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Alan Pardew emerging as serious contender to take over at West Brom after Tony Pulis sacking

Alan Pardew is emerging as a serious contender to take over at West Bromwich Albion, after the sacking of Tony Pulis. Pardew has been added to Albion's shortlist of targets and the club is expected to hold talks with the former Crystal Palace manager later this week. The 56 year-old has been out of work since his dismissal from Palace last December but fits the criteria for West Brom as he has vast experience of the Premier League after spells with West Ham, Charlton Athletic and Newcastle. Sam Allardyce is understood to be cool on the prospect of taking charge at the Hawthorns while club sources have dismissed any interest in Michael O'Neill, the Northern Ireland manager. Pardew is now thought to be a strong candidate to replace Pulis, with West Brom likely to interview him in the next 48 hours. Nick Hammond, West Brom's technical director, worked with Pardew at Reading between 1999 and 2003. Gary Megson, Pulis' former assistant, has been placed in caretaker charge and has distanced himself from the post, ahead of Saturday's game at Tottenham Hotspur. He said: “I’m not daft enough to think I would be at West Brom without Tony Pulis. “We’ve still got the sadness of Tony not being here, but the club has got to be kept going. “I’ve taken 650 games, I’ve taken thousands of training sessions, they’ve decided that I take over for however long it’s going to be, be it 24 hours or more.” Pulis, meanwhile, will be presented with an award by the League Managers' Association on December 7. The LMA are honouring Pulis after he passed 1,000 games last season at an awards dinner in London. Peter Coates, the Stoke City chairman, is expected to attend as Pulis' guest. Pulis was sacked by West Brom on Monday, six weeks short of his three-year anniversary.

West Brom's Tony Pulis dilemma unlikely to get easier after Chelsea visit

The Hawthorns has been a managerial graveyard for Chelsea with both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo lost their jobs following fixtures there. With the title secured in 2015, Jose Mourinho's side were defeated 3-0, a portent of the the following season's unravelling. Antonio Conte bucked the trend by winning the league in West Bromwich last year. Few expect him to be at Chelsea next season although defeat on Saturday will not spell the end for him. Not yet. But it could for the man in the home dug-out.  No matter the faith in any manager, two wins in 20 league games puts him under severe pressure but what makes it far worse for Tony Pulis is that he is facing the triple whammy of poor results, disappointing performances and fan disenchantment. So a heavy loss to Chelsea with – almost more significantly – a poor showing and a mutinous atmosphere among the supporters will place him in peril with an away trip to Tottenham Hotspur to come. It seems, not for the first time, that ‘Pulis-ball’ is the problem and there is a real issue about style of football that many Premier League clubs face: if you play the percentages then what are you left with when the points are not forthcoming? Take away the wins and it is wan. If Albion were to sack Pulis then they may want to turn to a manager with a proven track record of keeping teams up, of winning relegation battles and of creating the kind of solid side that is rarely in trouble. Yes, a Tony Pulis-type. Or (and would it be possible if Pulis goes?) Sam Allardyce. But there also comes a time when the fans, often more than the owners, want a bit more. When mere survival is not enough. What is the point of being in the Premier League if the football is boring? Staying there, yes. But when that status is in jeopardy there is not a lot left. Losing without entertaining is just losing. This will all grate on Pulis. He has never endured relegation and not just as a manager. In four decades as a player, coach or manager it never happened. Even Conte, his opponent, has suffered that failure. The argument for keeping Pulis is not just his track record and his acumen but that old chestnut: be careful what you wish for which can, alternatively, be known (by me at least) as the ‘Curbishley conundrum’ after what happened next when Alan Curbishley quit Charlton Athletic in 2006. Publically it was about needing a new challenge but really it was a shared disenchantment with manager and fans no longer seeing eye to eye. Curbishley, the fans thought, was not the man to take the then Premier League club to the next level. Unfortunately Charlton are now in League One and have endured a miserable decade. It does not mean the time was not right for Curbishley to go and Pulis’s links with Albion are nowhere near as deep. So it would not be such a wrench. But there are other examples. More recently there is Crystal Palace who went from Allardyce to Frank de Boer, wanting to progress, but he only lasted four games are they now in a desperate fight against relegation under former Albion manager, Roy Hodgson. It is a dilemma. There is nothing wrong with ambition. But it is stating the obvious to say the right decisions must be made. Liverpool look forward to glimpse of one that got away Southampton face Liverpool and the focus at Anfield will be on Virgil Van Dijk, the one who got away from Jurgen Klopp amid accusations of tapping-up, a public apology, a transfer request – and a potential £60million fee that would have made the Dutch international the world’s most expensive defender. It may still happen - and as early as January. Liverpool still want the player, he still wants to go, and Klopp probably feels a debt of loyalty while relations between the clubs have improved. Southampton’s stance was understandable. But while Liverpool, with the sixth worst defensive record in the Premier League, are definitely suffering from not signing Van Dijk Southampton are hardly significantly better for keeping him. Without Van Dijk this season they conceded a goal every 107 minutes. With him they have conceded every 75 minutes while his return meant he replaced £15million Wesley Hoedt who was proving an adequate substitute. Furthermore Southampton’s problems under former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino have not been conceding goals but scoring them, just as last season. They lack creativity. They lack a goal-scorer. It begs the question if they might not have been better cashing in and investing elsewhere. Credit: REUTERS Kane on verge of another record Harry Kane is the type of player who knows the significance of every goal he scores, every record he breaks. It is one of the things that motivate him. So the Tottenham Hotspur striker will be well aware of the fact that if he finds the net against Arsenal in the north London derby he will become the first player to score in six consecutive league matches against an Arsene Wenger side. At present Kane is level with former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who struck in five games in a rowbetween 1997 and 2000 – although Hasselbaink could justifiably argue it was a little harder to score against Arsenal in those days. Nevertheless Kane’s record against Arsenal is already even more impressive having scored 20 goals in 24 games. No Ney, Jose When the word is that players are find the manager’s video sessions and drills too long and boring then his future is in doubt. When that club is Paris Saint-Germain with Neymar, Thiago Silva etc. then it is unlikely that coach, Unai Emery, will last long. Even so PSG have zero interest in Jose Mourinho. "Friends" reuinted The feud between Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho has been one of the most sulphurous in recent memory. The pair meet at Old Trafford, with Manchester United hosting Newcastle United. Remarkably, though, it will be the first time they have faced each other since Aug 2007. Will time have mellowed them? Doubt it.

West Brom's Tony Pulis dilemma unlikely to get easier after Chelsea visit

The Hawthorns has been a managerial graveyard for Chelsea with both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo lost their jobs following fixtures there. With the title secured in 2015, Jose Mourinho's side were defeated 3-0, a portent of the the following season's unravelling. Antonio Conte bucked the trend by winning the league in West Bromwich last year. Few expect him to be at Chelsea next season although defeat on Saturday will not spell the end for him. Not yet. But it could for the man in the home dug-out.  No matter the faith in any manager, two wins in 20 league games puts him under severe pressure but what makes it far worse for Tony Pulis is that he is facing the triple whammy of poor results, disappointing performances and fan disenchantment. So a heavy loss to Chelsea with – almost more significantly – a poor showing and a mutinous atmosphere among the supporters will place him in peril with an away trip to Tottenham Hotspur to come. It seems, not for the first time, that ‘Pulis-ball’ is the problem and there is a real issue about style of football that many Premier League clubs face: if you play the percentages then what are you left with when the points are not forthcoming? Take away the wins and it is wan. If Albion were to sack Pulis then they may want to turn to a manager with a proven track record of keeping teams up, of winning relegation battles and of creating the kind of solid side that is rarely in trouble. Yes, a Tony Pulis-type. Or (and would it be possible if Pulis goes?) Sam Allardyce. But there also comes a time when the fans, often more than the owners, want a bit more. When mere survival is not enough. What is the point of being in the Premier League if the football is boring? Staying there, yes. But when that status is in jeopardy there is not a lot left. Losing without entertaining is just losing. This will all grate on Pulis. He has never endured relegation and not just as a manager. In four decades as a player, coach or manager it never happened. Even Conte, his opponent, has suffered that failure. The argument for keeping Pulis is not just his track record and his acumen but that old chestnut: be careful what you wish for which can, alternatively, be known (by me at least) as the ‘Curbishley conundrum’ after what happened next when Alan Curbishley quit Charlton Athletic in 2006. Publically it was about needing a new challenge but really it was a shared disenchantment with manager and fans no longer seeing eye to eye. Curbishley, the fans thought, was not the man to take the then Premier League club to the next level. Unfortunately Charlton are now in League One and have endured a miserable decade. It does not mean the time was not right for Curbishley to go and Pulis’s links with Albion are nowhere near as deep. So it would not be such a wrench. But there are other examples. More recently there is Crystal Palace who went from Allardyce to Frank de Boer, wanting to progress, but he only lasted four games are they now in a desperate fight against relegation under former Albion manager, Roy Hodgson. It is a dilemma. There is nothing wrong with ambition. But it is stating the obvious to say the right decisions must be made. Liverpool look forward to glimpse of one that got away Southampton face Liverpool and the focus at Anfield will be on Virgil Van Dijk, the one who got away from Jurgen Klopp amid accusations of tapping-up, a public apology, a transfer request – and a potential £60million fee that would have made the Dutch international the world’s most expensive defender. It may still happen - and as early as January. Liverpool still want the player, he still wants to go, and Klopp probably feels a debt of loyalty while relations between the clubs have improved. Southampton’s stance was understandable. But while Liverpool, with the sixth worst defensive record in the Premier League, are definitely suffering from not signing Van Dijk Southampton are hardly significantly better for keeping him. Without Van Dijk this season they conceded a goal every 107 minutes. With him they have conceded every 75 minutes while his return meant he replaced £15million Wesley Hoedt who was proving an adequate substitute. Furthermore Southampton’s problems under former Liverpool defender Mauricio Pellegrino have not been conceding goals but scoring them, just as last season. They lack creativity. They lack a goal-scorer. It begs the question if they might not have been better cashing in and investing elsewhere. Credit: REUTERS Kane on verge of another record Harry Kane is the type of player who knows the significance of every goal he scores, every record he breaks. It is one of the things that motivate him. So the Tottenham Hotspur striker will be well aware of the fact that if he finds the net against Arsenal in the north London derby he will become the first player to score in six consecutive league matches against an Arsene Wenger side. At present Kane is level with former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who struck in five games in a rowbetween 1997 and 2000 – although Hasselbaink could justifiably argue it was a little harder to score against Arsenal in those days. Nevertheless Kane’s record against Arsenal is already even more impressive having scored 20 goals in 24 games. No Ney, Jose When the word is that players are find the manager’s video sessions and drills too long and boring then his future is in doubt. When that club is Paris Saint-Germain with Neymar, Thiago Silva etc. then it is unlikely that coach, Unai Emery, will last long. Even so PSG have zero interest in Jose Mourinho. "Friends" reuinted The feud between Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho has been one of the most sulphurous in recent memory. The pair meet at Old Trafford, with Manchester United hosting Newcastle United. Remarkably, though, it will be the first time they have faced each other since Aug 2007. Will time have mellowed them? Doubt it.

