Jersey swap: Raheem Sterling
Manchester City’s winger was arguably the best player on the pitch tonight, and he was surely the best England player today, alongside Harry Maguire. Sterling scored a brilliant team goal for the Brits, which he started.
Der Kaiser: Mats Hummels
Former Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels had a decent night for Germany and was probably one of the best German players on the pitch. He made tons of well-timed tackles and his most notable moment was when he cleared the ball in front of Sterling at the end of the first half. All in all, a solid performance from Borussia Dortmund’s defender. Hummels proved why Joachim Low recalled him into the national team.
Fußballgott: Toni Kroos
It was hard choosing the best midfielder, as Germany’s midfield was practically nonexistent throughout the match. Germany played well and organized throughout the first half but then fell apart in the second half. And the Brits capitalized. The former Bayern Munich player was composed throughout the match and tried to provide his teammates’ good passes, but it was hard to move forward for Germany because the opposition was so condensed on the center of the pitch, and Joachim Low couldn’t find a solution. In the end, Toni Kroos couldn’t help Germany win the match, and was just above mediocre tonight.
Der Bomber: Kai Havertz
Although Kai Havertz didn’t play a great match, he was one of the best providers for Germany tonight. When Germany’s midfield wasn’t well, Havertz dropped back to help build up a lot of attacks. Germany’s best chances came from Havertz — both Timo Werner’s misses, a great ball for Thomas Muller, and his incredible volley shot. I think Low doesn’t know how to use him properly he doesn’t have the speed nor physique to fight a 5-6 player defense. And on top of that, he’s not a natural winger. And now, Low’s costly mistakes and stubbornness have cost Germany an early exit from the EUROs.
Meister of the Match: Nobody
Not a single player deserved this award, which is very disappointing. I really can’t blame the players for underperforming, when Low’s strategical plan failed miserably — not just tonight, but time and time again, beginning from the 2018 World Cup. With a bitter taste in my mouth, I can happily say that I’m finally looking forward to watching Germany’s national team games in the future. No more Low’s questionable decisions, only brilliant flicky-flacka!