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England's Southgate has big calls to make

12 November, 2017, 02:59 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek

There was one defining moment during the first half when he produced an impressive double nut-meg to flick the ball through the legs of Leroy Sane and had the audacity to do the same thing again seconds later to Marcel Halstenberg.

Eric Dier will be the captain of the Three Lions and debut caps could await a host of players, including Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Pickford and Tammy Abraham.

The big midfielder took the calm, nearly casual approach that Chelsea did not consider good enough to give him more than occasional opportunities, on to the worldwide stage.

"He has so many top attributes, maybe the wider public are not so aware of him but we believe in him and in the others and I'm really not surprised at what they've done". There's been an energy about the group.

But Southgate has always had faith in the youngsters after working so closely with them when he was manager of the Under-21s and he made a big call by naming three debutants.

Tonight's friendly against the world champions will then be followed by the visit of Brazil on Tuesday, kick-off 8pm.

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"We have seen it with the likes of Germany and Spain in recent years".

"But I think it would be a good experience for a couple of the Under-21s to come with us anyway, to have a couple of days with the seniors".

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater turned down the opportunity to play for England during the current global break, according to Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.

"I'll find out who played well tonight (for the Under-21s), who warrants the decision, and liaise with Aidy (Boothroyd) on that and go from there".

"Both teams were very good, played in a very good defensive manner with not many counter-attacks", he said.

Germany played England in a football friendly earlier this year in Dortmund.

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