Why do rail firms treat passengers as guilty until proven innocent?

Gill Charlton, Telegraph Travel's consumer guru, responds to a reader who was fined for losing his rail ticket – despite having a seat reservation and proof of purchase.  Peter Brooks writes I booked a return rail ticket from London Euston to Birkdale online with Virgin Trains. As Virgin only provides e-tickets for mainline journeys, I had to go to my local railway station and pick up four tickets for the journey.  On the return journey, I presented my ticket to staff at Birkdale to board the Merseyrail train to Liverpool Central, where I think I left the ticket in the exit machine. In any event, when I arrived at Liverpool Lime Street to board the London train, I no longer had it.  But I did have my seat reservation ticket, a printout of the original booking confirmation and the credit card used to purchase the ticket.  I noticed that the train manager was aggressive in his approach to ticket inspection with other passengers. He had already made a detailed announcement over the PA system saying that anyone without the correct ticket should get off at Crewe and get on the right train or buy a new ticket. Liverpool Lime Street Credit: GETTY I showed the train manager my seat reservation ticket and proof of purchase, but he was very dismissive. I was asked to pay the fare of £159. I said calmly that I had already paid for it and had no intention of paying again. He then told me that I would be treated as a fare dodger and stomped off.  At Euston I was met by three Virgin security guards and not allowed to leave the station without signing an unpaid fare notice.  I have lost an appeal against the charge. Virgin Trains says that its terms say that the actual paper ticket must be shown. But the Unpaid Fare Notice says it’s issued if the passenger “could not produce a valid ticket or authority to travel when requested”.  But I could produce authority to travel – the purchase receipt. Why is this outdated ticket issuing system being used to penalise genuine customers who have genuinely mislaid a ticket and can prove this? Secrets to saving on UK train fares Gill Charlton replies Before taking this up with Virgin Trains, I asked for an opinion from Transport Focus, the independent watchdog for rail users. “It is right that train companies should take steps to stop those who try to evade paying fares,” says its passenger director, David Sidebottom. “But those who have made an innocent mistake and been caught out by the many rules and restrictions should be treated with understanding and not immediately assumed to be guilty.” I put this to Virgin Trains but it wouldn’t budge on its decision. “Proof of purchase such as an email receipt isn’t enough since the actual ticket may be sold on or refunded,” says a spokesman for Virgin Rail. The company claims it can be hard to spot fare dodgers and says it must treat everyone without the correct ticket in a similar way.  I travel regularly on GWR and find train managers vary in their approach to mislaid tickets. Some give the passenger the benefit of the doubt, others will insist on charging for a new ticket. Mobile ticketing – m-tickets that are held on a smartphone – is slowly being rolled out across Britain. According to National Rail’s website (nationalrail.co.uk), 230 stations accept m-tickets but not all rail operating companies using a station may sell m-tickets.  road or rail?

Why do rail firms treat passengers as guilty until proven innocent?

Gill Charlton, Telegraph Travel's consumer guru, responds to a reader who was fined for losing his rail ticket – despite having a seat reservation and proof of purchase.  Peter Brooks writes I booked a return rail ticket from London Euston to Birkdale online with Virgin Trains. As Virgin only provides e-tickets for mainline journeys, I had to go to my local railway station and pick up four tickets for the journey.  On the return journey, I presented my ticket to staff at Birkdale to board the Merseyrail train to Liverpool Central, where I think I left the ticket in the exit machine. In any event, when I arrived at Liverpool Lime Street to board the London train, I no longer had it.  But I did have my seat reservation ticket, a printout of the original booking confirmation and the credit card used to purchase the ticket.  I noticed that the train manager was aggressive in his approach to ticket inspection with other passengers. He had already made a detailed announcement over the PA system saying that anyone without the correct ticket should get off at Crewe and get on the right train or buy a new ticket. Liverpool Lime Street Credit: GETTY I showed the train manager my seat reservation ticket and proof of purchase, but he was very dismissive. I was asked to pay the fare of £159. I said calmly that I had already paid for it and had no intention of paying again. He then told me that I would be treated as a fare dodger and stomped off.  At Euston I was met by three Virgin security guards and not allowed to leave the station without signing an unpaid fare notice.  I have lost an appeal against the charge. Virgin Trains says that its terms say that the actual paper ticket must be shown. But the Unpaid Fare Notice says it’s issued if the passenger “could not produce a valid ticket or authority to travel when requested”.  But I could produce authority to travel – the purchase receipt. Why is this outdated ticket issuing system being used to penalise genuine customers who have genuinely mislaid a ticket and can prove this? Secrets to saving on UK train fares Gill Charlton replies Before taking this up with Virgin Trains, I asked for an opinion from Transport Focus, the independent watchdog for rail users. “It is right that train companies should take steps to stop those who try to evade paying fares,” says its passenger director, David Sidebottom. “But those who have made an innocent mistake and been caught out by the many rules and restrictions should be treated with understanding and not immediately assumed to be guilty.” I put this to Virgin Trains but it wouldn’t budge on its decision. “Proof of purchase such as an email receipt isn’t enough since the actual ticket may be sold on or refunded,” says a spokesman for Virgin Rail. The company claims it can be hard to spot fare dodgers and says it must treat everyone without the correct ticket in a similar way.  I travel regularly on GWR and find train managers vary in their approach to mislaid tickets. Some give the passenger the benefit of the doubt, others will insist on charging for a new ticket. Mobile ticketing – m-tickets that are held on a smartphone – is slowly being rolled out across Britain. According to National Rail’s website (nationalrail.co.uk), 230 stations accept m-tickets but not all rail operating companies using a station may sell m-tickets.  road or rail?

Joe Gomez proving a Liverpool bargain after adding Neymar to list of players he kept under wraps

