England mount stunning comeback in Berlin
Berlin: England staged a magnificent comeback to beat World Cup holders Germany 3-2 as manager Roy Hodgson’s new breed excelled in Berlin. Germany looked to have spoiled a promising England display with goals either side of the interval - Toni Kroos’ long-range shot deceiving keeper Jack Butland, who was then carried off injured, before Mario Gomez headed past his deputy Fraser Forster.
England, with 19-year-old Dele Alli magnificent, responded in style through Harry Kane’s low finish and Jamie Vardy’s first international goal, an audacious 74th-minute flick at the near post from Nathaniel Clyne’s cross. A draw would have done a makeshift England side credit but, after Alli missed an easy chance, his Spurs team-mate Eric Dier powered home an injury-time header from Jordan Henderson’s corner.
It may only have been a friendly, but this was the perfect result and morale-booster for Hodgson and England as they put their plans in place for Euro 2016 in France this summer. –