In Summary
  • In scenes that will have caused consternation to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Jones went down gesturing to his heavily strapped left thigh and had to come off, with Liverpool's Joe Gomez taking over.
  • It was only the second time in seven matches that England had avoided defeat against Germany at Wembley.

LONDON

England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate's injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday's Wembley friendly.

Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured display in the number 10 shirt.

It was only the second time in seven matches that England had avoided defeat against Germany at Wembley, with the other game a draw in the semi-finals of Euro 96 that culminated in a penalty shootout loss.

Gareth Southgate was the fall guy back then, but the England manager had more to smile about on this occasion, albeit despite a first-half injury to Phil Jones further limiting his options ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Brazil.

"In the first half there were a couple of really goods saves from Jordan. We caused our own problems with a couple of those," said Southgate.

"But we posed our own questions and I thought we used the ball well."

On Loftus-Cheek, he added: "He did everything I know he can do. He is capable of anything. He will gain huge confidence from it."

Joachim Loew's Germany, for whom RB Leipzig full-back Marcel Halstenberg made his debut, came closest to scoring when winger Leroy Sane rattled the crossbar midway through the first half.

The Confederations Cup winners missed out on an eighth successive win, but they have now gone 20 games unbeaten ahead of their year-ending home game with France — the last team to beat them — on Tuesday.

"Both teams were very good and played well defensively. There weren't many counter-attacks," said Loew.

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