England pulled off a remarkable comeback to defeat reigning world champions Germany 3-2 in Berlin to kick-start their encouraging preparations for this summer’s UEFA European Championships.
In what national team coach Roy Hodgson described as his “finest night as England manager”, the Three Lions roared back from two goals down to stun the defending FIFA World Cup  holders by scoring three goals in the final half an hour inside the Olympiastadion.
Strikes from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez either side of half-time saw Joachim Low’s side take a healthy two-goal advantage, despite much of the game’s possession and goalscoring chances being evenly poised between the two rivals, with England deploying a high up the pitch pressuring system that was carried out well.
But England were not down and out; as just moments after Besiktas striker Gomez headed home the hosts’ second goal of the game, Harry Kane brought one back for the visitors with a fine solo goal, before Jamie Vardy jumped off the bench to draw Hodgson’s men level just minutes after replacing Danny Welbeck.
Then with just seconds remaining in the German capital; Kane’s Tottenham teammate Eric Dier rose highest to brilliantly head home England’s stoppage time winner from Jordan Henderson’s corner to kick-off their Euro 2016 preparations with a terrific victory.
There is however concern over goalkeeper Jack Butland’s fitness after the Stoke City shot stopper was stretchered off in first-half injury time after seemingly hurting his ankle whilst retrieving a ball.
The 23-year-old was reduced to tears, on his fourth international cap for England, as he was replaced by Southampton’s Fraser Forster for the remainder of the game.
Despite the brilliant end result; the two ‘keepers will be a little disheartened to know that Germany scored both of their goals with their only shots on target in the entire 90 minutes, although Real Madrid’s Kroos’ long-range strike was struck whilst Butland was trying to recover between the sticks.
However England move onto their next international friendly at home to the Netherlands on Tuesday night (20:00) at Wembley Stadium having lost just one of their last 18 international meetings, winning 14 of them.
Even more encouraging for boss Hodgson is the fact that the Three Lions’ last nine goals have all been scored by different players – Dier, Vardy, Kane, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott.