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England 0-0 Germany

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
Jamie Vardy misses a good chance for England
England are now unbeaten in seven matches at Wembley

Debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek excelled as England's most inexperienced side since 1980 played out an entertaining goalless draw with world champions Germany at Wembley.

Everton goalkeeper Pickford, one of three debutants in the starting XI and five overall, kept his side in contention with two vital first-half saves from Timo Werner, while Loftus-Cheek, on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, also impressed.

England struggled to contain Germany in the first half but grew in confidence as the game progressed and it took a fine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen to keep out Jamie Vardy's second-half header as Gareth Southgate's side pressed.

There was disappointment for Manchester United's Phil Jones, who was an early injury casualty, allowing Liverpool's Joe Gomez to make his debut. Burnley's Jack Cork also won his first cap as a late substitute.

Hart under pressure as Pickford shines

Jordan Pickford makes a save from Germany striker Timo Warner
Jordan Pickford joined Everton from Sunderland for £30m in the summer

Southgate raised eyebrows when he announced Joe Hart remained his first-choice goalkeeper despite a poor spell for his country and an exile from Manchester City that has led to loan spells at Torino and now West Ham United.

The 30-year-old has had a tough time with the Hammers this season - and there is now every chance he will face a serious fight to maintain his England status, despite Southgate's backing.

Southgate had planned to use Stoke's Jack Butland in these friendlies before a broken finger sidelined him - opening the door for Pickford.

And how the 23-year-old took his chance, producing an outstanding display of such confidence and assuredness that he has now surely given Southgate food for thought.

Pickford was alert from the first minute, reacting quickly to clear a poor back-pass from Harry Maguire, then further distinguished himself with fine saves low to his left and right from Werner.

He commanded his area and also gave England an extra dimension with his superb distribution. It was a very good night for Pickford, who looked right at home on the international stage against the World Cup holders.

Loftus-Cheek stakes his claim

'Loftus-Cheek has given Southgate selection dilemma'

England's central midfield has been open to justifiable accusations of a lack of creativity when Eric Dier, captain against Germany, and Jordan Henderson have been paired together.

So, with Liverpool captain Henderson injured, this was a real opportunity for Loftus-Cheek to make his mark and stake a serious claim for consideration for next summer's World Cup in Russia.

And the 21-year-old did his chances no harm with a purposeful and powerful display, mixing subtle touches with surging runs from midfield.

This was only a friendly, of course, so will not be a truly accurate measure of Loftus-Cheek's suitability to play on that elite stage, but the signs were good and Southgate will surely have been impressed.

The midfielder grew in confidence as the game progressed and drew Wembley's approval on several occasions with his strong running and range of passing.

He, like Pickford, can be very pleased with his night's work.

Informative night for Southgate - but disappointment for Jones

Phil Jones after being injured against Germany
Phil Jones was the most experienced member of England's starting XI

The currency of this game may have been devalued by so many England withdrawals and absentees - but there was still plenty for Southgate to draw from the meeting with the world champions.

His experimental side acquitted themselves well, although they were thankful to Pickford and a goal-line clearance from Jones to still be on level terms at the interval.

England's new boys did not look overawed in the shirt and after the deadly dull conclusion to the successful World Cup qualifying campaign, this was a lively game to keep an excellent Wembley crowd of 81,381 entertained. It was certainly not a wasted exercise.

The only blot on England's night was the latest injury to luckless Manchester United defender Jones, who picked up a problem early on and was replaced by Liverpool's Gomez immediately after making a crucial block on the line from Leroy Sane.

Jones had played himself back into England contention after a spell off the scene and Southgate was keen to look at him in the three-man central defensive system he has started to employ.

This is another setback for the 25-year-old - now he and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope it is not a serious one.

Man of the match - Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Loftus-Cheek was at the heart of several of England's best attacking moments, including sending Jamie Vardy clean through during the first half

What they said

England manager Gareth Southgate told ITV: "In the first half we needed a couple of really goods saves from Jordan Pickford - we caused our own problems with a couple of those. But we posed our own questions and I thought we used the ball well.

"Ruben Loftus-Cheek did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he is OK at this level. He is capable of anything. He has the physical attributes and can handle the ball. He will gain huge confidence from it. There will be harder tests as the likes of Germany will have another gear to go to."

England captain Eric Dier: "We did well. Against a well-oiled machine they will have periods in the game where they control possession but I didn't think they hurt us. And we had our periods, broke well at times and are actually disappointed we didn't score."

Debutant Ruben Loftus-Cheek: "If we won it would have been better but I'm really happy. 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 at 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."

The stats you need to know

  • England and Germany remain on 13 wins against each other in international competition, with the other six games ending in draws.
  • This was the first goalless draw England have played out at Wembley since October 2010, when they drew 0-0 with Montenegro under Fabio Capello.
  • It was also the first 0-0 between England and Germany since June 1982, when Ron Greenwood's side drew against West Germany at the World Cup in Spain.
  • The Three Lions remain unbeaten at Wembley under Gareth Southgate (W5 D2), keeping five clean sheets in seven games.
  • England handed starts to debutants Pickford, Loftus-Cheek and Abraham against Germany. The last time three England debutants started in the same game was against Chile in November 2013 (Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez).
  • Five England players made their debut in this game (also Gomez and Cork) - their most in a single international fixture since November 2012 (six v Sweden - Osman, Caulker, Shawcross, Jenkinson, Sterling and Zaha).

What's next?

England host Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday, while Germany continue preparations for the defence of the World Cup they won in 2014 when they entertain France the same night.

Line-ups

England

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 2TrippierSubstituted forWalkerat 72'minutes
  • 4JonesSubstituted forGomezat 25'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 3RoseSubstituted forBertrandat 71'minutes
  • 10Loftus-Cheek
  • 8Dier
  • 7LivermoreBooked at 59minsSubstituted forCorkat 86'minutes
  • 11AbrahamSubstituted forRashfordat 60'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forLingardat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Walker
  • 13Hart
  • 14Bertrand
  • 15Gomez
  • 16Keane
  • 17Cork
  • 18Young
  • 19Rashford
  • 20Lingard
  • 21Cahill

Germany

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 22ter Stegen
  • 4Ginter
  • 5Hummels
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 18Kimmich
  • 10Özil
  • 21GündoganSubstituted forRudyat 86'minutes
  • 25Halstenberg
  • 7DraxlerSubstituted forCanat 67'minutes
  • 24SanéSubstituted forBrandtat 87'minutes
  • 11WernerSubstituted forWagnerat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 2Süle
  • 3Plattenhardt
  • 6Khedira
  • 9Wagner
  • 12Leno
  • 13Stindl
  • 14Can
  • 17Boateng
  • 19Götze
  • 20Brandt
  • 23Rudy
Referee:
Pawel Raczkowski
Attendance:
81,382

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Germany 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Germany 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mats Hummels (Germany).

  5. Post update

    Jesse Lingard (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (England) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Julian Brandt replaces Leroy Sané.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Sebastian Rudy replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jesse Lingard replaces Jamie Vardy.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jack Cork replaces Jake Livermore.

  11. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

  12. Post update

    Offside, England. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mesut Özil (Germany).

  14. Post update

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emre Can (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by John Stones.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Sandro Wagner replaces Timo Werner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Kyle Walker replaces Kieran Trippier.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Ryan Bertrand replaces Danny Rose.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Leroy Sané (Germany).

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