Rodwell was making his first start for the Under-21s
Jack Rodwell marked his first England Under-21 start with a first-half equaliser as his side finished top of Group B at the European Championships.
Germany had taken an early lead when Gonzalo Castro finished off Jerome Boateng's through ball from 12 yards.
A much-changed England side levelled on the half hour with Rodwell heading home Craig Gardner's inswinging corner.
Richard Stearman went close with a late volley as both sides qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament.
England coach Stuart Pearce made 10 changes with only Adam Johnson remaining from the Spain victory last week.
But despite the number of new faces in the side, England started well and it was against the run of play when they went 1-0 down.
Michael Mancienne, who was returning from suspension having been sent off in the championship opener against Finland, lost his man and Boateng's neat through ball found Castro who coolly slotted home through the legs of Scott Loach from 12 yards.
The goal knocked England's confidence and it took them some time to recover from the early blow.
Their first real chance came after 15 minutes with a slick passing move resulting in Gardner heading Andrew Driver's cross straight at keeper Manuel Neuer.
Germany then survived a penalty claim when Stearman was brought down by Benedikt Howedes.
But England did equalise on the half hour, and it was no more than they deserved.
Gardner's inswinging corner from the left was headed home from close range by the unmarked Rodwell and England were level.
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