Nations League

Was Harry Kane offside vs Germany?

Jude Summerfield
Kane scored his 50th England goal against Germany
Kane scored his 50th England goal against Germany / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Harry Kane made history with his penalty in England's 1-1 Nations League draw with Germany.

The Tottenham striker became just the third player in Three Lions history to score 50 goals for their national team - alongside Wayne Rooney and women's forward Ellen White - overtaking Bobby Charlton to go second in the men's standings.

However, there has been some discussion over whether his strike should have counted.


The offside rule in football explained in 2022

A player is in an offside position is:

  • any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and
  • any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent, including the goalkeeper

The hands and arms of the attacking player are not considered in offside decisions as it is illegal to score with these body parts.


Was Harry Kane offside vs Germany?

Substitute Jack Grealish tried to play in Raheem Sterling but Lukas Klostermann attempted to intercept the pass and deflected it towards Kane, who went to ground following a tackle from Nico Schlotterbeck.

Kane was in an offside position before the first pass was played, but the ball was then deliberately played by a Germany defender. That means there cannot be an offside as the phase of play is reset.

A deliberate play is defined by a number of variables, which FIFA list as:

  1. A defender goes to play the ball - conscious action
  2. The defender has time and options
  3. The defender has control of his actions - not the outcome of the action
  4. There is distance and space between the pass and the defender playing the ball

A 'deliberate play' means to deliberately play the ball, as opposed to playing the ball to an opposition player, in this instance Kane. The England captain went down from Schlotterbeck's tackle and the video assistant referee advised the referee that Kane had been clipped.

Kane converted the penalty to earn England their first point of the 2022/23 Nations League.


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