Germany changed its usual 4-2-3-1 for the popular 3-4-3 at Wembley against England. The performance proved that Joachim Löw’s men need more time to adapt to that system if he intends to stick with it.
The match at times looked very dull from Germany. England used a variation of the 3-4-3 as well, and looked more adapted to this formation. Despite having some bright spots, Germany’s performance was generally dull.
Mats Hummels was surely the man of the match on the Germany team. He did an amazing job when he was called to defence. Hummels made four tackles and ten clearances which were extremely important for the team to maintain its clean sheet. He really showed his experience and put on a captain’s display. The pace of the English forwards at times threatened him but he persevered through it all.
Leroy Sané produced a great first half. He constantly tormented the English with his pace and dribbling ability. The Manchester City man confirmed that he is in great form following a good string of performances in the Premier League. Sané gave it a go at goal several times throughout the match. However, Jordan Pickford denied him the chance to open the scoreline
Mesut Özil looked good in a deeper role and created many chances from there. He offered a decent offensive performance, but had some issues in defence. Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the better part of him numerous times in the midfield.
Antonio Rüdiger turned in a very good display in defence. He provided the muscle to complement Mats Hummels’ elegance in central defence. Antonio came into tackles strong, causing the referee to call him for a foul despite winning the ball. He still managed to keep a level head. He completed two tackles with four clearances, one block and another interception.
Joshua Kimmich and Danny Rose bumped heads on numerous occasions. The fouled each other countless times. Still, Kimmich did not let that get the better off him. He maintained his focus and continues to look like the heir to Phillip Lahm in the team.
Mathias Ginter was rarely called upon in action. Most of England’s attacking came from the left of the pitch. Joshua Kimmich did a good job shielding him off on that side.
Ilkay Gündoğan looked a little off-pace in midfield. He still needs more game time to fully recapture his form after the injury layoffs he’s had. However, Gündoğan still managed to do his job in midfield. The Manchester City man created three chances and at times tried to act as a defensive midfielder when Mesut Özil was being overpowered in his role.
Marc-André ter Stegen was not required that much in goal. England only managed one shot on target that he did save. His passing was decent and he started some of the counter attacks that Germany had.
Timo Werner had a golden opportunity in the first half to send Germany ahead but sent a shot directly at the goalkeeper. Other than that chances wasn’t really involved in the game this could be down to both positioning and also the quality of chances that were created for him.
Julian Draxler did not have the best of games as many times he wasn’t involved in play as he would’ve been required. He tried shifting around positionally but this did not help him that much.
Marcel Halstenberg surely enjoyed having his debut. However, he also had an awful time dealing with Keiran Trippier. Many times the wing back was flanked by the Englishman and his attackers. Halstenberg allowed Trippier to deliver some amazing crosses that threatened those in the box ad nauseam.
Julian Brandt, Emre Can, Sandro Wagner and Sebastian Rudy all came on as substitutes.