Germany vs England LIVE: Nations League result, final score and reaction tonight

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England face Germany in Munich this evening for their second Nations League game of this international break, with both sides aiming to bounce back to winning ways.

While the Three Lions suffered a chastening 1-0 defeat to Hungary, Italy held Germany to a 1-1 draw despite failing to qualify for the World Cup later this year.

When England and Germany met a year ago in the last-16 at Euro 2020, it was Gareth Southgate’s side who triumphed 2-0, on their run all the way to the final.

This time around there’s rather less at stake but Harry Kane remains four goals short of Wayne Rooney and the all-time England scoring record, while elsewhere players on both sides will be keen to stake a claim for a World Cup place.

Follow all the build-up and then the live action from Munich below:

Germany vs England updates

  • Kick-off at 7.45pm BST, live on Channel 4

  • England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Saka, Mount, Sterling, Kane

  • Germany XI: Neuer, Klostermann, Schlotterbeck, Rudiger, Baum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Musiala, Muller, Hofman, Havertz

  • 50’ - GOAL! Hofmann spins and hammers a shot past Pickford, who should do better

  • 88’ - GOAL! Kane equalises from the penalty spot for his 50th England strike

Germany 1-1 England

21:48 , Michael Jones

Full-time: Germany 1-1 England

21:46 , Michael Jones

90+4 mins: It ends all square. England are thankful to Harry Kane who won and scored a late penalty to earn England their first points in the Nations League.

A tepid performance was sparked into life by the introduction of Jack Grealish and Jarrod Bowen continued England’s aggressive tactics.

The Three Lions remain bottom of the group though and will play Italy in their next match on Saturday.

Germany 1-1 England

21:40 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Chance! Bowen finds Grealish on the left side and drives the ball into the box before sqauring it to Kane. Kane attempts to open his body and sidefoot a shot at goal but he misses the ball and Germany clear their lines.

Four added minutes to play.

GOAL! Germany 1-1 England (Kane, 88’)⚽️

21:38 , Michael Jones

88 mins: Kane scores! He coolly fires it into the bottom left corner as Manuel Neuer dives the wrong way. Kane has 50 international goals now and England are back on level terms.

Can they go on and win the game?

Penalty to England!

21:37 , Michael Jones

Germany 1-0 England

86 mins: Nico Schlotterbeck clips Harry Kane as the ball comes into the box from the left and the England captain goes down. Initially the penalty isn’t given but the referee is asked to look at the pitchside monitor. He does and reverses his decision.

Kane will have the chance to level things for England.

Germany 1-0 England

21:35 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Chance! This is a huge opportunity for England as Bowen is played into the right side of the box and laces a pass across the six-yard area. It bobbles over to the back post where Lukas Klostermann turns it wide of the post!

Germany 1-0 England

21:31 , Michael Jones

81 mins: Grealish wins a corner for England and Trippier knocks it short to Sterling. Sterling cuts inside onto his right foot but blasts his shot well over the crossbar.

Germany 1-0 England

21:30 , Michael Jones

78 mins: Bukayo Saka is going to make way for Jarrod Bowen. Bowen was arguably England’s best player against Hungary, can he recreate that form against Germany?

His first involvement is to drive past Kimmich on the right wing but the German midfielder gets to him with a sliding tackle and puts the ball out of play.

Germany 1-0 England

21:27 , Michael Jones

75 mins: Close! Grealish has got England talking. Everytime he gets the ball he drives into the box and takes on the defenders. This time he fizzes a cross over to the back post where Kane arrives and directs the ball towards goal only to be denied by Neuer cutting off the angle and chesting it away!

Germany 1-0 England

21:23 , Michael Jones

72 mins: Mason Mount is the man hooked off to allow Jack Grealish to come on. Harry Kane is strong to hold up the ball int the middle of the pitch and he guides to to Declan Rice to initiate a counter-attack. Rice feeds it over to Grealish who dribbles into the box and lays it back to Rice but the midfielder loses possession.

Germany 1-0 England

21:21 , Michael Jones

69 mins: Gundogan lifts a cross to the back post that Walker heads clear. Germany recover the ball and send it over to Raum on the left side. He floats a cross into the opposite side of the box where Muller arrives and volleys his effort into the floor. It bounces up and looks ot be sneaking into the goal but Pickford shuffles across and palms it wide.

Germany 1-0 England

21:19 , Michael Jones

66 mins: Raum dinks a pass over the top and almost plays Havertz into the left side of the box but Pickford is sharply off his line and smothers the ball before the forward can get there.

Jack Grealish is getting ready to come on for England.

Germany 1-0 England

21:15 , Michael Jones

63 mins: The game is drifting away from England here. Germany are too comfortable on the ball and England are sitting back and letting them play.

Musiala and Hofman are being taken off by Hansi Flick with Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner brought on. Not a bad duo to call on for the German manager.

