Kane’s 50th England goal saves draw with Germany


MUNICH, Germany, June 7 — England captain Harry Kane scored his 50th international goal on Tuesday when he converted a late penalty in Munich in a 1-1 Nations League draw with Germany.

Germany broke the deadlock when Jonas Hofmann sent the hosts past the Allianz Arena, but Kane equalized with two minutes remaining.

German defender Nico Schlotterbeck fell on Kane in the box and the penalty was awarded after a VAR review.

The Tottenham striker has moved up to second place on England’s all-time top scorers list, overtaking Bobby Charlton’s tally of 49.

“It’s a really nice feeling,” Kane told Channel Four.

“I had a few early chances and thought it might be one of those days.”

“It’s good to have the goal and it’s just a shame we didn’t get it in the end,” added Kane, who was previously denied by a superb save from Manuel Neuer.

Gareth Southgate’s side remain bottom of Group A3 after losing 1-0 to Hungary in Budapest last Saturday.

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Germany, who visit Hungary on Saturday, are a point above them in third, with German coach Hansi Flick extending his unbeaten streak to 11 games dating back to September.

“It’s bitter to concede the equalizer – extremely stupid,” Hofmann told ZDF. “But we created good chances and it was a decent performance.”

Germany, playing for their women’s national team, broke through the England defense twice in the first half without reward.

Thomas Mueller kicked the ball past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but the whistle had already gone after an injury to Kalvin Phillips, who was replaced by Jude Bellingham.

Hofmann then broke free and fired past Pickford, but after a VAR check the effort was ruled offside.

Neuer, who captained Germany for the 54th time to overtake 2014 World Cup-winning skipper Philipp Lahm, made a reflex save to prevent Bukayo Saka.

England struggled to get the ball into the box, especially in the first half when Kane was tightly controlled by the German defence.

Germany were finally rewarded for their pressing early in the second half.

Joshua Kimmich split the defense with a pass through the feet of Hofmann, who drilled a shot that Pickford could only get a glove from.

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Only a fine save from Pickford prevented Mueller from scoring his 114th international appearance with a goal.

Neuer again came to Germany’s rescue with another excellent save from Kane’s close-range effort.

However, there’s no denying that the England captain sent Neuer the wrong way.

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