Southgate singles out pair for praise after England draw

Southgate singles out pair for praise after England draw

The 20-year-old was called up to the senior England squad last week by boss Gareth Southgate and he will hope to make his full Three Lions debut against either Germany or Brazil in the global break.

But that has handed an opportunity to some younger talents, with the trio of Pickford, Loftus-Cheek and Abraham - all of whom have previously starred for England's Under-21s - named in the senior team for the first time.

The spells Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are now enjoying with Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively that have earned them this opportunity arguably justifies Chelsea's loan policy to an extent, though it is certainly a unique scenario when a Premier League club sees two players unable to make their senior squad start for the national team.

Southgate is without a number of first-team regulars for the games against Germany and Brazil, with the likes of Kane, Henderson, Sterling and Alli all unavailable due to injury.

'Tonight it took him 10 minutes to have a look around him and say he could do this.

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"I'm really not surprised because of what I saw before those boys came in and what I've seen in training".

"Again, I remember his first couple of under-21 games with us and you're thinking that he's quick around the goal, he makes saves", the England boss continued.

'They've shown that in the younger ages and in training. I certainly learned a lot in this game.

Both sides played well despite depleted lineups and should consider this a worthy and encouraging tuneup as they begin looking toward next summer's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. He just said: "do your best like you normally do". "There's a chance, but I have to keep learning and keep getting better".

England captain for the night Eric Dier added: "I think we did well".

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