Gareth Southgate 'Encouraged' by Young England Side's Display in Germany Draw

Posted November 12, 2017

Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan from Chelsea for the season, was handed his England debut by Gareth Southgate in Friday night's 0-0 draw against Germany.

Eric Dier will be the captain of the Three Lions and debut caps could await a host of players, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford and Tammy Abraham.

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.

Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on playing for England at next summer's World Cup.

England supporters must have been dreading the prospect of facing Germany on Friday after seven key players including Harry Kane and Dele Alli pulled out of the squad.

"I think we did well".

"I'm really not surprised because of what I saw before those boys came in and what I've seen in training".

Every England fan knows from watching Wright as a pundit; there are not many more men passionate about England's national team than him.

"At times it was hard for them to press us because of the composure we showed and the system we played, so I think it was a brilliant experience for our players".

"If we'd won it would have been better, but it was a tough game, and a good game from me to learn from".

"He's certainly made really important saves tonight and of course with his feet, he gives the team a different dimension as well".

The 21-year-old midfielders improve midfield options that Southgate was bemoaning just months ago.

"It was a brilliant experience for our players and we've now got to see if we can try and replicate that against a side who rested a lot of their players today on Tuesday".

England: Butland; Jones, Stones, Maguire, Walker, Bertrand; Dier, Loftus-Cheek; Rashford, Lingard, Vardy. He will gain huge confidence from his display.