We feature another Harry Kane first as England are scheduled to meet Germany in a friendly match this week. This ‘Connections’ will focus on the previous international encounters outside the finals of major tournaments , these will be covered later in this series. I’ve listed games with East and West Germany separately.
Harry Kane became the first Spurs man to score against Germany in a friendly in March 2016 (top) in Berlin, when Eric Dier scored the injury time winner. Despite games extending back to the 1890’s the first official international meeting was not until May 1930 in Berlin and resulted in a 3-3 draw. The next meeting was the famous match at White Hart Lane which was featured in ‘The German Game,’ (1). After The Lane the first playing connection was in 1938 again in Berlin. Adolf Hitler was expected to attend the game but cancelled at the last moment. Before the game the English side were ‘advised’ to give the Nazi salute. Willie Hall was the first Spur player chosen for this tie but had to withdraw leaving just Bert Sproston who would join us later in the team.
Gary Lineker became the first Spurs player to play against Germany when he led the side in the 1991 meeting, the first since they reunited.
Paul Stewart joined him from the bench.
Right - Gary with Lothar Matthaeus.
Jurgen Klinsmann scored the winner when they met in the USA in 1993.
The latest friendly meeting between the two countries was in March 2017 with Walker, Dier and Dele playing alongside former Lilywhite Jake Livermore. Other Spurs players to feature in these friendly meetings include Christian Ziege (2), Paul Robinson, Sol Campbell, Darren Bent and Andros Townsend.
Friendlies and qualifying games for tournaments with West Germany stretch from 1954 to 1990. The first connection arriving in 1965 when Alf Ramsey managed the national team. Gary Lineker scored when the sides met in 1987, (at the time he was with Barcelona). Other Spurs men who played against West Germany are Cyril Knowles, Martin Chivers, Martin Peters, Gary Mabbutt, Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle.
As for East Germany, England only met them four times. Alf Ramsey was the manager for two of the meetings. The team in 1963 contained Maurice Norman and Bobby Smith as they won 2-1 in Leipzig.The first game at Wembley seven years later saw Peters score as England won with Alan Mullery also playing.
Above Eric Dier scores the winning goal in 2016.
In part 3, which appears later in the season, Spurs and their tussles with Bayern Munich.
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