Thomas Muller’s antics before England vs Germany come back to bite him

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Thomas Muller was left in disbelief after he missed a golden chance to equalise for Germany against England at Wembley – having been full of confidence ahead of kick-off.

The veteran forward, who put England to the sword with two goals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was put through on goal by Kai Havertz after a loose pass from goalscorer Raheem Sterling.

Despite doing enough to evade the recovery runs of Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker, Muller put the ball agonisingly wide of the near post with Jordan Pickford beaten.

While any forward can miss chances, Muller had been in rather confident mood ahead of the fixture, joking about the form of Harry Kane and winking to the cameras as Wembley.

Having been recalled into the squad by outgoing boss Joachim Low alongside Mats Hummels, the tournament did not go to plan for the 31-year-old as he failed to break his Euro duck.

One player who did just that was England skipper Kane, who had listened to criticism over his form following three matches without a goal in the group stages.

Muller, who has won nine consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, has now gone 12 games in the competition without scoring across three separate tournaments.

Before the match, the forward was asked about the form of Kane, and he joked that he wanted to see his poor form continue into the clash at Wembley,

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Muller had said: “As a German player, I wouldn’t really mind if that debate was carried on until Wednesday and if we didn’t concede a goal scored by Harry Kane.

“He is somebody who knows deep down that he possibly has to change his own game a little bit.

“I’m not really sure what is at the root of his problem, I can’t really say why he just hasn’t got into a position to score because there haven’t been any changes, have there, in terms of his technique and in terms of his goalscoring ability?

“So I don’t think he is any way negatively influenced by that.”

Additionally, Muller chose to wink at the cameras as the German team lined up before kick-off, but wasn't able to follow that up with a trademark goal during the encounter.

To make matters worse, Muller fumed with Low after he was brought off as a substitute, but he is likely to continue with the national side as Hansi Flick takes over this summer.

German supporters will now be left wondering what might have been after Muller missed the target under little pressure, with fan parks across Europe left shocked by his failure to score.

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