Four things learned from England's comeback against Germany

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Following England's impressive 3-2 victory over Germany for their third-consecutive win on their rivals' soil, manager Roy Hodgson will have come away from the friendly with much to think about in the build up to Euro 2016.

There was cause for optimism even prior to the clash; Dele Alli has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water since moving to Tottenham last summer whilst Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy having been scoring for fun this campaign.

It came as little surprise that the latter pair were on the scoresheet once again, but following the win over Joachim Low's Germany, here are four things Hodgson will have learned from the victory.


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Much like how Spain has long been built of players from Barcelona, the very same link could have been made between England and Tottenham on Saturday night.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders at White Hart Lane this season and done something very few before him have: put his utmost trust in English youth.

And it's paid dividends for Spurs - who are currently second in the Premier League - and the Three Lions, who performed so admirably with Kane, Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier all featuring.

The four linked extremely well together, with Rose often searching for the marauding runs of Kane and Alli down the left-hand side.

The very same can be said for the strong core of Liverpool players, with Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson all starting for Hodgson, the former two particularly playing well.

England's starting XI against Mesut Ozil and co. looked incredibly comfortable playing alongside each other - a welcome sight for Hodgson.


The pressure on 19-year-old Alli's shoulders prior to the clash in Berlin would have been too much to bear for many, yet the Tottenham starlet appeared an exception to this rule and looked confident throughout, pulling off an array of tricks and clever passes.

His calming presence was a sight to behold and will hold a positive influence on his teammates not just for Euro 2016, but future tournaments too.

The former MK Dons midfielder was unfazed by playing against the likes of Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, owed largely to how well he's played in the Premier League this season. 


Perhaps most pleasing for Hodgson would have been the manner in which England responded to falling two goals behind.

Most teams would have reacted dejectedly to conceding twice against the World Cup holders, yet the Three Lions maintained their energy and were duly rewarded.

Following ten wins from ten in Euro 2016 qualification, England are oozing confidence, epitomised by the way in which Kane and Vardy took their goals. There is clear belief amongst the players in their individual ability and quality as a collective unit.


Amongst all the positives to be taken from the Germany win, however, comes the fact Hodgson will want more from Liverpool's Henderson, who is yet to find the net in an England shirt.

The 25-year-old squandered several good opportunities on Saturday night during what was an energetic but average display, placing doubt over whether he deserves a starting spot.

And with Jack Wilshere seemingly guaranteed a spot on the plane to France and Danny Drinkwater performing well domestically, Henderson needs to up his game to secure his place in the starting XI.

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