Germany 1-0 England

21:10 , Michael Jones

60 mins: Sterling’s cross into the box is very wild and he belts it straight out of play. Kieran Trippier is playing a bit higher up the pitch on the left side as the Three Lions look to push a few yards higher up the pitch.

Germany 1-0 England

21:09 , Michael Jones

56 mins: Here’s a chance for England. Muller catches the back of Saka’s legs and gives away a free kick just outside the penalty area over on the left.

Trippier, Mount, Saka and Kane are all stood over the ball. Trippier taps it to Kane who strikes one on the turn and blasts his effort into the wall.

Germany 1-0 England

21:04 , Michael Jones

Germany 1-0 England

21:03 , Michael Jones

53 mins: England win the ball back in midfield - it’s Bellingham again - and he dinks the ball up to Mount who drives towards goal. He’s got Kane and Sterling as options to either side but Mount lets fly from the edge of the box and forces Neuer into a sharp save to his right.

GOAL! Germany 1-0 England (Hofman, 50’)⚽️

21:01 , Michael Jones

50 mins: This one will stand for Jonas Hofman! Kai Havertz brings the ball into England’s final third from the right and comes inside. He lays it off to Joshua Kimmich who threads a lovely pass into the box for Hofman. Hofman lets the ball run, turns towards goal the fizzes his effort past Jordan Pickford!

Germany 0-0 England

20:59 , Michael Jones

48 mins: Sterling is punished for a foul on Kimmich. Germany have picked up where they left off in the first half. Dominating possession and looking to force England back into their own half.

Kimmich feeds the ball up to Musiala who’s drifted inside. He flicks the ball over to Havertz who is almost in behind England’s line but he gets caught by Rice who recovers the ball for the Three Lions.

Second half: Germany 0-0 England

20:56 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Germany get the match back underway at the Allianz Arena. No further changes from Gareth Southgate but it seems as though England may have moved into a 4-3-3 with Saka dropping into midfield alongside Rice and Bellingham.

Germany 0-0 England

20:52 , Michael Jones

In the other Nations League game taking place in England’s group tonight Italy are beating Hungary 2-0 at half-time. Meaning that if things stay as they are England will be bottom of the group with just one point.

Germany 0-0 England

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It’ll be a barnstormer second half if this record is going to be beat tonight.

Half-time: Germany 0-0 England

20:39 , Michael Jones

45+8 mins: An interesting if not massively thrilling first half comes to an end with nothing to separate the teams. Both have had chances to score and Germany even had a goal chalked off.

The hosts have probably edged it in terms of chances and inspiration but the signs are there that England have a goal in them.

Germany 0-0 England

20:35 , Michael Jones

45+6 mins: Close! There’s not much else on for Bukayo Saka who receives the ball and spins away from a defender before cutting inside onto his left foot. He drills his shot towards the far bottom corner and has Manuel Neuer worried. The goalkeeper leaps over to his right but the effort goes wide of the post!

Germany 0-0 England

20:33 , Michael Jones

45+3 mins: A first chance for Bukayo Saka who is played into the right side of the box and fizzes a shot at Manuel Neuer who calmly tips it over the crossbar.

The resultant corner it swung in by Trippier who picks out Declan Rice but he can’t find a teammate with his glancing header over to the far side of the box.

Germany 0-0 England

20:31 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Chance! Kimmich lifts a free kick into the England box where Schlotterbeck wins the header and knocks it down to the near post. It’s cleared to the edge of the box but Musiala runs onto it and drills a shot straight into the hands of Jordan Pickford.

Eight minutes of added time to play.

Germany 0-0 England

20:28 , Michael Jones

42 mins: It’s been all Germany for the second part of this first half. England haven’t been able to keep the ball and have found themselves under threat from a highly effective German press.

Havertz is getting stuck into the England defence. Walker leans into the forward to keep him off the ball and Havertz has a little tug of his shirt, giving away a free kick and easing the pressure on England.

Germany 0-0 England

20:24 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Close! David Raum bombs forward for the Germans and combines with Musiala to open England up. Raum floats a cross to the back post where Havertz climbs over Trippier but can’t guide a headed effort on target as Trippier does enough in the air to knock it wide.

Germany 0-0 England

20:21 , Michael Jones

37 mins: Sterling hobbles around for a couple of minutes but seems to have run off his knock. Hofman makes a run down the left wing for Germany and squeezes in behind Walker but firing a wild cross over to the opposite side of the box.

Germany 0-0 England

20:19 , Michael Jones

34 mins: Raheem Sterling has a problem now. He seemed to run into Joshua Kimmich and hurt his right leg. He goes down clutching his hamstring but after a breather and a rub down will play on.

Germany 0-0 England

20:17 , Michael Jones

31 mins: Kieran Trippier and Jonas Hofman come toghether and both players need a bit of treatment before play can continue. The game is being played at a quick, upbeat tempo with both sides going for it.