As the world’s most expensive footballer found out at Wembley on Tuesday night, Joe Gomez enjoys a challenge. Aged just 20, Liverpool defender Gomez has already faced a number of potentially career-defining decisions and his long-term thinking could yet land him a place in England’s World Cup squad. He could have joined Chelsea as a 15-year-old with his best friend Kasey Palmer, but chose to stay at Charlton Athletic. There were sleepless nights wondering if he had made the right decision as Palmer became a Uefa Youth League winner at Stamford Bridge, but Gomez wanted first-team football. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart promoted Gomez to the Under-18s when he was still aged 13 and helped to convince him to turn down a switch to Chelsea. “We didn’t want to hold him back, but we explained we thought it would be beneficial to stay longer, learn his trade and try to get in the first team, and then go,” said Hart. “We had his mum and dad, and his agent along and they listened to what we said, trusted us and bought into it.” A former defender himself, Hart brought through Jonathan Woodgate at Leeds United and Michael Dawson at Nottingham Forest, and also managed Des Walker at the City Ground. “You try not to have favourites, but I was always very impressed with Joe,” said Hart. “But he wasn’t the finished article and to play as a centre-back, aerially he had to get better. You can be as good as you like, but you have to win your headers. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart also helped develop Jonathan Woodgate Credit: getty images “I remember telling Joe about Jonathan Woodgate, who missed a header from a corner in a game and I shouted ‘if you miss the next one, you’ll come and stand with me’. He smashed into the next header, got knocked out and had to go to hospital. I went with him and the first thing Jonathan asked when he came round was ‘did I head it?’ That physical and mental toughness is what I wanted to get into Joe and he took it on board.” Bob Peeters was the Charlton manager who rewarded Gomez with his first-team debut as a 17-year-old and he went on to make 24 appearances for the Addicks by the end of the 2014/15 season, a full year before Palmer was named as an unused substitute by Chelsea for the first time. The Blues were among the clubs, along with Arsenal, Red Bull Leipzig and Hoffenheim, who were battling to sign Gomez in the summer of 2015, but he opted for Liverpool because he was convinced he would receive first-team opportunities at Anfield. But a cruciate ligament injury, suffered while playing for England’s Under-21s, and a change of manager during his first four months at Liverpool meant that it was a full year before Jurgen Klopp could even watch Gomez train. Gomez has admitted there were dark days while he was out, particularly when he when he suffered a setback with his Achilles, but he finally played for Klopp 15 months after his initial injury against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup in January this year. Gomez chose Liverpool over Arsenal because he saw a clearer path to the first team Credit: Reuters Having played twice more in the FA Cup last season, in the replay with Plymouth and the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gomez was asked to be part of Aidy Boothroyd’s England squad for this summer’s Under-21 European Championships. But Gomez again put his long-term ambitions ahead of short-term gain and decided that he would be better served to spend an entire pre-season at Liverpool working with Klopp and trying to win a first-team place at his club. He started in the Premier League for the first time under Klopp in August in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and then helped Liverpool to a thumping 4-0 win against Arsenal – keeping Alexis Sanchez quiet. Just as Sanchez only lasted around an hour against Gomez before being taken off, Antony Martial was substituted after 65 fruitless minutes against the youngster in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United. Sanchez, Martial and Neymar is not a bad list of forwards to have frustrated just 22 appearances into his Reds career and the £3.5million fee Liverpool paid for Gomez, thanks to a release clause in his contract, already looks like one of the biggest bargains of recent times. Liverpool only had to fork out an extra £250,000 to Charlton as a result of Gomez’s first England start, which will not have bothered anyone watching him keep Brazil’s £200m star in his back pocket. Hart, who is now assistant manager at League Two Luton Town, watched Gomez’s Wembley performance from his home in Nottingham. Gomez kept Neymar quiet at Wembley on Tuesday Credit: PA “I’m just so impressed with the way he has coped with the injury and has come back even stronger,” said Hart. “He has always had a good head on his shoulders and has wanted to learn. “With his ability, together with the way his character and how he handles himself, I can’t imagine any problems for Joe. I just think he will get better and better.” Gomez stayed late into the night at Wembley to talk to those who had come to watch him, including family members, and thank those who have supported him. He was also quick to recognise the fact that England manager Gareth Southgate had taken a chance on the likes of him and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil. “I had a relationship with Gareth from when he was the Under-21s coach and I know how good he is as a manager,” said Gomez. “He is great for young players like me, you can see how many opportunities he has given in just this squad alone so it has been great. “I’m learning from all the backroom staff. It is a great effort that is put together to try and produce performances and now we have just got to try and build on it and keep the momentum going into the World Cup.” Gomez certainly has momentum on his side.

Joe Gomez proving a Liverpool bargain after adding Neymar to list of players he kept under wraps

As the world’s most expensive footballer found out at Wembley on Tuesday night, Joe Gomez enjoys a challenge. Aged just 20, Liverpool defender Gomez has already faced a number of potentially career-defining decisions and his long-term thinking could yet land him a place in England’s World Cup squad. He could have joined Chelsea as a 15-year-old with his best friend Kasey Palmer, but chose to stay at Charlton Athletic. There were sleepless nights wondering if he had made the right decision as Palmer became a Uefa Youth League winner at Stamford Bridge, but Gomez wanted first-team football. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart promoted Gomez to the Under-18s when he was still aged 13 and helped to convince him to turn down a switch to Chelsea. “We didn’t want to hold him back, but we explained we thought it would be beneficial to stay longer, learn his trade and try to get in the first team, and then go,” said Hart. “We had his mum and dad, and his agent along and they listened to what we said, trusted us and bought into it.” A former defender himself, Hart brought through Jonathan Woodgate at Leeds United and Michael Dawson at Nottingham Forest, and also managed Des Walker at the City Ground. “You try not to have favourites, but I was always very impressed with Joe,” said Hart. “But he wasn’t the finished article and to play as a centre-back, aerially he had to get better. You can be as good as you like, but you have to win your headers. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart also helped develop Jonathan Woodgate Credit: getty images “I remember telling Joe about Jonathan Woodgate, who missed a header from a corner in a game and I shouted ‘if you miss the next one, you’ll come and stand with me’. He smashed into the next header, got knocked out and had to go to hospital. I went with him and the first thing Jonathan asked when he came round was ‘did I head it?’ That physical and mental toughness is what I wanted to get into Joe and he took it on board.” Bob Peeters was the Charlton manager who rewarded Gomez with his first-team debut as a 17-year-old and he went on to make 24 appearances for the Addicks by the end of the 2014/15 season, a full year before Palmer was named as an unused substitute by Chelsea for the first time. The Blues were among the clubs, along with Arsenal, Red Bull Leipzig and Hoffenheim, who were battling to sign Gomez in the summer of 2015, but he opted for Liverpool because he was convinced he would receive first-team opportunities at Anfield. But a cruciate ligament injury, suffered while playing for England’s Under-21s, and a change of manager during his first four months at Liverpool meant that it was a full year before Jurgen Klopp could even watch Gomez train. Gomez has admitted there were dark days while he was out, particularly when he when he suffered a setback with his Achilles, but he finally played for Klopp 15 months after his initial injury against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup in January this year. Gomez chose Liverpool over Arsenal because he saw a clearer path to the first team Credit: Reuters Having played twice more in the FA Cup last season, in the replay with Plymouth and the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gomez was asked to be part of Aidy Boothroyd’s England squad for this summer’s Under-21 European Championships. But Gomez again put his long-term ambitions ahead of short-term gain and decided that he would be better served to spend an entire pre-season at Liverpool working with Klopp and trying to win a first-team place at his club. He started in the Premier League for the first time under Klopp in August in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and then helped Liverpool to a thumping 4-0 win against Arsenal – keeping Alexis Sanchez quiet. Just as Sanchez only lasted around an hour against Gomez before being taken off, Antony Martial was substituted after 65 fruitless minutes against the youngster in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United. Sanchez, Martial and Neymar is not a bad list of forwards to have frustrated just 22 appearances into his Reds career and the £3.5million fee Liverpool paid for Gomez, thanks to a release clause in his contract, already looks like one of the biggest bargains of recent times. Liverpool only had to fork out an extra £250,000 to Charlton as a result of Gomez’s first England start, which will not have bothered anyone watching him keep Brazil’s £200m star in his back pocket. Hart, who is now assistant manager at League Two Luton Town, watched Gomez’s Wembley performance from his home in Nottingham. Gomez kept Neymar quiet at Wembley on Tuesday Credit: PA “I’m just so impressed with the way he has coped with the injury and has come back even stronger,” said Hart. “He has always had a good head on his shoulders and has wanted to learn. “With his ability, together with the way his character and how he handles himself, I can’t imagine any problems for Joe. I just think he will get better and better.” Gomez stayed late into the night at Wembley to talk to those who had come to watch him, including family members, and thank those who have supported him. He was also quick to recognise the fact that England manager Gareth Southgate had taken a chance on the likes of him and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil. “I had a relationship with Gareth from when he was the Under-21s coach and I know how good he is as a manager,” said Gomez. “He is great for young players like me, you can see how many opportunities he has given in just this squad alone so it has been great. “I’m learning from all the backroom staff. It is a great effort that is put together to try and produce performances and now we have just got to try and build on it and keep the momentum going into the World Cup.” Gomez certainly has momentum on his side.

