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England’s young guns make an impression

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ENGLAND AND Germany played out a 0-0 in Friday night's friendly at Wembley, and all the talk after the final whistle was on the performance of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The 21 year old started in his first senior cap and then starred for his country with a composed midfield performance full of strength, composure and the touch of arrogance too.

All in all, England had five debutants feature against Germany, Jordan Pickford and Tammy Abraham also started, while Joe Gomez and Jack Cork came off the bench. The World Cup winners hit the woodwork when Leroy Sane took aim, then had chances when Timo Werner was denied by Pickford's excellent save, and in the same move, Sane saw his follow up shot headed off the line by Phil Jones, and the. Julian Draxler struck over the bar.

Jones was replaced midway through the first half by Gomez, the Liverpool youngster certainly acquitted himself well in a three man defence. Jake Livermore was another stand out performer, his energetic surges and back tracking will give England options. Gareth Southgate certainly will have a FIFA World Cup 2018 selection headache when he reflects on Loftus-Cheek who was righly awarded the man of the match at Wembley.

“He's got so many attributes, top attributes, and that's why we put him into the team," Southgate said of Loftus-Cheek, going on to say that the on loan Chelsea player at Crystal Palace was " capable of anything."

"We believe in him and believe in the others we played. Despite his size, appearance and the way he plays, he's not hugely confident at times and I think tonight it took him 10 minutes to have a look around him and think 'all right, OK, I can do this'," added the England manager.

The New England star certainly felt comfortable in his new surroundings and playing for a manager he knew from the England U21s.

"If we won it would have been better but I'm really happy," the midfielder said. "It was a really tactical game. It was good for us young players and I certainly learned a lot.

"The manager has said do your best. I had Gareth in charge for nearly three years with the Under-21s and the boys have been great. I've settled in really well and they gave me a platform to go out and play.

"To go to the World Cup - it's a long season and I still have to improve. I have to keep learning and getting better and hopefully there's a chance to get on the plane."

England could have won it at the end, but saw substitute Jesse Lingard hit high over Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's bar, but Southgate will have been pleased to see his inexperienced England line up hold the current World Cup winners and keep a clean sheet too. Next up will be Brazil at Wembley where England will have a different kind of test but one which they will be relishing.

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