Hofman and Trippier are back on their feet and look set to play on.

Germany 0-0 England

20:14 , Michael Jones

28 mins: Bellingham’s high pressing wins the ball back for England and it pokes it into the box for Kane. Kane drives towards goal before squaring a pass into the six yard box but there’s noone there to get on the end of it.

Germany then sweep down the pitch and flick the ball into the box towards Kai Havertz who flicks it on towards the near post and sends it straight into the hands of Pickford.

Germany 0-0 England

20:10 , Michael Jones

25 mins: The check took a couple of minutes but the original decision stands and the goal does not. England and Harry Maguire in particular get a reprieve.

Germany 0-0 England

20:09 , Michael Jones

23 mins: Disallowed goal! Jonas Hofman finds the back of the net for Germany! A long ball comes up the pitch and Kai Havertz rolls off Harry Maguire allowing the ball to bounce through to Hofman who makes a run in behind. He carries the ball into the box and guides it calmly past Pickford with his right foot then the offside flag goes up.

VAR is going to check it though.

Germany 0-0 England

20:06 , Michael Jones

18 mins: England are starting to show some signs of control. They’re passing the ball around confidently and don’t seem too concerned about giving it away with risky passes that could potentially lead to chances.

Harry Kane is moving fluidly across the forward line. He’ll drop deep to feed in Bukayo Saka with a forward pass then switch with Sterling to bring the ball under control on the left wing, before moving into the middle as the focal point again.

Germany 0-0 England

20:01 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Jude Bellingham comes on to replace Kalvin Phillips. He plays his domestic football in Germany and gets a decent round of applause from both sets of fans.

Musiala cuts in from the left and tries to feed David Raum in on the overlap but Kyle Walker has him covered and guards the ball safely through to Jordan Pickford.

Germany 0-0 England

19:59 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Kalvin Phillips is down again. He’s had an injury ridden season for Leeds and looks in trouble here. He hobbled around off the ball and drops to the floor again.

Gareth Southgate’s going to make an early change here.

Germany 0-0 England

19:55 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Phillips lunges into a tackle on Nico Schlotterbeck who carries the ball into midfield. The German manages to release it before colliding with Phillips who goes turn with a seeming dead leg.

The ball comes to Harry Maguire who kicks it out of play so Phillips can get some treatment.

Germany 0-0 England

19:52 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Close! Kalvin Phillips bundles Thomas Muller off the ball and quickly passes it up to Harry Kane. He brings it towards the box beofre feeding in Raheem Sterling. Antonio Rudiger forces Sterling to the byline then blocks the cutback and knocks the ball out for a corner. Good move from England.

Germany 0-0 England

19:49 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Germany win the first corner of the game and have started on the front foot. The corner kick is swung into the box but Kyle Walker does well to defend it at the back post.

Kick off: Germany 0-0 England

19:47 , Michael Jones

England get the match started and boot the ball long giving away to Germany. Gareth Southgate has changed his formation to 4-2-3-1 for tonight’s match.

In the host’s first attack Jamal Musiala feeds the ball into the left side of the box where Kai Havertz runs onto it and strikes a low effort at Jordan Pickford who easily keeps it out.

Germany vs England

19:41 , Michael Jones

The players make their way out onto the pitch and the national anthems are sung. Kick off is up next...

Germany vs England

19:38 , Michael Jones

The teams head into the tunnel and are readying themselves ahead of kick. After tonight’s game their will only be four more games for England until the World Cup.

What will Gareth Southgate and his team learn about themselves tonight? Can England beat Germany in their own back yard?

Southgate praises Germany’s decision to take the knee

19:35 , Michael Jones

England boss Gareth Southgate has welcomed Germany’s decision to take the knee before the two teams meet in the Nations League in Munich tonight.

“We’re two nations with huge numbers of mixed heritage nationals and I think it’s an important sign for everybody, so we welcome that,” said Southgate.

“We are united in our beliefs.”

Fikayo Tomori primed for England chance after patience in Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘team talks’

19:32 , Michael Jones

Fikayo Tomori watched England’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy last summer in a hotel in Milan. He had spent most of the tournament back in London, cheering his international team-mates on for the quarter-final against Ukraine with friends at the Boxpark in Shoreditch. But he returned to the city that he now calls home a few days before the European Championship final.

“I remember when they scored, I just kind of had a face on and didn’t want to look too down, like we were going to lose,” he recalls. “Being there when they won, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.”

Tomori walked out by the duomo, past Italians celebrating in the cathedral’s piazza. “I was right in the middle of it,” he says, “but I just got home as quickly as I could.”

Fikayo Tomori ready for England after Milan glory and Zlatan Ibrahimovic influence

Warm-ups underway

19:28 , Michael Jones

Raheem Sterling has happy memories about playing Germany. Can he get on the scoresheet again tonight?