Joe Gomez proving a Liverpool bargain after adding Neymar to list of players he kept under wraps

As the world’s most expensive footballer found out at Wembley on Tuesday night, Joe Gomez enjoys a challenge. Aged just 20, Liverpool defender Gomez has already faced a number of potentially career-defining decisions and his long-term thinking could yet land him a place in England’s World Cup squad. He could have joined Chelsea as a 15-year-old with his best friend Kasey Palmer, but chose to stay at Charlton Athletic. There were sleepless nights wondering if he had made the right decision as Palmer became a Uefa Youth League winner at Stamford Bridge, but Gomez wanted first-team football. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart promoted Gomez to the Under-18s when he was still aged 13 and helped to convince him to turn down a switch to Chelsea. “We didn’t want to hold him back, but we explained we thought it would be beneficial to stay longer, learn his trade and try to get in the first team, and then go,” said Hart. “We had his mum and dad, and his agent along and they listened to what we said, trusted us and bought into it.” A former defender himself, Hart brought through Jonathan Woodgate at Leeds United and Michael Dawson at Nottingham Forest, and also managed Des Walker at the City Ground. “You try not to have favourites, but I was always very impressed with Joe,” said Hart. “But he wasn’t the finished article and to play as a centre-back, aerially he had to get better. You can be as good as you like, but you have to win your headers. Charlton’s former academy manager Paul Hart also helped develop Jonathan Woodgate Credit: getty images “I remember telling Joe about Jonathan Woodgate, who missed a header from a corner in a game and I shouted ‘if you miss the next one, you’ll come and stand with me’. He smashed into the next header, got knocked out and had to go to hospital. I went with him and the first thing Jonathan asked when he came round was ‘did I head it?’ That physical and mental toughness is what I wanted to get into Joe and he took it on board.” Bob Peeters was the Charlton manager who rewarded Gomez with his first-team debut as a 17-year-old and he went on to make 24 appearances for the Addicks by the end of the 2014/15 season, a full year before Palmer was named as an unused substitute by Chelsea for the first time. The Blues were among the clubs, along with Arsenal, Red Bull Leipzig and Hoffenheim, who were battling to sign Gomez in the summer of 2015, but he opted for Liverpool because he was convinced he would receive first-team opportunities at Anfield. But a cruciate ligament injury, suffered while playing for England’s Under-21s, and a change of manager during his first four months at Liverpool meant that it was a full year before Jurgen Klopp could even watch Gomez train. Gomez has admitted there were dark days while he was out, particularly when he when he suffered a setback with his Achilles, but he finally played for Klopp 15 months after his initial injury against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup in January this year. Gomez chose Liverpool over Arsenal because he saw a clearer path to the first team Credit: Reuters Having played twice more in the FA Cup last season, in the replay with Plymouth and the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Gomez was asked to be part of Aidy Boothroyd’s England squad for this summer’s Under-21 European Championships. But Gomez again put his long-term ambitions ahead of short-term gain and decided that he would be better served to spend an entire pre-season at Liverpool working with Klopp and trying to win a first-team place at his club. He started in the Premier League for the first time under Klopp in August in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and then helped Liverpool to a thumping 4-0 win against Arsenal – keeping Alexis Sanchez quiet. Just as Sanchez only lasted around an hour against Gomez before being taken off, Antony Martial was substituted after 65 fruitless minutes against the youngster in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United. Sanchez, Martial and Neymar is not a bad list of forwards to have frustrated just 22 appearances into his Reds career and the £3.5million fee Liverpool paid for Gomez, thanks to a release clause in his contract, already looks like one of the biggest bargains of recent times. Liverpool only had to fork out an extra £250,000 to Charlton as a result of Gomez’s first England start, which will not have bothered anyone watching him keep Brazil’s £200m star in his back pocket. Hart, who is now assistant manager at League Two Luton Town, watched Gomez’s Wembley performance from his home in Nottingham. Gomez kept Neymar quiet at Wembley on Tuesday Credit: PA “I’m just so impressed with the way he has coped with the injury and has come back even stronger,” said Hart. “He has always had a good head on his shoulders and has wanted to learn. “With his ability, together with the way his character and how he handles himself, I can’t imagine any problems for Joe. I just think he will get better and better.” Gomez stayed late into the night at Wembley to talk to those who had come to watch him, including family members, and thank those who have supported him. He was also quick to recognise the fact that England manager Gareth Southgate had taken a chance on the likes of him and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil. “I had a relationship with Gareth from when he was the Under-21s coach and I know how good he is as a manager,” said Gomez. “He is great for young players like me, you can see how many opportunities he has given in just this squad alone so it has been great. “I’m learning from all the backroom staff. It is a great effort that is put together to try and produce performances and now we have just got to try and build on it and keep the momentum going into the World Cup.” Gomez certainly has momentum on his side.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England 0 Germany 0: Gareth Southgate vindicated as young guns hold their own

This was a goalless draw but so many goals were met by England: ­Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his ­swagger and, well, cheek in ­midfield, where he filled the No 10 shirt, John Stones with his graceful assuredness in defence and Jordan Pickford with his commanding ­authority in goal.  And two of those three were making their debuts. Against the world champions, Germany, there were glimpses of a brave new world for England under Gareth Southgate as the manager begins to stamp his authority both with formation and personnel.  It is not the time to get carried away, that has happened too often before, while there was always that lingering suspicion that Germany, orchestrated from a deeper role by Mesut Ozil, yes him, were performing at half-capacity at best and even then still struck the crossbar, had a shot cleared off the line, cut England open on occasions and were denied by Pickford’s fine saves.  It was the first time in 14 matches that Germany had failed to score. But England had their chances, with Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also excelling in what was an open, entertaining friendly as both nations began their preparations for next summer’s World Cup. The holders will be among the favourites, while England are decidedly a work in progress. But one now making strides. So much is made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – and here was a route forward, surely, although that also had to be viewed through the prism of a match when England were denied eight players through injury and Germany could not call on a host of first-choices, either.  Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay But if the purpose of such fixtures is not the scoreline but the lessons learnt, the goals met, then this was a significant result for England, with Germany coach Joachim Low talking up the “young, ­dynamic players” his team faced.  More of those, Tammy Abraham and, more so, Joe Gomez also did well on their debuts, with Gomez replacing Phil Jones in the first half when the Manchester United ­defender limped off injured. There may be repercussions with Jones’s club over that episode and not least because he was already wearing a heavy strapping on his thigh.  “He seems fine,” Southgate said before suggesting he might be ­released back to United.  Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images England knew they would not hog possession, even that they would be chasing shadows at times in their dark blue kit, but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future. That future has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level.  This was only Loftus-Cheek’s 21st start of his senior career and the 21-year-old has that look about him that suggests he belongs. He was increasingly impressive in possession, with a barrel of skill that was quickly evident when he ­executed a double nutmeg – foxing both Leroy Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger – Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate, albeit with the midfielder on loan to Crystal Palace – had enough and brought him down. Such trickery is not something normally evident in a Three Lions shirt.  And to think it had all started shakily for the most inexperienced England team to take to the field for 37 years – with just 101 caps between them before kick-off. The previous least capped? That was in 1980 against Australia, a team with only 57 appearances, but this was a different calibre of opposition.  It showed. There were nerves with Harry Maguire under-hitting a back-pass in the first minute and Pickford fortunate when his intervention cannoned off the onrushing Timo Werner before spinning away to safety.  Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport But Germany were also vulnerable and, immediately after, the tireless, perennially threatening Jamie Vardy arced a trademark run to take the ball. He crossed low, Abraham took a swipe but missed, with the ball running to Kieran Trippier, who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He should have cut it back to Loftus-Cheek, who was left holding his head as he would have had the simple task of passing into the unguarded net.  England had lined up in a 3-5-2, which Southgate is committed to now and which can morph into a 3-4-3, and looked the better for it. But they were almost undone when Sane collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball crashing against the bar from the edge of the penalty area. It bounced to safety.  That was a let-off and then there was another with Ozil countering and slicing England open with a ball through to Werner, whose low shot was parried by Pickford, only for it to fall to Sane who waited, picked his spot but Jones stooped to head it off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler, who blazed over.  Jordan Pickford made an accomplished debut in goal Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS It was Jones’s last ­contribution and it seemed England were being over-run when Werner was again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich, only for Pickford to once more parry his low shot.  Encouragingly, England hit back. Abraham turned Rudiger, with his snapshot deflecting off Mats Hummels and, with Ter Stegen wrong-footed, it grazed the outside of a post. Vardy then latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the goalkeeper, only to see it scrambled away for a corner.  Well played, @rubey_lcheek �� pic.twitter.com/WfHnXR6GaQ— England (@England) November 10, 2017 Vardy went even closer in the second half as he met Trippier’s cross and, this time, Ter Stegen superbly shovelled his header away.  The game drifted, playing itself out with a flurry of changes, ­although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final ­moments as substitute Jesse Lingard fired wastefully over from Maguire’s header with the last kick of the game. The goal did not come but England had their win in other ways. And the kids did all right.  10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

