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England are into the last-16 of Euro 2020 after a battling 2-0 victory over old rivals Germany at Wembley.

The visitors controlled much of the ball in the opening ten minutes, but it was Raheem Sterling who had the first chance, with Manuel Neuer pushing away his shot from distance.

Timo Werner then had a wonderful chance, after he rolled his shot straight at Jordan Pickford when one-on-one.

It was Harry Kane who had the biggest chance of the opening 45 however. The Tottenham striker latched onto a deflected Sterling pass and took the ball round Neuer, only to see Mats Hummels slide in with the goal gaping.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with his third goal of the tournament
(Image: PA)

Germany came out of the half time break the better and Kai Havertz's fizzing shot had to be acrobatically tipped over.

But with 15 minutes to go, England took the lead when Sterling found a yard of space to turn in Luke Shaw's centre for his third of the tournament.

Sterling almost went from hero to villain shortly after however, when Thomas Muller was freed following a loose pass, only for the German talisman to fire wide.

And England made them pay with with five minutes remaining, as he he headed home a perfectly placed Jack Grealish cross.

The Three Lions will now face Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter finals of a tournament that has been blown wide open.

Here are our player ratings:

England (3-4-3)

Pickford: 8

Good strong 8 th minute clearance to deny Werner. Super save in the 47 th minute to deny Havertz snapshot.

Walker: 6

Fourth minute misplaced pass put England in trouble. Too often passed up the chance of a first time cross into the box.

Stones: 9

A real leader at the back. Always first to every ball. Read the game well. Did well to snuff out Werner in the 57 th minute.

Maguire: 7

Missed a great chance with that free header on 26 minutes. Good positioning throughout the match. Booked.

Trippier: 7

Good delivery in the main. Set up that glorious free header for Harry Maguire in the first half.

Phillips: 7

Booked but back to being energetic in the tackle and denying time and space to his opponents.

Rice: 7

Grew after initially struggling against the superior power/quality of Kroos and Goretzka.

Shaw: 7

Terrific, intelligent cross from the left for Sterling to tuck away and send Wembley – and the country – crazy.

Saka: 6

Another willing runner throughout but there were too few of his team-mates on his wavelength.

Sterling: 9

England’s hero. Always our biggest chance of making something happen. Forgive him for that misplaced pass for Muller’s late chance.

Kane: 7

Harry Kane scored England's clinching second goal
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)


Got into the match late but what a time to do it to score the goal that gets him off the mark and back into the nation's hearts.

SUBS:

Grealish for Saka (68) 6

Henderson for Rice (88) N/A

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Germany (3-4-2-1)

Neuer: 6

Fine save from Sterling in the 15 th minute. No chance with either goal though.

Ginter: 6

Initially up to the task of handling Sterling’s trickery but undone late in the game.

Hummels: 7

Superb clearance to stop Kane sweeping the ball home minutes before the end of the first half.

Rudiger: 7

Familiar with our game and equal to the challenge of dealing with fearless Saka.

Kimmich: 7

Always looking to get Shaw running back towards his own goal. Often succeeded.

Kroos: 7

Just so good at spraying the ball around the middle of the park to start the Gewrman attacks.

Goretzka: 7

Had English hearts in mouths early on when he broke free and looked set to score before Rice brought him down.

Gosens: 6

Booked. Marked down as a danger man beforehand but another who didn’t really pose that much of a threat.

Havertz: 7

Had Wembley worried when he unleased that vicious shot minutes after the break. But Pickford was equal to it.

Muller: 6

Too up decent positions but rarely threatened – and will kick himself for missing that glorious late chance.

Werner: 6

Forced a fine save from Pickford on the half hour when he broke free. But replaced in the second half.

SUBS:

Gnabry for Werner (68) 6

Can for Ginter (87)

Sane for Gosens (87)

Musiala for Muller (90)

Ref: Danny Mekkeli

Man of the Match: Stones. Always in charge at the back.