Germany legend impressed by Rooney-less England

Date published: Sunday 27th March 2016 9:38

Wayne Rooney: Missed England's friendly win in Germany

Wayne Rooney: Missed England's friendly win in Germany

Lothar Matthaus was surprised by England’s performance in the absence of Wayne Rooney against Germany in Berlin on Saturday night.

Brilliant finishes from Harry Kane and then substitute Jamie Vardy helped Roy Hodgson’s men level the match after efforts from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez had put the hosts in control.

And Eric Dier powered home a stoppage-time header to cap England’s finest win under Hodgson.

Matthaus was full of praise for England’s display and questioned whether Rooney should get his place in the side back.

The former Germany international said on ITV: “We have to understand the English football today, especially in the second half, was better than the German football and we cannot be angry at this result.

“It’s surprised me completely, especially when you see the team, young players, but players who like to win, who like to give the best for their country.

“I hope the coach saw it too and gives these players now the chance to build a good team for the European Championships and later for the World Cup 2018. This is a team who have a big chance when they play like today to be by the best teams in the world in three years.

“I am a fan of Wayne Rooney, but today we didn’t miss him in the game.”

On Vardy’s impressive finish, the World Cup winner added: “I saw players who break their leg when they do this in my time. This was a brilliant goal.”

Rooney, out through injury, said on Twitter: “What a result well done boys. Great spirit and to come back from 2 down in Germany. buzzing.”

Vardy’s goal, a first-time flick at the near post from Nathaniel Clyne’s right-wing cross, was the first for England by a Leicester player since Gary Lineker in 1985.

Lineker Tweeted: “England are completely and utterly outplaying Germany. A tweet I never thought I’d type.

“Rather like the Premier League this season, England tonight led by Spurs and Leicester.”

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