Loftus-Cheek eyeing World Cup

Last night he gave Joe Gomez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Cork and Tammy Abraham global debuts, in the 0-0 draw with Germany.

Loftus-Cheek was one of five debutants on the night, with Jordan Pickford, Tammy Abraham, Joe Gomez and Jack Cork also featuring.

Both Cook and Solanke were part of England Under-20's World Cup triumph in the summer.

Southgate added that he was not surprised by the powerhouse performance of the Chelsea star and backed the midfielder to use that display as a confidence booster for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old gave a good account of himself, as the Three Lions played out a goalless draw with Germany.

England supporters must have been dreading the prospect of facing Germany on Friday after seven key players including Harry Kane and Dele Alli pulled out of the squad.

"I think there was a freshness and energy about it".

"He has so many good attributes".

"If we'd won it would have been better, but it was a tough game, and a good game from me to learn from".

"I'm really not surprised with what they've done because they've shown that previously in younger ages and in the week in training, there's been an energy about the group".

"There's various levels - they either save what they should save and not much else or they go to the next level and make match-winning saves".

"What we've seen is Gareth will pick those players".

"At times it was hard for them to press us because of the composure we showed and the system we played, so I think it was a brilliant experience for our players".

The 21-year-old midfielders improve midfield options that Southgate was bemoaning just months ago.

Loftus-Cheek was pulling the strings in midfield as England pushed for a goal, including feeding captain Dier to get away a cross that Mats Hummels had to hack behind his own goal.


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