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Last time in Munich

19:24 , Michael Jones

One of England’s greatest performances came against Germany in Munich 21 years ago when they won 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

Germany had only ever lost one qualifier at home in their history and things started well for the hosts when Carsten Jancker scored the opener but Sven Goran Eriksson’s men turned the match around in incredible fashion.

Three Liverpool players were all on the scoresheet with Michael Owen grabbing an unforgettable hat-trick and Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey chipping in with a goal apiece.

Can England put in a similar performance this evening?

‘This will be a good test’ says Southgate

19:20 , Michael Jones

For me Germany and Brazil are still the benchmark, regularly winning tournaments; you have to respect them. This is exactly the sort of test we need.

“We are going to push. We want to perform well. I don’t think the long season was the cause of the result the other day; the heat was a huge factor.”

Hansi Flick on England vs Germany

19:16 , Michael Jones

It’s a classic; these matches are always special. We need to be prepared, ready and play with intensity. [Against Italy on Saturday] we showed what we need to improve, but also our potential.

“England have a lot of quality – they have many great players and play very physically. Kane is world-class. It will be tough, and it’s important we to stick to our plan.”

England’s key man?

19:12 , Michael Jones

Harry Kane has scored in both of his England appearances against Germany, scoring one goal each time in victories in March 2016 and June 2021.

Only two England players have ever netted three times against the Germans, both as part of hat-tricks: Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final and Michael Owen in the 2001 World Cup qualifier.

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Bellingham on the bench

19:07 , Michael Jones

Jude Bellingham who turns 19 on June 29th, has made 13 appearances for England with the only player to earn more caps for the England men’s senior team before their 19th birthday being Wayne Rooney (19).

Bellingham has to settle for a spot on the bench this evening.

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Germany vs England team changes

19:02 , Michael Jones

Both managers make a whole bunch of changes from the starting XIs that lined up at the weekend.

Hansi Flick keeps Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rudiger, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in his side but makes seven other changes including bringing Kai Havertz back in to lead the line.

Gareth Southgate makes five changes to his starting XI. John Stones and Kieran Trippier are recalled in defence with Kalvin Phillips returning to partner Declan Rice in midfield. Mason Mount is moved into a move central position as Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka come in to help boost the attack.

Germany line-up

18:49 , Michael Jones

Germany XI: Neuer, Klostermann, Schlotterbeck, Rudiger, Baum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Musiala, Muller, Hofman, Havertz

England line-up

18:46 , Michael Jones

Eng XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Rice, Phillips, Saka, Mount, Sterling, Kane

England arrive at the Allianz Arena

18:45 , Michael Jones

England have arrived at tonight’s venue and are checking out the pitch. Team news should come out soon, we are just under an hour away from kick off.

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Gundogan on facing England

18:42 , Michael Jones

Germany midfielder, Ä°lkay Gündoğan, who plays his domestic football for Manchester Cuty spoke about the relationship between his country and England saying:

“The relationship between Germany and England’s internationals is really good. It is shaped by friendship and respect, but of course there is room for a bit of banter.”

Gareth Southgate concedes racist abuse continues to impact England

18:37 , Michael Jones

As Gareth Southgate left the England camp for the final time at the end of Euro 2020, a rather difficult question entered his head. The manager had been reflecting on the racial abuse that Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho had suffered after missing penalties in the final.

“When I left the Grove that day, I couldn’t help but feel ‘have I created this situation here for the boys?’”

It is obviously a hugely unfair burden to place on himself, since his job dictates that he give players professional responsibility. But it also points to the increasing complexities that come with being England manager, and to how the outside world influences what happens on the pitch. The match on Tuesday against Germany in the Nations League has only put these complexities in sharper focus.

Gareth Southgate concedes racist abuse continues to impact England

Germany yet to lose at home under Flick

18:30 , Michael Jones

Hansi Flick has won his first four home matches as manager of the German national team by an aggregate score of 19-1. The only German manager to win his first five home games in charge was Berti Vogts between 1990 and 1992, winning his first six.


Tonight’s venue

18:25 , Michael Jones

This evening’s Nations League clash between Germany and England will be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, home to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Back-to-back defeats?

18:20 , Michael Jones

England lost 1-0 to Hungary last Saturday in what was their first defeat against them since 1962.

England haven’t lost consecutive games since a run of three against Croatia, Belgium and Spain between July and September 2018, the first two of which were at the World Cup.

They haven’t lost consecutive matches outside of the World Cup or European Championships since November 2013 against Chile and Germany.

Who’s on the plane, who’s in contention and who has work to do?

18:13 , Michael Jones

England will be aiming to go one better than last year and win their first major international tournament in 56 years at the World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side will play the United States, Iran and the winner of Sunday’s play-off between Wales and Ukraine in the group stages.

