England produce memorable comeback against world champions in Berlin

England produce memorable comeback against world champions in Berlin
Live Commentary: Germany vs England | Photo: VAVEL UK/Jonny Walsh
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Germany: Neuer; Can, Rudiger, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Ozil, Reus; Gomez
England: Butland; Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Henderson, Dier; Lallana, Alli, Welbeck; Kane.
SCORE: 1-0, min. 43, Kroos. 2-0, min. 57, Gomez. 2-1, min. 61, Kane, 2-2, min. 74, Vardy. 2-3, min. 90+1, Dier.
REFEREE: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Booked: Can (GER) and Dier (ENG)
INCIDENTS: International friendly match between Germany and England. The game was played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Thanks for following VAVEL UK's live commentary of Germany - England - It's been a fantastic game to cover - I've been Sam Smith and we will be back for coverage of Tuesday night's friendly against Holland. 

Hodgson will be delighted with his England side, who appeared to be slightly under-strength prior to kick-off, but were deserving of their victory. Germany had spells where they controlled the game, but Alli, Kane and Vardy - in particular - led England to a memorable, confidence-boosting victory. 

Kane pulled one back for England three minutes after Gomez' goal, before Vardy scored his first international goal with an excellent backheel. Dier, who appeared to be limping moments before, scored the winner with a powerful header in injury time. 

The game seemed over when Mario Gomez put Germany 2-0 up 15 minutes into the second-half, but a Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy-inspired performance served up a wonderful comeback. 

90+3: FULL TIME! England have won in Germany for the third time in a row. 

More on goal: Jordan Henderson's corner is met by Eric Dier's emphatic header and the ball flies into the corner. Simply stunning comeback from England.

90+1: GOAAALLL! ERIC DIER HAS WON IT!

90: Into the last minute of normal time. Either side look likely to take the lead. Could be an exciting finale in Berlin!

87: Schurrle puts in a dangerous cross but no one is able to turn it home for Germany. 

84: What a miss! Vardy robs the German defence, squares the ball to Alli who has the whole goal to aim at, but somehow blazes it over the bar!

82: Kane breaks forward and wins a corner for England. 

79: Corner comes to nothing. Germany break and Dier takes a booking for impeding the German attack. 

79: Gotze replaces Gomez for Germany. England have a corner. 

75: Germany have made a substitution. Podolski has come on in place of Muller.. Gotze about to join him. 

More on goal: Clyne breaks down the right and crosses low for Vardy, who executes the most exquisite backheel past Neuer. Unbelievable. 

74: GOAL FOR ENGLAND! JAMIE VARDY WITH A SUPERB GOAL!

73: Kane has a speculative effort - similar to his goal against Arsenal - but it goes wide. 

Seems as though England have changed to a diamond shape. Vardy has joined Kane up top, Barkley will play as a number ten and Alli joins Henderson in a deeper position than what he originally was. Dier in the defensive midfield position. 

71: England subs: Vardy replaces Welbeck and Barkley replaces Lallana. 

69: Superb intricate passing from England ends with Neuer saving superbly from Alli's left-footed effort across goal. An equaliser would be deserved here for England, having seemingly been defeated just ten minutes ago. 

67: Kane hits the wall with the free-kick. Should have done better from what was a dangerous position. 

66: Meanwhile, England have a free-kick in a very threatening position following a foul by Tah. Kane readies the ball for the free-kick. 

66: Ross Barkley and Jamie Vardy preparing to come on for England. 

64: Germany sub: Andre Schurrle replaces Reus.

More on goal: Kane produces a timely Cruyff turn and fires right-footed, across Neuer and into the corner of the net. Excellent goal!

61: AND THERE IT IS! 2-1! KANE!

60: Corner for England. Half an hour to pull off what would be a memorable comeback. 

59: England disorganised defensively and Ozil should have made it 3-0 but hits his shot into the ground and Forster gathers the ball. 

More on goal: Khedira cross for Gomez and the striker makes up for his offside goal in the first half with a superb header. No chance for Forster. England now have a mountain to climb. 

57: GOAL FOR GERMANY! 

England creating so many chances but lack composure in the final third. An equaliser would swing the game in the Three Lions' favour. 

55: Welbeck robs Can of the ball on the byline, feeds Henderson but his goalbound shot is deflected away for a corner. Should have scored. 

52: Alli shoots powerfully from 30 yards and Neuer does well to bat the ball away from goal. 

50: Close! Kroos with an excellent delivery that goes through everyone and Forster has to tip it wide.

