Experimental England side hold world champions Germany to draw

Leroy Sane was Germany's dangerman (Adam Davy/Empics)
Leroy Sane was Germany's dangerman (Adam Davy/Empics)

England enjoyed a glimpse of the future at Wembley as a fresh-faced side battled world champions Germany to a draw.

With a host of familiar faces either injured or overlooked, Gareth Southgate dished out five debuts in an experimental team which earned its share of a goalless, but not guileless, friendly.

Germany had the better chances, Leroy Sane was denied by the crossbar and Phil Jones’ brave header, but eye-catching bows from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek meant the Three Lions left with plenty of credit.

It ends goalless at @wembleystadium – solid performance from a young #ThreeLions side, who could've won it with the last kick of the game through @JesseLingard.Now, bring on Brazil! ???? pic.twitter.com/IgnNMwrJ5Q

— England (@England) November 10, 2017

What they said England boss Southgate: “It was an interesting game. It was a bit end-to-end, but I thought we showed real composure with the ball throughout the team. Second half, we were tactically a bit better without the ball and didn’t concede so many chances. Maybe they had another level to go to, but I think everyone knows what we are missing as well. And then I think individually some really top debuts and some really encouraging performances.” Germany coach Joachim Low: “Both teams were very good, played in a very good defensive manner with not many counter-attacks. We had two or three very good attacks in the first half, and the defence was well organised by Mats (Hummels). There weren’t many chances, but we need to switch between attack and defence better and quicker ahead of the World Cup.” Tweet of the match Loftus cheek probing….great debut so far!

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 10, 2017

Star man – Loftus-Cheek The Crystal Palace midfielder took to senior international football like a duck to water. On loan from Chelsea, the 21-year-old stood out at Wembley and just ousted fellow debutant Pickford to the man-of-the-match award. Classy in possession, Loftus-Cheek showed that he is capable not only of playing at this level but also mixing it against some of the most respected international opposition. It will be interesting to see if he is given the chance to build on such a strong showing against Brazil on Tuesday night.

Moment of the match British and German Armed Forces stood #sidebyside at the @England v @DFB_Team_EN pre-match #Remembrance service this evening #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/W1x5Eh99IT

— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) November 10, 2017

The pre-match ceremony to mark the upcoming Memorial Day was always going to be all the more special given the two nations involved in this fixture. The two national anthems were immaculately respected, unlike in the previous meeting in Dortmund, as was the minute’s silence.

Stat of the match ???? @PhilJones4 ???? pic.twitter.com/Id21df7Rpn

— England (@England) November 10, 2017

As proof that this was largely an experimental side from Southgate, Manchester United defender Jones picked up his 24th cap at Wembley and was the most experienced England player on the pitch at kick-off.

Ratings Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany ???? pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX

— England (@England) November 10, 2017

England: Jordan Pickford 8 (out of 10), Phil Jones 7, Harry Maguire 7, John Stones 7, Kieran Trippier 7, Eric Dier 7, Jake Livermore 6, Danny Rose 7, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 8, Jamie Vardy 7, Tammy Abraham 7. Subs: Joe Gomez (for Jones, 25) 7, Marcus Rashford (for Abraham, 60) 6, Ryan Bertrand (for Rose, 71) 6, Kyle Walker (for Trippier, 71) 6, Jack Cork (for Livermore, 86) 6, Jesse Lingard (for Vardy, 86) 6. Germany: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen 7, Matthias Ginter 7, Mats Hummels 7, Antonio Rudiger 7, Joshua Kimmich 7, Ilkay Gundogan 6, Mesut Ozil 6, Marcel Halstenberg 6, Julian Draxler 6, Timo Werner 7, Leroy Sane 7. Subs: Emre Can (for Draxler, 67) 6, Sandro Wagner (for Werner, 73) 6, Sebastian Rudy (for Gundogan, 86) 6, Julian Brandt (for Sane, 86) 6. Who’s up next? Solid debut, @tammyabraham1 ????

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