Gareth Southgate says England 'not at the same stage' as Germany

Gareth Southgate says England 'not at the same stage' as Germany

Gareth Southgate says England 'not at the same stage' as Germany

The Three Lions host Germany at Wembley, kick-off 8pm, as preparations for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation begin.

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.

"Second half, we were tactically a bit better without the ball and didn't concede so many chances".

However, Southgate won't call up any new players from outside the England camp. England host current FIFA World Champions Germany at Wembley on Friday and Brazil four days later.

England has now gone five matches without defeat, while Germany has not lost in 20 games since Euro 2016. "Then we'll have a look and just assess what is required".

England were on the back foot for much of the first half.

The interval did not disrupt the momentum England had started to build and only Marc-Andre ter Stegen's strong right arm kept a Jamie Vardy header out shortly after the restart.

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"Both teams were very good, played in a very good defensive manner with not many counter-attacks", he said.

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"If we'd won it would have been better, but it was a tough game, and a good game from me to learn from".

This was the first goalless draw England has played out at Wembley since October 2010, when it drew 0-0 with Montenegro under Fabio Capello. The Three Lions have already qualified to the finals of the tournament.

Southgate is set to hand England worldwide debuts to Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jordan Pickford against Germany while Jake Livermore, Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire have all have five or fewer senior caps.

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