Second-string England side impress in goalless draw against Germany

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12 November, 2017

The first friendly in the build-up to the World Cup in Russian Federation could have been thrown off kilter by the withdrawal of seven players, yet a youthful Three Lions side took their chances to impress against the reigning world champions.

The England manager also chose not to include experienced players in the squad such as Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, and will have to pick an experimental side against the world champions.

'It could have been better.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has said that he must still improve many aspects of his game, despite impressing as England secured a goalless draw with Germany. I don't think the wider public will be as aware of him, you would have to have followed him very closely, but we believe in him and the others we played.

The worldwide friendly at Wembley on Friday gives an idea of sorts to England manager Gareth Southgate on his team's preparation ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Midfield partner and captain on the night Eric Dier felt a youthful England side had offered a promising glimpse of the future.

"I think we have to be courageous and put some of these boys in because we think they're capable".

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England's next game comes against Brazil on Tuesday, and Loftus-Cheek is bound to be involved again.

Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn have been drafted into the England squad for the first time after Phil Jones became the eighth player to withdraw from Gareth Southgate's group.

"It took him 10 minutes to realise he's OK here".

'I think he needs that confidence because he's capable of anything.

The stand-out performer was Ruben Loftus-Cheek who despite failing to break into the Chelsea first-team, showed he has the quality to compete on the global stage.

'He's got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball.

"If we won it would have been better but I'm really happy", he said.


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