50: Free-kick for Germany. Ozil brought down by Cahill 30-yards from goal. 

46: Second-half underway

Germany half-time substitution: Jonathan Tah replaces Hummels. No changes by England at the break. 

Toni Kroos' effort separates the two sides but England have been the better team. Hodgson's side have pressed highly and created chances but a mistake by Butland has handed Germany the lead. 

Half time.

45: Gomez almost adds a second but his goalbound effort is deflected by Rose. 

Looks as though Butland will be replaced by Forster here. Harsh moment for the goalkeeper who was desperate to impress in Hart's absence. 

More on goal: Kroos advances into the left-hand channel and his left-footed effort goes into Butland's near post. The England goalkeeper appeared to be suffering with an injury just before and that certainly impacted his ability to save the effort. 

43: GOAL! Toni Kroos has scored for Germany!

39: Yellow card! Can booked for bringing down Rose. Free-kick almost falls for Henderson in the box but Germany clear their lines. 

31: Yet more good play by Alli sees him link up with Kane but the striker's effort on the slide goes well over Neuer's goal. 

27: Disallowed goal! Excellent move by Germany sees Gomez put the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman has ruled it out for offside! Possibly a harsh decision as Clyne appeared to be playing Gomez onside. 

25: Kane breaks away on the right but similarly to Clyne, can't pick someone out in the middle. 

24: Midway through the first half now. It's been a very lively game with England just shading the quality of chances created. 

20: Another example of that high press: Lallana wins the ball and finds Welbeck, he then passes to Clyne but the Liverpool full-back's cross is too far away from Kane. 

19: England are pressing very highly so far. Clearly feel they can force mistakes from Germany and create chances. 

16: Another sweeping England move ends with Alli firing just over the bar with a half-volley. Former MK Dons man has started very brightly. 

14: Cahill plays Alli in behind but the Tottenham midfielder doesn't realise how much time he has and heads a tame effort towards goal. 

13: Mario Gomez meets Can's cross and his header deflects off Clyne for a corner. Pinball in the box from the corner is eventually slashed wide by Reus. Bultand looked slightly nervous. 

11: Good move by England culminating in Rose's ball into the left-hand channel being just too long for the advancing Alli. 

08: Great cross from Henderson but no one is in the middle to attack the ball. Good start from England. 

07: Chance! Cahill gets to the corner - unmarked - but can't steer his header goalwards. 

07: unorthodox clearance from Reus presents England with their first corner of the game. 

04: England have a free-kick from the resulting corner. 

04: First chance of the game falls to Khedira, but his shot is deflected over by Clyne. Corner to Germany. 

03: Good start from Hodgson's side. Lallana looking bright in the opening stages. 

01: Kick off! Germany start the game, they kick to the left. England kicking to the right. 

Minute silence about to happen to reflect on the tragic events in Brussels last week. 

Confirmed Germany subs: Leno, Mustafi, Rudy, Schurrle, Podolski, Ginter, Gotze, Kramer, Draxler, Draxler, Bellarabi, Tah, Volland, Ter Stegen, Trapp.

National anthems about to take place. Mesut Ozil receiving the Germany player-of-the-year award.

Hodgson feels the young players need to "prove" they can carry their club form into the National side. 

Hodgson: "The Spain test will be tough and this game will be even tougher."

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney miss out tonight for their respective sides so Sami Khedira captains Germany and Gary Cahill captains England. 

In the younger age groups tonight, it is currently half-time in the game between Switzerland Under-21s and England Under-21s. The score is 0-0. 

Very strong side selected by Low. Interesting to see Emre Can start at right-back, especially as he suffered while playing in defence at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers. Has since moved into a central midfield position under Jurgen Klopp. Hodgson will possibly see this as a weak link in the Germany team.

Confirmed Germany team: Neuer; Can, Rudiger, Hummels, Hector; Kroos, Khedira; Muller, Ozil, Reus; Gomez.

As this is a friendy, there will be several substitutions from both sides as they seek their best team ahead of the summer. Players on the England bench are: Walker, Forster, Walcott, Stones, Jagielka, Milner, Drinkwater, Vardy, Barkley, Sturridge, Heaton. Potential debuts for Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater and Burnley's Tom Heaton - the latter was a late inclusion to replace the injured Hart, and is the only SkyBet Championship player in the senior England squad. 

