Pickford, Loftus-Cheek and Abraham debut for England against Germany

Southgate singles out pair for praise after England draw

Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has set his sights on playing for England at next summer's World Cup.

"[The debut] could have been better - if we'd won, it would have been better", he told ITV.

'In the qualification games tactically you have got very few questions to answer and you've got the same problem to solve, ' Southgate said. It was good for us young players and I certainly learned a lot.

"Gareth just said do your best like you normally do". I had Gareth for three years in Under-21s, so it wasn't too much of a new thing coming here.

"We've got to give them belief and we have got to give them time, whether it is me that benefits from that or the next manager".

'To go to the World Cup, it is still a long season, and I'll look to improve until the end of the season'.

"It took him 10 minutes to realise he's OK here".

The 21-year-old, deployed in an advanced midfield role, was outstanding for Gareth Southgate's side in the goalless draw at Wembley and completed the full game. He has the physical attributes and he can handle the ball.

"I'm really not surprised because of what I saw before those boys came in and what I've seen in training". "The best players are the best players because they have that hunger and desire to test themselves on the biggest of stages, and with that comes certain pressures and a huge challenge.

A no-brainer", Southgate said.

As well as receiving praise from fans and pundits, Loftus-Cheek was also hailed by his manager after the match.

Germany were without the star power of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, but still named a formidable side.

The Three Lions remain unbeaten at Wembley under Southgate, keeping five clean sheets in seven games.

Liverpool striker Solanke opened the scoring in Kiev, continuing the fine worldwide form that saw him win the Golden Ball as England lifted the Under-20 World Cup in the summer.

"They're going to have periods in the game where they control possession, but I felt they didn't really hurt us on any occasion when they did that". It would be a good experience for a couple of the under-21s to come with us anyway and have a couple of days with the senior team.

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