Against their biggest rival, Germany, and needing a win in FIFA World Cup qualifying, England defeated Germany 5-1 in Munich on this day in soccer history in 2001. It was only the second FIFA World Cup qualifying home loss for Germany ever.
Michael Owen knocked in a hat-trick to lead the way for the Three Lions with Steven Gerrard and the unlikely Emile Heskey finished off the scoring.
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The result could not have been predicted early in the match with the Die Mannschaft taking a seventh minute lead through Carsten Jancker.
Sven Goran Eriksson , who was managing in his first really big match for England was surprised by the result saying, "I can't believe that we can beat Germany 5-1 away, it seems like a dream, it's unbelievable. I said to the players: 'I don't know what to say to you.' I told the players before the game, if you play football as you can play we can beat any team, even Germany away but I can't believe it was 5-1."
Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer was equally impressed.
"I have never seen a better England team and I have never seen an England team playing better football," he said. "They had pace, aggression, movement and skill. It was fantasy football with England on a high."
Germany: Kahn, Worns (Asamoah 46), Bohme, Linke, Nowotny, Hamann, Rehmer, Ballack, Jancker, Deisler, Neuville. Substitutes: Lehmann, Bierhoff, Kehl, Baumann, Ziege, Klose.
England: Seaman, G Neville, A Cole, Gerrard (Hargreaves 77), Ferdinand, Campbell, Beckham, Scholes (Carragher 82), Heskey, Owen, Barmby (McManaman 65).
Substitutes: Southgate, Martyn,Fowler, Andy Cole.
Referee: P Collina (Italy).
1897 – Andy Kennedy, Irish footballer (d. 1963)
1962 – Ruud Gullit, Dutch footballer
1962 – Tony Cascarino, Irish footballer
1969 – Henning Berg, Norwegian footballer
1971 – Joe Enochs, American soccer player
1976 – Sebastián Rozental, Chilean footballer
1977 – David Albelda, Spanish footballer
1978 – Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
1979 – James O'Connor, Irish footballer
1980 – Chris Riggott, English footballer
1980 – Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
1983 – José Antonio Reyes, Spanish footballer