England BEAT the Germans as Sterling and Kane are Three Lions’ heroes

England celebrated a mammoth 2-0 Euro 2020 last-16 victory against Germany after Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane fired Gareth Southgate’s men into the quarter-finals.

By Peter Storey
Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 7:18 pm

After a frenetic start, Declan Rice found himself in the referee’s book with less than eight minutes gone.

The West Ham midfielder fouled Leon Goretzka as he looked to march into the area, earning him a yellow card from Dutch referee Danny Makkelie. The resulting free-kick was thundered into the wall by Kai Havertz.

And it would be England who won the next dangerous free-kick after Antonio Rudiger upended Bukayo Saka, although England could not muster up an effort after the ball was crossed in.

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Raheem Sterling got the crucial opener against Germany

Sterling then forced a fine save out of Germany captain Manuel Neuer with a strike from long range.

Southgate’s men were now creating the better chances but Harry Maguire could only head over the crossbar from a Kieran Trippier cross.

Jordan Pickford was forced into his first meaningful save just after the half-hour as Timo Werner broke into the box but saw his effort smothered by the England keeper.

An entertaining first half came to an end with England almost breaking the deadlock. Sterling burst clear into the box and the ball fell to Kane, whose heavy touch allowed the German backline to recover and clear moments.

Harry Kane after scoring the second goal

Pickford made another fine stop as he tipped a Havertz piledriver over his bar after the break.

Southgate turned to his bench and introduced Grealish in place of Saka with a little under a quarter of the game remaining. England broke the deadlock soon afterwards with Sterling once again the man on target.

He started the move, playing the ball into Kane, who passed out wide to Grealish and he found Luke Shaw, with the full-back’s low cross turned home by Sterling.

Germany should have been level soon afterwards when Sterling presented the ball to Havertz, who passed to Muller, only for the striker man to shoot narrowly wide.

It would be England celebrating again with five minutes left as Kane broke his duck for the tournament with a fine header.

Manchester United full-back Shaw won the ball and burst forward, playing in Grealish, whose cross was headed home by the under-fire Three Lions skipper.