England vs Germany Football Match Score 26 Sept 2022
England host Germany in the Nations League at Wembley Stadium. Both teams will be playing for pride when they face each other in this final Nations League group stage game as Germany can not qualify for the finals anymore, while England were relegated to League B after losing to Italy on Friday. It has been a disappointing campaign for the Three Lions who sit rock-bottom of the group with just 2 points from 5 games, having scored just 1 goal which came from a penalty against Germany. Gareth Southgate will be looking for a much improved performance here despite the fact that this game has no real significance on the group standings. As for the visitors, they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Hungary to put them out of the race for the finals and will be looking to end the group stages on a high with a win over England at Wembley. The reverse fixture between these two sides in the group stages finished 1-1 with both teams scoring in the 2nd half and with no real pressure on either side this time around, we could be in for an entertaining clash.
For a match that means absolutely nothing in a competitive sense it’s quite remarkable how much feels to be at stake when England face Germany at Wembley on Monday night; especially for the hosts. Gareth Southgate’s claim that the performance in Friday’s 1-0 defeat by Italy, a result which relegated England to the second tier of the Nations League, was “a step in the right direction” has not been well received. The Three Lions are on their worst winless run (five games) for eight and half years and have not scored an open-play goal in 495 minutes. While it cannot be forgotten that when Southgate took charge in 2016 England had not gone beyond the quarter-finals of a men’s major tournament since 1990 and have subsequently reached a World Cup semi-final and European Championship final, it must also be acknowledged that throughout the run to the latter Southgate was accused of being overly conservative in his approach.
With this their final match before their World Cup campaign begins against Iran on November 21, the England boss must surely use it as an opportunity to reinvigorate a team showing no signs of sparking into life and a fanbase who not so long ago truly believed in its team and idolised its manager. Germany are in exactly the same position from a dead-rubber perspective and have not kept clean sheet in any of their last six games, doing so in just one of their previous eight matches. Hansi Flick’s men are far from the goalscoring crisis that has afflicted their opponents however, with their 1-0 home defeat by unlikely group leaders Hungary on Friday the first time they have failed to find the net in the former Bayern Munich head coach’s 14 matches at the helm; England’s 2-0 win in the last 16 of Euro 2020 had been the last time Germany drew a blank. The Three Lions will only be playing for pride in front of their own fans after suffering a dismal relegation from League A Group 3 with last week’s 1-0 loss to Italy.
Giacomo Raspadori struck the second-half winner which condemned England to life in League B for the 2024-25 tournament, and Gareth Southgate’s side are yet to win in the current edition. A host of displeasing feats were matched or broken at San Siro last week, and another piece of unwanted history could be written when Die Mannschaft pay a visit to London. England’s only goal in the 2022-23 Nations League so far came against Monday’s opponents in June, with Harry Kane scoring an 88th-minute spot kick to rescue a 1-1 draw. Since then, the Three Lions have failed to score against Italy on two occasions and Hungary, marking the first time since 2000 that they have gone three games without a goal. Should England fail to find the back of the net on Monday, they will have gone four successive matches without finding the back of the net for just the second time in their history. The only previous such streak came all the way back in 1981, where the Three Lions were pacified against Romania, Brazil, Wales and Scotland between April and May.
Terry McDermott ended England’s barren run that year with a consolation in a 2-1 defeat to Switzerland, and the Three Lions are still waiting for their first non-penalty goal in the Nations League. Only San Marino – the 211th and worst-ranked team in the world – have also failed to score a non-penalty goal in the current Nations League campaign, and the Euro 2020 runners-up are also at risk of going six games without a win for the first time since 1993. Trent Alexander-Arnold in action for Liverpool Manager Southgate signed a new contract with England until 2024 last year, but the 52-year-old accepts that his job will be in jeopardy if the Three Lions perform badly at the World Cup. “I am not foolish – my sole focus at the moment is to get the team right for tomorrow and then we are focusing on a good performance and a good result,” Southgate told reporters ahead of Monday’s game. “But I know ultimately I will be judged on what happens at that World Cup. Contracts are irrelevant in football because managers can have three, four, five-year contracts and you accept that if results are not good enough it is time to go your separate ways.
“Why would I be any different? I am not arrogant enough to think that my contract is going to protect me in any way. I am realistic about that and I will be judged on what we do in Qatar and I am perfectly happy to be judged in that way. History is history and you are judged on the next match and the next tournament. The men’s teams have met 15 times since the reunification of Germany in late 1990, with 12 players scoring for England in those games. Can you name those 12? You have four minutes.