England some success from pressing high up the field in the modern fashion, and they were in unison at the back to step up together and ensure German striker Mario Gomez was offside when he put the ball in the net after 27 minutes. It was a tight call, though.
The ambition of Alli to want to boss the match in midfield against the world champions illustrated why Hodgson was correct to start him. It’s easy to forget he is still a teenager.
He sent another sharp chance over the bar in the 38th minute, but England then rued their inability to capitalise on some fine first half play when they conceded a goal just before half-time.
England had Jack Butland in goal, hoping to make a good impression with the absence through injury of Joe Hart — but he kicked long when there was an option to play it short.
The ball was lost, and Germany swiftly manoeuvred Toni Kroos into a shooting position. He fired home with ruthless ferocity, beating Butland at his near post.