International friendlies are usually very boring and make everyone wish that the Premier league was on but this game was certainly an exception.
The current World Cup champions faced a new look and young England side in what was a memorable game.
England’s team was affected by injuries to key players Rooney, Hart and Sterling but this gave the new players a chance to shine as a result.
The team included Butland in goal, the defence was Clyne, Smalling, Cahill (who was the captain for the game) and Rose who was making his debut.
The midfield had Dier as the deepest lying player and he was joined by Henderson and 19 year old Alli. The forward line was Lallana and Welbeck on the wings with Kane up front by himself.
I personally think that Vardy should have started alongside Kane from the start as they are the top scorers in the premier league this season but I suppose this team had more balance especially against a strong German side. Barkley also missed out on the starting line up having played well this season and this shows that we have a lot of quality in the team.
England started the better team with Alli looking impressive but it was the Germans who had the best chance. Striker Gomez scored a goal which was wrongly disallowed for offside before they broke the deadlock just before half time.
It was a controversial goal as Butland injured himself when kicking the ball up field only for it to come back straight away and Kroos took full advantage to beat him when he should and maybe would have saved it if he wasn’t injured.
So 1-0 at half time and Butland had to be stretchered off. He should have just gone down and he is now a major doubt for the summer. Despite being a goal down though we actually looked like the better side and the game was far from over.
The second half kicked off with third choice keeper Forster replacing Butland and he had to deny the Germans as they searched for a second goal. England also had chances to equalise as Alli had a long range shot saved by Neuer which was followed by Welbeck doing really well to set up Henderson who had his shot blocked when it look destined to go in.
The Germans then showed how to take your chances as Gomez headed in a cross to extend their lead. It was poor defending from us and it was too easy for them and we had it all to do now.
Fortunately we did turn the game around as Kane did a Cruyff like turn before firing past Neuer to give us some hope. It was a goal that Cruyff himself would have been proud of.
Alli then nearly equalised but Neuer made a good save with his legs before Hodgson brought on two players who arguably should have started the game in Vardy and Barkley.
These changes proved to work as almost straight away Barkley set up Clyne down the wing only for him to do a great cross for Vardy to then brilliantly flick it in and equalise. It was a great first goal for England for Vardy and it puts a lot of pressure on Rooney with both Kane and Vardy playing well and scoring.
We then should have took the lead near the end as Vardy had won the ball to set up Alli only for him to put it over the bar in what was an open goal. This wasn’t the last chance though as in added time Dier headed in a corner from Henderson to remarkably put us in the lead having been 2-0 down.
This capped off a great and unforgettable night in Berlin and it really shows that we should put faith in our youngsters at the Euros. It was one of the best performances I have seen from England for a while and Hodgson must have taken a lot from the game.
Do we need Rooney? He will definitely be in the squad but I think he shouldn’t start. Hopefully Hodgson will put out a similar team to this in the summer and we can really compete.