Thomas Muller reacts with FURY after being substituted at the end of Germany’s Euro 2020 defeat by England… as Bayern Munich star is left to rue golden chance to level scoring after Raheem Sterling’s opener
Thomas Muller had a day to forget as Germany were dumped out of the Euros by England, and he clearly struggled to hide his emotions at the death after being substituted.
England overcame their old rivals Germany 2-0 at Wembley to progress to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, thanks to second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
But things could have been a whole lot different had Muller – who was called back into the international fold by Joachim Low prior to the tournament – equalised for Germany just moments after Sterling put England ahead in the 75th minute.
Thomas Muller couldn’t hide his frustration after being subbed off late on against England
Muller had a day to forget as Germany were dumped out of the Euros by England at Wembley
After Sterling gave the ball away in a dangerous position with England exposed defensively, Kai Havertz played Muller in on goal but the experienced forward dragged his effort agonisingly wide of Jordan Pickford’s post.
Muller was then punished as Kane wrapped up proceedings, and with Germany’s fate sealed, Muller couldn’t contain his anger as he was replaced by wonderkid Jamal Musiala in injury-time at Wembley.
As he trudged along the sidelines after being subbed off, Muller was seen shouting in frustration back towards the pitch – clearly still livid about his missed opportunity and Germany’s imminent exit.
Following the final whistle, former Germany player and manager Jurgen Klinsmann was critical of Muller, who scored twice against England in their 2010 World Cup exit, for missing the chance.
Muller reacts after missing a glorious opportunity to level the scoring against England
Raheem Sterling put England ahead in the 75th minute after slotting home from close range
He said: ‘You wanted it to be Muller.
‘He’s the guy who carried Germany through difficult times. He missed it, he knows he should’ve scored that one.
‘Pickford does really well to stand him up, those little pieces they decide a game.’
If Muller had scored, Germany perhaps would have grabbed the momentum in the dying moments against the Three Lions.
But after Sterling slotted home from close range following Luke Shaw’s low cross, Kane sealed the victory for England by heading home from Jack Grealish’s delivery.
Harry Kane sealed the win for the Three Lions at Wembley with a close-range header