Very experimental team from Hodgson in his first warm-up friendly prior this this summer's European Championships. Alli is expected to be the midfielder who advances closer to Kane - a combination that has worked ever so well for Tottenham this season. Will be interesting to see how the double pivot of Henderson and Eric Dier works. This is certainly a partnership that has the potential to blossom into a formidable pairing. Germany team news to follow. 

Confirmed England team: Butland; Clyne, Smalling, Cahill, Rose; Henderson, Dier; Lallana, Alli, Welbeck; Kane. 

Stay tuned as we provide more build-up to the game, including confirmed starting XI’s and breaking news, in the lead up to Germany against England, live from VAVEL UK.

A big talking point from the England camp is the debate over who will captain the side in the absence of all-time top goalscorer, Rooney. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill took the armband when the Manchester United skipper missed the last round of international fixtures, while other candidates include Chris Smalling and Jordan Henderson - who have both captained their club sides in recent months. Germany also have a similar issue due to the absence of Schweinsteiger, but it is expected that Hummels will lead his side out at the Olympiastadion.

England predicted line-up: Butland; Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Henderson, Barkley, Alli; Lallana, Kane, Vardy.

Germany predicted line-up: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Mustafi, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Gotze; Gomez.

Harry Kane has been singled out as england's key man by VAVEL UK editor, Sam Smith | Photo: EPA
Harry Kane has been singled out as england's key man by VAVEL UK editor, Sam Smith | Photo: EPA

England key player: Hodgson is without usual regulars Hart, Walcott, Sterling and Wayne Rooney, so several fringe players will be given the chance to forge their way into the National team plans. Ross Barkley and Dele Alli are likely to start and will offer creative impetus from midfield, but Rooney’s absence will present yet another chance to Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane to prove he is England’s first choice striker. Kane has three goals in eight England appearances and will hope to add to his impressive goal tally and fight for a starting birth with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.

Germany key player: Low’s squad is laden with world class talent and picking a standout player is very difficult. However, Thomas Muller has enjoyed a successful season with Bayern Munich – who top the Bundesliga – scoring 28 times in 38 games in all competitions. Muller scored twice in Germany’s 4-1 win over England at the 2010 World Cup and will be a threat to the current Three Lions back four. Notable mentions also go to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, and Bayern pair Manuel Neuer and Mario Gotze.  

Manchester United and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will definitely miss the game against England after suffering a serious, potentially season-ending injury. The German team captain has had an eventful season for the Red Devils in his maiden Premier League campaign and will be a big miss for Low and his German team mates.

Theo Walcott is expected to miss the game on Saturday having suffered a dead leg in training, while Ryan BertrandRaheem Sterling and Joe Hart have already withdrawn from the squad after picking up injuries. Walcott is expected to feature against the Netherlands on Tuesday and has therefore not chosen to withdraw.

Hodgson hinted that his squad for the Euros’ will be similar to the one that has travelled to Berlin this week, saying that he can only “pick 23 players – 20 outfield” and that not every player can get a cap just because they have “played well for their club.” This quote appeared to rule out the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Scott Dann - who have all been touted for call-ups recently due to their good form with West Ham and Crystal Palace respectively. 

Germany coach Joachim Low and defender Mats Hummels both believe England are contenders to win the European Championships in the summer. Low said at his media briefing that Germany’s upcoming opponents – England and Italy – are “two of the favourites” to win the prestigious competition. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels admitted that Hodgson’s side are “one of the top teams” and among “five or six teams” that could win in France.

Germany and England have an historic rivalry both inside and outside of the world of football. Their last meeting came at Wembley stadium in 2013 – a 1-0 Germany victory – and the Germans edge the Three Lions in the head to head record – winning 14 of the 29 meetings, to England’s 12. However, England have recorded some of their most memorable victories against Germany, including the 5-1 demolition in 2001 and the World Cup final victory in 1966. Germany were the last team to win at the old Wembley Stadium before its renovation started in 2000.

Both Countries qualified for this summer’s European Championships with relative ease, each topping their groups with Roy Hodgson’s men maintaining a 100 per cent record in Group E. Overall, Germany have won four of their last six matches – including friendlies – however, they infamously lost to the Republic of Ireland in October. England lost for the first time since their horrific World Cup performance in November - defeated 2-0 by Spain.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute-by-minute match coverage and commentary for tonight’s International friendly as world champions, Germany, host England at the Olympiastadion in Berlin – the home of Hertha BSC. The match kicks off at 19:45 GMT, but until then, we’ll have plenty of pre-match build-up and analysis from me, Sam Smith. Make sure you stay following.