By Sam May
Harry Kane has told people to judge Gareth Southgate’s side in Qatar as England signed off their Nations League campaign with a thrilling draw against Germany.
The Three Lions drew 3-3 with Germany on Monday night at Wembley, their final game before the Qatar World Cup in November.
Ilkay Gundogan gave Hansi Flick’s side the lead from the penalty spot and Kai Havertz fired a ferocious shot beyond Nick Pope to put Germany 2-0 up.
Luke Shaw reduced the arrears, his third England goal, before Mason Mount levelled with a stunning effort.
Harry Kane then put England ahead as he fired a penalty past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before Havertz bundled the ball over the line following a Nick Pope mistake.
Kane, who scored goal number 51 in an England shirt on the night, heaped praise on his side, and sent a message to fans ahead of the finals in Qatar.
“I’ve said all along, judge us on major tournaments. We’ve had two good ones where the fans have been incredible and pushed us the whole way,” he told talkSPORT.
“And we’re going to need the same in Qatar, whether that’s the fans travelling or the fans back home giving us motivation.
“You saw tonight they were incredible, giving us motivation. After going 2-0 down there weren’t any boos or jeers, just pure determination.
“Not just the players but everyone inside the stadium can go away proud as well.
“It shows the character in the team. We had a similar situation in the summer and kind of went the other way against Hungary.
“We spoke about not letting that happen again. The lads we have here, we’ve all got great mentalities, we’ve all got great pride wearing the England shirt and I thought you saw that come out in the last half hour.
“The boys who came on did brilliantly, they made a really good impact which is what we’re going to need in tournament football.
“We’ve learned a lot about each other but this will give us some good feelings going into Qatar.”
Gareth Southgate, who was full of praise for his side after the match, echoed Kane’s claims in being delighted with the support the team received.
“I think the result, I don’t know whether to be pleased or disappointed with it,” he told talkSPORT post-match.
“There were so many twists in terms of how the scoring went. I thought the performance in the first half, I thought we were a little bit anxious at the start of the game.
“You could sense the crowd were with us, but a little bit waiting to see how things would go.
“You could feel the stadium explode when the goal went in.
“The crowd were fantastic they stayed with the team, they did not get on their back, they were quiet when we went behind, but did not get on their back.
“The lift they gave us, it showed how connected we are, and it makes a massive difference.”
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