Manager Roy Hodgson toasts his players after England rally from two goals down to win 3-2 against Germany in their international friendly encounter
Berlin: Roy Hodgson may have enjoyed his best night as England manager in Saturday’s thrilling victory over Germany but he admits he will now work to keep his players’ feet on the ground.
England’s Eric Dier celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during their international friendly match against Germany at Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
The Three Lions came from two goals down to secure a memorable 3-2 victory in Berlin’s Olympiastadion as Eric Dier headed in a last-minute winner after Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy got the visitors back into the contest.
Hodgson had named an inexperienced side with just 161 senior caps between them and, despite playing well in the main, they looked set to lose to the world champions after Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez goals put Germany in control.
Kane’s smart finish
But, instead of letting their heads drop, England rallied and Kane pulled one back with a smart finish on the hour — before Vardy broke his England duck with a well-taken front-post flick.
And that was not to be the end of the drama as Dier headed in Jordan Henderson’s corner in stoppage time for his maiden international goal.
"You always hope your best night’s ahead of you. I’m rather hoping there’ll be one of them ahead of me. But best night so far? Yes, why not. I’ll give you that one.
"It’s important for us to remain humble in these moments. We’ve got a long way to go before we can claim to be like the Germans. But it was a great performance.
"It was good to see the players play their way back into the game. It showed character, but also a lot of quality in terms of our passing, poise and movement.
"I’m so pleased for the players and that we have carried on from where we left off against France in such a wonderful iconic arena against the world champions."