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There were positives all over the pitch in Gareth Southgate’s brave new world for England and even if there were no goals in the net there were plenty hit as they played out parity with the world champions, Germany. It is now 42 years since England defeated Germany on home soil but in the performances of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with his swagger and, well, cheek in midfield – where he took the No10 shirt - and the authority of Jordan Pickford in goal there were two debutants who staked their claim. Tammy Abraham did well, also, as did Joe Gomez when he came on early and with so much made of the Football Association buzzword – pathway – here was a route forward, surely. At times Germany dominated, with Mesut Özil, yes him, the imperious orchestrator, but England had a new shape and a purpose and a threat also as Southgate’s preparations for next summer’s World Cup began with this prestige friendly. England knew they would not hog possession, they would not have the ball for long periods, even that they would be chasing shadows, at times, in their dark blue kit but they stuck to the task with a belief that bodes well for the future and a future, certainly, that has to factor in Loftus-Cheek who, like Harry Winks before him recently, looks at home at this level. It was entertaining, also, and it was open and while there was always the impression that Germany were playing at half-capacity it did not detract from firm evidence that should embolden the England manager further. Not that he needs encouragement as he truly begins to put his stamp on England, his England. Ozil orchestrated waves of Germany attacks Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay Southgate has preached the mantra of England playing with three-at-the-back, playing it out from defence but that did not excuse the way Harry Maguire underhit a back-pass in the opening minute, with Timo Werner bearing down on goal, from where Jordan Pickford rushed out to clear only to strike the ball against the German striker with it then fortunately bouncing clear. That was messy. As it was, immediately, for Germany, as they were undone down their right, with Jamie Vardy arcing a trademark run to take the ball through and from where he crossed low. Tammy Abraham took a swipe but missed with it running onto Kieran Trippier who slammed it first-time into the side-netting. He surely had cut it back, instead, to Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was left holding his head in frustration instead of simply having the task of passing into the unguarded net. Harry Maguire underhit a backpass in the first minute but recovered to put in a fine performance Credit: LYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images Still it meant all three of England’s debutants had been involved in the opening exchanges in what was the least experienced side for 37 years, with just 101 caps as they took to the field. The previous least capped? In 1980 against Australia, a team with 57 appearances, but this was different. This was Germany and England were fortunate, again, when Phil Jones misjudged his challenge, Leroy Sané pulled away but also pulled his low shot wide. It certainly felt experimental; in formation, in approach, in personnel. England had suffered seven players withdrawing through injury and with an eighth, Danny Drinkwater refusing a call-up because he did not deem himself ready while Germany, also, were depleted. There was no Manuel Neuer, no Toni Kroos, no Jerome Boateng, no Thomas Muller, for example – with manager Joachim Low describing it as a “trial period” ahead of Russia next summer even if his team brought vastly more experience into this encounter. Just as the first paper aeroplane drifted across Wembley, as that lively start dampened down, Loftus-Cheek executed a double nut-meg – beating first Sane, then Germany’s one debutant, Marcel Halstenberg, before Antonio Rudiger had enough and brought him down. Loftus-Cheek turns away from Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport Still it showed more than a degree of confidence from the 21-year-old even it was not as effective as Sane’s next contribution as he collected possession, weighed up a shot and sent the ball dipping and crashing against the England cross-bar from the penalty area’s edge. It bounced to safety. That was a let-off and then there was another with Özil countering, cutting England open with a ball through to Werner whose low shot was parried by Pickford only for it to fall to Sane who picked his spot only for Jones to head off the line. Even then it dropped to Julian Draxler who blazed over. Jones, already struggled, already with strapping on his thigh (so should he have played in the first place?) limped off to be replaced by another debutant: 20-year-old Joe Gomez. England were increasingly reduced to the counter-attack. Not unexpected, with Vardy working hard, but the degree of Germany’s control was uncomfortable. They were supreme as they stroked the ball around, Ozil at the centre of everything and so eventually another chance came with Werner again put through, this time from Joshua Kimmich only for Pickford again to parry his low shot. Finally England threatened. Abraham turned Rudiger only for his shot to deflect off Mats Hummels and with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen wrong-footed it grazed the outside of the post before Vardy latched onto a through ball, lifted it over the Germany goalkeeper, only for it to be scrambled away for a corner. Vardy had to score but it was better from England as they went into half-time. And better still when they returned as Loftus-Cheek and Abraham combined with the ball swept out wide to Trippier whose cross was met by Vardy with an angled header that Ter Stegen did extremely well shovel out with his right-hand. Loftus-Cheek’s influence was growing. He ghosted through, away from Kimmich, then he combined with Trippier with a first-time, wedged pass to allow Eric Dier who pull the ball back only for Hummels to hack it away from inside the German six-yard area. On the hour Marcus Rashford replaced Abraham, to a huge roar, with the expectation the Manchester United striker brings, but it was Germany, once more, taking control. The game drifted, although England, certainly, pushed for a goal in the final moments and so nearly got it after Jesse Lingard blazed over from Maguire’s knock down. It was not to be, but they had their win in many ways.   10:14PM Southgate speaks briefly [Lingard's miss] was a set play we’d been working on, and I think it wouldn’t have been an unfair scoreline. First half, a couple of really good saves from Jordan but we also created a couple of really good chances. Room for improvement but a really good performance.Our use of the ball was excellent throughout the game. A really healthy performance. [On Loftus-Cheek]. He did everything I know he can do. It took him 10 minutes to realise he was OK here, that he could do it and he can because he can do anything. He needs that confidence because he’s capable of anything. He’s got the physical attributes and he can handle the ball. He'll gain huge confidence from that.  9:59PM Full time Very encouraging performance from England tonight against this scratch Germany side. Mercifully, they played pretty well for once and Loftus-Cheek demonstrated why so many great players rate him so highly. There's certainly something about him - pluck and skill.  Stones and Maguire played very well, too, Trippier made some excellent runs and put in three fine crosses and Pickford should have moved ahead of Joe Hart with that debut. Still causes for concern with being overrun in central midfield and being sucked into shortening the pitch with 10 men behind the ball but far better than anything we've seen from them for quite a while.  9:55PM 90+3 min England free-kick on the left when Lingard made an astute run and Hummels ran out to stop him by foul means not fair. Rashford crosses to the far post, Maguire wins it and heads it back into the centre. Lingard meets it on the half-volley by the six-yard line and spoons it over. What a chance to win it with the last kick of the match. But he horsed it.  9:53PM 90+2 min Another good intervention from Maguire. He's set the bar high for Cahill tonight.  9:51PM 90+1 min The first of three minutes begin with Cork looking for Rashford's run but the Man Utd forward, for once, doesn't make it easy for his team-mate, straying too close to Ginter.  9:50PM 89 min There are 0-0 draws ... and this has been far more entertaining than many an England game I've been lumbered withhad the privilege of reporting.  Glenn Hoddle praises Stones and Maguire but says he has to give the man of the match to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.  9:49PM 88 min Walker and Cork combine on the right and switch it to the left where Bertrand and Rashford try to wriggle into the box. No way through but Lingard fancies his chances, makes five yards until he tries to gull Hummels who is not buying it and blocks his path.  9:47PM 87 min  Jack Cork's entry makes it five debutants for England.  9:47PM 86 min Double, double sub: Vardy and Livermore off, Cork and Lingard on for England. Gundogan and Sane depart for Germany. On come Seb Rudy and Julian Brandt.  9:45PM 85 min England corner earned by Walker's drive and commitment. Bertrand takes an inswinger with his left foot and again hits the near-post sentry.  9:45PM 84 min Another impressive run from Maguire who draws Ginter out to him and plays in Rashford but the prodigy's first touch betrays him and the ball skips safely towards Hummels.  9:43PM 83 min Bertrand combines well with Maguire again and is found by the Leicester centre-half's pass that puts him round the back. The cross, however, hits the defender at the front post.   Loftus-Cheek spins Gundogan Credit: Rob Newell - CameraSport   9:41PM 82 min Stones pushes up high to pin Germany back as they try to play out from the back and he gives England the initiative momentarily.  9:40PM 81 min No paper aeroplanes yet but it is Mexican wave time.  9:40PM 80 min And England are forced to start back in their own box when the ball is cleared easily.  9:39PM 78 min It's a dreadful free kick, though.  9:39PM 77 min Nice spin by Rashford out by the left touchline, he loses it but Loftus-Cheek makes a second sally and provokes Ozil into a foul with close control and clever shielding.  9:37PM 75 min More Germany possession at the back. As Hoddle says - there's treasure amidst the trash - Vardy needs to push up to give Hummels something to worry about instead of getting behind the ball with his nine outfield colleagues.  9:34PM 73 min The keeper rolls it to Maguire who bursts forward and slides a good pass out to the left for Bertrand. The left-back makes it to the byline to drill a cross that Germany defend in numbers and without panic.   9:33PM 72 min Walker turns on the turbo boost to power past Halstenberg but only to win a throw-in  that wends its way back to Pickford.  9:31PM 71 min England double substitution: Walker on for Trippier; Champions League winner Bertrand on.  9:31PM 70 min Ozil tries the pass from outside right to inside right for Sane's run but Rose is there and it's his last touch.  9:30PM 68 min Germany are trying to manipulate England out of position with quick passes and movement but England maintain their discipline and Maguire and Stone block off the near post at the expense of a corner.  9:28PM 67 min Can coming on, says Hoddle, means 'Ozil can go deeper in his deep role'. Well, indeed. Rose wreaks his revenge on Kimmich with a turbo-nudge/shove. Free kick.  9:27PM 66 min Germany sub: Emre Can on for Julian Draxler.  9:26PM 65 min Gomez tries a long ball up front for Vardy's run but it's too heavy and the crowd starts a chorus of 'What the f------ h--- was that?' Sympathetic bunch.  9:24PM 62 min We don't have the usual 'Roboblogger' tools available for a friendly, I'm afraid. But if it was here it would show you that Germany have had 73% of possession so far this half. England, though, are carving out chances.  9:22PM 60 min England substitution: Abraham goes off, Marcus Rashford comes on.  9:21PM 59 min Excellent run from Dier into the box and Loftus-Cheek plays him in with a clever pass but Hummels gets in the block. Corner, Germany break swiftly and Livermore has to thwart a break with a cynical foul. Into the book he goes.  9:19PM 57 min Loftus-Cheek robs Gundogan in midfield, passes it up to Livermore who hits a fine reverse left-footed pass to Abraham. Vardy splits off to the left to give Abraham a run at Hummels but he tries to round the Germany captain and gives him a sniff of the ball by taking it too close to him. Hummels, the wily old fox, gets a toe on it to knock it away.  9:17PM 56 min Pickford spots Abraham haring upfield and tries a quick punt that he overclubs and sends skidding through to Ter Stegen.  9:16PM 55 min Gundogan hits it straight at Rose after poncing about for a minute before he took it. Corner that England defend and Pickford snaffles the cross from the second ball.  9:15PM 53 mins Germany free kick on the right out by the touchline.  9:13PM 51 min A band is playing. Is that England's or Germany's? England fizz some passes around midfield until Maguire threads a good pass for Vardy out on the left but his fellow Fox, his fleeter Fox, had just stepped off-side.  9:11PM 49 min The full-back advances and hits one of his customarily terrific crosses, whipping it towards the penalty spot. Vardy meets it and tries to steer it towards the inside of the left post. He meets it sweetly but can't direct it into the corner but it's still a fine header. Unfortunately for him Ter Stegen's save is even better, swooping low to his right to palm it away.  9:09PM 48 min Germany were passing the ball around crisply until Trippier  stepped up to whip the ball off Halstenberg. He moves it inside and bombs on. Loftus-Cheek takes the ball infield spins and England work it out to Trippier.  9:07PM 46 min Rose is floored by Draxler and England have a free kick.  8:52PM Half time By Jove, I think they've got it. Yes, Germany have had a few too many chances and are flooding central midfield at times. But England have looked very good going forward, aren't repeatedly giving the ball away and Trippier and Loftus-Cheek, in particular, are playing very well. Vardy and Abraham are moving with vibrancy and intelligence and Dier is playing some neat passes. Stones has saved England once, Jones twice and Pickford has made three eye-catching saves.  Credit: John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images   8:49PM 45 min Loftus-Cheek gets back on to the credit side with a lovely hooked pass up for Vardy as Ter Stegen tries to close him down. Vardy misreads the spin of the floated pass and tries to lob the keeper with his laces but misjudges the angle and power required.  8:47PM 44 min Two chances - Livermore cuts in on his left but can't find any power with his swinger and squirts his shot wide. Then Dier plays a cute pass up the inside right that Loftus-Cheek uncharacteristically fails to control in the box as it skips ahead of him, too close to Ter Stegen.  8:46PM 43 min Abraham's feint and turn almost beats Rudiger on the 18-yard line when he cushions a pass from Vardy. Rudiger recovers to get his tow on to Abraham's shot, sticking out his left leg in a desperate lunge, that sends the ball up and round the post.  Rudiger blocks Abraham's shot Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay   8:44PM 41 min Draxler goes flying under Trippier's challenge in the box, Trippier diligently filling in for Stones who had gone out wide with Werner. Nothing sinister in it, though. A meeting of shoulders and a dramatic pratfall from Draxler.  Trippier tells Draxler to get up Credit:  Mike Hewitt/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:42PM 39 min Rose inadvertently plays Werner onside by tracking back Sane instead of letting him go. Werner, 20 yards out, has a headstart on the back three and is through. He lifts his head and sweeps a low shot as he's closed down by Gomez but Pickford saves it smartly.  8:41PM 37 min Vardy gets across Rudiger and slows a fraction, provoking the defender into a shove. Free kick on the right, 40 yards out. Rose latches on to the knock down to try a volley but doesn't meet it with crispness or precision. England are certainly passing the ball far better than they did against Slovenia.  8:38PM 35 min  Stones has taken Jones' place in the middle and Gomez is on the right of the three. Good intervention from Stones again wins the ball and sets England off up the right. Trippier's cross is booted clear. No doubt Stones' reading of the game has improved this season exponentially.  Phil Jones has to withdraw Credit: ction Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   8:35PM 32 min Too many near post runs mean the corner ends in confusion in an attacking sense and Germany break. Stones concedes a corner at the other end with a sturdy block tackle.  8:34PM 30 min Very heavy pass up the left from Livermore but the hare Rose gets there to cross with the ball, I think past the whitewash. The ref doesn't think so and gives England a corner when his cross is sliced behind. Hummels gives the ref a flea in his ear and is censured.  8:33PM 28 min England move the ball forward and up to Loftus-Cheek by the 18-yard line. He stuns the pass and tries to dribble and feint his way through but is tackled. The ball breaks out to Trippier who whips in an excellent cross to the back post but just beyond Abraham's diagonal run. Kimmich  chests it back to Ter Stegen.   8:30PM 27 min Rudiger spoons a long shot at Pickford.  8:29PM 25 min That was Jones' final contribution. He lifts up his shorts to show off the heavy strapping on his left thigh, sits on the grass and makes the universal substitution rolling hands gesture. Joe Gomez comes on for his debut.  Apologies for the description at 21 mins (now corrected) - Sane hit the bar not the post. I heard it but didn't see it as my screen momentarily froze.  8:27PM 23 min Double save from Pickford and Jones. England were opened up by a gorgeous Ozil curling pass from right to left for Werner. Jones tracks him all the way and does enough to put Werner a milimetre off his stride. He shoots and Pickford saves with a locked wrist and then Jones gets back on the line to head away Sane's rebound.  8:24PM 21 min And Sane, who has started very brightly, finds the space on the other side to flash a shot on to the bar.  Credit: AP Photo/Matt Dunham   8:23PM 20 min Ter Stegen slaps the free-kick clear and England try to bring it back without a great deal of conviction or pace, Germany show them how it's done through Werner who flies up the right but screws his shot too close to Pickford.  8:21PM 18 min Ah, that/s grand by Loftus-Cheek - he nutmegs Hastenberg then channels Cruyff with an exquisite turn. You can see right there why Ruud Gullit thinks him England's greatest prospect. Rudiger brings his tricky charge to an end with a lunge. Free kick on the right.  8:20PM 17 min Werner is playing on Maguire's shoulder, Draxler pulling right and Sane left. They're trying to drag the three centre-backs out of position, make them lose their bearings, to open channels for Ozil and Gundogan.  8:18PM 15 min Lay-off from Abraham back to Loftus-Cheek but it's back to the bad old shonky Wembley pitch of 2007-2011. The ball kicks up and Loftus-Cheek is made to look a goof with his air volley from 18 yards on the right-angle of the box when the ball skips over his swish.  8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  Ozil bends an exquisite pass Credit: Matt Dunham/AP   8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but it fizzes past Abraham. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England vs Germany: live score updates and team news

