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England v Germany: A nation celebrates - BLITZED; England 5 Germany 1.

ENGLAND'S soccer Lions devastated Germany with a stunning 5-1 win in their crucial World Cup qualifier last night.

Michael Owen brought back echoes of 1966 with a hat-trick, completed in the 66th minute.

Delighted Owen said later: "You can dream of it but you can't believe that it has come true. To come away from any team nowadays and win 5-1 is unbelievable. It's great on a personal note to score a hat-trick but I don't want to take all the glory."

Goals from Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey completed a night of joy for the millions of English fans - and a night of misery for the Germans.

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson said: "I always said and I always believed that we could beat Germany. But I couldn't believe we would do it 5-1."

The victory was England's first in a World Cup qualifier on German soil and their first win in Germany since 1965. It puts them on course to qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Japan.

Thousands of dejected Germans headed for the exits at Munich's Olympic stadium when Heskey netted England's fifth in the 74th minute.

Then as the final whistle blew, hordes of chanting England fans took to the streets for a night of wild celebrations to set the seal on the historic triumph.

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KOP THAT: England captain David Beckham hugs Liverpool star Michael Owen in delight after the second of Owen's three goals last night
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2001
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