This month’s Nations League fixtures against Hungary, Germany and Italy provide Southgate with a valuable opportunity to assess his options ahead of the tournament, which begins in November.

It is yet to be confirmed whether squad sizes will be expanded to 26 players, up from the usual 23, but in line with last summer’s European Championship.

Here, The Independent takes a look at who could be included in Southgate’s final selection:

England World Cup 2022 squad: Who’s on the plane and who has work to do?

Germany vs England - predicted line ups and score

18:05 , Michael Jones

Our prediction for tonight’s game is that Germany inflict a second straight defeat on Gareth Southgate’s side. Germany 3-1 England.

Here’s how we see the teams lining up:

GER XI- Neuer, Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Gnabry, Muller, Musiala, Havertz

ENG XI - Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, James, Rice, Phillips, Trippier, Saka, Kane, Sterling

Is Germany vs England on TV tonight?

18:00 , Michael Jones

England and Germany renew their rivalry on Tuesday, with the match in Munich the second Nations League encounter of this year’s group stage for both.

Gareth Southgate’s team lost to Hungary in their opener, while Germany were held to a draw by Italy as Hansi Flick’s side made it 10 unbeaten since their Euro 2020 exit.

The match kicks off at 7:45pm BST on Tuesday 7th June and all England’s Nations League encounters will now be shown for free on Channel 4.

The game can also be streamed via the All 4 platform.

What is Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role for England? Is there one?

17:52 , Michael Jones

It might have summed up Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England career that, slightly unfortunately, a precocious young right-back was responsible for Hungary’s winner on Saturday. It might, except for one minor detail: he had gone off a few minutes before his replacement, Reece James, conceded the decisive penalty for his challenge on Zsolt Nagy.

For Alexander-Arnold, a 17th international appearance resembled many of the previous 16: inconclusive but underwhelming. A phenomenon for Liverpool remains an enigma for England, one of the great advertisements for Jurgen Klopp part of the case for the prosecution for Gareth Southgate. Vinicius Junior may have emerged unchecked behind Alexander-Arnold to score the winner in the Champions League final but it was entirely uncontroversial when he was named in the team of the tournament in the most prestigious club competition of all. Meanwhile, he seems England’s fourth-choice right-back.

Alexander-Arnold can bend, whip and curl a ball like few others. On Saturday, however, there a moment when he was caught flat-footed as Nagy met a cross, reviving the theory others have sounder defensive instincts, and a broader sense of time slipping away. It added to the significance of his substitution: England have five games to go before the World Cup but he has just three and Southgate had seen enough. Alexander-Arnold will leave the squad after Tuesday’s Nations League match in Munich; his marathon season may end on the bench there.

What is Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role for England? Is there one?

A new formation?

17:45 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate started England in a 3-4-3 formation against Hungary with James Justin and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the wing-back roles and Kyle Walker, Conor Coady and Harry Maguire at centre-back.

The approach was met with criticism with Southgate once again accused of being overly cautious and it was only after Kalvin Phillips replaced Coady in the 79th minute, with England chasing the game, did they revert to a back four and finally began to threaten.

At times England have benefitted from using a back three under Southgate, most famously using the system to overcome Germany in the Euros, but other questions have arose over the best positions for some of the squad.

For example Alexander-Arnold is far better suited to playing at full-back rather than wing-back.

Southgate defended his preference for a back three on Saturday saying “Everybody who started the game is in a position that they have either played regularly with us, or regularly with their club.”

World Cup places up for grabs

17:37 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate has said he already has a “pretty good idea” of his strongest England team but that there are still places in his World Cup squad up for grabs as he continues to prepare for Qatar.

There are only five games remaining between now and the start of the World Cup in November and Southgate is using England’s Nations League campaign to experiment with personnel.

“We have not got friendlies to try it, so we have to do it in these types of games,” he said on Saturday after handing debuts to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen.

“Everyone is fighting for their place at the World Cup and trying to play well,” he said. Southgate added: “The mindset of this group is that they want to push and they want to perform well.

“Every one of them wants to play tomorrow night, there’s no doubting that. There’s huge motivation in the group”

Gareth Southgate shows he is prepared to sacrifice games for sake of England experimentation

17:30 , Michael Jones

For Gareth Southgate, it’s been an unusual feeling, but the main question is whether it will be an influential one.

“I don’t enjoy losing football matches,” he said after England’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Hungary. “It’s a long time since we actually got beat across 90 minutes, so I don’t like that feeling one bit, and the players are very disappointed in the changing room.”

As their manager referenced, they haven’t experienced a defeat like this since November 2020, close enough to two years ago. But since we’re now close enough to the World Cup, the wonder is whether this is actually a concern for Southgate; does he see any greater issues in the performance.

