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November 22 2017, 06:05 | Van Peters
Ruben Loftus Cheek will start for England against Germany on Friday at Wembley
Last night he gave Joe Gomez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Cork and Tammy Abraham global debuts, in the 0-0 draw with Germany.
The Three Lions fielded an inexperienced eleven with three players making their maiden worldwide appearances, Tammy Abraham joining Loftus-Cheek and Pickford, and totalling just 101 caps with only five players on 10 or more.
"I had a vision and it became quite strong that I wanted to go from Chelsea", said Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek will play in behind a front pairing of Jamie Vardy and Abraham, who is set to win his first cap after impressing while on loan at Swansea this season.
Loftus-Cheek was pivotal to the endeavour, creativity and steel displayed by England's inexperienced side at Wembley. "I've settled in really well and they gave me a platform to go out and play".
"I think we need the stability of the three behind that at the moment, but also all of those guys at the back use the ball well".
Every England fan knows from watching Wright as a pundit; there are not many more men passionate about England's national team than him.
On his side's overall performance, Southgate added: 'We created a couple of really good chances and I felt our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game.
Southgate wants more former players to get involved with the national set-up and it has to be said, it seems like a good idea.
The first friendly in the build-up to the World Cup in Russian Federation could have been thrown off kilter by the withdrawal of seven players, yet a youthful Three Lions side took their chances to impress against the reigning world champions.
"We'll see whether Phil [Jones] stays with us, definitely Angus [Gunn] following the injury to Jack [Butland]", Southgate confirmed when asked which players could be promoted for Tuesday's clash with Brazil.
The 20-year-old has previously played for the Under-16s through to the Under-21s.
"I'm pretty confident this England team could stay up".