Here are some of the most iconic moments between arch-rivals England and Germany.
England are looking to bounce back tomorrow night when they take on Germany three days after surprising Hungary defeat in the Nations League.
The Three Lions struggled to impress in Budapest and were eventually beaten by a penalty in the second half, leaving them bottom of the table.
While many fans are uninterested in Nations League fixtures, this week’s clash with Germany will no doubt have a different atmosphere – just like every time the two sides meet.
England vs Germany has a long history and is the keeper of some of international football’s most iconic moments.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game in Munich, we take a look at the six most dramatic moments between England and Germany since 2000.
Shearer breaks hoodoo – June 17, 2000
England finally clinched a competitive win against Germany for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final.
In an otherwise dull game, Alan Shearer’s header just after half-time gave them a 1-0 win at Euro 2000 in Belgium.
The Three Lions moved up to second place in Group A after a disappointing 3-2 defeat by Portugal in the tournament’s opener.
Keegan resigns in final Old Wembley fight – October 7, 2000
Just four months after beating Germany, England found themselves on the losing side again in the last game before the closure of the old Wembley Stadium.
It was the end of an era and Kevin Keegan’s team were desperate to win back-to-back wins against the Germans.
It ended up being a terrible day for England, however, with a Dietmar Hamann free-kick making the difference in the English capital.
Following their World Cup qualifier loss, Keegan famously resigned right after the game – allegedly while he was in the bathroom.
Three Lions Munich Master Class – September 1, 2001
England had a much better performance traveling to Munich for their second World Cup qualifier against Germany.
In what is arguably one of England’s best performances of all time, a hat-trick from Michael Owen and goals from Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey secured a thumping 5-1 victory for Sven-Göran Eriksson’s side – despite Germany only taking the lead after six minutes.
The victory came just three months after the Swede was appointed England manager and he became an instant cult hero after a memorable night in Munich.
However, Rudi Voller’s team had their last laugh when they reached the World Cup final the following year.
Ghost Gate by Frank Lampard – June 27, 2010
Frank Lampard’s “ghost goal” was certainly one of the most dramatic in England’s history, let alone against Germany.
The two sides met in the Round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup, trailing 2-1 in South Africa after 37 minutes.
After Matthew Upson clawed one back from two losses, Lampard hit a powerful shot from outside the box, which was deflected off the bar and went inside.
At least that’s what every England fan thought.
Prior to goal-line technology, however, the goal wasn’t given as it was claimed it never crossed the line – a heartbreaking decision when you look at it.
While the Three Lions were defeated 4-1 thanks to goals from Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Müller (2), there was always the feeling that Germany could have been beaten had Lampard’s goal stood.
England are making a dramatic comeback – March 26, 2016
Although this game was only a friendly, it was certainly one of the most entertaining and made the Three Lions celebrate like it was more than just that.
After a comfortable win over France in the last game, England were hoping for another win in Berlin.
However, Roy Hodgson’s side were 2-0 up after the hour and looked set to be beaten against Germany for the third straight game.
The final 30 minutes looked like a completely different game as Harry Kane pulled one back before Jamie Vardy leveled just 15 minutes from time.
The Three Lions were on the verge of a great comeback until Dele Alli missed out on the possible winner and it looked like they would have to settle for a draw.
That was until Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Eric Dier scored an injury-time header and gave England a brave win over a smug German side.
England reach quarter-finals of Euro 2020 – June 29, 2021
The most recent encounter between the two sides, one that will surely stay in the memory of all English fans, was Gareth Southgate’s side beating Germany 2-0 last year.
Late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, by far the Three Lions’ toughest opponent in the tournament, gave England their first KO win in 55 years and their first win over Germany since 2001.
It certainly wasn’t easy for England and they had a huge bit of luck when Thomas Muller, after a one-on-one win over Jordan Pickford – Guy Mowbray’s legendary ‘England’s nemesis… BUT NOT. THIS. TIME” will be remembered for a long time =- just before Kane struck gold.
In England there was a feeling that a win over Joachim Löw’s side could see them through to the final, and of course they did, with victories over Ukraine and Denmark the following week – less talk of the subsequent loss to Italy better…