Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek gives Gareth Southgate a problem - Jermaine Jenas

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek gives Gareth Southgate a problem - Jermaine Jenas

Loftus-Cheek can be excused for feeling nervous in his first game for the senior side.

Gareth Southgate's side more than held their own against Joachim Low's side and could have snatched a dramatic injury time victor had Jesse Lingard converted from point blank range.

So too did goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who made a number of excellent saves to deny the Germans on his senior bow.

The Chelsea midfielder, on-loan at Crystal Palace, impressed at the base of the Three Lions midfield against the world champions on his worldwide bow.

England should have been in front in less than 90 seconds when Danny Rose lofted a ball over the top for Vardy, whose pace easily took him clear of the Germany defence.

'He's a player I've watched do that from Under-16 level, and despite his size and his appearance and the way he plays, he's not a hugely confident at times, ' said Southgate. He's one that for the wider public may have flown under the radar a bit until now. With the age in the squad, it was good for us young players. The near miss enlivened the hosts, who began to pose more problems as Loftus-Cheek's influence grew in the No. 10 role.

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England begin their build-up to the 2018 World Cup tonight when they lock horns with old rivals Germany in an worldwide friendly, live on ITV 1 at 8pm.

"Be more like, "I'm the man".

"To go to the World Cup, there's still a long season and I'm still looking to improve until the end of the season".

The heroic clearance was Jones' last action, as injury saw the talented but brittle Manchester United centre-back withdrawn.

Pickford - who only started because Jack Butland broke his finger the day before the game and had to be withdrawn from the squad - likewise produced a stellar performance.

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