Shaw scores in thrilling Wembley draw

Monday 26 September 2022 22:43

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw kickstarted a stunning England comeback that yielded a 3-3 draw and only just failed to secure a famous victory over Germany at Wembley.

The Reds' no.23 vindicated Gareth Southgate's selection to recall him at left wing-back, in place of Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, when he fired through the legs of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to reduce the deficit in the 71st minute, as Niklas Sule's attempt to hook the ball clear proved in vain. 

Until Shaw scored his country's first goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, England looked destined for another UEFA Nations League defeat in their last game before the World Cup finals in Qatar.

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Germany had gone 2-0 up through a stunning 67th-minute shot from Chelsea forward Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gundogan's penalty, which was awarded in the 52nd minute when a VAR check concluded Harry Maguire had fouled the lively Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala.

But shortly after Shaw struck, England were level thanks to a goal from Havertz's club colleague Mason Mount, who had only just come on as a substitute.

The Three Lions went ahead for the first occasion in the match when captain Harry Kane converted a spot-kick in the 83rd minute of a topsy-turvy contest. However, a victory was snatched away three minutes from the end of normal time as Havertz pounced from close range after Nick Pope spilled a shot by Serge Gnabry.

Luke, who laid on a glorious chance for Raheem Sterling in the goalless first half with a beautifully curled left-foot pass, has now netted three times in total for England after 22 games - a decent return for a defender.

His previous international goals came in a friendly win over Switzerland in March this year and, of course, against Italy in the final of a delayed Euro 2020 last summer.

Shaw and his United team-mate Maguire will now return to Carrington and prepare for Sunday's derby against Manchester City. Our hosts have a fresh injury concern following the England game, after centre-back John Stones limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the first period and was replaced by fellow Blues defender Kyle Walker.