Loftus-Cheek Shines in England Draw

By Three Lions
Last updated : 11 November 2017

Despite the lack of goals, the game was a clear step up in quality and entertainment from the recent qualifiers.

That was down to the presence of an opposition team who did not come to Wembley to sit back and contain but also because of the youthful presence in Gareth Southgate's team which provided a genuine threat to the Germans.

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek, in particular, looked unfazed by his presence on such a stage and also remained calm in his after-match comments.

He said: "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."

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the other debutant to earn plenty of plaudits as he prevented the visitors taking a first-half lead as they controlled the early parts of the game.

England found their shape, however, and maintained it throughout the remainder of the 90 minutes, creating clear-cut chances of their own to earn a morale-boosting victory.

"There will be harder tests as the likes of Germany will have another gear to go to," warned Southgate afterwards.

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