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Player ratings for the German national team in their loss to England

Germany had a frustrating loss to England after surrendering a two-goal lead. Several of Germany coach Joachim Löw's squad experiments failed, and the World Champions suffered because of it.

Manuel Neuer – 5

Germany's No. 1 wasn't tested at first, but when he was he ended up fishing three late goals from the back of his net. A few of the goals would have been hard for anyone to save but they are blemishes on his record nonetheless. It is also his job to help organize the defense, and his leadership did not show itself in Germany's play.

Emre Can – 3

Löw has been searching for a replacement for Philipp Lahm for two years, and Can has not helped his coach get closer to that goal. His service dazzled at times, but his basic defensive tendencies did not mesh well with his teammates. Several of his mistakes gave England great chances, and those are not mistakes he can get away with at the Euros.

Antonio Rüdiger – 2

With his physicality and pace, Rüdiger was the experiment Löw seemed set on trying. That experiment did not yield many positive results; he was often in bad positions and had a lot of trouble getting the ball out of danger. Jamie Vardy got the better of him for England's equalizer with a ridiculous back heel, but Rüdiger was having a rough night long before that.

Mats Hummels – 6

He was the best defender to take to the field for Germany, but his performance was still not at some of the heights he has achieved with Dortmund this season. He was one of the more effective players at getting the ball out of the dangers, but he did not handle England's pressure as well as he could have.

Jonas Hector - 6

Germany's defense did not have a good game as a whole, but Jonas Hector was not the main culprit in the unit's miseries. He helped keep the width for Germany in attack, but his service could have been a little better. Adam Lallana, who was playing opposite Hector, had to find other avenues to help England get shots away, a strong endorsement for the up-and-coming defender.

Sami Khedira – 7

The Juventus midfielder was all over the park, and he gave Mario Gomez a real purpose in attack. His major mistake – a bad pass to Jonathan Tah that was picked off by Jamie Vardy late in the game – will be damaging to his overall performance, but the acting captain may have made progress to securing a spot in Löw's team.

Toni Kroos – 8

As the deep-lying playmaker, Kroos started many attacks for Germany in the first half, even if those attacks did not turn into anything. He was able to time the runs of Marco Reus and Mesut Özil to perfection, and his left-footed strike past Jack Butland was as good as they get.

Thomas Müller – 5

Müller is normally a driving force for Germany's attack, but he was not his usual self against England. The Bayern forward did not make any of the bunker-busting runs that tend to allow Germany to score, and did not have the chemistry with Gomez that he used to have.

Mesut Özil – 5

The Premier League playmaker brought his one-touch football with him from England, but it was not as effective with his national team as it has been for Arsenal. He failed to make the most of the space in England's defense, and was unable to play the final balls that make him the world class player he is.

Marco Reus – 7

Reus has struggled with consistency at Dortmund, but he was consistently making good runs against England. With the help of Kroos and Hector, Reus opened up a lot of spaces for Germany with his sprints and his skill. He was not fit for the World Cup, but if he is for the Euros he will be an important part of Löw's team.

Mario Gomez – 8

This was the national team return Löw was probably looking for when he called in Gomez. The Besiktas striker was doing what he does best: roaming the penalty area and getting open for the chances others created for him. His efforts were rewarded with a well-taken goal in the second half, and he is a wild card Löw will keep in his back pocket when the German national team heads to France.


Jonathan Tah – 5

Andre Schürrle – 4

Lukas Podolski – 3

Mario Götze – N/A