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Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford head ‘real positives’ for England

• Gareth Southgate praises midfielder and goalkeeper after Germany draw
• England manager: ‘There’s been an energy about the group this week’

Gareth Southgate praised the contribution of his England debutants, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford prominent among them, on an evening of “real positives” as England held the world champions to a goalless draw.

Pickford made a flurry of fine first-half saves to deny Germany, with Loftus-Cheek growing into the friendly fixture and proving an imposing presence, particularly after the break. The Crystal Palace midfielder, on loan from Chelsea, stamped his authority on a position where only a few months ago Southgate was complaining about a lack of options.

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