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How Germany's players rated against England

Leroy Sane carried his club form onto the international stage, while Marcel Halstenberg made a strong first impression on his international debut. Timo Werner and Julian Draxler disappointed up front.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen — 7

While Germany survived some nervy moments, ter Stegen didn't have to make a single save in the first half. However, the Barcelona shot-stopper was at his best when called upon, denying Jamie Vardy's close-range header with a world class reflex save – his only stop of note in the entire game.

Matthias Ginter – 6

Ginter was forced to come to his side's rescue on a couple of occasions, but in resorting to panicky defending, also seemed the least assured of Germany's three-man backline on and off the ball. Not a good enough performance to move up the pecking order.

Mats Hummels – 7

Captaining his national team for the first time in his career, Hummels put in a captain's performance without producing his most electrifying outing at the heart of Germany's defence. Came to his side's rescue with a last-ditch clearance on the hour mark and was the clear winner of the three centre-backs. 

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Antonio Rüdiger – 6

Had to rely on his pace to recover position with Tammy Abraham and Jamie Vardy looking to get in behind. If Löw is thinking of using a three-man backline in Russia, you have to wonder whether Rüdiger has done enough tomove ahead of Niklas Süle in the race to line-up alongside Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Joachim Löw looks on from the sidelines as Germany take on England (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Charisius)

Joachim Löw didn't see any goals, but has plenty to consider after the game against England

Joshua Kimmich – 6

The in-form Bayern youngster coped well with the threat posed by Danny Rose, but did find himself caught up field with England threatening on the counter too often. While he got into advanced positions well, his end product wasn't as on point as it has been of late.

Ilkay Gündogan – 8

Making his first appearance for Die Nationalmannschaft in 360 days, Gündogan displayed the qualities that, when fit, make him an irreplaceable member of this squad. Able to break up the play at one end and link it up at the other, it was great to see him back in a Germany shirt.

Mesut Özil – 7

Özil was calm in possession as he pulled the strings in typically graceful fashion. However, with Germany's impetus often coming down the wings and England sitting deep, the Arsenal playmaker wasn't at his influential peak against England and was outshone by midfield partner Gündogan.

Marcel Halstenberg – 7

Löw doesn't have a wealth of options at left-back beyond first-choice Jonas Hector and Halstenberg made a strong case for himself on his debut. He'll need to get a few more games under his belt to be in real contention, but the Leipzig man made a good first impression.

Julian Draxler – 4

Draxler struggled to make an impact on the game, proved wasteful in possession too often and added little value to Germany's most promising moments in the final third. The most anonymous of the three-man frontline.

Timo Werner – 4

After coming off worse in a collision with Jordan Pickford inside two minutes, Werner struggled to bounce back and was twice denied by the England keeper in one-on-one situations. The service was there, but Werner appeared to lack confidence at the crucial moments before coming off for Wagner.

Leroy Sane – 8

The Manchester City winger was Germany's biggest threat throughout the game, crashing an effort off the bar before having an shot cleared off the line by Phil Jones. Germany have been crying out for a player of his dynamism and quality on the right wing and, based on current form for club and country, he could even push for a place in Löw's starting line-up.

Substitutes:

Emre Can – 6

Came on after the hour mark to bolster Germany's midfield, which gave Özil more creative license in the final third. Can also fired wide with his only sight of goal.

Sandro Wagner – 6

Was given just over quarter of an hour to impress off the bench and, while he held up play well when required to, barely got a sniff at goal in the closing stages of the game.

Sebastian Rudy – N/A

Replaced Ilkay Gündogan with less than five minutes left to play.

Julian Brandt – N/A

Replaced Leroy Sané with less than five minutes left to play.

 

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