive matches without a win for the first time ever, with many questions left and no games left to answer before the start of the World Cup against Iran in November.

However, the way England came back certainly lifted the mood and Kane was proud of how the team got back into the game when the pressure was on.

“It was much better,” Kane said. “I think we played really well today, we were unlucky to be 2-0 down, it was a mistake and then a nice goal from the edge of the box.

“We did really well to stay in the game, get back into it, take the lead and then unfortunately another mistake. The mentality and the fight of the team was shown there today. We didn’t win, but we can be proud of what we did and that puts us in a good position going into the World Cup.

He added: “The boys have been under pressure with recent results and we have all come here with a point to prove. There are lessons we can still learn from the mistakes we made, but we scored three goals and I think that will put us in a positive frame of mind heading into the World Cup.

Kane’s penalty was his 51st goal in an England shirt, just three behind Wayne Rooney’s record.

The England captain also scored from the spot against Germany in June, earning his side a draw in Munich, and Kane was relieved to once again shine the spotlight on him.

“It was good to score obviously,” Kane said.

“There always seems to be a few pressure penalties here at Wembley but it was nice to see this one come in and it’s a shame we couldn’t get the win, but we’re pushing on.”

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