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Terry's header hands England victory

England's makeshift team earned a deserved 2-1 victory against Germany in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The England captain John Terry celebrates after scoring against Germany in a friendly match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Wednesday.
The England captain John Terry celebrates after scoring against Germany in a friendly match at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Wednesday.

Captain John Terry atoned for a costly error to earn England's makeshift team a deserved 2-1 victory against Germany in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The Chelsea defender headed home an 84th-minute free-kick from Stewart Downing to make amends for his mix-up with goalkeeper Scott Carson which had gifted Patrick Helmes an equaliser early in the second half. Matthew Upson had scored his first goal for England to give Fabio Capello's side a half-time lead and they looked assured and composed despite fielding only three first-choice players. Germany's only first-half threat came through the excellent set piece delivery of Bastian Schweinsteiger, with Heiko Westermann sending a powerful header just over. Aside from a good effort from debutant Gabriel Agbonlahor, Shaun Wright-Phillips came close on a couple of occasions and Downing forced an excellent save out of Rene Adler. After the Jens Lehmann era, it seemed somehow fitting Germany should concede to a kamikaze goalkeeping blunder. Adler came to punch Downing's corner with purpose after an Upson effort had been deflected wide, but he missed it completely. Agbonlahor probably should have bundled home. Instead, the ball bounced down off the striker and Upson launched himself at it, prodding his first England goal into an empty net. Wright-Phillips nearly scored in memorable fashion after a mazy run before substitute Darren Bent beat the German offside trap, skipped round replacement keeper Tim Wiese but could not find the empty net. Helmes then drew the hosts level when a mix-up between Terry and Carson, on his first England appearance since his nightmare against Croatia 12 months ago, allowed the German striker to nip in and pass the ball into the empty net. Wright-Phillips then saw his thunderbolt shot crash to safety off a post 11 minutes from time, before Terry rose to nod home the winner. Terry said after the match: "The youngsters can be proud of themselves and I thought Gabby (Gabriel Agbonlahor) did fantastically well and let's hope he keeps that form going for Aston Villa and England. "I think these youngsters who have done so well in Germany have given the manager a difficult problem for the future when he comes to picking his side. "It is also a great way for us to finish the year, top of our World Cup qualifying group and then winning in Germany. We started the year quite slowly but we have now got our confidence back and have also got the fans back on our side. "This was a good performance and it would have been an injustice had we ended up drawing the game. "The conditions with the swirling wind made it difficult to get the ball down in play in the first half but in the second period we played a lot better and deserved the win. "For me personally it's a great feeling to lead the side to victory in Germany, particularly after losing the game with them at Wembley 15 months ago." *PA Sport