Get 33/1 enhanced odds that England will score      8:16PM 14 min Germany have the ball at the back. Hummels in  the middle is taking the bottom point in a V with Ginter and Rudiger. They shift the ball up the left and switch it to the inside-right position to Ozil. Draxler splits right, Sane left and Ozil curls a pass just beyond Sane's clever run into the box.  8:14PM 12 min Trippier sticks to his task when Hastenberg turns him one way but can't then burst past him on the inside because the full-back covers and recovers well to block the cross.  8:13PM 11 min Keane is warming up. Jones is trying to run off his sprain/knock etc. Credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images   8:12PM 9 min Sane has  a run up the left, stretching his legs when found by another Rudiger long pass. He turns Jones but drills his left-foot shot into the well-positioned Stones. Jones is limping.  8:11PM 7 min Jones hits a weak left foot pass that Sane gobbles up and takes the opportunity to pile a short-backlift drive into the side-netting. Entertaining so far.  8:10PM 6 min Kimmich is caught by Livermore. Free-kick. It's squared to Rudiger who dinks a long chip up the left for Halstenberg who centres it, arrowing a cross to the near post. Stones gets on front of the returned Werner to intercept and Jones did the rest.  8:08PM 4 min Werner is still down and off the field after that episode with Pickford in the first minute. Dier hits a good diagonal out to Trippier but Rudiger closes him down. Maguire's bobbling first-minute backpass caused the collision between Werner and Pickford when the keeper raced out to block.  8:06PM 2 min End to end start - England chip a long ball up the left after Pickford was startled by Werner's run. Vardy takes it to the byline, comfortably outstripping Ginter, and cuts back a cross through the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch but there's no one there. Trippier is beyond the back post and slams a shot into the side netting. There was an easy pull back for Abraham but he went for it himself.  8:04PM 1 min We're off, England are in navy, Glenn Hoddle is the co-commentator and all is for the best in this best of  all possible worlds. 8:00PM Now for a minute's remembrance In recognition of Armistice Day tomorrow. We have representatives from each of the three services of both nations to lay poppies in the centre circle. Now it's the last post.   7:54PM The teams are out for the anthems Seems to be a decent crowd at least in the lowest tier.  #FootballRemembershttps://t.co/3wKwfLyb5P— England (@England) November 10, 2017   7:54PM Here are the two managers What's going on with the waistcoat revival. It's a terrible look unless you're Francis Rossi. When Gareth met Jogi Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images   7:38PM The teams in black and white England Pickford, Trippier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire,  Livermore, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, Abraham. Substitutes Hart, Walker, Bertrand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rashford, Lingard,  Cahill.  Dearie me Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Germany Ter Stegen, Kimmich, Rudiger, Hummels, Ginter,  Gundogan, Ozil, Halstenberg, Draxler, Werner, Sane. Substitutes Trapp,  Boateng, Brandt, Can, Gotze, Khedira, Plattenhardt, Rudy,  Stindl, Sule, Wagner, Leno.  7:26PM A word from the sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   7:24PM Still waiting For Germany's substitutes to be officially announced. I'm forced to watch Emmerdale Farm waiting for coverage on ITV to begin. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of agriculture going on, (despite Brexit). Most scenes are in the pub but Amos and Mr Wilks must have a relief licensee in place because I haven't clocked them yet.  7:07PM England name three debutants Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham take the number of new caps under Gareth Southgate to 11 in 13 matches. Eric Dier, grandson of Ted Croker (I can't tell you how hard it was to type that name without adding some Leeds-based vitriol), becomes his sixth captain.  7:01PM Germany will line up in a 3-4-3 Unsere Startelf: ter Stegen - Ginter, Hummels (C), Rüdiger - Kimmich, Gündogan, Özil, Halstenberg - Draxler, Werner, Sané. #ENGGER ������ pic.twitter.com/CYTOmUQf2J— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017   6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Wir werden dich nie vergessen, Robert �������� #InGedENKEn#DieMannschaftpic.twitter.com/PJtx8RIfxr— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) 10 November 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

