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Germany v England 1930

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It was 1930 before England fielded a full international side against Germany. Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a German national team, there were five unofficial international matches between  teams representing the 2 nations  (the English  sides won all 5 with an aggregate of 52-4) . Between 1908 and 1913 the England Amateur XI had played Germany  4 times (3 wins, 1 draw , for 19, against 3) By 1930 however, the British were beginning to acknowledge the advances made by continental sides and were prepared to meet them on an equal footing, a fact borne out by The Football Association selection committee's decision to field the XI that had beaten Scotland in April for the friendlies against Germany and Austria. 
In the days leading up to this match the German media took the stance  that Germany would not capitulate to the English, and that if they approached the match with self belief that they could win.  
The match was played at Berlin's Grunewaldstadion (Deutsches Stadion) watched by a crowd of 50,000. Germany played in red jerseys and England wore their usual white. 

Germany
England
Willibald Kreß
Rot-Weiß Frankfurt

G
Harry Hibbs
Birmingham

Franz Schütz
Eintracht Frankfurt

RB
Roy Goodall
Huddersfield Town

Hans Stubb
Eintracht Frankfurt

LB
Ernie Blenkinsop
Sheffield Wednesday

Conny Heidkamp
Bayern Munich

RH
Alf Strange
Sheffield Wednesday

Ludwig Leinberger
SpVgg.Fürth

CH
Maurice Webster
Middlesbrough

Hugo Mantel
Eintracht Frankfurt

LH
Billy Marsden
Sheffield Wednesday

Josef Bergmaier
Bayern Munich

OR
Sammy Crooks
Derby County

Josef Pöttinger
Bayern Munich

IR
David Jack
Arsenal

Ernst Kuzorra
Schalke 04

CF
Vic Watson
West Ham United

Richard Hofmann
Dresdner SC

IL
Joe Bradford
Birmingham

Ludwig Hofmann
Bayern Munich

OL
Ellis Rimmer
Sheffield Wednesday



Joe Bradford gave England the lead in the 11th minute. Richard Hofmann leveled 10 minutes later, only for Bradford to restore England's lead after 25 minutes. 
Marsden suffered concussion, and did not come out for the second half.  With England reduced to 10 men Hofmann netted twice (49th and 60th minutes) to complete his hat trick. David Jack headed the equaliser 8 minutes from time. 


Hofmann
Hofmann was a prolific scorer: 24 goals in 25 Internationals. In September 1930 he surpassed Gottfried Fuchs' record (15). The hat trick against England was his third. He scored 5 international hat tricks in successive seasons (1928-32).

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