England were unsurprising second favourites heading into their Wembley friendly against Germany on Friday night, but made a very good account of themselves against the world champions.
Germany are one of the favourites to win next summer’s World Cup in Russia; after all, they are the current holders of the trophy, and impressed with a young squad in winning the Confederations Cup this year.
England though, with an injury-hit side, matched them blow for blow, as both teams created chances in one of the more thrilling 0-0’s we’ve seen in recent years.
Debuts for Chelsea’s on-loan Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saw England go with a relatively young starting eleven — and all three debutants thoroughly impressed on their first Three Lions starts.
Here are five things we learned as Gareth Southgate’s makeshift side surprised the Wembley crowd by going toe-to-toe with one of the best outfits in world football…