England 0-0 Germany: five talking points from the friendly at Wembley

England’s starting debutants impressed, Gareth Southgate’s three at the back needs more work and Leroy Sané can light up the World Cup finals in Russia

All England’s starting debutants impressed in phases. Jordan Pickford’s saves from Timo Werner were smartly made; Joe Hart has further competition. Tammy Abraham was confident and demanding and might have scored with his first touch while Ruben Loftus-Cheek grew impressively into the fray. His confidence was bolstered from the moment he nutmegged Marcel Halstenberg after 18 minutes. It was his clipped pass for Jamie Vardy which might have led to a lead and his driving run which kick-started England after the break. He boasts the presence and skill and lacks only a ruthless streak and game awareness. Yet this was all rather promising.

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