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“Build everything around Jude Bellingham”- Player ratings as England and Germany play out a thriller at Wembley

By James Amey

Published: 22:43, 26 September 2022

England’s disastrous Nations League campaign finally came to an end as they played out an enthralling 3-3 draw against Germany at Wembley. 

After a first half that saw the home side have the better of the chances but fail to score, it looked like England were never going to find the net from open play again, but that all changed in the second period.

Goals from Luke Shaw, substitute Mason Mount and a Harry Kane penalty looked to have given the Three Lions their first win of the 2022/23 Nations League campaign, but Kai Havertz had other ideas, tapping home after Nick Pope had spilled a hopeful shot from Serge Gnabry from outside the box in the 87th minute.

Hansi Flick’s side had taken a 2-0 lead, after Ilkay Gündoğan converted from the spot after Harry Maguire had clumsily brought down Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz gave the Newcastle shot stopper no chance with a fantastic curled finish. 

Here’s how the players rated at Wembley:


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England

Nick Pope – 5 – Nearly caught out by Jamal Musiala early in the first half, given no chance for Germany’s first two goals, but will be disappointed not to hold on to the ball for the equaliser.

Reece James – 7 – Provided an assist for Luke Shaw in a much improved second half display going forward.

John Stones – 6 – Didn’t put a foot wrong, but was forced off after 37 minutes through injury.

Eric Dier – 7 – Cleared everything that came his way in the box, winning five of the six duels he contested.

Harry Maguire – 4 – His impressive first half display was immediately forgotten as the Manchester United defender needlessly gave the ball away before bringing Jamal Musiala down for the Germany penalty early in the second half. Lost possession high up the pitch in the build up to the German’s second goal.

Luke Shaw – 7 – Played an incredible ball to put Raheem Sterling through in the first half, scored to start the comeback in the second and was a constant threat down that left-hand side.

Jude Bellingham – 9 – Absolutely sensational and controlled the midfield at just 19-years old. Defensively solid, winning eight duels, making four tackles, three interceptions and covered every blade of grass on that pitch, also winning the penalty.

Showing exactly why Birmingham retired his number.

Declan Rice – 8 – Sensed danger, mopped up well in front of the defence and showed why he is such a key player for England. Completed 95% of his passes, made more tackles than any other England player (5) and won seven of his 10 duels.

Phil Foden – 6 – Showed flashes of what he could do, but it didn’t really work out for the Man City man this evening.

Raheem Sterling – 7 – Made some good runs, getting into some dangerous positions and was a constant threat in the first half. Had England’s best two chances of the opening 45-minutes and unlucky not to score.

Harry Kane – 7 – Now just two goals behind Wayne Rooney with a perfectly placed penalty and went close with a looping strike early in the second half.

Substitutes:

Kyle Walker (for John Stones 37′) – 6 – Completed 100% of his passes, but didn’t have much to do.

Bukayo Saka (for Phil Foden 66′) – 9 – Fantastic. The game completely changed after he came on, driving at the German defence with a brilliant run before finding the perfect pass to set up fellow sub Mason Mount for the equaliser.

Showed exactly why he should start in his favourite position on the right-hand side for the national team.

Mason Mount (for Raheem Sterling 66′) – 7 – Superb first time finish to draw England level just nine minutes after coming, played like he had a point to prove to Gareth Southgate.

Jordan Henderson (for Jude Bellingham 91′) – N/A – Came on in stoppage time.


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Germany

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 7 – Made two excellent saves to deny Raheem Sterling in the first half, before his outstretched arm stopped Bukayo Saka wining the game late on.

Thilo Kehrer – 6 – Made more tackles than any other player on the pitch (6) in a busy evening against Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling.

Niklas Süle– 6 – Played the ball out from the back well and defended well when needed to.

Nico Schlotterbeck – 5 – Gave away a penalty for the second time in his last two matches against the Three Lions.

David Raum – 6 – Wasn’t his usual creative self before being replaced by Robin Gosens midway through the second half.

Joshua Kimmich – 6 – Played some lovely balls in-between the lines, but was genuinely very quiet by his incredibly high standards.

İlkay Gündoğan– 7 – Makes Germany tick, recycled play well, had more touches than any other player on the pitch (113) and scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Jonas Hofmann – 5 – Couldn’t get into the game and was subbed at HT for Timo Werner.

Jamal Musiala – 8 – Looked to make something happen every time he received the ball, winning eight duels, completing more take-ons than any other player (4) and bamboozling Harry Maguire to win a penalty.

Gareth Southgate will be cursing his decision to choose Germany over England.

Leroy Sané – 5 – Struggled to get into the game and offered little going forward. Didn’t complete either of his two take-ons, creating just one chance and having one shot (which was blocked) in his 68 minutes on the pitch.

Kai Havertz – 8 – Doubled his team’s lead with a fantastic curling finish that gave Nick Pope absolutely no chance, before making the most of the keeper’s mistake late on to rescue a point for Hansi Flick’s side.

Substitutes:

Timo Werner (for Jonas Hofmann 46′) – 7 – Stretched the game after coming on at HT, constantly looking to get on the shoulder of the last defender. Could have done better with his one real chance, but provided the assist for former teammate Kai Havertz.

Serge Gnabry (for Leroy Sané 68′) – 6 – His shot was spilled for Kai Havertz to tap in the equaliser.

Robin Gosens (for David Raum 68′) – 6 – Won the ball back well from Reece James in the build up to Germany’s third.

Thomas Müller (for Jamal Musiala 79′) – N/A – Came on late.

Armel Bella-Kotchap (for Kai Havertz 91′) – N/A – Came on in stoppage time to make his international debut.

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