Legends roll back the years with goals galore
To date, both sides are debating whether George Hurst’s effort had ever crossed the line to help England to their first and only major trophy so far.
It was perhaps fate then that Saturday’s match saw a little controversy with England’s last goal awarded to Emile Heskey, although video replays showed Jens Nowotny putting the ball into his own net in the 55th minute.
Heskey still claimed he got a touch in for the goal nonetheless, but all that mattered was the win.
“The result was probably the best thing, it was humid out there and difficult at times but I hope we entertained you all,” Heskey told reporters.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to beat the Germans, great opposition.”
Goal or not, Heskey’s contribution was clear for all to see as he posed a constant danger to Germany.
His shot in the first minute was cleared off the line before Teddy Sheringham smashed the follow-up against the post. Darren Anderton then got onto the end of a cross to head in the opener.
In the 28th minute, Heskey cleverly laid the ball on for Sheringham to hit home.
After Germany had fought back from two goals down through Fredi Bobic’s brace, Heskey once again helped England to take the lead.
Forcing the goalkeeper into a save, the ball fell for Steve McManaman to pick Sheringham out and the latter duly stabbed home England’s third goal.
Despite the defeat, Bobic was just happy to play football once again with familiar foes and he gave England credit for playing good football.
“It was a good game and everybody had a little bit of of fun, it was a nice fight to get back to 2-2.”
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