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Friday 23 February 2018

England stalemate

Jesse Lingard blazes over in the last minutes of England’s friendly draw with Germany
Jesse Lingard blazes over in the last minutes of England’s friendly draw with Germany

England enjoyed a glimpse of future promise at Wembley as a fresh-faced side battled world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.

With a host of familiar faces either injured or overlooked, Gareth Southgate dished out five debuts in an experimental team which earned its share of a goalless, but not guileless, friendly.

Germany had the better chances, Leroy Sane denied by the crossbar and Phil Jones' brave header, but eye-catching bows from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek meant England left with plenty of credit.

As the game reached its final phase Southgate replaced both full-backs, adding energy in Kyle Walker and Ryan Bertrand, while opposite number Joachim Low sent for Sandro Wagner and Emre Can.

The changes continued from both dugouts, Burnley's Jack Cork making it five England debuts on the night and 13 overall in Southgate's increasingly transformative tenure.

England might have snatched victory with the last kick of the game, Jesse Lingard lashing over after Maguire nodded Loftus-Cheek's free-kick back into the danger area.

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