England were denied a sensational win over Germany as the two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Wembley.
Goals from Luke Shaw and Mason Mount, plus Harry Kane’s penalty saw the Three Lions come from 2-0 up to lead their opponents 3-2, with all three strikes coming in the space of 12 minutes in the second half.
But a mistake by Nick Pope allowed Kai Havertz to equalize in the final for both teams before the start of the World Cup.
Earlier, Ilkay Gudogan put the visitors ahead with a penalty after Harry Maguire fouled Jamal Musiala. Havertz made it 2-0 with a nice curling effort.
But England’s incredible character will alleviate some of the questions posed about under-pressure manager Gareth Southgate.
However, that match, which was a rubber dead memory, will forever be remembered for how it kept us all on the edge of our seats.
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There was an impeccably observed minute’s silence in memory of the Queen after a warm rendition of ‘God Save the King’ at Wembley, which witnessed an unforgettable first half.
Pope, in place of the injured Jordan Pickford, looked shaky with the ball at his feet and Gundogan fired a narrow shot after such a wobble, England creating little until the 25th minute.
Shaw – one of two changes from Italy – sent an exquisite through ball to Raheem Sterling, who cleverly clipped two German defenders before heading away with a low shot that Marc-Andre ter Stegen stopped superbly.
An unusually poor reduction from Phil Foden saved Kane from a shot soon after, with the skipper volleying wide from a sharp angle.
The game returned to a more labored pace after that. Leroy Sane saw penalty appeals dismissed and a hamstring injury led to John Stones being replaced by Kyle Walker. The half-time whistle also resulted in a handful of boos from a small number of fans.
Sterling saw shots saved by Ter Stegen either side of half-time, before England were hit with a 52nd-minute backhand.
Maguire’s name had been chanted by England fans after others taunted him before kick-off and the disgraced Manchester United captain kicked Jamal Musiala into the box after the teenager intercepted his pass.
Initially nothing was awarded but a VAR review on the pitchside monitor ended in a penalty which Gundogan converted.
“Football’s Coming Home,” teased the German support as England lost their cool and form, with Niklas Sule and Timo Werner having chances before a superb second from visitors Hansi Flick.
Maguire was tackled in the attacking half and Germany launched a counter which ended with Havertz scoring a superb left-footed curler from 20 yards out.
England looked dead and buried but fought back impressively.
First, Reece James dug in a deep right-footed cross at the far post in the 72nd minute and Shaw managed to fire a shot past Ter Stegen and over the line.
In less than three minutes there was a second as James played inside against Bukayo Saka, who showed some shrewd footwork before laying down for fellow substitute Mount to fire home on the edge of the surface.
Kane saw a deflected shot fly into the side netting as England pushed for a winner at the end of a stint that saw Bellingham writhing in pain after being caught by Schlotterbeck.
Referee Danny Makkelie was advised to go to the monitor and then pointed to the spot, and Kane hammered into the top left corner.
He looked set to be the winner, only for Pope to knock down a long-range shot from Gnabry in the 87th minute, and Havertz tapped it.
A fine save from Ter Stegen prevented Saka from putting the hosts 4-3 up as the clock ran out in the final match before the World Cup.
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