England vs Germany: live score updates and team news

  6:54PM Today also marks a very sad anniversary It's eight years since the death of Robert Enke and Die Maanschaft are paying tribute to their comrade.  Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017  Here is Sam Wallace's interview with Teresa Enke from last August.  6:50PM England go for 3-4-1-2 Here's how the #ThreeLions will line up against Germany �� pic.twitter.com/dvT0Fr9BlX— England (@England) November 10, 2017   6:41PM Good evening And welcome to coverage of England vs Germany, the first of four friendlies before the immediate World Cup build-up begins in late May. It used to be a prized fixture but in the past 10 years has become somewhat routine. As well as the 2010 World Cup meeting - when Germany played like greyhounds racing 10 Suffolk Punches (plus David James) and felt like a nadir (how little we knew!) - tonight will be the sixth friendly and third in 20 months. England have won two of the five - both away - but more than a victory tonight England need some sparkle, some energy, some belief, some wit and some judgment.  Wembley tonight Credit: Nick Potts/PA Because without it England are very close to alienating a dwindling audience that still wishes international football well and wants these players - many of whom show genuine promise or shine playing with better players at their clubs and more experienced managers - not to be reduced to angst-riven strugglers. Banishing caution and anxiety does not mean boneheaded, attacking gusto. It's about having the confidence to innovate, to try things, to take the initiative and expect a team-mate to read your intentions. Germany have it because, apart from being world champions, they have a well-established pattern of play. So, although they will be diminished by withdrawals, just like England, and a demonstrable falling away since Philipp Lahm's retirement, they will play with their heads up and an understanding of their own and each other's thinking and movement. It's the target England to which England aspire and one hopes it begins here: They said therefore unto Gareth, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? 6:16PM Pre-match digest What is it? It's England vs Germany, the first of two friendlies for Gareth Southgate's side in this international break. When is it? It's on Friday November 10 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's an 8pm GMT start at Wembley. What TV channel is it on? You can watch this one on ITV. Mark Pougatch will be joined by Lee Dixon, Ryan Giggs and Ian Wright from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here throughout with Rob Bagchi. What is the team news? England: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his England debut in Friday's friendly against Germany, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, earned his first senior call-up for the upcoming friendlies along with Tammy Abraham and Joe Gomez. Gareth Southgate's men kick-off their World Cup preparations against Germany on Friday, when it is understood Loftus-Cheek will be handed a starting role. Brazil arrive at Wembley next Tuesday for the final match of 2017 - a year the Three Lions end without a string of key players. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks have all pulled out of the squad through injury, as have Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph. Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks likely to start  Credit: Action Images via Reuters Furthermore, Gary Cahill is a doubt for injury-hit England after missing training on the eve of the friendly with a back complaint. Such are the lack of options that Chelsea's Jay Dasilva, on loan at Charlton, and Fulham's Tayo Edun - members of the triumphant European Under-19 squad - trained with the senior squad on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea trained with Southgate's side. Burnley's Jack Cork, who has been called up by the senior team for the first time, was among those training at St George's Park. Predicted team: Pickford; Rose, Maguire, Stones, Jones, Trippier; Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Livermore; Abraham, Vardy  Germany: Germany defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of Friday's friendly against England because of muscular problems, and Toni Kroos' participation is in doubt. The German soccer federation says Boateng's omission is a "precaution" cleared with coach Joachim Loew, and that the Bayern Munich defender may yet play in the team's friendly against France in Cologne the following Tuesday. The 29-year-old Boateng played one season in England for Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011. Kroos also missed training on Wednesday, because of a stomach bug, while goalkeeper Kevin Trapp skipped it because of a respiratory tract infection and Mats Hummels completed individual exercises in the team hotel.  Predicted team: Ter Stegen; Halstenberg, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich; Gundogan, Ozil, Can; Sane, Wagner, Drazx What are they saying? Gareth Southgate on Jack Wilshere: "Jack played as a number 10 all of last season... ," Southgate told reporters. "That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele (Alli) and (Adam) Lallana. "I don't think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. "But I want to be clear: I really like Jack Wilshere as a player. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual. And I'm hoping that we are in a position in March where we can pick him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers What are the odds? England - 13/5 Germany - 21/20 Draw - 12/5 England to win at 33/1 with Coral. Sign up now >> Sign up to Free Bet Lottery for a chance to win a £100 free bet ahead of England v Germany. It's completely free and there's one given away every day. What's our prediction? England's makeshift side will have a difficult night against a strong Germany XI, so expect a narrow defeat. Perhaps 0-1.

Joe Gomez England call-up will only earn Charlton £250,000 from Liverpool

Liverpool’s incredible deal for England new-boy Joe Gomez has been further underlined by the fact Charlton Athletic will only receive £250,000 if he starts for the national team. Gomez was called up to the senior squad by England manager Gareth Southgate for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley to mark an impressive rise for the defender. Two years ago, Liverpool spent just £3.5 million to sign Gomez from Charlton and beat competition from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Just four months after his big move, Gomez suffered a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for over a year but he has already made 12 appearances for Liverpool this season and has played in the Champions League. Senior figures at Liverpool believe Gomez has the talent to become one of the best defenders in the country and possibly even in Europe, and rate him as one of the club’s biggest bargains in recent years thanks to a release clause in his Charlton contract. The League One club received a small payment, when Gomez made his England Under-21 debut and will get £250,000 once he starts a senior game for his country. Gomez endured a miserable first season at Liverpool due to injuries, but the defender has now played 12 times for the Merseyside club including Champions League group games Credit: Getty Images But that is barely loose change to Liverpool, who will see at least £5m added to the value of Gomez once he has been capped by his country. The 20-year-old is already worth around £20m in the current market and could easily see his value rocket by a further £10m by the end of this season. Charlton clearly hold no grudges over the comparatively tiny fee they received for Gomez, however, as many of the club’s officials are planning to be at Wembley for the Germany and Brazil games to see if their former player makes his England debut. Comfortable at either centre-back or right-back, Gomez gives Southgate valuable options as he seeks to find the best players to fit in the three at the back formation he plans to use at the Russia World Cup.

Joe Gomez England call-up will only earn Charlton £250,000 from Liverpool

Joe Gomez England call-up will only earn Charlton £250,000 from Liverpool

Joe Gomez England call-up will only earn Charlton £250,000 from Liverpool

Liverpool’s incredible deal for England new-boy Joe Gomez has been further underlined by the fact Charlton Athletic will only receive £250,000 if he starts for the national team. Gomez was called up to the senior squad by England manager Gareth Southgate for the friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley to mark an impressive rise for the defender. Two years ago, Liverpool spent just £3.5 million to sign Gomez from Charlton and beat competition from the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Just four months after his big move, Gomez suffered a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for over a year but he has already made 12 appearances for Liverpool this season and has played in the Champions League. Senior figures at Liverpool believe Gomez has the talent to become one of the best defenders in the country and possibly even in Europe, and rate him as one of the club’s biggest bargains in recent years thanks to a release clause in his Charlton contract. The League One club received a small payment, when Gomez made his England Under-21 debut and will get £250,000 once he starts a senior game for his country. Gomez endured a miserable first season at Liverpool due to injuries, but the defender has now played 12 times for the Merseyside club including Champions League group games Credit: Getty Images But that is barely loose change to Liverpool, who will see at least £5m added to the value of Gomez once he has been capped by his country. The 20-year-old is already worth around £20m in the current market and could easily see his value rocket by a further £10m by the end of this season. Charlton clearly hold no grudges over the comparatively tiny fee they received for Gomez, however, as many of the club’s officials are planning to be at Wembley for the Germany and Brazil games to see if their former player makes his England debut. Comfortable at either centre-back or right-back, Gomez gives Southgate valuable options as he seeks to find the best players to fit in the three at the back formation he plans to use at the Russia World Cup.

