Eng­land draw a blank with Ger­many

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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

With a host of es­tab­lished play­ers miss­ing, Eng­land’s cal­low de­fence was rou­tinely sliced open in the first pe­riod as Leroy Sane hit the bar and the home side’s debu­tant goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford made two smart saves to deny Timo Werner.

But Eng­land also had some bright mo­ments, with mid­fielder Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek mak­ing an as­sured de­but and Tammy Abra­ham des­per­ately close to scor­ing with his first touch in se­nior in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in the sec­ond minute.

The hosts held their own in a slower-paced sec­ond half and Ger­many keeper Marc-An­dre Ter Ste­gen made an ex­cel­lent re­flex save to deny Jamie Vardy, but the game drifted to a draw.

The re­sult stretched Ger­many’s un­beaten run to 20 games since the Euro 2016 semi-fi­nals with Eng­land still search­ing for their first home win over their old ri­vals since 1975.

Eng­land will face a sim­i­larly stiff test when they host Brazil on Tues­day while Ger­many take on France as the teams start prepar­ing for the World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia next year. ENG­LAND: Pick ford, Trip pier, Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Liver more, Di er, Loft us-Cheek, Var dy, Abra­ham. Subs: Hart, Walker, Bert rand, Gomez, Keane, Cork, Young, Rash ford, Lin ga rd, Ca hill. GER­MANY: te rS te gen, Kim mi ch, Rudi­ger, Hum me ls, Gin ter,G undo gan, Ozil, Hals ten berg, Dr axl er, Werner, Sane. Subs: Tr a pp, Boat eng, Brandt, Can, Gotze,Kh ed ira, Plat ten hardt, Rudy, St indl,Su le, Wagner, Leno.

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