England earn goalless draw with Germany

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 09:35:42



ENGLAND held world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw after giving debuts to five players as their inexperienced team came through a first-half lesson to hold their own in a lively Wembley friendly.

With a host of established players missing, England’s callow defence was routinely sliced open in the first period and they needed debutant goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to keep the Germans at bay. But England also had some bright moments, with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek making an assured debut and having great chances at the start and end of the match.
England manager Gareth Southgate, shorn of more than half his likely first-choice side, was pleased with much that he saw, despite the result leaving England still searching for their first home win over their old rivals since 1975.

“In the first half we needed a couple of really good saves from Jordan Pickford—we caused our own problems with a couple of those. But we posed our own questions and I thought we used the ball well,” said Southgate. Griezmann and Giroud on target as France beat Wales