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

World Cup hopeful Joe Gomez wasn't even one of the three best 13-year-olds at Charlton

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company.  7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching.  7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20  Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls.  7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't.   6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place.  For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!)   6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit:  PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE  BRADFORD CITY  PORT VALE  NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS     CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE  LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN  HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY  BLACKBURN ROVERS  DONCASTER ROVERS     LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN  BOREHAM WOOD  MANSFIELD TOWN  OXFORD CITY     PLYMOUTH ARGYLE  AFC WIMBLEDON  ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY  CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY  SWINDON TOWN  MAIDSTONE UNITED  WOKING OR BURY     CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS  SLOUGH TOWN     WYCOMBE WANDERERS  NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED     CHARLTON ATHELTIC  WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

Two-nil down after three successive defeats and it could not have been worse for Everton’s caretaker manager David Unsworth in his final audition for the job. Quite what the incredible turnaround, that secured a 3-2 win over Watford, means remains to be seen but Unsworth may have just given himself the unlikely chance to carry on or, at the very least, can step down with his head held high in what has been a trying spell in charge. My team of the weekend lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and is managed by Unsworth. Nick Pope – goalkeeper The former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper has stepping in brilliantly to cover for Burnley’s number one – and captain – Tom Heaton. He is earning rave reviews every week in a strong Burnley defensive unit. Eric Dier – defender The England international does not like to be regarded as a utility player but he showed his worth once more with an assured display in a three-man Tottenham Hotspur defence in their win over Crystal Palace. Steve Cook – defender A last-minute winning goal in a hard-earned 1-0 win away from home for a team in relegation trouble is as important as it gets but Cook was also impressive at the heart of defence as Bournemouth held Newcastle United at bay. Steve Cook reels away in celebration after scoring a memorable winner at St James' Park Credit:  Getty Images Andreas Christensen– defender Antonio Conte dropped David Luiz and started with the 20-year-old Christensen and was rewarded with an assured, commanding performance from the central defender who never looked under pressure against Romelu Lukaku. Ademola Lookman – midfielder Lookman has barely had a look-in at Everton this season but the 20-year-old came off the bench to inspire their extraordinary comeback against Watford with his desire to run at defenders and make things happen. N’Golo Kante – midfielder It is no coincidence that Chelsea appeared a far more dynamic, energetic team with Kante back after his hamstring injury. He eclipsed former team-mate Nemanja Matic in the win over Manchester United. N'Golo Kante once again impressed as Chelsea beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge  Credit: Getty Images  Kevin De Bruyne – midfielder The City play-maker has spoken about how much he enjoys setting up goals rather than scoring them but he claimed another brilliant strike against Arsenal to confirm he is the Premier League’s stand-out player this season. David Silva – midfielder Arsenal apparently wrote Silva off a decade ago as too small and he was at his brilliant best with every lovely touch as Manchester City outclassed the club who declined to sign him. Earned another assist (albeit from an offside position). Jason Burt's team of the weekend Rajiv van La Parra– forward It was a stunning goal from the Dutch winger that provided the platform for Huddersfield to earn a vitally important win over West Brom. Glenn Murray – forward The veteran striker scored his fourth goal in three matches which is some return for a Brighton side who feared they would lack firepower this season. More importantly those goals have helped earn eight precious points. Mohamed Salah – forward In his Telegraph Sport column last week Jamie Carragher hailed Salah as the signing of the summer. Two more goals for Liverpool and another outstanding, lightening quick performance provided more evidence.

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

Two-nil down after three successive defeats and it could not have been worse for Everton’s caretaker manager David Unsworth in his final audition for the job. Quite what the incredible turnaround, that secured a 3-2 win over Watford, means remains to be seen but Unsworth may have just given himself the unlikely chance to carry on or, at the very least, can step down with his head held high in what has been a trying spell in charge. My team of the weekend lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and is managed by Unsworth. Nick Pope – goalkeeper The former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper has stepping in brilliantly to cover for Burnley’s number one – and captain – Tom Heaton. He is earning rave reviews every week in a strong Burnley defensive unit. Eric Dier – defender The England international does not like to be regarded as a utility player but he showed his worth once more with an assured display in a three-man Tottenham Hotspur defence in their win over Crystal Palace. Steve Cook – defender A last-minute winning goal in a hard-earned 1-0 win away from home for a team in relegation trouble is as important as it gets but Cook was also impressive at the heart of defence as Bournemouth held Newcastle United at bay. Steve Cook reels away in celebration after scoring a memorable winner at St James' Park Credit:  Getty Images Andreas Christensen– defender Antonio Conte dropped David Luiz and started with the 20-year-old Christensen and was rewarded with an assured, commanding performance from the central defender who never looked under pressure against Romelu Lukaku. Ademola Lookman – midfielder Lookman has barely had a look-in at Everton this season but the 20-year-old came off the bench to inspire their extraordinary comeback against Watford with his desire to run at defenders and make things happen. N’Golo Kante – midfielder It is no coincidence that Chelsea appeared a far more dynamic, energetic team with Kante back after his hamstring injury. He eclipsed former team-mate Nemanja Matic in the win over Manchester United. N'Golo Kante once again impressed as Chelsea beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge  Credit: Getty Images  Kevin De Bruyne – midfielder The City play-maker has spoken about how much he enjoys setting up goals rather than scoring them but he claimed another brilliant strike against Arsenal to confirm he is the Premier League’s stand-out player this season. David Silva – midfielder Arsenal apparently wrote Silva off a decade ago as too small and he was at his brilliant best with every lovely touch as Manchester City outclassed the club who declined to sign him. Earned another assist (albeit from an offside position). Jason Burt's team of the weekend Rajiv van La Parra– forward It was a stunning goal from the Dutch winger that provided the platform for Huddersfield to earn a vitally important win over West Brom. Glenn Murray – forward The veteran striker scored his fourth goal in three matches which is some return for a Brighton side who feared they would lack firepower this season. More importantly those goals have helped earn eight precious points. Mohamed Salah – forward In his Telegraph Sport column last week Jamie Carragher hailed Salah as the signing of the summer. Two more goals for Liverpool and another outstanding, lightening quick performance provided more evidence.

Premier League team of the weekend – by Jason Burt

Two-nil down after three successive defeats and it could not have been worse for Everton’s caretaker manager David Unsworth in his final audition for the job. Quite what the incredible turnaround, that secured a 3-2 win over Watford, means remains to be seen but Unsworth may have just given himself the unlikely chance to carry on or, at the very least, can step down with his head held high in what has been a trying spell in charge. My team of the weekend lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and is managed by Unsworth. Nick Pope – goalkeeper The former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper has stepping in brilliantly to cover for Burnley’s number one – and captain – Tom Heaton. He is earning rave reviews every week in a strong Burnley defensive unit. Eric Dier – defender The England international does not like to be regarded as a utility player but he showed his worth once more with an assured display in a three-man Tottenham Hotspur defence in their win over Crystal Palace. Steve Cook – defender A last-minute winning goal in a hard-earned 1-0 win away from home for a team in relegation trouble is as important as it gets but Cook was also impressive at the heart of defence as Bournemouth held Newcastle United at bay. Steve Cook reels away in celebration after scoring a memorable winner at St James' Park Credit:  Getty Images Andreas Christensen– defender Antonio Conte dropped David Luiz and started with the 20-year-old Christensen and was rewarded with an assured, commanding performance from the central defender who never looked under pressure against Romelu Lukaku. Ademola Lookman – midfielder Lookman has barely had a look-in at Everton this season but the 20-year-old came off the bench to inspire their extraordinary comeback against Watford with his desire to run at defenders and make things happen. N’Golo Kante – midfielder It is no coincidence that Chelsea appeared a far more dynamic, energetic team with Kante back after his hamstring injury. He eclipsed former team-mate Nemanja Matic in the win over Manchester United. N'Golo Kante once again impressed as Chelsea beat Manchester United at Stamford Bridge  Credit: Getty Images  Kevin De Bruyne – midfielder The City play-maker has spoken about how much he enjoys setting up goals rather than scoring them but he claimed another brilliant strike against Arsenal to confirm he is the Premier League’s stand-out player this season. David Silva – midfielder Arsenal apparently wrote Silva off a decade ago as too small and he was at his brilliant best with every lovely touch as Manchester City outclassed the club who declined to sign him. Earned another assist (albeit from an offside position). Jason Burt's team of the weekend Rajiv van La Parra– forward It was a stunning goal from the Dutch winger that provided the platform for Huddersfield to earn a vitally important win over West Brom. Glenn Murray – forward The veteran striker scored his fourth goal in three matches which is some return for a Brighton side who feared they would lack firepower this season. More importantly those goals have helped earn eight precious points. Mohamed Salah – forward In his Telegraph Sport column last week Jamie Carragher hailed Salah as the signing of the summer. Two more goals for Liverpool and another outstanding, lightening quick performance provided more evidence.

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