England Vs Germany Football Match Score 26 Sept 2022
England and Germany will only play for pride when the two European giants round off League A Group 3 in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley Stadium on Monday night. The Three Lions were condemned to relegation to League B after a 1-0 defeat to Italy on Friday night, while Hansi Flick’s men saw their hopes of first place crash and burn with a loss to Hungary by the same scoreline. Many have referred to the current England crop as the golden generation, which is no surprise given the abundance of attacking and youthful talent on display at domestic level, but the Three Lions are now on their worst goalscoring run for 22 years. The much-maligned Gareth Southgate once again saw his side fail to score from open play in a 1-0 defeat to Italy at San Siro last time out, with Napoli forward Giacomo Raspadori coming up with a brilliant winner for the Azzurri to seal England’s relegation to League B.
Still winless after five games in League A Group 3, Southgate’s side have now failed to score in three successive matches for the first time since 2000, and their solitary goal in the tournament so far has been a Harry Kane penalty – simply unacceptable for a footballing nation of this calibre. To say that morale will be at a low point going into the World Cup would be a significant understatement, and the Three Lions boss did not do himself any favours with the #SouthgateOut brigade by claiming that Friday’s performance was a “step in the right direction”. A five-game winless streak for the first time in 2014 and failure to score from open play in 495 minutes can hardly be seen as a step in the right direction for England, but a return to Wembley is just what the doctor ordered, as the Euro 2020 runners-up are unbeaten in 15 games at their headquarters – winning 13 of them.
England and Germany would have been expected to be involved in a tense three-way battle for top spot in League A Group 3, but Hungary are now riding off into the sunset after prevailing 1-0 against Hansi Flick’s side while the Three Lions were quelled in Italy. A moment of backheel magic from Adam Szalai in the 17th minute was all it took for the Magyars to sink Germany in Leipzig, and Die Mannschaft – who sit two points behind Italy in third – can now only finish second at best in their Nations League group. Besides a 5-2 thumping of the European champions back in June, Flick’s side have also been alarmingly underwhelming in the Nations League, failing to win any of their other four games or keep a clean sheet, and Die Mannschaft are yet to make the final four of the competition. Defeat to Hungary marked Germany’s first defeat in any competition since Euro 2020, and the visitors to Wembley have surprisingly only picked up one win from their seven Nations League away games since the competition’s inception, conceding at least one goal each time.
Prior to being undone by Szalai, Germany’s most recent loss was their 2-0 Euro 2020 last-16 defeat to England at Wembley 15 months ago, and the two sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the Nations League, marking the solitary time that the Three Lions have made the net ripple in the 2022-23 edition. Southgate took the bold decision to leave Ivan Toney, Ben Chilwell and Marc Guehi out of his squad for the trip to San Siro, but all three have made the cut here, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fikayo Tomori, Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse missing out instead. John Stones will also return from a ban served in the win over Italy – although Jack Grealish is now serving a suspension of his own – and Southgate is confident that Jordan Henderson will be fit to play some part on Monday as he battles back from a hamstring issue, but the Liverpool man may not be considered for a start.
Bukayo Saka notably struggled to adapt to his left-wing back role at San Siro, and Southgate will of course ponder plenty of changes this week, with Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount among those ready to provide fresh legs. Meanwhile, Germany lost Bayern Munich stalwarts Leon Goretzka and Manuel Neuer to COVID-19 infection prior to the loss to Hungary, while Julian Brandt was also forced to leave the camp owing to a different illness. Real Madrid centre-back Antonio Rudiger picked up his second booking of the tournament on Friday and will be absent here – either Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schlotterbeck or Matthias Ginter will take his place – but Germany did not pick up any fresh injury concerns in Leipzig. With the Bayern-based Mannschaft attack and Timo Werner proving ineffective last time out, Kai Havertz can expect to force his way into the first XI here, and Jamal Musiala will also be determined to impress after snubbing England to represent Germany at senior level.
Already relegated England welcome Germany to Wembley for their final Nations League group game looking to break a five-match winless run, their worst run in eight years. Even if they don’t beat their rival, simply scoring from open play might be progress for Gareth Southgate’s side, whose last competitive, non-penalty goal came against San Marino in November last year.
England: Southgate insists he is the right man to lead the Three Lions to Qatar, and he retains the support of the English Football Association. Still, even if he did not it would surely be too late for a change with less than two months until England kick off their World Cup campaign. Usually, a dead rubber in a lower-stakes tournament such as the Nations League would afford opportunities to give fringe players such as Ivan Toney and Fikayo Tomori a chance to earn their place in Qatar. How can he do so when there are so many questions over what would constitute his strongest XI?
Germany: Hansi Flick’s team are hardly the belle of the European ball either; Hungary won 1-0 in Leipzig on Friday to inflict a first national team defeat on the former Bayern Munich boss, who has also won just one of his last six games. Adam Szalai’s stunning flick off a corner might have been a surprising way to concede but Flick acknowledged that the real issues were at the other end of the pitch, where Germany turned 72 percent possession into just three shots on target.