Gareth Southgate shows he is prepared to sacrifice games to experiment with England

Germany vs England

17:22 , Michael Jones

Germany have lost eight home matches against England in all competitions, two more than they’ve lost against any other nation. Their most recent home defeat against the Three Lions was in a March 2016 friendly, losing 3-2 from a 2-0 lead.


England vs Germany

17:15 , Michael Jones

Here’s a reminder of what happened last time England faced Germany.

Coady disappointed with Hungary result

17:07 , Michael Jones

England defender Conor Coady spoke out after the defeat to Hungary on Saturday and outlined how disappointed the team was with the result.

“I’m massively disappointed, it’s not how we wanted to start this competition.” he said, “It’s something we need to look at and get right on Tuesday because we’ve got a massive game. We need to learn very quickly.

“They’re a good side, they’re organised, you can see why they’ve got results but we wanted to come here and win.

“We started well but they grew into the game, had a couple of chances on the counter-attack and we need to tidy up on those sorts of things.

“It’s important we bounce back and there’s no better way to bounce back than Tuesday.”

Germany vs England

17:00 , Michael Jones

This is only England’s third ever non-friendly away match against Germany – the other two were a goalless draw in a European Championship qualifier in May 1972 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin and a 5-1 win in a World Cup qualifier in September 2001 at the Olympiastadion in Munich.

Gareth Southgate expects ‘inspired’ Wales to challenge England at World Cup

16:53 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate expects to face a team “inspired to another level” when England meet Wales at the World Cup later this year.

Wales ended a 64-year wait to reach the finals on Sunday when beating Ukraine 1-0 in a tense play-off in Cardiff.

Their reward is a place in Group B in Qatar, where they will play the United States and Iran before facing old foes England on November 29th.

Three Lions boss Southgate did not watch the play-off as he was preparing for Tuesday’s Nations League match in Germany but knows a tough challenge awaits.

Gareth Southgate expects ‘inspired’ Wales to challenge England at World Cup

Robert Page sends message to Wales’ World Cup rivals ahead of ‘winnable’ group

16:45 , Michael Jones

Robert Page has warned Wales’ World Cup rivals that they are not going to Qatar to simply make up the numbers.

Wales booked their spot alongside England, the United States and Iran in Group B by beating Ukraine 1-0 in Sunday’s World Cup play-off final in Cardiff.

Victory secured their first appearance at a World Cup since 1958, but Wales showed at Euro 2016 – by reaching the semi-finals – that they can punch well above their weight in major tournaments.

Robert Page sends message to Wales’ World Cup rivals ahead of ‘winnable’ group

Wales join England at World Cup

16:37 , Michael Jones

Wales will now take part in the 2022 World Cup after their 1-0 victory over Ukraine on Sunday in the world cup qualifier play-off final.

The 64 year gap since their last appearance is the longest gap between qualifications for a World Cup tournament.

England fans arrested in Munich after making Nazi salutes

16:30 , Michael Jones

Seven England fans have been arrested in Munich ahead of the match against Germany this evening, UK police have said, including three supporters who were detained for making nazi salutes.

England manager Gareth Southgate had called on travelling fans to be on their best behaviour ahead of the team’s first away match in Germany since 2016 and following the “embarrassment” of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley last summer.

In preparation, the Football Association were on “high alert” for trouble ahead of the match and police confiscated the passports of 880 England fans ahead of the fixture.

England fans arrested in Munich after making Nazi salutes

Germany vs England

16:22 , Michael Jones

Germany have failed to score in their last two matches against England (0-0 in November 2017 and 0-2 in June 2021), as many as in their previous 16 games combined.

They’ve never gone three consecutive matches without a goal against the Three Lions.

England fans in Munich ‘determined to fix poor reputation’ ahead of Germany fixture

16:15 , Michael Jones

England football fans in Germany have said they are determined to be on their best behaviour after a plea from manager Gareth Southgate.

Three Lions supporters who have already arrived in Munich ahead of Tuesday’s Nations League fixture said the overwhelming majority of fans want to “fix” their “pretty poor reputation” internationally, particularly in light of the unsavoury scenes at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final.

And they said England fans have been turning on troublemakers in an effort to clean up their image at international football matches, including condemning offensive chanting.

England fans in Munich ‘determined to fix poor reputation’ ahead of Germany fixture

England fans arrested in Germany

16:07 , Michael Jones

Seven England fans were arrested in Munich on Monday, including three for making Nazi salutes, with about 4,000 England fans expected in the city for tonight’s Nations League clash between the Three Lions and Germany.

The other arrests included two for inciting police, one for using a flare indoors and another for urinating in public.

The FA has been working with the local police and security services to limit fan disorder in Germany. It is the first time England have been accompanied by a significant away support since the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 and it is their first game in Munich since beating Germany 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2001.

There are concerns that further trouble from England supporters could impact the joint UK and Ireland bid to host Euro 2028, with England having to play their Nations League game against Italy on Saturday without spectators following the unacceptable unrest at Wembley during last summer’s Euro 2020 final.

England and Germany ready to renew rivalry and set World Cup benchmark

16:00 , Michael Jones

To realise how misleading the period between tournaments can be, you only have to consider England’s last trip to Munich, before Tuesday’s return.

That was of course the famous 5-1 in 2001. And yet Gareth Southgate, who was on the bench that day, points to what happened next with Germany.

“They ended up in the World Cup final on the back of that qualifying campaign.”

It offers rationale for why Southgate is willing to sacrifice these Nations League games for the benefit of November.

England and Germany ready to renew rivalry and set World Cup benchmark


15:52 , Michael Jones

England won 2-0 in their last meeting with Germany last June at the European Championships.

The Three Lions haven’t won consecutive games against them since a seven-game winning run between 1935 and 1966, the last game of which was the World Cup final.

Southgate reacts to Hungary defeat

15:45 , Michael Jones

“I don’t think we did enough to win the game, a draw would have been a fair outcome.” said England boss Gareth Southgate after the Three Lions lost 1-0 to Hungary in their Nations League opener on Saturday.

“We had enough possession but we weren’t incisive in and around the box, didn’t create too many clear-cut chances, although we had some dangerous possessions towards the end of the game.

“The actual result hinges on a decision which I think is harsh but wasn’t going to be overturned. Away from home sometimes you’re going to get those calls.”

He added: “I don’t want to be too harsh on them because these are games we need to learn from. They’re bitterly disappointed because we want to keep winning matches.

“If we’re going to be a team right at the top tier of world football we’ve got to come here and win.

“We’ve got huge disappointment in terms of that but as a coach you’ve got to think about what we take from the game and what we learn from it.”

John Stones relishing every England opportunity after battling back to reclaim place

15:38 , Michael Jones

While many players resent this international break, with Kevin De Bruyne the most vocal, one of the Belgian’s Manchester City teammates just can’t feel the same way.

That is because it wasn’t that long ago that John Stones felt he would never play for England again. The centre-half was on 39 caps in November 2019, but it stayed that way until March 2021. That was largely down to the fact he wasn’t playing much football at all under club manager Pep Guardiola.

“I had a dream as a kid, trying to get 50 caps for England and I have made that come true but I didn’t think I would,” Stones explains. “I was not playing and I never thought I would get that opportunity again.

“I was not playing at City and you have to be playing and playing well to get called up. I did not know if I would get called back up and I used that as a kind of motivation to get back and it was big. It wasn’t switching mentality, but realising what I can do and what I should be doing to be here.”

John Stones relishing every England opportunity after battling back to reclaim place

Stones delighted to be back with England

15:30 , Michael Jones

Manchester City’s John Stones will earn his 57th senior cap for England should he feature on Tuesday night, something which he still admits is still hard to believe.

“I had a dream as a kid, playing for England, trying to get 50 caps for England and I have made that come true,” he said. “I didn’t think I would.

“I think the 50-cap thing was when I made my debut for England. I never thought that would happen but you set yourself a target and it rolls on.”

Stones’ first involvement with England at any level came in an under-19s game against Germany back in 2012 and he’s since progressed through the ranks to become an established member of the senior squad offering a sense of stability in England’s defensive line.

Early team news for England

15:22 , Michael Jones

Leicester City defender, James Justin, will miss tonight’s match versus Germany due to the injury his picked up at the weekend during his England debut against Hungary.

AC Milan centre back Fikayo Tomori is also unlikely to feature but Marc Guehi and Raheem Sterling are expected to be available.

Southgate said: “James [Justin] won’t be ready for tomorrow but we are hopeful he can be back for if not the next game then the game after.

“Marc [Guehi], as far as we have assessed to this point, because things are still going on, should be available for tomorrow.

“With Fik [Tomori], we might give him a little bit longer. He has progressed really well and we probably could put him in the squad but given it was a hamstring injury, we are going to give it a little bit longer because that would be beneficial for him.

“As for Raheem [Sterling], he is absolutely fine.”

Germany to take the knee in show of solidarity with England

15:15 , Michael Jones

Ilkay Gundogan confirmed Germany would take the knee in a show of solidarity with England after the anti-racism gesture was jeered by stands filled with children in Hungary.

The depressing reaction greeted the stance in Saturday’s Nations League opener at the Puskas Arena, which was half full despite the hosts serving a Uefa punishment for discriminatory behaviour at Euro 2020.

There were around 35,000 in attendance for a match that was supposedly being played behind closed doors as Hungary made the most out of regulations that allowed children to attend in such circumstances.

Germany to take the knee in show of solidarity with England

Southgate looking to emulate Germany

15:07 , Michael Jones

Gareth Southgate wants England to emulate countries like Germany and Brazil as they look to win trophies on the international stage and says that the German’s winning mentality is what he is trying to create in his squad.

