Gareth Southgate 'Encouraged' by Young England Side's Display in Germany Draw

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

GETTY Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus Cheek has impressed at Crystal Palace

Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, now on loan at Crystal Palace, was one of five players to make his debut against the world's top-ranked side and produced a man-of-the match display.

The Three Lions fielded an inexperienced eleven with three players making their maiden global appearances, Tammy Abraham joining Loftus-Cheek and Pickford, and totalling just 101 caps with only five players on 10 or more.

The global friendly at Wembley on Friday gives an idea of sorts to England manager Gareth Southgate on his team's preparation ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

If we'd won it would have been better, but I'm really happy, ' Loftus-Cheek, now on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, told ITV.

"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.

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

"He's got so many good attributes and that's why we put him into the team".

'He did everything that I know he can do, ' Southgate said. "But I'm really happy, it was a tough game against a good Germany side and it was a very tactical game".

The 21-year-old grew into the match as time went on and was involved in some neat moves for the hosts, who also handed debuts to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, forward Tammy Abraham and defender Joe Gomez, who came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Phil Jones.

"He's an exciting player - we've got a few exciting players".

"He's certainly made really important saves tonight".

Stoke City's Butland was one of seven players to pull out of Southgate's initial 25-man selection ahead of the clash with Die Mannschaft, and the ex-Middlesbrough boss has confirmed he will call in replacement from the under-21s. It took him 10 minutes to realise, "I'm OK here, I can play" - and he is capable of anything.

But it was Loftus-Cheek who caught the eye in particular and it is likely the 21-year-old will keep his place in the side for Tuesday's Friendly against Brazil.

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