EURO 2020: England v Germany


Gareth Southgate may wish he gave Wolves star Kilman an England chance

England last night played their final game before the World Cup finals in Qatar – as Wolves star Maximilian Kilman dined out in Paris.

The Three Lions took on Germany at Wembley in their final Nations League game, and played out a 3-3 draw.

Germany were 2-0 up after second-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz.

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But Gareth Southgate’s side rallied impressively, turning the game completely on its head through Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane.

But Havertz grabbed a late equaliser after a mistake by Nick Pope in goal.

It was a thrilling game, but one that has led to a lot of criticism in the aftermath.

Mainly, people are not happy with the way England started. It was largely another insipid display that lacked ingenuity.

But England were much better once they were 2-0 down and the shackles were released.

One of the biggest talking points from the game was Harry Maguire, who made errors for the first two Germany goals.

The Manchester United captain gave away a penalty after a clumsy challenge on Jamal Musiala. He then lost the ball deep in the opposition half, with Germany breaking away to score through Havertz.

The struggles of Maguire are clear to see right now, but the 29-year-old seems to have the full backing of Southgate.

But one wonders if the England manager might have some regrets about not at least giving Wolves star Kilman a chance during this international break. If he doesn’t, he should.

Kilman has, once again, been one of Wolves’ best players in 2022/23.

Prior to the game with Manchester City he had barely put a foot wrong for Wanderers. Perhaps his defending against Erling Haaland is what cost him a call-up.

If it did, then that is a huge shame. Especially when the manager has overlooked many an error from Maguire at club level.

Gareth Southgate will surely be wishing he at least gave Kilman a chance for England

Southgate has been extremely loyal to Maguire, with that loyalty based off his past performances for his country.

But last night he really struggled.

Many have argued he didn’t really deserve his place in this latest squad given his lack of form at club level. And it’s hard to disagree.

Kilman has been excellent for Wolves and should have been picked. He’s been brilliant for the most part for months now, with Conor Coady branding him ‘incredible’ last November.

It doesn’t make any sense how he has been overlooked. The star is physically solid and fantastic on the ball. He also brings the ball out of defence superbly well – perhaps better than any other the current England centre-backs.

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What’s more, he has proven himself capable of playing in a back three or a back four. And he’s comfortable on the left and the right. It doesn’t matter to him, the level of performance is high regardless.

It’s practically certain now that Kilman won’t go to Qatar. And it’s a travesty that he didn’t get one single chance leading up to the tournament from Southgate.