‘What a shame that former England players have, for reasons best known to them, such an axe to grind against a player I, for one, feel privileged to have play in my country’s league. No doubt they will continue to put all their energy into attention-seeking diatribes, reliant on outdated images of footballing stereotypes, while Germany continue winning the trophies.’
A wonderful evening all round with Germany impressing on the field, and an exemplary crowd in Stuttgart showing the happy welcoming side of football.
Special mentions must go to star-of-the-future Timo Werner, and Mesut Ozil, both showing that talent will always rise above those who seek to condemn purely for the sake of it.
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Germany now need one point from the remaining two qualifiers to qualify automatically for Russia.