The dream is still alive asgoalsfrom Raheem Sterlingand Harry Kanelifted England to a2-0 win over Germany at a raucous Wembley.
Germany had a host of big chances, but failed to take them andgoals from Sterling and Kane wereenoughto propel England into the quarterfinals of Euro 2020.
Kane’s tournament finally lifted off with his header on 85 minutes, but how did he and his teammates rate?
Pulled off two top-class saves, the first a smothering stop to deny Timo Werner and the second an acrobatic tip over the bar to keep out a thunderbolt from KaiHavertz.
— TW8 Bees (@tw8bees) June 29, 2021
— Andy Miller (@millkong1976) June 29, 2021
Luke Shaw– 7
Looked uncomfortable in the wing-back position in the first half but improved after the break andfound himself in an advanced role on 75 minutes to set up Sterling’s goal.
Was in cruise control for much of the match and barely put a foot wrong. Showed his class with a superb shepherding job tosteerTime Werner away from danger.
Won the physical battle with the Germany forwards, in particular Thomas Muller who was thrown round like a rag doll at times. Did miss abig headedchance.
For someone so good at winning a header, Harry Maguire is so bad at heading
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 29, 2021
A polished display. Time and again he took up excellent positions to snuff out threats from Germany.
Tried to offer anoutleton the right, but did not fully commit to taking the game to the Germany left back.
Picked up a booking for a nasty foul on Toni Kroos, but was an assured presence in front of thedefenceand also showed his passing range.
— Zwelakhe (@Zwelakhe1) June 29, 2021
Picked up an early booking when finding himself out of position, but he did not shirk the issue.
Was a ray of light andrevelledin picking up the ball and running at the Germanydefence, but did fade in the second half.
— Kimani (@kicophony) June 29, 2021
Raheem Sterling– 8
Was a thorn in the side of the Germanydefence. Was happy to turn and run at the opposition, forced a fine save out of Manuel Neuerand was in the right place at the right time to turn home Luke Shaw’s cross.Did breathe a sigh of relief when gifting Germany possession, only forThomasMuller to shoot wide.
Harry Kane– 6
Struggled to get in the game andpassedup a big chance in the first half, but his tournament kicked off with his headed goal from a Jack Grealish cross.
Never. In. Doubt. pic.twitter.com/NtIgASbmfm
— England (@England) June 29, 2021
I am just laughing at everyone who has been doubting both Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane on completely baseless reasons. Twitter is getting into your head. Everyone thinks they are fucking managers now when it’s the exact opposite.
— JT (@Jaidev_Tripathy) June 29, 2021