England and Germany sign off with a thriller. Both Football giants play 3-3 stalemate against each other in their last Nations League match.

England will head to the World Cup on the back of a six-match winless sequence but with at least some pride and confidence restored after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Germany in the Nations League on Monday.

Gareth Southgate's listless side trailed 2-0 to IIkay's Gundogan's penalty and a superb effort by Kai Havertz with less than 20 minutes remaining and boos beginning to resound at Wembley in their final Group A3 match.

But they responded in thrilling fashion with goals by Luke Shaw and Mason Mount in the space of four minutes drawing them level.

England's first goals from open play in five and a half competitive matches.

Harry Kane's 83rd minute penalty than appeared to have given Southgate's side a morale boosting victory.

But four-time world champions Germany, themselves in a poor run of form heading to Qatar, salvaged a point as Havertz capitalised on a goalkeeping error by Nick Pope in the 87th.

Substitute Bukayo Saka almost won it for England late on as the fans were left scratching their heads at why the hosts had taken so long to play with any freedom.

England finished bottom of the group with three points behind Germany on seven. Hungary with 10 and Italy, who topped the group on 11 points to reach the Nations League final four.

It is more than 100 years since England last went six competitive games winless but they at least changed the narrative with a stirring fightback against Germany.

'' The boys have been under pressure with recent results and we all came out here with a point prove,'' Kane said.

'' There are lessons we can still learn from the mistakes we made but but we scored three goals and I feel like this will put us in a positive mindset ahead of of the World Cup.''

Both sides needed a pre-World Cup tonic after poor Nations League campaigns with England suffering the ignominy of relegation after losing 1-0 away to Italy last Friday, the same night Germany lost by the same score line at home to Hungary.

The last time the two heavy weights met at Wembley, in the Euro 2020 finals, England won 2-0 and were riding a wave of euphoria. But the mood has turned sour mainly because of a woeful lack of goals. - Kane's late penalty in Germany being only goal in their previous five Nations League games. [Reuters]


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