Germany were also in somewhat experimental mode and their coach Joachim Loew will have been delighted in particular with an impressive display by Leroy Sane as his team stretched their unbeaten run to 20 games since losing to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals. England's young starting team boasted 101 caps between them and one of the debutants, Tammy Abraham, was a centimetre away from scoring with his first touch in international football after 90 seconds. Germany too were without some heavyweight players and gave a debut to defender Marcel Halstenberg and had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen making his second appearance. They soon took control as Sane clipped a 20-metre curler against the bar after 20 minutes, Pickford saved well from Timo Werner and Phil Jones headed Sane’s follow-up off the line.
Five debuts for England at Wembley as they play out an entertaining draw with Germany ? pic.twitter.com/NPduFiKtCw— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 10, 2017
Jones, the team’s most experienced player, then limped off and another debutant, Liverpool’s 20-year-old Joe Gomez, took his place to trim England’s cap count to less than Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil’s personal tally of 86. The lack of experience and familiarity was exposed again soon afterwards when Pickford went full length to again deny Werner as Sane was seemingly given the freedom of Wembley. Ter Stegen made an excellent reflex save to get low and palm clear striker Jamie Vardy's header early in the second half but the steam then gradually left the game. Midfielder Jack Cork came on as a late substitute to make it five England debuts on the night and another replacement, Jesse Lingard, should really have won it with the last kick of the match but his close-range shot flew over the bar.
"The worst ever England XI" have just drawn 0-0 with the world champions.Gareth Southgate, football genius. pic.twitter.com/trZsk6YDIr — bet365 (@bet365) November 10, 2017
England will face a similarly stiff test when they host Brazil Tuesday while Germany take on France as the teams start preparing for the World Cup finals in Russia next year.
Germany’s new World Cup kit throws it back to the 90s ? pic.twitter.com/zClBEfz5YH— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 6, 2017