Monday night saw England clash with Germany in their final Nations league match.
Southgate’s side put on a spectacle against the Germans but were only able to take a point away after a six-goal thriller.
Here are five things we can take away from England’s performance…
1) Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka could be the creative difference Southgate needed:
The introduction of Mount and Saka in the 66th minute gave a breath of fresh air to an England side that struggled to show promise in the final third.
Mount and Saka combined to secure a quick comeback that brought the game back to 2-2.
The effect of Mount and Sterling could be the game changer that Southgate will keep in mind for when Qatar comes round in the winter.
2) Jude Bellingham dictated the game:
Bellingham’s creativity and confidence in the centre of the park opened Germany up and provided England with the chances that they’ve been craving throughout the Nations League tournament.
Playing a more box-to-box role, Bellingham made pivotal interceptions but was also important in the attack. The icing on the cake was his bravery to challenge for a 50/50, which resorted in England winning a penalty.
Bellingham’s performance tonight could bump him up in the pecking order and cement his place in the starting XI for Qatar.
3) England’s defence still needs a lot of work:
Although there were improvements in attack, there’s still a lot to do in defence as it is inexcusable to concede three goals at home.
A needless clumsy tackle in the box from Harry Maguire handed Germany the lead from the penalty spot.
Also, the injury of John Stones, depending on the severity, could make Southgate mix up his selection for Qatar.
Even though the performance was promising, the backline isn’t at the standard that it was in Euros.
4) Attacking statistics look promising:
England’s inability to create chances over the campaign has been the main worry for fans witnessing the team play. Even though they have been dominating possession, possession doesn’t win you games.
The stats show that England had three more shots than Germany and recorded double the shots on target than Hans-Dieter Flick’s men.
The counter-attacking style showed in the second half of the game showed a more tenacious and hungry England side that has been missing this year.
5) Kane’s ice-cold penalty could be the moment he needed:
A great piece of bravery from Bellingham granted the chance for England to equalise against Germany.
Harry Kane stepped up and hit it with ferocity into the top corner, leaving Ter Stegen with no chance in the Germany goal.
The creativity on the wings with the introduction of Saka and Mount gave the England captain a fire to run at defence and adapt his game in parts that the German defence wasn’t expecting.
Kane finished the last World Cup as the top scorer, and it shows that he will be reliable in penalty situations which could be the boost he needs to carry on in Qatar and challenge for a second golden boot.