"Germany and Brazil are still the benchmark in terms of the countries who have consistently won tournaments," says the England boss.

"Even when everyone will talk about the 5-1 [England’s 2001 victory over Germany in a World Cup qualifier] here, Germany ended up in the World Cup final on the back of that qualifying campaign.

"So, you have to respect what they’ve been as a country and what they are as a country in footballing terms - and that mentality is what we’re trying to create.

"We’ve got to keep getting to the final stages of competitions, and games like tomorrow are brilliant for us. They’re exactly the kind of test we need."

A new era for Germany

15:00 , Michael Jones

The last time these two sides met was in the Euro 2020 knockout stages with England winning 2-0 in what was Joachim Low’s final match in charge of the German national side.

Low was replaced with former Bayern Munich boss, Hansi Flick, who has so far led the Germans to a 10 games unbeaten run which includes their 1-1 draw with Italy last time out.

Flick praised England’s "extraordinary players" and said "they could form three national teams".

"Their game is very physical. Harry Kane is a world-class striker, he has a huge quality," he said. “It will be a big game for us and it will be important to implement our plan well."

Southgate’s Nations League record

14:55 , Michael Jones

England had a good inaugural campaign in the Nations League, making it to the semi-finals and eventually finishing third behind Netherlands and Portugal in the 2019 edition.

However, the tournament hasn’t always been fantastic for manager Gareth Southgate.

Five of his 11 defeats in charge of the national team have come in this competition which is more than he’s lost in any other competition since taking charge of the Three Lions.

His Nations League record is five wins, three draws and five defeats. Will he improve on that with a victory over Germany tonight?

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Germany vs England: Talking points ahead of Nations League clash

14:45 , Michael Jones

England will look to bounce back from their surprise Nations League defeat to Hungary when they travel to face Germany on Tuesday night.

The Three Lions beat their old foes en route to the Euro 2020 final last summer and will be hoping to repeat the feat to kick start their Nations League campaign.

Here we take a look at the main talking points ahead of the meeting at the Allianz Arena:

Talking points ahead of Germany vs England Nations League clash

More goals needed says Southgate

14:35 , Michael Jones

England boss Gareth Southgate has called on his attacking players to start scoring more goals as the Three Lions are currently reliant on Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling to put the ball in the back of the net.

The Three Lions are looking to respond after a 1-0 defeat to Hungary last Saturday - a game which saw Kane drop deeper to get on the ball and Sterling remain on the bench throughout.

Of the current England squad only three players have five goals or more at the international level with those being Kane (49), Sterling (19) and Harry Maguire (seven).

"What is clear is that in terms of goals, we are heavily reliant on Raheem [Sterling] and Harry [Kane]," Southgate said. "There are opportunities for others to step into that fold, because the squad we have got with us, I think Harry Maguire is the next in terms of goals scored.

"We do need those attacking players in particular to step forward and start to give us threats from other areas. Bukayo Saka has started to do that and Mason Mount has got the odd goal, but that is the challenge now for this whole group."

Southgate on Germany

14:25 , Michael Jones

England boss, Gareth Southgate, has been speaking about tonight’s Nations League clash with Germany and what he is expecting from the game.

“This will be a brilliant test of what we’re about and where we are at, at this particular moment in time.” he said.

England looking to bounce back

14:18 , Michael Jones

England’s run of 22 games unbeaten, excluding the penalty shootout loss in the Euro 2020 final to Italy, cam to an end on Saturday after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Hungary in their Nations League opener.

Gareth Southgate’s men never really kicked into top gear and were second best on a night where Southgate handed debuts to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen. Justin picked up a knock at the end of the first half and had to go off but Bowen was England’s brightest attacking spark playing on the right side of a forward three along with Harry Kane and Mason Mount.

The deciding moment in the game came after Gareth Southgate’s triple substitution which introduced Reece James who gave away a penalty kick shortly afterwards. Dominik Szoboszlai guided it home superbly and Hungary held on to their slender lead to beat England for the first time in 60 years.

The Three Lions will want to bounce back against Germany tonight with Southgate expected to make a few changes to the starting XI as he continues to look at the players in his squad with an eye on the World Cup this winter.

England vs Germany

12:40 , Luke Baker

Welcome to The Independent’s build-up and live coverage of England’s clash with Germany in Munich this evening.

The two sides are set to renew their rivalry this evening, with the match in Munich the second Nations League encounter of this year’s group stage for both.

Gareth Southgate’s team lost to Hungary in their opener, while Germany were held to a draw by Italy as Hansi Flick’s side made it 10 unbeaten since their Euro 2020 exit.

That last defeat came at the hands of England, as it happens, giving Die Mannschaft plenty of reason to want to find the route to victory this time around.

Stay with us for all the build-up and then live coverage of the game itself.