Michael Owen made a hat-trick when England took revenge against fierce rivals Germany with a 5-1 victory in Munich.
Germany only lost one World Cup qualifier at home and was never defeated in Munich until Sven Goran-Eriksson’s team deleted the record.
Despite the scoreline and convincing performance, England found themselves trailing more than five minutes after the match after Carsten Jancker scored at home on his club’s homeland.
But it will end up being a piece of consolation as Liverpool teammates Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard scored in the first half to turn the tie on his head.
Owen then added two more attacks after the break to complete the treble before Red Emile Heskey’s counterpart finished it with a fifth to make Germany bow.
England looked sloppy in the opening exchange and Jancker capitalized on beating Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell to reach Oliver Neuville’s header and pass David Seaman as the opener.
But the lead only lasted five minutes when David Beckham’s teasing cross was cleverly led to Owen by another Liverpool player at Nick Barmby and the striker made no mistake.
Sebastian Deisler then completely lost the ball from six meters and England made them pay when Gerrard slammed an unstoppable shot from 25 meters into the first half.
England exited all firing weapons after the break and immediately struck gold after Heskey nodded another Beckham cross for Owen to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.
And Liverpool’s hero doesn’t need to wait long for his hat-trick when Gerrard sends him over the goal after 66 minutes to release Oliver Kahn into the top corner.
Heskey has been the perfect attack partner for Owen in all matches and finally had his moment in the sun when Paul Scholes found him in the penalty area with 15 minutes left.
The big man withstood the challenge of Marko Rehmer and calmly placed under Kahn who was annoyed to end the score at England’s most memorable match since 1966.
That was a signal for German fans to vacate the stadium but 6000 traveling supporters remained in their seats long after the final whistle for fun at special events.
English: 1 David Seaman, 2 Gary Neville, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 Sol Campbell, 3 Ashley Cole, 7 David Beckham, 4 Steven Gerrard, 8 Paul Scholes 11 Nick Barmby, 10 Michael Owen, 9 Emile Heskey
Substitute: 16 Steve McManaman for Barmby 65, 15 Owen Hargreaves for Gerrard 75, 14 Jamie Carragher for Scholes 83
Substitute not used: 13 Nigel Martyn, 12 Gareth Southgate, 17 Robbie Fowler, 18 Andy Cole
Goals: Owen 12, 48, 66, Gerrard 45 + 4, Heskey 74
German: 1 Oliver Kahn, 2 Christian Worns, 3 Jens Nowotny, 4 Thomas Linke, 7 Marko Rehmer, 6 Dietmar Hamaan, 8 Michael Ballack, 3 Jorg Bohme, 10 Sebastian Diesler, 9 Carsten Jancker, 11 Oliver Neuville
Substitute: 14 Gerland Asamoah for Worns 46, 18 Miroslav Klose for Ballack 67, 15 Sebastian Kehl for Neuville 78
Substitute not used: 12 Jens Lehmann, 13 Oliver Bierhoff, 16 Franck Baumann, 17 Christian Ziege
Aim: Jancker 6