Tottenham's Eric Dier to captain England against Germany

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

England host current FIFA World Champions Germany at Wembley on Friday and Brazil four days later.

But Southgate has always had faith in the youngsters after working so closely with them when he was manager of the Under-21s and he made a big call by naming three debutants.

England has now gone five matches without defeat, while Germany has not lost in 20 games since Euro 2016.

The Everton goalkeeper may have only been able to watch on helplessly as Leroy Sane hit the bar, but he proved the scourge of Timo Werner in a first half that saw Phil Jones limp off through injury. "We're asking them not to just go and play with their hearts and then press in the wrong place but to think about it, and one of the most pleasing things is that this group are responding to that".

"Both teams were very good, played in a very good defensive manner with not many counter-attacks", he said.

England could well have stolen victory with the last kick of the game as Lingard lashed a close-range finish over the crossbar after Harry Maguire had headed substitute Marcus Rashford's free-kick into his path.

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England and Germany remain on 13 wins against each other in worldwide competition, with the other six games ending in stalemates (32 total meetings).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, now on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, is expected to make his senior England debut against the world champions.

Few will expect England to make much of a challenge for the World Cup next summer, but that won't stop us getting excited and fans starting to believe this really could be our year. The Three Lions have already qualified to the finals of the tournament.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is also out, while Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph are further casualties.

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