Harry Kane’s late spot-kick secured Gareth Southgate’s side a hard-fought Nations League draw in Germany as the skipper became the second man to score 50 goals for England.
But the second of four Nations League matches in this 11-day slog also looked set to end in defeat after Jonas Hofmann struck for Germany, only for Kane to score a late penalty and ensure a 1-1 draw and move to within three goals of Wayne Rooney's mark.
"I love scoring goals, I have always loved it especially for my country. Whenever I can help the team I am glad to do that," Kane told Channel 4 afterwards.
"It is really important to show the mentality. One-nil behind we showed good character to get back into the game and get a result. We are playing against a very good Germany side. We still have important matches but the World Cup will be here before we know it.
"I had a couple of chances earlier, the first one was over the bar and Manuel Neuer made a good save for the second. We kept going and played our best football in the last half an hour. Good to get the goal and a shame not to nick it at the end."
Molineux matches against Euro 2020 final foes Italy and Hungary follow after a night that ended on a high – and seemed to go without fan trouble inside the Allianz Arena.
The official away section of 3,466 were joined by other England fans dotted around the Allianz Arena, where Germany impressed in the first half.
Thomas Muller and Hofmann saw goals ruled out, while former England Under-21 international Jamal Musiala showed his class
Bukayo Saka twice threatened in stoppage time as England showed flickers of life, but Germany took the lead in the 51st minute when Joshua Kimmich put through Hofmann to all too easily beat Jordan Pickford.
England’s goalkeeper ensured Muller did not extend the hosts’ lead and Neuer shone at the other end, but he would be beaten from the spot in the 88th minute.
Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande pointed to the spot after watching back Nico Schlotterbeck’s challenge on Kane, who kept his cool to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and edge closer to Wayne Rooney record 53-goal haul.
England full-back Kieran Trippier told Sky: "Harry Kane stepped up as always. He is special. I used to play with him for club and country. Fifty goals is incredible. He's a top pro. Great leader.
"Tonight is a positive result. The substitutes made a huge impact. We'll review the game and look forward to the next one."