‘You had the guts WE needed’: German papers heap praise on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions after England knocked rivals out of Euro 2020 at Wembley to end Joachim Low’s ‘great era’ in charge
England’s players ‘had the guts’ required to progress at Euro 2020, according to Germany’s newspapers as they reacted to defeat at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions roared to victory at their national stadium with goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane securing passage to the quarter-finals.
It brought an end to Joachim Low’s 15-year spell in charge of Germany and while the country’s front pages focused on his ‘great era’, there was also praise for England’s composed performance.
Germany’s front pages on Wednesday reacted to their Euro 2020 defeat to England which brought an end to manager Joachim Low’s time in charge after 15 years leading the team
Hamburger Morgenpost paid ‘huge respect’ to Low despite bowing out against England
‘Dear Englishmen,’ a front page editorial by German newspaper Express began, ‘you have brought yourselves a deserved victory against us at Wembley Stadium and ended Joachim Low’s great era.
‘You had the guts that we needed. Good luck for the rest of the European Championship!’
Die Welt went for a sobering single image of Kane scoring past a sprawling Manuel Neuer with the headline: ‘K.O. at Wembley’.
Suddeutsche Zeitung ran a photo of Thomas Muller consoling an emotional Joshua Kimmich at the final whistle.
Defeat was the dominant story on the front pages with player and fan dejection central
Die Welt ran a sobering front page image of Harry Kane scoring past Manuel Neuer for the ‘KO’
It was a bitterly disappointing defeat for Germany but Hamburger Morgenpost chose to focus on Low and his legacy for the national team.
‘Huge respect!’ their cover headline read.
‘Jogi Löw’s era ends with 0:2 against England. The world champion coach from Baden was incredibly successful and always a fair sportsman.
‘The fact that it’s over now is nevertheless a good thing.’
Hansi Flick, formerly of Bayern Munich and also one of Low’s previous assistant bosses, is taking over.
Asked about his tenure ending in such disappointing circumstances, Low told a post-match press conference: ‘In these 15 years there were a lot of positive things, I participated at our home World Cup in 2006 (as assistant coach), we developed further, we won the title in 2014 as the highlight, then Confederations Cup in 2017 with a young team.
Germany lost 2-0 to the Three Lions thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Kane
Low bowed out as Germany boss after 15 years with a Euro 2020 loss to England at Wembley
‘There are very strong bonds that have been made, since 2018 we have had some problems – there were difficult spells.
‘What remains is a lot of moments with a lot of people and the victories, some defeats as well, I have learned lessons.
‘Disappointment is present, it will stay for a while, this is clear, you don’t forget about it immediately, you will need certain time but I am sure that there are a lot of positive things that I can take out of these 15 years.
‘I want to thank the players who gave their best, the players who are not with us anymore.’