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Harry Kane puts England back on Qatar road with historic leveler in tough draw

If Harry Kane was going to pick a moment to score his 50th England goal, then you’d think tonight would have been top of the list.

For around 80 minutes or so, it looked like England were on course for back-to-back defeats, with Jonas Hofmann giving Germany the lead after a deft move in the 50th minute.

It was not more than they deserved on the balance of the game and in truth, Hansi Flick will be disappointed that his team did not win this game.

But when you have Kane in mind for you then you are still in the game, just ask Tottenham.

England’s attack was direct for much of this game and that was only made more evident by the fact that Germany were so strong.

But as the game progressed into the final 20 minutes and Gareth Southgate’s side chased a winner, they started to let go of the shackles.

Manuel Neuer made a big save to prevent Kane and Jarrod Bowen, as a substitute, delivered a cross into the penalty area.

Then, four minutes before the end, England had their chance to snatch the draw as Nico Schlotterbeck brought down Kane. The referee missed it, but not VAR and the England captain made no mistakes from the spot.

Kane now has 50 goals for England and Wayne Rooney’s record 53 is well and truly in his sights.

As for England, it wasn’t the emphatic 5-1 victory they won when they last came to Munich in 2001, but it was a well-deserved draw.

They started this month knowing that the journey to the World Cup really started now and it looked like a bumpy ride when Hofmann opened the scoring here.

After losing to Hungary last Saturday and failing to score, the last thing Southgate needed was another scoreless, scoreless performance. He avoided that and England mostly avoided straying too far off the track as they continued on the road to Qatar.

Mount wrestles in the No10 role

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It’s not often you see England line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as during his tenure Southgate usually opted for a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3.

Against Germany, however, he opted for a 4-2-3-1 setup and it gave Mason Mount the rare chance to play as a No.10.

It’s a position the Chelsea midfielder enjoys and the stage seemed set for him to have a great night out, not least because of the history this ground holds for the Blues.

Mount, however, struggled to make an impact and, particularly in the first half, the game only passed him by as the German midfielders shut him down.

There were a few bright moments after the break, when he made a good save from Manuel Neuer and was denied in the box by a good tackle from Nico Schlotterbeck.

Other than that, however, it was a quiet night for Mount and it looked like a missed opportunity for him given the attacking players battling for a place in this England side.

Musiala shows England what they are missing


No wonder England and Southgate were so gutted to lose Jamal Musiala. This performance showed why the 19-year-old is so highly rated and why there was such a fight over who he played in international football.

The winger, who moved to England as a child and was educated in Croydon, played for England at Under-21 level after joining Chelsea’s academy.

After moving to Bayern Munich in 2019, however, he opted to represent Germany at senior level and their win is most certainly England’s loss.

The teenager is everything you’d expect from a striker – silky smooth on the ball and able to drive past players or pick a pass.

Time and time again, Musiala caused England problems and, particularly in the first half, he was Germany’s biggest threat.

Scary, considering he’s still only 19, the best is undoubtedly yet to come.

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