‘Insecure, exposed… a worry for the World Cup’ – and the Bayern Munich stars are chief suspects for the blame! German press slam their ‘weak’ team for being ‘poisoned’ by England – and fear for their chances in Qatar
- Germany blew a two-goal lead in their 3-3 draw with England on Monday night
- Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz doubled their lead with under 25 minutes to go
- But England recovered and led 3-2 before a Nick Pope error let Germany back in
- The German press blasted their side for a ‘weak’ performance at Wembley
- They have been left with serious concerns ahead of the upcoming World Cup
Germany failed to win over their national press in Monday’s pulsating 3-3 draw with England at Wembley, where their two-goal collapse left the country’s top publications fearing the worst ahead of the Qatar World Cup.
Hansi Flick’s side rescued a late point against the Three Lions thanks to a blunder from goalkeeper Nick Pope, who cost the hosts what would have been a sensational victory with three minutes remaining in London.
Pope’s error, which Kai Havertz pounced on to net his second of the game, came after England had fought back from two goals down to lead 3-2 on the night in a timely boost for under-fire boss Gareth Southgate.
Germany failed to win over their national press in Monday’s pulsating 3-3 draw with England
Havertz curled the ball home from long range with just under 25 minutes to go following a Ilkay Gundogan penalty to double Germany’s lead, only for Southgate’s introduction of Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka to pay dividends.
Luke Shaw first pulled one back as a revived England cranked up the pressure, before Mount levelled and Kane tucked away a spot-kick with seven minutes remaining.
It was a stunning comeback from Southgate’s men and an unexpected collapse from Germany, whose performance was picked apart by their national press on Tuesday.
They certainly did not impress the German media, with Sport Bild going for the headline: ‘World Cup worries after Wembley madness!’
Thomas Muller and Co let a two-goal lead slip against their old rivals in London on Monday
Hansi Flick’s men were branded ‘weak’ and ‘insecure’ in the German press on Tuesday
Sport Bild ran the headline ‘World Cup worries after Wembley madness!’ on back of the game
The report took aim at Germany’s defensive frailties at Wembley, which gave England a shock route back into the game in the final 20 minutes.
It reads: ‘Reason to worry about the World Cup: The defensive botch about the back four with [David] Raum, [Nico] Schlotterbeck, [Niklas] Süle and [Thilo] Kehrer. Schlotterbeck is responsible for the decisive Kane penalty.’
Sport Bild then add: ‘One thing is clear: there is still a lot of work to be done before the start against Japan.’
Welt’s report, titled ‘England increases German World Cup concerns’, was also critical of Germany’s defensive display on the night.
‘The defensive chain of Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Süle, Nico Schlotterbeck and David Raum acted uncertainly, especially in the second half,’ it says. ‘Before the 1:2, the German defense came too late several times. Before the 2:3, Nico Schlotterbeck was late against Jude Bellingham and conceded a penalty which Kane converted.’
Flick and Co received an even harsher assessment from DW, who claimed Monday’s draw with England exposed ‘the ugly truth’ about their current squad.
Germany’s backline was picked apart most, with Nico Schlotterbeck drawing criticism
Their report reads: ‘For seven weeks, Hansi Flick will sit with the sound of Harry Kane’s penalty hitting the top corner. It was the sound of the curtain being pulled back as the ugly truth of this Germany side was revealed.
‘Thirteen games unbeaten is all well and good, but in the last two competitive games before the World Cup in Qatar Germany’s form has abandoned them.
‘In the end, a draw flattered Germany and when Kane converted from the spot it marked an 11-minute spell in which Germany went from leading 2-0 to deservedly being 3-2 down.’
DW then added: ‘This was supposed to be the game that proved the loss in Leipzig was nothing more than a minor blip, a bad day at the office, and that aspirations to challenge for the World Cup in Qatar were not founded in blind faith.
‘Instead, Germany looked like a vulnerable team that, once hurt, quickly bled out. When Mason Mount scored England’s second just three minutes after their first a third never felt far away.’
German media outlets have been left concerned about their chances at the Qatar World Cup