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Youthful England earn draw with Germany but Jesse Lingard rues late miss

There is such a sense of inferiority sometimes when it comes to facing Germany it might come as a surprise to learn that, in their head-to-head encounters, England can actually match the current world champions. Both teams have won 13 times against one another. This was the sixth draw between the two sides and it must be mildly encouraging for Gareth Southgate that his experimental side could hold their own against the side that enjoys the view from the top of Fifa’s world rankings.

Not that anyone should get too carried away just yet. Germany eased off in the second half and this was a night when Joachim Löw, like Southgate, took the opportunity to involve some younger players.

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