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“He was outstanding” – Player ratings as England come from behind to draw 1-1 with Germany

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:25, 7 June 2022

In a lively night of football, England came from behind to draw 1-1 with Germany in the Nations League.

Here’s how the players rated at the Allianz Arena:



Germany

Manuel Neuer – 8 – When he had to stand tall, he stood tall. Either nonchalantly or with that uniquely Neuer kind of energy.

Lukas Klostermann – 8 – A superb display on the right side of defence, making so many blocks and interventions. Gave England almost nothing. Only Jack Grealish was able to pose him the slightest bit of trouble.

Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Very solid as per usual.

Nico Schlotterbeck – 5 – Was having a fantastic game, winning aerial duels, carrying the ball forward – but then he ruined it all with an ridiculous but unintentional foul on Harry Kane to concede a penalty.

Jonas Hofmann – 8 – Raided into the England half with relentless momentum. Scored twice, albeit the first was ruled out for offside. Still, his movement was so sharp and relentless it will be hard for Hansi Flick to drop him.

Joshua Kimmich – 8 – Ran the show in the middle of the park. Treated Declan Rice as a training cone and Jude Bellingham not too much kinder. Produced a truly spectacular assist to penetrate the English defence.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7 – Kept things ticking over nicely.

David Raum – 7 – Absolutely tormented Kyle Walker all night long, albeit he couldn’t find any of his forwards with his crosses.

Jamal Musiala – 7 – The young superstar ran at England with a relentless ferocity. Fearless and full of ideas, Musiala’s star is rising fast and you can see why. Deservedly left the field to a standing ovation.

Thomas Muller – 7 – In classic Muller form, so his movement was sharp and his touches improvisational. However he seems to be playing in his own personal game game of “spot the ball” except the ball is Robert Lewandowski or Miroslav Klose. Get him a striker to play off!

Kai Havertz – 6 – Made great runs, but didn’t offer enough of a threat with the ball.

Germany Substitutes:

Timo Werner (for Musiala 65′) – 5 – Runs and misses. Classic Werner.

Serge Gnabry (for Hofmann 65′) – 6 – Was alright, but didn’t threaten the way Hofmann did.

Leon Goretzka (for Muller 76′) – 5 – Not really impactful.

Leroy Sané (for Gundogan 83′) – 5 – Made some fantastic runs but used the ball quite poorly.


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England

Jordan Pickford – 7 – Played really well for the most part but absolutely should have done better on Hofmann’s goal.

Kyle Walker – 7 – Had a torrid time getting absolutely mauled by Germany’s players just charging at him all night long. Was heading for a poor rating, but his stunning block tackle to prevent Leroy Sané for setting up Timo Werner for a late winner saved the day.

John Stones – 7 – Was solid for most of the game.

Harry Maguire – 6 – On the one hand fell over trying to manhandle Kai Havertz letting Germany score (and was saved by VAR) but on the other hand, he did rebound to play well for the rest of the game. But then also he pushed up out of position but then didn’t challenge the ball and left a huge gap for Hofmann to roam into and score.

Kieran Trippier – 5 – Is just never, ever a left-back.

Kalvin Phillips – n/a – Picked up an injury early on and had to be subbed off.

Declan Rice – 6 – Couple of ropey moments at the back, and was really poor on the Germany goal too. The system exposed him, but it was notable how easily Joshua Kimmich bypassed him.

Mason Mount – 4 – Just awful. Struggles so often as a no. 10 when there isn’t a playmaker for him to play off, and there wasn’t. England got so much better when Grealish replaced him.

Bukayo Saka – 5 – Kept coming across to left in attacking phases and leaving Raum to drive forward. But besides that he was at least quite lively and looking to make thinga happen.

Raheem Sterling – 6 – Made lots of runs but couldn’t do much with the ball.

Harry Kane – 7 – Missed a sitter when Neuer spilled a corner right at his feet. Completely fluffed his line when Grealish squared the ball to him late on for what should have been the winner. Still he never stopped going, and dispatched his penalty with unerring precision to notch his 50th international goal, putting him second on the all-time men’s list, just three behind Wayne Rooney.

England Substitutes:

Jude Bellingham (for Phillips 14′) – 7 – Was dogged and competitive but couldn’t really make much of a dent in the German defence.

Jack Grealish (for Mount 72′) – 8 – In typical Jack Grealish fashion, things got better when he showed up. “He was outstanding, the game changed when he come on,” said Joe Cole after the game. Drove at the German defence time and time again, creating so much havoc and danger. Even the England goal came from his driving play. If the Three Lions are to achieve anything, Jack Grealish must start.

Jarrod Bowen (for Saka 80′) – 7 – Was lively and bright. Produced one devastating cross that could have led to a goal.

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